In Ant Hill App the Ants Go Marching More by More

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ant hill iphone appAnt Hill is an entertainment app that puts a simulated ant hill on your iPhone/iPod touch screen and — much like Pocket God — lets you interact with the ants in a sadistic sort of way. Ant Hill was developed by Concrete Software, a company that is no stranger to the App Store and that has several other releases in various categories including Nintaii, Fast Food Calorie Counter, and Spell Checker under their belt. In the case of Ant Hill, what they have achieved is hard to describe in a word, but let’s just say it’s unique.

When you launch Ant Hill, a literal ant hill will materialize on screen and ants start to crawl out of it at an alarming rate that borders on infestation. Frankly, it grosses me out, but then I have actually had a real life ant infestation and I have a very, very strong aversion to insects of most any variety, but hey, at least it isn’t cockroaches. Actually, I think an aversion, or at least indifference, to insects, specifically ants, is what they were going for with Ant Hill.

Ant Hill gives you a couple of different options to interact with the materialized ants, plus you can control the ant population with the sidebar Ant-o-meter. You can activate the accelerometer function and tilt and shake the colony, causing the ants to scatter and their hill to disappear and reappear elsewhere on the screen, or you can drop rocks on them and burn them to a crisp with a magnifying glass. If you are feeling a bit more kind, you can give them a strawberry for their dining pleasure. There is also a race function that pits black ants against red ants in a race to move a rock or finish off their fruit. Finally, you can use the path function to draw a line and watch them march to your direction — hurrah, hurrah.

While Ant Hill is merely a time waster, it is somewhat unique in its own rite. Though I personally would never, ever spend my time observing real ants, let alone simulated ones, I have no doubt there’s an audience for Ant Hill. The graphics are nice and the ants are pretty realistic. I even briefly feel sorry for the black ones that scream in anguish when the random red ants start to chase and attack them. Then I remember what it's like to have ants crawling all over the bathroom and kitchen and I'm pretty much over it.

It's easy to see the similarities between Ant Hill and Pocket God — except that there isn’t near the interaction with the ants in Ant Hill as the islanders in Pocket God and the ants have no personality traits and don't really do anything, after all they're just ants. However, it would appear that the developer has plans for updates that they intend to base on user feed back, so that may be an interesting development to watch.

As it is right now, Ant Hill is available for a sale price of .99 and that is pretty on target. If you are interested in having a uniquely random app featuring an ant population you can control, then grab it now and begin your own sadistic revenge against the ants.

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  • http://www.concretesoftware.com Keith

    Thanks for the great review! We are basing updates to Ant Hill on user suggestions, so PLEASE send any and all suggestions to feedback (at) concretesoftware.com! We really want to add the things people want most. We have released a couple of minor tweaks so far but have a larger update in the works that will address a lot of the requests we've gotten so far.

    Thanks again AppCraver for the review!

  • Grammar Hound

    A FIGURATIVE ant hill will appear on your phone, unless of course you mean that you phone suddenly is infested by actual ants, and your phone is transformed into an actual ant hive.

  • Jennifer

    Technically, the ant hill is neither figurative nor literal, it's virtual, but I hope that's understood. No worries - no Raid is needed to play!

  • http://www.concretesoftware.com Concrete Software

    I like that idea... adding Raid so you can spray the ants!

  • Brian D.

    Other features could be something ants like to eat (for the benevolent among us) or a magnifying glass (for the rest of us).

  • http://www.concretesoftware.com Concrete Software

    We have recently released updates to include options to build a red ant hill as well, set the red and black ants aggressiveness, and set the percentage of red vs. black ants. The new release that is in review now includes Ant Mines!

  • http://www.concretesoftware.com Concrete Software

    The latest version is now live that includes Ant Mines, next up Ant Magnet...

  • http://www.concretesoftware.com Concrete Software

    The Ant Magnet is live! We also included some major performance rework.