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Langton's Ant

Langton's Ant

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Langton's Ant is actually a two-dimensional cell automaton that evolves by following very simple rules.
It was invented by scientist Christopher Langton in 1986 and helped to highlight an example of emergent behavior.

The two basic rules are:
¤ If the ant is on a black square, it turns right, changes the color to white and moves forward
¤ If the ant is on a white square, it turns left, changes the color to black and moves forward

These simple rules lead to a surprising behavior of the ant:
The ant builds a road that repeat indefinitely

Here are the main features of my implementation:

¤ Changing the speed
¤ Changing the size of the world
¤ Changing the background color
¤ Changin the rules:
- 35 predefined rules
- create your own rules
¤ Creation of multiple states automatons
¤ Add as many ant as you want, simply by touching the screen!

There are many extensions (several colors, states, etc.) but it's up to you to discover them.

"READ_PHONE_STATE" permission is only used for the Hooked SDK !

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Recently changed in this version

* Minor fixes
* 2 more rules

Comments and ratings for Langton's Ant
  • (66 stars)

    by Patrick Ervine on 08/06/2014

    This is a great app for creating reactions out of a word. (You know, typing into the generate box under settings) My favorite thing to type into the box is OAT, which creates unstable rods that explode when you tap them (You must have max speed of ants to make these rods. BTW it only works sometimes. Restart the app to fix the issue with the rods instantly blowing up.)

  • (66 stars)

    by Graham Knight on 07/06/2014

    Thought provoking

  • (66 stars)

    by Gabriel Kitchen on 04/06/2014

    The game was epic.Nuff said!

  • (66 stars)

    by Todd Turner on 20/05/2014

    They change their answer to "didn't like the app" and move forward.

  • (66 stars)

    by Nicholas Bodley on 19/05/2014

    It reminds one of Conway's Life, and is a quite-worthy addition to these cellular automata. It's more colorful, though, and often lots of fun to watch. A good number of examples and contributions are included. User interface is simple and intuitive.

  • (66 stars)

    by Randy Carvalho on 02/03/2014

    On screen buttons shift after a delay revealing ads that you inadvertently click. Annoying and deceptive to all parties involved.

  • (66 stars)

    by Jeffrey Hartigan on 01/02/2014

    Work's well on the Asus tf101