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"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?" - Laura Kate Dale @ rockpapershotgun.com

"I’ve been wildly interested in ants since an early age, and have often wished that there were more games that allowed you to take control of an ant colony[...]" - Alehkhs @ Tigsource.com

"Having an ant colony without getting hands dirty is a lot easier when it’s just a touchscreen." - Luke Siuty @ indiegamemag.com

"The art style is unique, [..] lively with things moving around the screen at all times." - Marcus Estrada @ cliqist.com

"I love how this is coming along! This is gonna be one of my most-played games, I can feel it. " - rabidgam3r from bay12forums.com

"A beautifully geometrical and colorful art style...a wide variety of animal species...a full genetic system to endow every member of your colony with its own unique traits." -muntdefems @ gamingonlinux.com

"Hopefully, with a little more backing from you, Formicarium will be ready to invade our homes soon." @ http://gamershonesttruth.com/ght-ant-pants-formicarium/

Formicarium is a strategic simulation game for mobile devices, Mac and PC. Players become the invisible mind guiding an ant-hive through difficulties and dangers, such as starvation, predators, infestation and invasion. Every organism in the Formicarium microcosm, from plants to insects, lives and perishes according to the biological rules governing the natural world.

As the mind behind the hive, you can enlist the ants to dig tunnels, strengthen walls with earth and stone, build above and underground structures, create larvae & pupae nurseries, cultivate subterranean fungi gardens and more. 

As in nature, Formicarium will include extraordinary ant species, including acid sprayers, honey pots, tiny nest maintenance ants, enormous tank ants, poison attack ants, leaf-cutting specialists, suicide bombers and more. 

Formicarium uses a simplified model of genetics as a game-play element, so that you can design the very body and genetic expression of your ants, shaping them to your needs as a player.

The casual game-play option allows you to interact with creatures at a comfortable pace. You get to care for your natural world through experimentation, observing how different actions produce different results. This is a mode for exploring, learning, discovering and experiencing the environment of Formicarium, without worrying about relentless attacks.

You can also enter Formicarium’s competitive mode, where the adventure intensifies. Here, your carnivorous ants are racing to secure sufficient sustenance in the form of earthworms and beetles. At the same time, predatory arachnids seek to search and destroy, pregnant wasps are desperate to lay their eggs in your ants’ bodies and uncontrollable infestations of mites or fungi threaten sweep the colony.

Far more complex than a simple platform game, Formicarium is strategy-based and tactically-driven. A bit like a chess player who must think several moves in advance, players must anticipate how their interventions will affect the complex, fragile and beautiful ecosystem. Formicarium utilizes the power of modern computers not just for stunning graphics, but also for the procedural creation of an environment in a state of constant evolution, according to a biologically-faithful genetic imprint.

If you love challenging cult-classics like Dungeon Keeper and Dwarf Fortress, or watching a world unfold under your care and influence, as in the Sims and SimCity, then Formicarium is exactly the sort of game that will delight and engage you. Thank you for supporting us by donating to our Kickstarter to purchase earlybird copies of Formicarium! And thank you for sharing our Kickstarter page on Facebook (Formicarium2014), Twitter (@Ants2014) and among your friends! Every small donation actually counts for a lot. And, even if you cannot pledge money, you can support us simply by sharing the message of Formicarium's Kickstarter. Thank you so much! 

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With your support, we will use this funding to fully devote the next six months to the continued creation and completion of Formicarium, which will be available for mobile, Mac & PC. We have already invested the past six months of our own savings into the development of an early, working prototype of the game. Together, with your help, we are eager to and confident that we can deliver an extraordinary product to all of our Kickstarter community backers within a six-month time frame.

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    Meet the Team: Visit Berlin, hang in our office, talk Formicarium! We'll design one insect together and collaborate in the process of adding it to the game. Includes a 3-day airbnb stay, private city tour and visit to the computer game museum or natural history museum. (Airfare not included.) Includes digital soundtrack, digital artwork, as well as copies of both desktop and mobile.

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