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Ant Nation review

Should be snail nation

For

  • Ant strategy
  • Won't shred the nerves
  • A good sleep aid

Against

  • Catastrophically boring to play
  • Horrible to look at
  • Slooooooooooow

If we were being kind about Ant Nation, we%26rsquo;d applaud the witty decision to make a strategy game about ants on DS. See, because ants are really small, it means the designers can just use a few pixels for each one, giving the game an amusingly retro ambience. Actually, that%26rsquo;s cobblers %26ndash; there%26rsquo;s nothing amusing, witty or retro about Ant Nation. It%26rsquo;s catastrophically boring, both to look at and to play. The latter is more of a concern, obviously, as your $30 should entertain you no matter what the game looks like.

Controlling various groups of ants/dots, you have to gather food, attack enemies and expand your colony. Aside from the lack of visual stimulation, there%26rsquo;s no option to speed things up once you%26rsquo;ve placed units on the map, so this is achingly slow. It%26rsquo;s hard to think of anyone who%26rsquo;d get any enjoyment out of this, apart from gamers who%26rsquo;ve accidentally ingested large quantities of horse tranquiliser.

Nov 9, 2009

More Info

GenreStrategy
Description<p>It&#8217;s hard to think of anyone who&#8217;d get any enjoyment out of this, apart from gamers who&#8217;ve accidentally ingested large quantities of horse tranquiliser.</p>
PlatformDS, Wii
US censor ratingEveryone 10+, Everyone 10+
UK censor rating7+, 7+
Release date:8 September 2009 (US), 31 October 2009 (UK)
Available platforms:DS
Genre:Strategy
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