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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.9
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.7
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.3
Overall User Score (18 votes) 3.7

Critic Reviews

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The game is presented in superbly animated arcade action with bold and colourful sprites of cartoon quality. The pictures of different rooms are excellently drawn and page almost instantaneously as you charge from one to the next. The sense of humour that pervades the game is demonstrated by the fact that your current energy is represented by the state of a huge roast chicken on the side of the screen - when the chicken is reduced to a heap of bones then you reach the end of your current life.
Crash! (Mar, 1984)
‘Atic Atac is in no way a true adventure but neither is it a shoot the baddies game. But it is one thing — FANTASTIC! There are many types of baddies, ghosts, spiders, ghouls, pumpkins and guest appearances from Frankenstein’s monster, Dracula, Devil Witch and Mummy. You certainly get your money’s worth from content alone! It’s fast moving, fun to play and its originality, graphics and addictiveness make it excellent value for money. This is one of the best arcade games I have seen in a long time.’
The quality of the graphics in this game is the best I've seen from a Spectrum.
Insgesamt gesehen ein Superspiel, das es mit den heutigen auf jeden Fall noch aufnehmen kann (ich finde es sogar besser als z. B. „Alien 8“, da hier mehr Action vorhanden ist!!!).
Your Computer (Feb, 1984)
All in all, Atic Atac is one of the most impressive games I have yet seen on the Spectrum, but do not play it after midnight
Home Computing Weekly (Jan 24, 1984)
Great fun to play. Each game is different enough to maintain interest.
80 (UK) (Oct 10, 2007)
Featuring a degree of compatibility with the short lived and expensive Speccy voice synthesiser add-on, the Currah MicroSpeech, and providing direct inspiration for TV's Knightmare game show, the only real tragedy about this landmark in home games is its "denied" status when it comes to free distribution. If you want to take to the amazing Atic once again, you're going to have to be as creative in your search as the game's characters were when exploring for that elusive golden key.
Retro Gamer (Dec 24, 2016)
Ultimate was already a great developer in 1983, but targeting the 16K Spectrum computer had its drawbacks. Jetpac is a great example – it’s a wonderful game, but it relies wholly on your twitch shoot-’em-up skills. When players wanted a little bit more depth and variety out of their games, Ultimate wasn’t necessarily the company to provide that – or so we thought. There’s a certain moment of realisation that Atic Atac isn’t quite the same as previous Ultimate games – for us, it came the first time that we ventured down into the caverns. When we began to reach the outer limits of the maze, it became clear that Atic Atac was huge and that we’d have to put considerable effort into finding our way around. With over 100 rooms split across five floors, that was no easy task and we had to become organised in our approach by making maps – so while previous Ultimate games were neat little arcade adventures, Atic Atac turned us into videogame cartographers.
Happy Computer (Apr, 1984)
Atic Atac ist nicht nur ein gutes Spiel, man spielt es auch immer wieder! Das Preis-/Leistungsverhältnis ist sehr gut, das Spiel kostet rund 35 Mark.
Sinclair User (Feb, 1984)
Atic Atac is highly recommended for children and adults as the depth of plot and the GAS graphics make it a superb game.