Product Type: other Gameboy games
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I'll stay in the anthill, thanks.
Member Name: thole09
Disadvantages: Audio, Video
"Antz" takes its storyline from the well known animated film of the same title and creates a sub-par "platform adventure" game. The player will control the main ant protagonist in "Z" and guide him on quests as dictated at the beginning of the game. As per most platform games, this usually involves collecting specific objects or locating certain "persons".
Gameplay is simple and well executed. There are numerous obstacles to avoid throughout this title, and this is done by either tapping the "A" button to jump or "B" to use an equipped weapon for repelling enemies. Something which isn't often featured in similar platform titles are ropes, ladders and other climbing instruments. It was a pleasing break to see these featured rather heavily throughout this game. Unfortunately, though, the redeeming qualities of gameplay are offset by the poor audio and video implementations.
The illustrations and animations featured within this title appear to be very amateurishly produced. I found the colours to be rather lackluster for the Gameboy Color console, and did not make use of the readily available technology which this console had at the time. The player's main character appears to be almost a stick figure wearing a costume; very poorly resembling what is meant to be an ant from the motion picture.
Audio, too, was of a poor quality and featured next to no variation. The music by default is set at far too high of a level which offsets much of the backing sound effects. That is not a bad thing, though, as there only appear to be two variations of "beep" when the user performs an action. This all becomes highly repetitive and an annoyance as the game progresses.
"Antz" is not a title I would recommend to anyone, especially to fans of the film as it might taint their otherwise good perception of the brand.
Summary: A title to be avoided