General info for: Ant Attack [#ID: 210]
Title:
Release Date:
1983
Original Publisher:
Contributors:
Availability:
Available
Message Language:
Machine Type:
ZX-Spectrum 48K
Maximum Players:
1
Graphical Views:
Screen Movements:
Original Price:
£6.95
Original Price according to SPOT/SPEX:
7.95
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Other platforms:
Average mag. score:
71.17% (6 reviews)
Annual Awards:
3rd place in the C&VG 1983 Golden Joystick Awards - Best Original Game.

Rank #09 - 1984 Sinclair User Top 50 Spectrum Software Classics
Known Errors:
The 1984 microdrive version (on the Games Cartridge) is slightly corrupt.
When playing the boy, after landing from a jump the graphic is "damaged":



Geoff Wearmouth explains:
"The tape version of Ant Attack has a short 76 byte BASIC bootstrap which then loads the entire 41K memory map including BASIC up to 65535. That affords a good level of copy protection.

For microdrive loading a 600 byte buffer was required for a start. This was achieved by using variables to replace zero in the substantial BASIC program.

Andy Pennell was responsible for duplicating the Games Cartridge. Because of the way LDIR works you often get copies of BASIC and machine code in the spare section of memory. It is never cleaned.

Andy would have tried to reduce the loading time as much as possible.

At the end of the tape there are several K of zero bytes. easily recognisable and these will have been cut out.

Also 6K was trimmed from the BASIC by using variables for 0 and -1 in DATA statements - tape left, microdrive right.



Unlike the Tape version which has no LOAD command the microdrive version has a line 9999 which loads the code from microdrive and then executes machine code. This among other things assembles 'RUN' + CHR$13 in memory somewhere, manipulates the error stack pointer so that instead of the Program finished message it autostarts from false BASIC.
The graphics corruption is in the region of the normal stack position and I think that at loading or during preparation the block has been saved with a normal RAMTOP."

Ant Attack image, screenshot or loading screen
Ant Attack image, screenshot or loading screen
User Score
Score:
8.3
Total votes:
27


Stats:
  10:  
  14.8% (4)
  9:  
  37% (10)
  8:  
  22.2% (6)
  7:  
  18.5% (5)
  6:  
  7.4% (2)

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Quicksilva Ltd (UK)
1983
AntAttack.tap.zip
English
Quicksilva Ltd (UK)
1983
AntAttack.tzx.zip
English
Hansesoft GmbH (Germany)
1983
AntAttack(HansesoftGmbH).tzx.zip
English
Microbyte [ES] (Spain)
1987
AntAttack(Hormigas)(Microbyte1).tzx.zip
Spanish

