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SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony

DOS - 1991

Alt names
SimAnt: Die Trick-Kolonie, シムアント
Year
1991
Platform
DOS
Released in
United States
Genre
Simulation
Theme
Ecology / Nature
Publisher
Maxis Software Inc.
Developer
Maxis Software Inc.
Perspectives
Isometric, Side-Scrolling, Top-Down
4.43 / 5 - 324 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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Comments and reviews

#13128

BloodHawk added this comment on 2014-09-07 :

Get Do Box for WIN8

#13020

Nightarix added this comment on 2014-08-31 :

@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?)

#13014

Tinted Cube Gaming added this comment on 2014-08-30 :

Whenever I click "download" it just reloads my current page and does nothing. What do I do?

#12634

Darkie4646 added this comment on 2014-07-25 :

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

#12414

Matrix added this comment on 2014-07-05 :

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

#12148

Zed added this comment on 2014-06-08 :

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".

Help?

#11566

smash added this comment on 2014-05-03 :

wow......

#11311

Alice added this comment on 2014-04-19 :

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... :-)

#11062

Tachy added this comment on 2014-04-02 :

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.

#10509

Mousliseah added this comment on 2014-02-22 :

It;s awesome

#10394

somebody added this comment on 2014-02-15 :

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

#9697

f added this comment on 2014-01-06 :

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

#9552

David Hashmi added this comment on 2013-12-26 :

The Legend of Egypt 2 Full PC Game

#9444

donald westington added this comment on 2013-12-19 :

Pretty lame.

#8788

yh added this comment on 2013-10-16 :

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

#8543

Dave added this comment on 2013-09-21 :

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.

#8438

gragggg added this comment on 2013-09-11 :

omglol

#8415

Minercarter added this comment on 2013-09-09 :

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

#8372

dz added this comment on 2013-09-05 :

bagus* game nya gan.. !!

#8364

daria added this comment on 2013-09-04 :

I really enjoyed this game when I was a child!

#8282

Anon added this comment on 2013-08-28 :

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...

#8242

To: THe Police By:-Auni38 added this comment on 2013-08-23 :

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

#7996

APE added this comment on 2013-08-02 :

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

#7917

THe Police added this comment on 2013-07-25 :

This is piracy.

#7819

unknown added this comment on 2013-07-15 :

the game frezzes every time

#7805

i lke it added this comment on 2013-07-13 :

i love it is so cool!.

#7758

battaman added this comment on 2013-07-08 :

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

#7402

Anonymous added this comment on 2013-06-07 :

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)

#7226

ToBeAdvised added this comment on 2013-05-20 :

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

#7170

dannydex added this comment on 2013-05-13 :

wow

#6968

kaffy-waffy added this comment on 2013-04-24 :

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

#6103

weeby added this comment on 2013-02-14 :

Good game

#6037

sigaar96 added this comment on 2013-02-11 :

looks funny

#5492

zalan added this comment on 2013-01-05 :

Good classic game

#5435

Oph added this comment on 2012-12-31 :

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.

#5362

ginga added this comment on 2012-12-20 :

cuba

#5169

DMC14 added this comment on 2012-11-24 :

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

#5100

dildoezer added this comment on 2012-11-15 :

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

#4762

Boone added this comment on 2012-10-08 :

I fucking love this game!!!

#4679

the en coment the hcer lua fotnav ç added this comment on 2012-10-02 :

your wret s wail the de nomimahl

#4507

Sprite added this comment on 2012-09-04 :

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

#4308

Anonymous added this comment on 2012-08-15 :

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

#3895

Duly added this comment on 2012-07-07 :

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.

#3667

Nicole added this comment on 2012-06-02 :

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

#3539

vinicius alan dantas batista added this comment on 2012-05-14 :

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

#3454

MILLE added this comment on 2012-05-01 :

Baixei mas o jogo fica travando no inicio =(

#3280

vinicius alan dantas batista added this comment on 2012-04-02 :

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

#3201

alan added this comment on 2012-03-18 :

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

#3196

alan added this comment on 2012-03-17 :

cara esse jogo e de + eu gosto muito desse jogo

#3045

loco added this comment on 2012-02-26 :

me gusta

#2786

Dania added this comment on 2012-01-27 :

Wanna to play now

#2636

ThriceElite added this comment on 2012-01-06 :

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?

#2402

It no work :( added this comment on 2011-12-02 :

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

#2378

Brad added this comment on 2011-11-26 :

Does it work

#2325

Brian added this comment on 2011-11-14 :

I miss sim ant for lalalalalong time.

#2305

tehceilingcat added this comment on 2011-11-12 :

awesome

#2257

Ant Hater added this comment on 2011-11-02 :

Cool ants

#1953

ktkat22 added this comment on 2011-08-28 :

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

#1711

hiya added this comment on 2011-07-01 :

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

#1480

arthur added this comment on 2011-04-13 :

very good

#1359

The Help Guy added this comment on 2011-03-11 :

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
Step 5-????
Step 6-PROFIT??

#1358

Ribbit added this comment on 2011-03-10 :

This game rocks!!!

#1352

kuba2442 added this comment on 2011-03-08 :

i cant play please help

#1301

Crash added this comment on 2011-02-25 :

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

#1265

williewampwamp added this comment on 2011-02-19 :

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?

#1215

lohcomet added this comment on 2011-01-30 :

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

#1186

picalo added this comment on 2011-01-17 :

been looking for this....awesome!

#1155

miki added this comment on 2011-01-08 :

awesome:)

#1137

victor0072 added this comment on 2010-12-30 :

@Demondon818

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

#767

dan added this comment on 2010-03-09 :

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

#757

Demondon818 added this comment on 2010-02-27 :

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

#709

admin added this comment on 2010-01-10 :

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

#706

acid added this comment on 2010-01-07 :

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.

#580

Batrox added this comment on 2009-09-03 :

You can launch the game with Dosbox.

#576

admin added this comment on 2009-08-30 :

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

#468

jake added this comment on 2009-05-14 :

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

#426

Wolfey180 added this comment on 2009-04-02 :

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

#327

red colony added this comment on 2008-12-24 :

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

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