Ant Nation review

  • Ant strategy
  • Won't shred the nerves
  • A good sleep aid
  • Catastrophically boring to play
  • Horrible to look at
  • Slooooooooooow

If we were being kind about Ant Nation, we’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’s cobblers – there’s nothing amusing, witty or retro about Ant Nation. It’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’s no option to speed things up once you’ve placed units on the map, so this is achingly slow. It’s hard to think of anyone who’d get any enjoyment out of this, apart from gamers who’ve accidentally ingested large quantities of horse tranquiliser.

Nov 9, 2009

More Info

Release date: Sep 08 2009 - DS
Jul 13 2009 - Wii (US)
Oct 31 2009 - DS
Jul 13 2009 - Wii (UK)
Available Platforms: DS, Wii
Genre: Strategy
Published by: Konami
Developed by: Konami
ESRB Rating:
Everyone 10+: Mild Violence
PEGI Rating:
7+: Violence, Fear


  • Hobojedi - November 10, 2009 11:55 p.m.

    Looks more like a Dot Nation to me..
  • pigmandan - November 9, 2009 10:35 p.m.

    didn't you used to do reviews without a score? or am i thinking of another site?
  • CreeplyTuna - November 10, 2009 2:33 a.m.

    the funniest thing about this game to me is the fact that it could have been pretty cool
  • Metroidhunter32 - November 9, 2009 11:31 p.m.

    Bad reviews=a blast to read. We draw amusement from the desecration of things.
  • Scotch - November 9, 2009 11:27 p.m.

    i agree with samael and pig, they always have XD
  • Samael - November 9, 2009 10:27 p.m.

    Always fun to read reviews of terrible games.

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