Spectrum 2.0

Review of 'Ant Attack'

Rating:5 User: Matt_B

This is a real favourite of mine. There was nothing like it graphically at the time - even Knight Lore only came out a year or so later - and it's as much a work of art as a computer game.

Some say that the gameplay is lacking, and they might be right, but I think it's good fun anyway. It certainly worked out a lot more playable than Sandy White's other games, but that's not really saying much. Getting the last few people out alive can be a bit tricky as you've got to do things like run across gaps and jump on the backs of ants. Exploring the city and figuring out what all the buildings are supposed to be is rather enjoyable too.

Another criticism this game gets that I think is a little unfair is that there are too many keys. You only really need to use four of them most of the time and only make an occasional prod at the others. The different view angles sometimes help when you're looking for people to rescue. The grenades are pretty ineffectual for the most part but you might occasional take out an ant rather than blow yourself up with them.

Innovative and fun to play, at least once you've got the hang of it, this is a real Spectrum classic; one of the games that made it a must-have home computer in the early 80s.