Uploaded by YoYoGames member RedSystem back in 2008, Ancient Ants Adventure is a prime example of an indie developer creating a gem of a game and then seemingly disappearing; a pity, because this game is one of about 50 games that I give to friends as an example of great indie games.
A strange hybrid of RTS and shoot-’em-up, you control a small troop of ants on a mission to retrieve missing members of your army, blasting monsters throughout 22 levels as you do so, including some a few boss battles. For a free indie game, it’s very addictive and pretty fulfilling, taking up a fair amount of your time getting through all of the levels on each difficulty and upgrading your ants spells and attacks.
Though you start with three ants (one of which being the commander) that you must strategically set up a formation and choose the right attack (of which there are eight to choose from) for each ant in the formation to use against the creatures of the desert. With quite a high level of replayability and easy controls (mouse and WASD as default), it’s certainly one of those charming and fun indie games that stay on your hard drive. I can’t fully explain why I enjoy this game quite as much as I do, but it feels like an awful lot of work has gone in to it and frankly, it would even have seen success as a paid game.