Do you remember the animated features Bug’s Life by Pixar and Antz by DreamWorks Studio? How about a movie Honey, I Shrunk the Kids? They all came out in the same year 1989 and were about adventures from the perspective of a bug. Just like them, the game AntVentor also deals with a tiny protagonist only it actually lets you be one and experience the world in his shoes.
Developed by LoopyMood studio, the game is available for MacOS, Microsoft Windows, Linux, iOS and Android. It costs around $5 more or less depending on the platform, but since it’s coming from an indie studio – it’s nice to show some support.
AntVentor is a point and click adventure taking place in a macroworld from the point of an ant Florentine who is also an inventor. Florentine is a dreamer who lived a simple life working on fulfilling his dreams until you broke his wood chipping device. Now, to make it up to him, you must help Florentine fulfill his dream to travel the world.
The game is the first of three planned chapters in the Antrilogy game series. For fans of point and click this is going to be a truly fun title to play. It features a unique art style which is combined with realistic environments, while Florentine with his big eyes will make you want to help him go to the Moon. The backgrounds seem so real that at times you are not sure if those are photos or rendered pictures. And the way they fit with drawn characters is amazing and shows that there is room for this kind of graphics approach.
Puzzles in the game vary from easy to difficult and even frustrating at times. However, everything is nicely packed in humor and impressive aesthetics that ants will never look the same for you, even if you are not a kid. But really, when it comes to gameplay mechanism, there is nothing to worry about if you are a beginner to the genre. The story and characters of AntVentor are engaging and likable. Through Florentine thoughts, you will get hints, clues, and objectives. So, pay attention to them.
When it comes to map design, it can be a little confusing and needs some work. Although you will get a photo-hint from Florentine, you can get stuck like I did staring at the screen and trying to figure out where to go. On the other hand, puzzles were humorous and witty, and just the way I like them – full of sarcasm. And since LoopyMood is currently working on the second chapter which they say is more ambitious, I hope we will experience that sarcastic humor even more.
Although a small game, AntVentor works fine and the fact that you will be left asking for more speaks a lot about its quality. It may not be perfect, but it is also not trying hard to impress the players. The game just offers fun adventure with a charming character and never promises anything that it can’t deliver. And for that, I recommend that you give it a shot.