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Anthill

by Thumbstar Games

Price: $1.99
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
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Latest Updates

What's new in version 1.0.10
  • ***** Thanks for your continued support *****
  • **** New in 1.0.10 update: ****
  • - Fixed issues with Simplified Chinese letters
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Product Details



Product Features

  • Tower defense gameplay
  • Variety of units to deploy
  • A full bestiary of enemies to defeat
  • Simple tap to play interface
  • Upgrade your units

Product Description

A gorgeous strategy game with an award-winning interface, Anthill is based on the real-world behavior of ants. By drawing pheromone trails, you direct your ground forces to different destinations, working with streams of units rather than individuals.

Your mission is to protect the hill as wave upon wave of enemy bugs are thrown at you with tower defense gameplay. Slay a bug carry out air raids upgrade your troops with four types of ants to deploy: workers, soldiers, spitters and drones.

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This will enable us to fix and update the game, making it better for all.

Email us for support here at support@thumbstar.com

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Technical Details

Size: 19.9MB
Version: 1.0.10
Developed By: Thumbstar Games
Application Permissions: ( Help me understand what permissions mean )
  • Open network sockets
  • Write to external storage
Minimum Operating System: Android 2.2
Approximate Download Time: Less than 3 minutes

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This app is great and addictive (in my opinion). It is a strategy game - tower defense style.

Pros:
+ Nice Gameplay
+ Good Graphics
+ Easy to Learn and Play
+ Intuitive
+ Good Design
+ Starts Easy but Gets Harder

Cons:
- $1.99 (This isn't really a con, because the game is worth $1.99, I just don't know where else to put this.)
- Not As Many Upgrades As The Version for iPhone
- Those who are worried about Adware, Spying, IAPs, and Facebook - see the update below

Bottom Line: This is a really great app. It is very addictive, I have been playing it non-stop for three hours. It is $1.99, but it is definitely worth it. I strongly recommend giving this app a try.

Update: I now realize the reason that Adware was detected is because the code base is the same as the lite version, which has ads. The reason Spying and Localytics was detected was because the developer was using it in the free version to see if players bought the upgraded version. The reason Facebook and IAPs was detected was because the iOS version has Facebook and IAPS, so it was in the code base. Because of these reasons I just listed, the app gets another star.
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The game is a simplified "Warcraft II" type game where you have a "nest", select from workers or melee, ranged and air fighters, and try to survive waves of attacks from enemy insects. The game suffers two problems. The first is an out and out bug - when you get to the "BIG BOSS" level, the game is frankly impossible because during the "intro" narrative - when you can't do anything -- the enemy fighters are actually advancing on your nest. No matter how fast you click through, you won't be able to set up to be viable even if you do somehow manage to survive the fist wave. Which brings to the second problem, which is general in nature. With an "expanse" game like the original warcraft, you had many options how to build up your colony over hours and hours. If in the final wave, you got wiped out, you didn't mind starting over. But in this game, as you advance, there is pretty much no margin of error. For example, you can be perhaps 2 seconds "late" to send a melee force out to kill the enemy "tank", but if you are 3 seconds late, too bad, it will get to your next and even if you manage to kill it, you'll have no way to recover. And by "late" I mean before the thing even shows up on the screen. So you have to memorize the levels and make your play in direct reaction to the pre-set waves of assaults you'll encounter. Also, interestingly, when you purchase "skills" with your experience points, the enemies actually get tougher. It seems in some cases these "skills" just don't work - e.g., at the higher levels "goo" does absolutely nothing to slow down the yellow "bee" insects.Read more ›
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As games go, this one has a unique tower defense game play and exceptionally beautiful graphics. It comes with a decent tutorial, too. Frankly, without the garbage this would be a 5-star game. What garbage, you ask? This has some real nasties embedded in it, according to Addons Detector.

According to Addons Detector this app contains the following stuff you don't want:
ADWARE:
- AdMob
- AdSense
- AdWhirl

SPYING:
- Localytics

IN-APP PURCHASING:
- RobotMedia Android Billing

OTHER:
- Facebook Developer Tools

Since I blocked this app from having internet access, I cannot say whether it has advertisements or if it uses Facebook or IAP (In-App Purchasing). I have no intention of finding out the hard way.

At least the game works without internet access.

I gave the app a second star for a few reasons: first, this is a well-designed, innovative game. Second, it has real potential for five stars and I want to encourage that. Third, there are a lot of really, really bad apps out there that are far worse with respect to adware, spying, and IAP.

SUMMARY: This is a decent one to stick in your library - but not install - with the hope that the developer will remove the adware, IAP, spying and so forth.
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Update: I still think this is a great game worth $2, but I'm docking a star for the difficulty in activating buttons and pheromone trails. I got somewhat better at it with practice, but it is still problematic.

This is a visually luscious, real-time strategy game where you defend an ant hill from attacking foes while collecting resources. There are four types of ants--worker, soldier, spitter, bomber--each with a unique set of abilities. You deploy ants by drawing pheromone trails with your finger and assigning the type of ant that should walk the trail. Missions vary the types of opponents, terain, and objectives. This leads to surprisingly varied game play. A great game, easily worth $1.99.

At times the buttons are a bit difficult to activate. This may result from the combination of my large fingers and playing on 7inch tablet. I'm not sure how this would play on a small-screened smart phone.

It would also be nice if there were more upgrades.

I've been playing for several hours and I'm less than 1/4 of the way through the game.

Checking Avast! Mobile Security, there is no internet traffic or privacy issues. Also, the CEO of the company that made this game has indicated that there was some adware code left over from a free version of the game but that will be removed. See at this link:
http://www.amazon.com/review/R1HOCTTRM5D9FG/ref=cm_cd_pg_next?ie=UTF8&asin=B00CBTA0NK&cdForum=Fx2EK7XN1375OS9&cdPage=2&cdThread=Tx36W40QI8LXJXR&store=mobile-apps#wasThisHelpful
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