The Ant Bully (video game)

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The Ant Bully
The ant bully.JPG
Developer(s) Artificial Mind and Movement
Publisher(s) Midway Games
Distributor(s) Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Director(s) John A. Davis
Producer(s) Hans Lo
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, GameCube, Game Boy Advance, Microsoft Windows, Wii
Release date(s)
  • NA: July 24, 2006
  • EU: July 28, 2006 (GBA, PS2)
  • EU: August 25, 2006 (PC)
Wii
  • NA: December 5, 2006
  • AUS: March 1, 2007
  • EU: March 2, 2007
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

The Ant Bully is a video game based on the animated movie of the same name. It was released in 2006 alongside the theatrical release of the movie. The story and actions of the game correspond to that of the movie.

Gameplay[edit]

The game is broken down into missions, though the game follows a linear design. The game is a traditional action-adventure game, with players able to use different weapons to clear a mission and advance to the next level.

Plot[edit]

Players control the protagonist, Lucas Nickle, as he is shrunk to a miniature size and forced to work in an ant colony. He goes on many adventures throughout his backyard. From the Cactus Garden, to the Spiders lair, Lucas must overcome the challenges and become an ant. Getting in his way is the local wasp hive and the Exterminator. After overcoming many challenges, Lucas eventually has a mano-a-mano showdown. Lucas first must shoot the Exterminators ear with the Dart bow and avoid his hands and poison. Next, Lucas must blind the Exterminator with the Larva silk squirter. Eventually, Lucas and the wasps drive the Exterminator away after stinging him in the butt. Afterwards, Lucas collects the last of the Fire crystals and returns to normal size.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
GBA GC PC PS2 Wii
Eurogamer N/A N/A N/A N/A 4/10[1]
Game Informer N/A 6.5/10[2] 6.5/10[2] 6.5/10[2] 6.5/10[2]
GameSpot 6.2/10[3] 4.3/10[4] 4.3/10[4] 4.3/10[4] 3.7/10[5]
GameTrailers N/A 5/10[6] 5/10[6] 5/10[6] N/A
GameZone N/A N/A N/A N/A 6.1/10[7]
IGN 4.5/10[8] 5.5/10[9] 5.5/10[9] 5.5/10[9] 4.5/10[10]
Nintendo Power N/A 5/10[11] N/A N/A N/A
Nintendo World Report N/A N/A N/A N/A 4/10[12]
OPM (UK) N/A N/A N/A 4/10[13] N/A
PC Gamer (US) N/A N/A 60%[14] N/A N/A
Detroit Free Press N/A N/A N/A 3/4 stars[15] N/A
The Times N/A N/A N/A 3/5 stars[16] N/A
Aggregate score
Metacritic 54/100[17] 51/100[18] 47/100[19] 52/100[20] 45/100[21]

The Game Boy Advance, PlayStation 2 and GameCube versions received "mixed" reviews, while the PC and Wii versions received "generally unfavorable reviews" according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[17][20][18][19][21]

Detroit Free Press gave the PS2 version a score of three stars out of four and stated: "The best part of the game is Lucas' maneuverability in getting from Point A to Point B. In some instances, he must glide on a rose pedal. In others, he summons other ants through telepathy, and the group either flings Lucas through the air or operates as an impromptu ladder."[15] The Times gave the same console version a score of three stars out of five and said, "This must be one of the first instances in which a video game actually seems like the natural format. But even here, as you acquire weapons, ride wasps and beat up tiny-huge creatures, it seems never to aspire to much beyond adequacy."[16] However, The Sydney Morning Herald gave the PC and PS2 versions two stars out of five, saying, "The twitchy movement makes it unnecessarily difficult to target enemies with your primitive ant weapons (a lock-on button turns out to be little help) and it's all too easy to fall when carefully crawling up walls."[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leadbetter, Richard (May 30, 2007). "Wii Games Roundup (Page 2)". Eurogamer. Retrieved April 11, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d Reeves, Ben (February 2007). "The Ant Bully (GC, PC, PS2, Wii)". Game Informer (166): 102. Archived from the original on January 12, 2008. Retrieved April 10, 2016. 
  3. ^ Provo, Frank (July 31, 2006). "The Ant Bully Review (GBA)". GameSpot. Retrieved April 11, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c Provo, Frank (July 31, 2006). "The Ant Bully Review (GC, PC, PS2)". GameSpot. Retrieved April 11, 2016. 
  5. ^ Provo, Frank (December 18, 2006). "The Ant Bully Review (Wii)". GameSpot. Retrieved April 11, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c "The Ant Bully Review (GC, PC, PS2)". GameTrailers. August 3, 2006. Archived from the original on April 3, 2008. Retrieved April 11, 2016. 
  7. ^ Bedigian, Louis (December 14, 2006). "The Ant Bully - WII - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on October 6, 2008. Retrieved April 11, 2016. 
  8. ^ DeVries, Jack (August 17, 2006). "The Ant Bully Review (GBA)". IGN. Retrieved April 11, 2016. 
  9. ^ a b c Bozon, Mark (August 1, 2006). "The Ant Bully (GCN, PC, PS2)". IGN. Retrieved April 11, 2016. 
  10. ^ Bozon, Mark (January 19, 2007). "The Ant Bully Review (Wii)". IGN. Retrieved April 11, 2016. 
  11. ^ "The Ant Bully (GC)". Nintendo Power. 208: 87. October 2006. 
  12. ^ Rodriguez, Steven (January 2, 2007). "The Ant Bully (Wii)". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved April 11, 2016. 
  13. ^ "The Ant Bully". Official UK PlayStation 2 Magazine: 95. September 2006. 
  14. ^ "The Ant Bully". PC Gamer: 120. November 2006. 
  15. ^ a b Toby, Al (August 20, 2006). "'THE ANT BULLY' (PS2)". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved April 10, 2016. 
  16. ^ a b "The Ant Bully (PS2)". The Times. August 5, 2006. Retrieved April 10, 2016. (subscription required)
  17. ^ a b "The Ant Bully for Game Boy Advance Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved April 10, 2016. 
  18. ^ a b "The Ant Bully for GameCube Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved April 10, 2016. 
  19. ^ a b "The Ant Bully for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved April 10, 2016. 
  20. ^ a b "The Ant Bully for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved April 10, 2016. 
  21. ^ a b "The Ant Bully for Wii Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved April 10, 2016. 
  22. ^ Fish, Eliot (September 16, 2006). "The Ant Bully (PC, PS2)". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved April 10, 2016. 

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