Games that are based on movies are
generally a hit and miss affair and this time, The Ant Bully has
made the transition to the PlayStation 2 which is also based on the
movie with the same name. With that said, Ant Bully follows the
story of Lucas or as known to the ants, “the Destroy” who has a
passion for destroying ant colonies. Unfortunately for this bully,
his just deserts are about to served up when the ants strike back
and shrink Lucas to the size of an ant.
With this strange conception, the gamer
must control Lucas through a world of ants and insects in order to
make penance for his crimes and to find Fugax who is voiced by the
delightful Bruce Campbell. Through guidance by the ants, the player
must navigate their avatar through a world of terrible nasties in
order for Lucas to understand the damage he has caused and hopefully
repent his violent ways.
Ant Bully in its essence is a
traditional arcade game where the player must jump, run and fight
their way through a myriad of different gaming environments in order
to complete missions. These missions generally range between two
extremes of fighting and collecting live pupa. By collecting these
ant larva, you prevent a variety of dangerous and scary insects from
decimating the ant population and this is where the fighting comes
into play as you fight your way through various insects such as pill
bugs and centipedes.
Unfortunately the game becomes rather
repetitive as you get to the crux of the story but every now and
then, the gameplay does change to give you a break from the
of the title such as using wasps to glide through the environment
while you dogfight against exterminators which is kind of cool.
The control system of Ant Bully is a
little strange at the best of times and is a little unresponsive and
moves away from the traditional button system. Interesting enough,
the character will jump automatically without any player input which
becomes frustrating when you try to jump a wide gap in the game.
Through practice however, you eventually understand that you need to run
towards these gaps and cannot just stand on the edge and hope to make
it across. The combat of Ant Bully also suffers a little from the
game controls that makes it difficult to auto lock onto your
enemies, especially when you are trying to change the camera angle.
Graphically, Ant Bully features some
extremely colourful characters that are animated quite well but when
matched with the repetitive background environments, it’s almost as
if you’re playing in the same map over and over again. There are
some special effects in the game such as lighting and reflective
the things like the draw distance and polygon count of the
characters feels like this game is older than it really is.
Soundwise, the game features some great voice acting by Bruce
Campbell but for the more mature gamer, it’s unfortunately not worth
the price of admission. The title also features quite a bit of
background ambience from the sounds of the insect world to the
jungle-music soundtrack that actually goes hand in hand with the
In conclusion Ant Bully feels a little
rushed and unfinished for the more experienced gamer but for those
adults who have kids that loved the movie; this might be a title
that they will enjoy. As a game for adults, Ant Bully would
definitely score a 5 for its gameplay, graphics and replay value...
however as a game for kids, the title would score a 7, depending on