Spectrum 2.0

Review of 'Ant Attack'

Rating:5 User: Digital Prawn

A real ground-breaking title. One of the first games I ever played which employs a true isometric projection. OK, so I might have played Q-bert on the Atari 2600 before this, but that game sports a much simpler form of isometric graphics and can't really be compared.

In Ant Attack, the 3D viewing direction can be rotated and the sprites (i.e. the player and the ants) can move behind the walls. So it really is a new level of true 3D realism. The stippling effect really works well, effectively providing different levels of grey-scale in order to present a realistic 3D environment. Given that colour is generally unavailable in isometric titles on the speccy because of the obvious need for diagonal edges, this is about a good a job that could reasonably be expected.

Funny thing about this game is the main menu, with use of the default ROM font and simple presentation. Also, the BASIC-like sound effects, like when a new game starts or when you run out of time. These things really show that the game was very much of the early period in the speccy's software history. Yet when the game actually starts, it's amazingly ahead of its time and of course crucially, once you get the hang of the keys, it's very enjoyable to play too.