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Ant Attack is an action game which innovated the usage of three freedom grades for an isometric perspective game. The freely explorable city, identified in the inlay blurb as Antescher, a combination of Ant and Escher, the famous visual paradox artist, is teeming with deadly giant ants. The player controls a boy or a girl and races around the city trying to find his/her lost half while jumping on structures to avoid the ants, or fighting the insects by either jumping on them or throwing grenades. When the hostage is found, the protagonist needs to guide him/her into safeness. Then the next round, with higher difficulty and the hostage being placed at another point, begins. The perspective can be switched to four 90° turned views.


Ant Attack ZX Spectrum The Ant's fangs pierced the lover's ankle soaking it with a slobbering pestilent fluid making her bursting in a scream. When he turned is face over the only thing he was carrying was her hand.
Ant Attack Commodore 64 Title screen
Ant Attack ZX Spectrum The first love of your life... I think the authors had a crush... [retro gossip] (in fact she's just the first of ten victims to be saved, nothing more, but one wonders why all with the same sex?)
Ant Attack ZX Spectrum Sit you lousy... (pause) (I would not consider these monsters as ants. Anyway, the player managed to paralyse one of the beasts and made a very creative sofa with its carcass)

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Alternate Titles

  • "Soft Solid 3D Ant Attack" -- Common intepretation of title
  • "Hormigas" -- Spanish title

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Critic Reviews

Tilt ZX Spectrum Apr, 1984 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 100
Crash! ZX Spectrum Feb, 1984 85 out of 100 85
Retrogaming History ZX Spectrum Mar 15, 2010 8 out of 10 80 (UK) ZX Spectrum Oct 10, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Your Commodore Commodore 64 Jan, 1985 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Info Commodore 64 Mar, 1985 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Personal Computer Games ZX Spectrum Feb, 1984 7 out of 10 70
Pixel ZX Spectrum Jul, 1984 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars 68
MicroHobby ZX Spectrum Nov 13, 1984 Unscored Unscored
Happy Computer ZX Spectrum Feb, 1984 Unscored Unscored


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According to Edge, this is the first game that allowed players to choose between a male and female protagonist.


  • ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
    • March 1991 (issue #42) - Included in the list Greatest Games of all Time in category Original Games (editorial staff choice)

Related Web Sites

  • 3D Ant Attack homepage (This is written by the game's developer. It has pictures of the artwork, cassette inlay, anecdotes about the game's development, a Java playable version of the game, and a link to the development site of Ant Attack PC)
  • Retro Remakes: 3D Ant attack (Freeware remake by Andrew Nixon)
  • Wikipedia (free Encyclopedia entry)
  • World of Spectrum (downloadable releases; additional material; remakes links; player reviews; magazine references; magazine adverts)
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