I was saying to the fatherland the other day that Lemmings would probably work quite well on smartphones and tablets, and that it’s kinda weird that it hasn’t materialised. A little further investigation reveals it was “re-imagined” as Caveman. Interesting.
Anyway! I’m sure you can see where I’m going with this. Amazing Ants is perhaps best described as a Lemmings clone for the smartphone and tablet generation.
What happens in Amazing Ants is, see, you have three little – you guessed it – ants, and the aim is simply to get them to the exit.
Dotted around each of Amazing Ants’ 99 levels are three pieces of fruit, with the obligatory one-to-three-star rating system; you need to grab at least one piece of fruit to progress.
Why is Amazing Ants like Lemmings? Well, the ants simply continue walking unless you throw something in their path – regardless of whether they’re heading for the exit or about to fall to their death.
The other game that deserves a mention is Cut the Rope. Amazing Ants borrows a fair few elements from said title, including the eponymous ropes, and bubbles that carry the characters until you pop them with a quick poke of the screen.
Other features in Amazing Ants include a little twig thingy that makes the ants run dead fast, jumping (you have a set amount per level), hints (needless to say, you can buy more with real money), and digging.
With almost 100 levels, there’s certainly plenty to do in Amazing Ants, however, somewhat predictably (since the game is free), it takes the age of a racoon to unlock the latter worlds.
Indeed, I had three stars in every level in the first three worlds, but still didn’t have enough coin to unlock the fourth set. As such, I had to go back and replay some levels, which – while not the end of the world – was slightly annoying.
And that’s Amazing Ants. It won’t change your life, but it will keep you busy for a good few hours.
- Lots of levels
- Generally nice and bright
- Decent level design
- Fairly intrusive full-screen ads
- Takes ages to save for the latter worlds
- Not entirely original
Summary: Amazing Ants combines elements of Lemmings and Cut the Rope, yielding an entirely decent little puzzle game. And hey, it’s free.
Developer: Pocket Gems Publishing
Price: free @ App Store
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.