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SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony

DOS - 1991

Alt names
SimAnt: Die Trick-Kolonie, シムアント
Ecology / Nature
Maxis Software Inc.
Maxis Software Inc.
Isometric, Side-Scrolling, Top-Down
4.45 / 5 - 323 votes

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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Matrix added this comment :

get d-fend reloaded or dosbox and it will work with windows 8


Zed added this comment :

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".



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Alice added this comment :

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 added this comment :

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.


Mousliseah added this comment :

It;s awesome


somebody added this comment :

After I play for 30 sec this game make an error and stops


f added this comment :

this game is a little bit complicated to play. i like to think it gets better though


David Hashmi added this comment :

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donald westington added this comment :

Pretty lame.


yh added this comment :

Use DosBox Game Launcher, works like a charm. 8)


Dave added this comment :

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.


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Minercarter added this comment :

theres no files in the folder when put into boxer! :(


dz added this comment :

bagus* game nya gan.. !!


daria added this comment :

I really enjoyed this game when I was a child!


Anon added this comment :

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 added this comment :

In your logic, all the other games when old and download in these sites (abandonware), is piracy.


APE added this comment :

ok? i pressed download all i got was a folder what am i supposed to do now?


THe Police added this comment :

This is piracy.


unknown added this comment :

the game frezzes every time


i lke it added this comment :

i love it is so cool!.


battaman added this comment :

Played the game for days straight when I was a kid. :-). :-). :-)


Anonymous added this comment :

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. (


ToBeAdvised added this comment :

Awesome, who thought a game about ants would be so fun? ;)


dannydex added this comment :



kaffy-waffy added this comment :

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


weeby added this comment :

Good game


sigaar96 added this comment :

looks funny


zalan added this comment :

Good classic game


Oph added this comment :

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.


ginga added this comment :



DMC14 added this comment :

I had this when i was a kid too Wow. but none of this stuff is compatible with my laptop.


dildoezer added this comment :

damn guys it says i need to enter a disk? is that true


Boone added this comment :

I fucking love this game!!!


the en coment the hcer lua fotnav ç added this comment :

your wret s wail the de nomimahl


Sprite added this comment :

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 added this comment :

I believe that If you're using a 32-bit version of Windows 7, it should work.(SimAnt is a 16-bit application)


Duly added this comment :

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.


Nicole added this comment :

um do u need the dosbox for windows 7 because it dont work with me


vinicius alan dantas batista added this comment :

veioe difiçil baixar aki no meu pc :| '-' xD


MILLE added this comment :

Baixei mas o jogo fica travando no inicio =(


vinicius alan dantas batista added this comment :

muito lol esse jogo e dificil ter o quintal todo conquistado :( mais e massa o jogo XD


alan added this comment :

so que eu queria jogar para pc eu so to jogando para snes


alan added this comment :

cara esse jogo e de + eu gosto muito desse jogo


loco added this comment :

me gusta


Dania added this comment :

Wanna to play now


ThriceElite added this comment :

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?


It no work :( added this comment :

Game still does not run in DOSBox. Quits after you run it.


Brad added this comment :

Does it work


Brian added this comment :

I miss sim ant for lalalalalong time.


tehceilingcat added this comment :



Ant Hater added this comment :

Cool ants


ktkat22 added this comment :

tried to open it with d-fend reloaded and dosbox. program couldn't find the executable? help pls?


hiya added this comment :

hiya im stuck ive followed all your steps I NEED HELP plese


arthur added this comment :

very good


The Help Guy added this comment :

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, (
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
Step 5-????
Step 6-PROFIT??


Ribbit added this comment :

This game rocks!!!


kuba2442 added this comment :

i cant play please help


Crash added this comment :

Believe me guys.........I've reached the house and it was soooooo damn fun.Give it a change and download it


williewampwamp added this comment :

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?


lohcomet added this comment :

i wish i could play this SIMANT games.....


picalo added this comment :

been looking for this....awesome!


miki added this comment :



victor0072 added this comment :


you have to un zip the compressed file to get the exe. and since its in zip format you dont have to instal it


dan added this comment :

there is an older version of sim ant on the super nitendo


Demondon818 added this comment :

i keep downloading the game and every time its a compressed file and no game. can anybody help?


admin added this comment :

You can switch to full screen or extend the window. Try to hit ALT+ENTER once the game is running.


acid added this comment :

this game is fun but a lot harder to control that I's hard to do anything using dosbox at least since the window is so small.


Batrox added this comment :

You can launch the game with Dosbox.


admin added this comment :

Replaced the archive, some files were corrupted and the game could not be launched.


jake added this comment :

is corrupted or something it said something about a protection error but maybe its just my computer


Wolfey180 added this comment :

yaaaa ummmmmm ya the last copy i dwnld was corrupeted soooooo i hope this 1 is good.


red colony added this comment :

man i loved this game its not the best but its still good

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