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Dead Like Ants

by C.E.J. Pacian profile

Fantasy
2009

About the Story

You play as a young woman in red overalls, a red worker ant. Every spring, five dangerous creatures visit the tree and threaten the village, and every spring, the Queen sends one of her daughters to negotiate with them. This spring, the Queen wants you to be that daughter.


Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: March 23, 2009
Current Version: 6
License: Freeware
Development System: TADS 3
Baf's Guide ID: 3188
IFID: F45B1592-DA5D-7722-45B7-100B1E55D763
TUID: x8toy0ku3y2af6se

Off-Site Reviews

Jay Is Games
The premise of Dead Like Ants seems straightforward enough: resolve the conflicts posed by the five dangerous creatures threatening the colony. This could easily become an epic quest, but Pacian chooses instead to go down a simpler, more poetic route. The game's main goal is not so much to present a steep intellectual challenge as it is to tell a story and offer a thought-provoking experience; on those counts, the game succeeds brilliantly. Pacian possesses real talents in the realms of language and characterization, and the game's insect cast in particular benefits from his (or is it her?) skills. (by Jess)
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SPAG
Dead Like Ants was a joy to play. As short and simple as it is, it packs a great deal of emotion, effortless whimsy, and a strange kind of humor which is dark yet not depressing. In the afterword, the author credits Lewis Carroll as inspiration, a muse whose contribution is powerfully felt without coming across as derivative in the slightest. And the prose is so... the only word I can think of is smooth, by which I mean that it succeeds in being elegantly sparse without sacrificing evocativeness. The parser will rarely give you a response over a line or two long, and yet each description contains all the information you need and still pulls off sounding downright pretty. (by Nate Dovel)
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Brass Lantern
EnvComp Reviews
Includes reviews of Dead Like Ants by Greg Boettcher, Stephen Granade, Jon Ingold, Jacqueline A. Lott, Mike Roberts, Dan Shiovitz, Lucian Smith, Mike Sousa, Duncan Stevens and Jake Wildstrom.
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  v.11: 07-Jul-2018 16:03 - David Welbourn (Current Version) - Edit Page - Normal View
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v.8: 24-Feb-2013 10:49 - Edward Lacey
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v.7: 24-Feb-2013 10:48 - Edward Lacey
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v.6: 17-Jul-2009 14:40 - Nate Dovel
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v.5: 29-Apr-2009 20:19 - Dave Chapeskie
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v.4: 15-Apr-2009 14:31 - David Welbourn
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v.3: 29-Mar-2009 02:14 - Dan Shiovitz
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v.2: 29-Mar-2009 02:09 - Dan Shiovitz
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v.1: 24-Mar-2009 12:57 - David Welbourn
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