Friday Game Time: Swarmsim - a game of numbers, bugs, and waiting


SwarmSim is a dumb game. It isn't even a game, really. It's like if a stopwatch and an excel sheet had a baby and the baby grew up to be an entomologist, but like a really shitty one that dropped out of school halfway through to write science fiction stories.


You start out with some Drones that collect meat, and from the meat you gain larva. Get enough larva and you can hatch more drones to collect more meat to beget more larva, and the cycle continues, just as it does in nature.

Real-time Swarm action

Eventually with enough drones and larva, you get the ability to make Queens. The Queens exist to poop out Drones. With more Queens, you make drones quicker and eventually you can create Nests, and so forth. These all get upgraded as you go; for example, I currently earn 2.78510 novendecillion meat per second. That's 2,785,100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,
000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 per second. Did I mention you also get to learn about weird made-up numbers like novendecillion and quinquadecillion? Because you do.

Eventually the game expands into real estate as you create different bugs to claim territory or something. I think the territory is used to level up your larva? Honestly I don't know, but I'll be darned if I'm not proud of the hard work being done by my wasps, arachnomorphs, and culicimorphs.

There is more to it, like collecting “energy” and “ascending” which I think means going into outer space. You also learn all about real and made-up bugs like goons and chilopodomorphs and also bats for some reason, which seems very counterproductive to keep around your bug empire but whatever.

Like I said, the game is super dumb, but like cordyceps to an ant, it will infest your time and make you a zombie to it. You might forget about it for a week or two, but eventually it will crawl it’s way back to you. I apologize in advance.

Hell yeah, I just unlocked a hive empress.