SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony
DOS - 1991
Description of SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony
Offering simulation in a world of ecology / nature, SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony (also known as SimAnt: Die Trick-Kolonie, シムアント) is an abandonware developed by Maxis Software Inc. and published by Maxis Software Inc.. Released in 1991, you wander around in a isometric, side-scrolling, top-down perspective.
SimAnt was released by Maxis and is part of the Sim series. In the nineties, several Sim like games were created, Sim Ant is a ant colony simulator.
You have to manage your ants by digging tunnels, find food, protect the queen, expand your territory, fight against many enemies, including the evil red ants ! The conquest of the whole garden and the house will make you victorious.
The game was a hit with more than 100,000 copies sold and was released on many platform. SimAnt was included in the SimClassic pack.
OM wrote : ...This was one of the few games that the early pirate groups actively encouraged the "if you like it, buy it!" dogma. When it came out, it actually outsold SimCity and the various cosmetic packs, and there was almost no negativity seen in the reviews published in the plethora of trade rags at the time. Even PC Week gave it an excellent review, and those choads back then were notorious for hating anything that wasn't Lotus 1-2-3.
...IIRC, Maxis toyed around with the idea of a new version of SimAnt. Same gameplay, but if you chose to actively control an ant, instead of the "Dig Dug" view, you became the and and played it as an FPS! Never went beyond comments made by Maxis staffers at the trade shows, but talk about it went on until "Streets of SimCity" came out and royally tanked, which killed off any ideas of FPSing any other Maxis sims. Bastards.
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Comments and reviews
Nightarix 2014-08-31 0 point
@cube scroll down to just above "similar games" and there should be a download button and an ad right above it (click the button not the ad) the button above the comments section seems to be so people can skip down to it directly(i guess it's incase the comment sections expanded?)
Tinted Cube Gaming 2014-08-30 0 point
Whenever I click "download" it just reloads my current page and does nothing. What do I do?
Darkie4646 2014-07-25 0 point
When I try to play SimCity on my Am5x86 DOS PC, All text is garbled
I'm using MS-DOS 6.22 and have a S3 Trio64V2
Zed 2014-06-08 0 point
is there any way to get it to work on Windows 8? All mine says, when I hit the "install" application (or any other application for that matter) is that the application cannot run on my PC, and that I had to find another version from the "software publisher".
Alice 2014-04-19 0 point
One of the first games I remember playing. I was 4 years old, my father brought me to his work, sat me in front of the computer, turned on SimAnt and left for business meeting with the client. Half an out later a crying 4-year old runs into the board room wailing "My ant is dying!"
The entire office staff still reminds me of that incident 23 years later... :-)
Tachy 2014-04-02 5 points
I remember playing the SNES version of SimAnt obsessively as a young child (younger than 9 - I know I didn't have it after around 9 years of age). So when I found the original PC version some time later in a bundle of games I was thrilled. The original, I found, gave more control, but I sort of missed the 'Scenario' gameplay added to the SNES port.
Why I loved this game? It kept me busy. There was rarely just waiting for something to grow or finish, I always had some task to do! Get more food, dig more tunnels, tend to the eggs, fight off invading red Ants! But it didn't take any fancy timing or tricky button combinations, just quick thinking and planning. Controlling caste and behaviour was great too... and I admit, it was easier to control with point-and-click with a mouse, as opposed to with a SNES controller. Last, but not least, I loved reading about the different kinds of ants and ant anatomy included with the game! I honestly wish there was another SimAnt with more mechanics at play and more focus on the nursery aspect, as well as unique challenge scenarios (reach a colony of ### ants, defeat Red Ants before x time, defeat N amount of spiders) to keep the game fresh and force one to change their priorities. Stealing eggs of the opposite ants and assimilating them into your colony instead of eating them would be cool! There are some ants that will do that!
Over all, I have always enjoyed this game.
f 2014-01-06 0 point
this game is a little bit complicated to play. i like to think it gets better though
Dave 2013-09-21 0 point
I d/led D-Fend reloaded because i have windows vista. I unzip the files for the game and attempt to run them in dos box and it just keeps saying illegal command.
