SimAnt (W16)

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SimAnt
SimAnt - W16 - USA.jpg
Platform: Windows 16
Year: 1991
Developer: Maxis Software, Inc.
Buy: Amazon

SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony is a puzzle strategy game developed and published by Maxis Software in 1991. It was originally released on DOS, and the quickly ported the Windows. The goal is to build a thriving ant colony, conquer the opposing red ants, and take over a human's house. To do this, you must monitor your colony's food supply, breeding, and avoid the hazards ants fact like carnivorous insects, flooding, lawn mower, and insecticide. You being the game controlling an individual ant, but, as you progress, you must zoom out and control to colonization of new queens across the yard. Like many other Sim games, SimAnt features an experimental mode which lets you play around with your ants.

Screenshots

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Title screen.

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Setting up a new game.

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Hanging out in my colony.

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Collecting food.

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Flooding from rain is just one of the hazards at this size.

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Crawling under a coffee table inside the house.

Music

SimAnt features a soundtrack credited to Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, and Chris Schardt, although the credits don't list the composers based on their songs. The original DOS score consists of 30 songs, but the Windows port only has 29, and, even then, eight of those appear to go unused.

While the DOS game used a custom sound driver, the Windows port used General MIDI. However, it appears Maxis didn't do a very good job of converting the music from the custom driver. Several of the songs have noticeably altered tempos, and a lot of the instruments sound pretty different (not in a harmonious way), and some of the notes are out of place.

The titles come from a combination of the song's file names and the meta data in the MIDI files.

Recording

Songs starting with a 1 were recorded on a Sound Blaster 16, songs starting with a 2 were recorded on an AdLib.

# Title ComposerArranger Length Listen Download
101 Game Theme Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 1:42
Download
102 Ant Theme 1 Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:56
Download
103 Ant Theme 2 Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:48
Download
104 Ant Theme 3 Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:41
Download
105 Happy 1 Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:04
Download
106 Happy 2 Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:04
Download
107 Call to Arms Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:05
Download
108 Freed Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:05
Download
109 Sad 1 Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:13
Download
110 Sad 2 Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:07
Download
111 Sad 3 Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:08
Download
112 Sad 4 Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:09
Download
113 Ominous Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:07
Download
114 New Body Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:07
Download
115 Attack Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:07
Download
116 Queen For a Day Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:17
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117 Red Queen Dead Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:07
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118 Black Queen Dead Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:05
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119 Jolly 1 Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:08
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120 Jolly 2 Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:07
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121 Jolly 4 Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:08
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122 Bad News Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:05
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123 Defeat Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:34
Download
124 Human Aware Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:20
Download
125 Human Theme Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:20
Download
126 Jolly 3 Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:05
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127 Jolly 5 Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:05
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128 New Colony Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:04
Download
129 Victory Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:30
Download
# Title ComposerArranger Length Listen Download
201 Game Theme Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 1:43
Download
202 Ant Theme 1 Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:55
Download
203 Ant Theme 2 Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:47
Download
204 Ant Theme 3 Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:40
Download
205 Happy 1 Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:09
Download
206 Happy 2 Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:11
Download
207 Call to Arms Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:10
Download
208 Freed Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:10
Download
209 Sad 1 Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:19
Download
210 Sad 2 Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:08
Download
211 Sad 3 Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:09
Download
212 Sad 4 Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:24
Download
213 Ominous Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:09
Download
214 New Body Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:06
Download
215 Attack Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:07
Download
216 Queen For a Day Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:22
Download
217 Red Queen Dead Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:12
Download
218 Black Queen Dead Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:09
Download
219 Jolly 1 Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:07
Download
220 Jolly 2 Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:06
Download
221 Jolly 4 Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:07
Download
222 Bad News Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:11
Download
223 Defeat Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:34
Download
224 Human Aware Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:20
Download
225 Human Theme Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:20
Download
226 Jolly 3 Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:04
Download
227 Jolly 5 Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:05
Download
228 New Colony Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:04
Download
229 Victory Matthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris SchardtMatthew Berardo, Steve Hales, Jack Thorton, Chris Schardt 0:30
Download

Credits

(Sources: In Game, Help File)

Game Rip

Format

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(Info)


SimAnt uses whatever audio device you have setup for music in Windows, so there is no "official" sound to the audio. In the recorded soundtracks above, those starting with a 1 use Sound Blaster 16, those starting with a 2 use AdLib. Both were emulated through DOSBox.

The type 1 MIDI files are located in the .\SOUNDS folder within the installed path.

The game has digital sound effects, but they haven't been extracted. Data strings in the SIMANTW.EXE file contains a reference to a WAV header, and, since this game was made for Windows 3, the sound effects are most likely in WAV format, just compressed among the files. Interestingly, the game SimLife (W16) reuses the same audio driver even to the point of including the SimAnt MIDI names.

Releases

  USA.svg   USA
SimAnt - W16 - USA.jpg
Title: SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony
Platform: Windows 16
Released: 1991-??-??
Publisher: Maxis Software, Inc.
  Germany.svg   Germany
SimAnt - W16 - Germany.jpg
Title: SimAnt: Der Elektronische Ameisen Kolonie
Platform: Windows 16
Released: 1997-??-??
Publisher: Maxis Software, Inc.
  Italy.svg   Italy
SimAnt - W16 - EU.jpg
Title: SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony
Platform: Windows 16
Released: 199?-??-??
Publisher: Dice Multimedia
  Netherlands.svg   Netherlands
SimAnt - W16 - EU.jpg
Title: SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony
Platform: Windows 16
Released: 199?-??-??
Publisher: Dice Multimedia
  Spain.svg   Spain
SimAnt - W16 - EU.jpg
Title: SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony
Platform: Windows 16
Released: 199?-??-??
Publisher: Dice Multimedia
  UK.svg   UK
SimAnt - W16 - EU.jpg
Title: SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony
Platform: Windows 16
Released: 199?-??-??
Publisher: Dice Multimedia

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