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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 Now the girl's heart will be extracted with a rusty spoon. Retro Pre-Colombian ritual. Very fashionable.
Ant Attack ZX Spectrum This game is so well done that I even can't properly make fun of it.
Ant Attack ZX Spectrum The last exciting moments before completing the game.
Ant Attack ZX Spectrum Looking for Escher - A terror triangular love story.

- Yuuhu! Escher baby, where are you?

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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 Apr, 1984 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 100
Crash! Feb, 1984 85 out of 100 85 (UK) Oct 10, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Retrogaming History Mar 15, 2010 8 out of 10 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Dec, 1983 30 out of 40 75
Personal Computer Games Feb, 1984 7 out of 10 70
Pixel Jul, 1984 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars 68
Happy Computer Feb, 1984 Unscored Unscored
MicroHobby Nov 13, 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)
ududy (59) added Ant Attack (ZX Spectrum) on Oct 08, 2004
Other platforms contributed by Martin Smith (78737)
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