Anon 2013-08-28 0 point
If you consider downloading a 10 year old game "piracy" you're an idiot, after 3 to 4 years game developers cease getting money from purchased games. You aren't helping them by buying it...
To: THe Police By:-Auni38 2013-08-23 0 point
In your logic, all the other games when old and download in these sites (abandonware), is piracy.
APE 2013-08-02 0 point
ok? i pressed download all i got was a folder what am i supposed to do now?
Anonymous 2013-06-07 0 point
For anyone who wants to play the game, download it right here, and use DOSBox. I don't know how to configure it properly so I just make a new shortcut and then change the Target to run SIMANT.EXE. (http://www.dosbox.com/wiki/DOSBoxShortcuts#Windows)
kaffy-waffy 2013-04-24 0 point
I remember playing this game all of the time! Now I can't find the actual disk for it, so I'm really glad that I can download it online :3 I had such a sad childhood :P
Oph 2012-12-31 0 point
You probably need DosBox to run this. Search for it. Not very hard to setup and there are tutorials. DosBox will run any of this old abondonware.
DMC14 2012-11-24 0 point
I had this when i was a kid too Wow. but none of this stuff is compatible with my laptop.
Sprite 2012-09-04 0 point
If you're running D-Fend and when you go to play it will not load, make sure than when you set it up it's trying to run simant.exe, not info.exe
Hope that helps some people
Anonymous 2012-08-15 0 point
I believe that If you're using a 32-bit version of Windows 7, it should work.(SimAnt is a 16-bit application)
Duly 2012-07-07 0 point
Yes, you need Dosbox or simply have a computer running windows 98. I believe that's the windows I played it on so many years ago. Or maybe it was win 95, however, it should work with win98 just because win98 still uses a working MSDos platform. After Win98, though, you should need Dosbox or some other Dos emulator.
vinicius alan dantas batista 2012-04-02 0 point
muito lol esse jogo e dificil ter o quintal todo conquistado :( mais e massa o jogo XD
ThriceElite 2012-01-06 0 point
I got it to work by dragging the SIMANT.EXE onto the D-Fend Reloaded window. However, I cannot get the sound to work. Any tips on fixing the sound?
ktkat22 2011-08-28 0 point
tried to open it with d-fend reloaded and dosbox. program couldn't find the executable? help pls?
The Help Guy 2011-03-11 0 point
Okay, if any one of you wants to get ANY games to work, just use DOSBOX, Here is a step-by-step tutorial on it.
Step 1- Download Dosbox, (www.Dosbox.com)
Step 2- When you UNZIP this game UNZIP it into your main Hard Disk Directory.(Ex. C:\SIMANT)
Step 3- In DOSBOX, type in "mount C C:\Simant"
Step 4- Then, type Simant
Crash 2011-02-25 0 point
WOW THIS GAME IS TOO FUN I PLAYED IT FOR HALF A DAY!
Believe me guys.........I've reached the house and it was soooooo damn fun.Give it a change and download it
williewampwamp 2011-02-19 0 point
i downloaded the game when i tried to open it said couldnt open in full screen so i use alt enter and it says the ntvdm cpu has encounteres and illegal instruction...what does that mean and how do i fix?
victor0072 2010-12-30 0 point
you have to un zip the compressed file to get the exe. and since its in zip format you dont have to instal it
Demondon818 2010-02-27 0 point
i keep downloading the game and every time its a compressed file and no game. can anybody help?
admin 2010-01-10 0 point
You can switch to full screen or extend the window. Try to hit ALT+ENTER once the game is running.
acid 2010-01-07 0 point
this game is fun but a lot harder to control that I remember...it's hard to do anything using dosbox at least since the window is so small.
admin 2009-08-30 0 point
Replaced the archive, some files were corrupted and the game could not be launched.
jake 2009-05-14 0 point
is corrupted or something it said something about a protection error but maybe its just my computer
Wolfey180 2009-04-02 0 point
yaaaa ummmmmm ya the last copy i dwnld was corrupeted soooooo i hope this 1 is good.
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