|System: Wii (WiiWare), DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Konami||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Konami||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: July 13, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The game's premise is ridiculous, and the gameplay doesn't do much to help. Performing the 100 missions in the game will only take you about an hour or two, and then once you're done, there's nothing left. The game tries to create lasting value by letting you grow your ant army, but in order to increase your numbers, all you have to do is plunk down a sugary concoction and then wait 3 or 4 minutes while the ants multiply. You literally just sit there and watch. It is insanely boring, and I felt as though I was watching a screensaver rather than playing a game as I waited for my ant army to increase in size.
The poor gameplay certainly was the worst aspect of Ant Nation, but technically, Ant Nation is no gem either. The games world is very small, and it takes about three seconds to scroll from end to end, either horizontally or vertically, and the ground is almost featureless. Sure, there is one pond, a log, and some grass, but it's just not enough. I wouldn't expect this game to really blow anyone out of the water with its scope, but games like PixelJunk Monsters show us that even games with the smallest extent can still have rich, detailed graphics.
Sound here isn't any better, and you can expect to hear plenty of repetitive tunes while you are playing. There are no real sound effects in Ant Nation, but I am not really going to knock it there because ants don't make much sound. Overall though, the game's soundtrack is nothing special and can be grating if you are marathon-ing through the two hours it takes to play this game.
Even if the premise of Ant Nation didn't disturb me as much as it does, the gameplay is enough to condemn this title to the back of the WiiWare bin. With boring mechanics, a very short 100-challenge main mode, and lousy production values, I can't recommend Ant Nation to anyone. It's not broken, but it is far from enjoyable.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor