In a recent press release, HeroCraft announced that they will be bringing Ant Raid to the Android platform. As per the norm, Ant Raid was first released on iOS sometime back and gained huge popularity. It was even rated as the 2nd highest rated strategy game making it kind of a big deal. HeroCraft intends to further its success with the release the game on Android, Bada and Symbian in the last quarter of 2012.
Ant Raid is indeed a strategy title with an emphasis on survival. The story is great and is conveyed through animated comic panels. The story goes that there was a once time when ants and other insects were the best of friends, but thanks to a horrible “incident” the other insects were rendered mindless as they were turned into brutes. The ants are then forced to defend their home from the very insects they used to boogie with. You’re not alone as the ant queen acts as a mentor and a guide, but she is vulnerable to outside attacks and it is your job to save her.
The game is presented in a bird’s eye view, which compliments the type of gameplay very well. The game is presented in 3D. Well at least the “home base” and enemies are. The ants appear to be in 2D but they might be 3D. Either way, they are way too small to tell anyway. The level design and environments are lush and rich in color. Sometimes I couldn’t help but gaze at the beautiful color schemes of the levels.
The gameplay is of a strategic nature as you have to manage your troops by clicking and holding the screen. The longer you hold the more ants you will select. The ants always return to circle formation after any action making it is easy to select a bunch (by tapping) or the whole group (by holding). After selection you can continue to give the ants orders to attack various enemies. This troop management is important as you will encounter multiple enemies. They include bees, snails, red bees, and mad snails. You can unleash lighting powers to smite these crazy critters as the game gives you god-like control to even the odds. Healing your fallen ant comrades will ensure a steady supply of ant troopers.
The sounds of the game are absolutely adorable. The ants talk in a quirky and funny accent much like the Oompa Lompas from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. But it’s the title song that takes the cake.We are hoping that the game will be like the iOS version in that it sports almost 100 levels. Some extra content would be nice to see as a compensation for the late arrival but that’s wishful thinking on our part. As a side note, the images displayed are from the iOS version of the game. If all goes well we might get to control our very own league of ants before the end of this year. We will keep you posted with further developments.