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Ant Nation

 

 

SCORE: 82

 

Ant Nation 

 

Ant Nation is sort of an ant simulator, and sort of a real time strategy video game. Systems like the Nintendo DS really blur the lines between genres, and there have been a lot of unique games. Ant Nation has the player controlling a colony of ants who are out to stop alien robot ants. No one said the story was original, but it does give the player a reason to have their ants battle.

A lot of the graphics in Ant Nation are small. We are dealing with ants here folks. There is a magnifying glass so the player can get a closer look at the action. Items are discernible from the main view, like a sugar cube, leaf, etc. The enemy ants are red so they are easy to spot. I wish there had been a graphical difference in the sky view of the soldier and worker ants. Your soldier ants will fight against the robot ants, and other insect. Your workers will then take the parts of the fallen insects back to the colony for food.

 The RPG Master enjoyed the music in Ant Nation. There is a certain flare to the sound effects in this Nintendo DS game. The coolest part has to be the warning sounds (i.e. when a natural disaster comes). This caught the RPG Master's attention that something quickly needed to be done. Battle sounds were kept tame in this reviewers opinion.

Ant Nation has quite a few missions that will keep gamers busy for weeks. If two players have a copy of Ant Nation, then they can compete against one another. No download play modes, though. There are plenty of weapons like fire, water, and poison that are unlocked. Growing the colony is one of the coolest features in this reviewers opinion.

Like a RTS game you need to pay attention to what is happening in a lot of different places. Ant Nation will keep you on your toes. With that said some of the action can get repetitive, and at times it feels slow. It can take soldier ants some time to get out of the colony and take out an insect that is stopping the workers. Keeping them out and available is one strategy, but that can also have risks.

Ant Nation does have some violence in it. If you have ever taken time to watch ants in real life then you know they do as well. In the RPG Master's opinion Ant Nation is pretty accurate to our little insect friends. The lessons in this game are to build, protect, and defend. The RPG Master also learned we all have our roles to play. Ants have different jobs and they do not complain about it. Sequels to Ant Nation would be welcome here at Family Friendly Gaming
 - RPG Master

 

Graphics: 74%
Sound: 85%
Replay/Extras: 89%
Gameplay: 80%
Family Friendly Factor: 82%
System: Nintendo DS
Publisher: Konami
Rating: 'E' for Everyone
{Mild Violence}

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