General info for: Ant Attack
Title:
Ant Attack
Original Release Year:
Original Publisher:
Authors:
Sandy White, Angela Sutherland, David Rowe
Message Language:
Machine Type:
ZX-Spectrum 48K
Genre:
Maximum Players:
1
Original Price:
£6.95
Spanish Price:
1900 ptas.
Comments:
3rd place in the C&VG 1983 Golden Joystick Awards - Best Original Game.
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."
Derived titles:
Other platforms:
Original WoS Score:
8.48 (281 votes)

http://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/pub/sinclair/screens/in-game/a/AntAttack.gif screenshot
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Releases
£6.95
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Compilations featuring this title
Release Year: 1983
Title: Soft Aid
Release Year: 1985
Release Year: 1984
Release Year: 1992
Titles in "AntAttack" Series
Number: 1
Title: Ant Attack
Release: 1983
Number: 2
Release: 1984
Page: 111
Article Type: Feature - Ant Attack
Page: 69
Article Type: Feature - The ACE guide to THE GREATEST GAMES of all time (probably)
Page: 31
Article Type: Review
Page: 56
Article Type: News/Note
Page: 8
Article Type: Letters
Page: 79
Article Type: News/Note
Page: 5
Article Type: Letters
Page: 62
Article Type: Offer
Page: 22
Article Type: Feature - The Spectrum Collection - 15 classics
Page: 16
Article Type: Review - http://www.crashonline.org.uk/01/antattack.htm
Page: 60
Article Type: LivingGuide
Page: 60
Article Type: Review
Page: 79
Article Type: LivingGuide - http://www.crashonline.org.uk/03/lguide13.htm
Page: 79
Article Type: Review
Page: 52
Article Type: Tips
Page: 100
Article Type: Tips
Page: 98
Article Type: Review - http://www.crashonline.org.uk/07/crshback.htm
Page: 84
Article Type: Tips
Page: 87
Article Type: Tips
Page: 70
Article Type: News/Note - http://www.crashonline.org.uk/11/news.htm
Page: 83
Article Type: Feature - Run It Again: 3D isometric games
Page: 83
Article Type: Feature - http://www.crashonline.org.uk/51/runagain.htm
Page: 83
Article Type: Review
Issue: 1984/11
Page: 47
Article Type: Feature - Chart Toppers '84
Page: 6
Article Type: News/Note
Page: 17
Article Type: Review
Page: 15
Article Type: Nuevo
Page: 29
Article Type: Supercincuenta
Page: 51
Article Type: Review
Page: 92
Article Type: Feature - Challenge Chamber
Page: 100
Article Type: Feature - Challenge Chamber
Page: 110
Article Type: Letters
Page: 121
Article Type: Feature - Challenge Chamber
Page: 58
Article Type: Review
Page: 12
Article Type: Feature - Sandy White interview
Page: 7
Article Type: Letters
Page: 7
Article Type: Letters
Page: 37
Article Type: Tips
Page: 52
Article Type: Tips
Issue: 1983/11
Page: 24
Article Type: News/Note
Issue: 1999/9
Page: 0
Article Type: Information - http://icemark.net/zx/SSD-III/servlet/ssd/title/exact/3D%20Ant%20Attack
Page: 88
Article Type: Feature - Sandy White interview
Page: 88
Article Type: Feature - http://www.sincuser.f9.co.uk/021/grphics.htm
Issue: 1983/11
Page: 55
Article Type: News/Note
Issue: 1983/11
Page: 67
Article Type: Review
Page: 5
Article Type: CoverGame
Page: 28
Article Type: Hack/Poke
Page: 0
Article Type: Map - http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~jg27paw4/yr02/yr02_ant.htm
Page: 0
Article Type: Poster - http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~jg27paw4/yr02/yr02_ant.htm
Page: 50
Article Type: Feature - The Ant Man Cometh! (Sandy White interview)
Page: 50
Article Type: Feature - http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~jg27paw4/yr02/yr02_50.htm
Page: 52
Article Type: CompoEntry
Page: 6
Article Type: News/Note
Page: 19
Article Type: Letters
Page: 17
Article Type: Letters - http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~jg27paw4/yr04/yr04_17.htm
Page: 58
Article Type: News/Note
Page: 6
Article Type: CompoResult
Page: 6
Article Type: News/Note
Page: 73
Article Type: News/Note
Page: 103
Article Type: Advert
Page: 23
Article Type: Advert
Page: 0
Article Type: Advert
Page: 2
Article Type: Advert
Page: 2
Article Type: Advert
Page: 2
Article Type: Advert
Page: 2
Article Type: Advert
Page: 2
Article Type: Advert
Page: 2
Article Type: Advert
Page: 2
Article Type: Advert
Page: 9
Article Type: Advert
Page: 2
Article Type: Advert
Page: 140
Article Type: Advert
Page: 164
Article Type: Advert
Page: 58
Article Type: Advert
Page: 27
Article Type: Full-page ad
Issue: 1984/1
Page: 70
Article Type: Advert
Issue: 1984/3
Page: 11
Article Type: Advert
Issue: 1984/4
Page: 16
Article Type: Advert
Issue: 1984/5
Page: 20
Article Type: Advert
Issue: 1984/6
Page: 18
Article Type: Advert
Issue: 1984/7
Page: 26
Article Type: Advert
Page: 94
Article Type: Advert
Page: 95
Article Type: Full-page ad
Page: 112
Article Type: Advert
Page: 128
Article Type: Advert
Page: 112
Article Type: Advert
Page: 112
Article Type: Advert
Page: 14
Article Type: Advert
Page: 31
Article Type: Advert
Page: 12
Article Type: Advert
Page: 4
Article Type: Full-page ad
Page: 32
Article Type: Full-page ad
Page: 13
Article Type: Full-page ad
Page: 11
Article Type: Full-page ad
Page: 32
Article Type: Advert
Page: 174
Article Type: Advert
Page: 139
Article Type: Advert
Page: 103
Article Type: Advert
Page: 112
Article Type: Advert
Page: 2
Article Type: Advert
Page: 32
Article Type: Advert
Page: 36
Article Type: Advert
Page: 14
Article Type: Advert
Page: 4
Article Type: Full-page ad - not a Spectrum advert
Page: 8
Article Type: Full-page ad - not a Spectrum advert
Page: 43
Article Type: Advert
Page: 68
Article Type: Advert
Page: 164
Article Type: Advert
Page: 204
Article Type: Advert
Page: 172
Article Type: Advert
Page: 148
Article Type: Advert
Page: 148
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Page: 148
Article Type: Advert
Page: 148
Article Type: Advert
Page: 148
Article Type: Advert
Page: 148
Article Type: Advert
Page: 148
Article Type: Advert
Page: 172
Article Type: Advert
Issue: 1983/11
Page: 253
Article Type: Advert
Issue: 1984/1
Page: 141
Article Type: Advert
Issue: 1984/3
Page: 19
Article Type: Advert
Issue: 1984/4
Page: 66
Article Type: Advert
Issue: 1984/5
Page: 64
Article Type: Advert
Issue: 1984/6
Page: 107
Article Type: Advert
Issue: 1984/7
Page: 74
Article Type: Advert
Issue: 1984/9
Page: 132
Article Type: Advert
Issue: 1984/10
Page: 102
Article Type: Advert
Page: 33
Article Type: Advert
Page: 52
Article Type: Advert
Page: 9
Article Type: Advert
Page: 87
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Page: 16
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