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The Hive Mind: Ant Sim Formicarium Kickstarting

Ants are pretty fascinating creatures to just sit and watch. The ease with which they coordinate themselves to accomplish things no single ant could manage alone and their apparent sense of purpose are remarkable. Wouldn’t it be interesting to experience what it’s like to be the one trying to orchestrate that organisation. Fancy being the hive mind ant god and seeing if you can keep a colony of ants running with as much precision as an actual colony seems to? Well, Formicarium is the game for you, so long as you don’t mind seeing copious amounts of legs skittering everywhere.

The idea behind Formicarium is simple enough. You play as essentially a hive mind for a colony of ants, focusing on helping the group grow stronger while avoiding damage. you could come under attack from natural predators like spiders and wasps, infestations, starvation and all sorts of other things that will either kill off your ants of cut down the strength of the colony as a whole. You have to build out your nest across multiple layers, while keeping an eye on the status of an ever growing group of ants. The more ants you have, the more you have to manage. The more you can do, the more risk there is of things going wrong. I like that concept, just a shame there’s so many damn legs.

If you like the idea of digging holes, building a society and are not bothered by mountains of legs, you can check Formicarium on Kickstarter.

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