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Releases
1983
£6.95
1983
1983
1900.00 Ptas
Hormigas
1987
Hormigas
Authors/Contributors
Sandy White (UK)     
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Inlay/Poster Art
Compilations featuring this title
Date: 1987
Release Type: Full version
Alternate Title: Hormigas
Date: 1983
Release Type: Full version
Alternate Title:
Title: Soft Aid
Date: 1985
Release Type: Full version
Alternate Title:
Date: 1984
Release Type: Full version
Alternate Title: Anttown-3D
Publisher: Magazine Your Sinclair - covertape from issue #81 - 1992/Sep
Date: 1992/Sep
Release Type: Full version
Alternate Title:
Titles in "Ant Attack" Series
Number: 1
Title: Ant Attack
Release: 1983
Number: 2
Release: 1984
Page: 16 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Review
Score: 85%
Page: 60 (PDF) (VIEW)
Score: 85%
Page: 79 (PDF) (VIEW)
Score: 85%
Page: 15 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Review - Nuevo
Page: 51 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Review
Score: 7/10
Page: 67 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Review
Score: 4/5
Page: 111 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Feature - Ant Attack
Page: 69 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Feature - The ACE guide to THE GREATEST GAMES of all time (probably)
Page: 56 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: News/Note
Page: 8 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Letters
Page: 79 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: News/Note
Page: 5 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Letters
Page: 62 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Offer
Page: 22 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Feature - The Spectrum Collection - 15 classics
Page: 52 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Tips
Page: 100 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Tips
Page: 84 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Tips
Page: 87 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Tips
Page: 70 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: News/Note
Page: 83 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Feature - Run It Again: 3D isometric games
Issue: 1984/Nov
Page: 47 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Feature - Chart Toppers '84
Page: 29 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Feature - Supercincuenta
Page: 92 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Feature - Challenge Chamber
Page: 100 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Feature - Challenge Chamber
Page: 110 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Letters
Page: 121 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Feature - Challenge Chamber
Page: 12 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Feature - Sandy White interview
Page: 24 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: News/Note
Issue: 1999/Sep
Page: 0
Article Type: Information
Page: 88 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Feature - Sandy White interview
Page: 55 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: News/Note
Page: 5 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: CoverGame
Page: 28 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Hack/Poke
Page: 0 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Map
Page: 0 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Poster
Page: 50 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Feature - The Ant Man Cometh! (Sandy White interview)
Page: 52 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: CompoEntry
Page: 6 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: News/Note
Page: 19 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Letters
Page: 17 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Letters
Page: 58 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: News/Note
Page: 6 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: CompoResult
Page: 6 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: News/Note
Page: 73 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: News/Note
Page: 103 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Advert
Page: 23 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Advert
Page: 0 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Advert
Page: 2 (PDF) (VIEW)
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Page: 2 (PDF) (VIEW)
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Page: 2 (PDF) (VIEW)
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Page: 2 (PDF) (VIEW)
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Page: 9 (PDF) (VIEW)
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Page: 140 (PDF) (VIEW)
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Page: 164 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Advert
Page: 58 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Advert
Page: 27 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Full-page ad
Issue: 1984/Jan
Page: 70 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Advert
Issue: 1984/Mar
Page: 11 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Advert
Issue: 1984/Apr
Page: 16 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Advert
Issue: 1984/May
Page: 20 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Advert
Issue: 1984/Jun
Page: 18 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Advert
Issue: 1984/Jul
Page: 26 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Advert
Page: 94 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Advert
Page: 95 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Full-page ad
Page: 112 (PDF) (VIEW)
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Page: 128 (PDF) (VIEW)
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Page: 112 (PDF) (VIEW)
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Page: 174 (PDF) (VIEW)
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Page: 139 (PDF) (VIEW)
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Page: 103 (PDF) (VIEW)
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Page: 112 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Advert
Page: 4 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Full-page ad - not a Spectrum advert
Page: 8 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Full-page ad - not a Spectrum advert
Page: 43 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Advert
Page: 68 (PDF) (VIEW)
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Page: 164 (PDF) (VIEW)
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Page: 204 (PDF) (VIEW)
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Page: 87 (PDF) (VIEW)
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Page: 16 (PDF) (VIEW)
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Page: 105 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Review (Soft Aid)
Page: 22 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Review - Nuevo (Soft Aid)
Page: 15 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Review (Soft Aid)
Page: 11 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: News/Note (Soft Aid)
Page: 56 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: News/Note (Soft Aid)
Page: 8 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Preview (Soft Aid)
Page: 58 (PDF) (VIEW)
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Page: 87 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Letters (Soft Aid)
Page: 60 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Letters (Soft Aid)
Page: 15 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: News/Note (Soft Aid)
Page: 1 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: News/Note (Soft Aid)
Page: 5 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: News/Note - Soft Aid finalised (Soft Aid)
Page: 5 (PDF) (VIEW)
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Page: 7 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: News/Note - SoftAid going strong (Soft Aid)
Page: 4 (PDF) (VIEW)
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Page: 1 (PDF) (VIEW)
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Page: 3 (PDF) (VIEW)
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Page: 4 (PDF) (VIEW)
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Page: 10 (PDF) (VIEW)
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Page: 11 (PDF) (VIEW)
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Page: 14 (PDF) (VIEW)
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Page: 66 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Full-page ad (Soft Aid)
Page: 38 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Advert (Soft Aid)
Page: 44 (PDF) (VIEW)
Article Type: Full-page ad (Soft Aid)
Page: 135 (PDF) (VIEW)
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Page: 110 (PDF) (VIEW)
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