Idle Ant Colony is an idle game where you will be developing your colony, expanding your empire, and spreading your domination to different areas of the map. Here is what you need to know before starting your empire.
What to expect and how to plan accordingly
Idle Ant Colony is an idle game unlike no other. You will be gathering resources and developing your colony to passively produce, but instead of all your locations being self-sufficient, as is with other titles, each colony will need resources from the other colonies to develop, creating an international effort where each colony relies on the others to thrive.
You should start this game with the consideration that you will not be simply raising other colonies, but building an empire that all webs together, so resource management is actually much more important than in other games. To develop each colony chamber accordingly to the resource they need, as that resource could be in demand across your empire!
Exploring the outside
Each colony has two raw resources for you to collect and later refine through production chambers. Too passively collect raw resources, you have to spend ants to create a trail, who is produced through the Queen. As you conquer locations, you expand your empire, giving you access to resources that give you more resources. I would advise you always try to create new trails in the resource you need the most throughout your empire instead of upgrading unless you don’t have enough ants to make a new trail. This way, you maximize your influx of resources. Check your storage menu to see what is most in demand.
Every now and then, three bugs will appear on your map. Don’t worry! They won’t do anything, but you can tap on them to defeat them for a chance of being rewarded some extra resources.
Developing your colony
Your colony will consist of numerous chambers, all either producing advanced resources for further upgrades, increasing your maximum ant population, or researching, allowing for more buildings, upgrades, and further efficiency.
It is super tempting to upgrade without thinking about it, but this game could end up punishing you for it! When it comes to the production chambers, each colony can produce two more advanced resources, using their predecessors as materials.
For example, in the first colony, the raw material, birch branches, will be refined into a birch log through the Workshop. Those birch logs can then be made into birch planks, through another workshop. The higher level your workshops are, the more material they will use. So if you have two level 50 workshops, one producing logs and another producing plank, you will actually see a huge deficit of logs!
So, when it comes to your production chambers, keep your spare one at a low level so you can micromanage its upgrades by seeing how many resources they consume. The other chambers don’t have this problem, thankfully, so there is only a small, but vital, element of micromanaging.
Research and prestige
I would advise you to prioritize your universities across all of your colonies first, as they produce research. Research is used to build new chambers, upgrade chambers, and enhance your colony’s production efficiency. The first thing you should do is check the research screen, then you should upgrade your universities. It’ll definitely pay off!
The most expensive base research available is the incubator. Once you have built it and leveled it up, you will be able to prestige the colony, increasing its multiplier! The colony and your outside realm will be reset, but it only affects the colony the incubator was a part of, and all of your research remains! Try to prestige as soon as you can for a more profitable empire!
Well, there you have it, everything you need to know to succeed in Idle Ant Colony. Any more helpful tips can be put in the comments below. The game is available for download on the App Store and Google Play. If you are interested in any games, then you can check out my beginner’s guide to Pocket Ants: Colony Simulator.
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