Anteater

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The [Coin-Op] Arcade Video Game by Tago Electronics

DESCRIPTION
[Coin-Op] Arcade Video Game

Anteater © 1982 Tago Electronics


A maze game where you play an anteater that elongates his sticky tongue through maze-like anthills eating ants, other bugs and insects.
TECHNICAL
PICTURE :
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Anteater machine
Click to enlarge (members only)
Main CPU : Zilog Z80 (@ 3.072 Mhz)
Sound CPU : Zilog Z80 (@ 1.78975 Mhz)
Sound Chips : (2x) General Instrument AY8910 (@ 1.78975 Mhz)

Screen orientation : Vertical
Video resolution : 224 x 256 pixels
Screen refresh : 60.61 Hz
Palette colors : 99

Players : 2
Control : 4-way joystick
Buttons : 1
TRIVIA
Freddie Morrish holds the record for this game with 219,320 points on October 9, 1983.

Anteater is known in UK as "The Anteater" and in Germany as "Ameisenbaer".
SCORING
Larvae : 10 points.
Ant : 100 points bonus.
Worm : 200 points.
Queen Ant : 1,000 points.
TIPS AND TRICKS
Ants can be killed by moving directly into them, but watch out for your tongue above when you are in the lower part of the anthill. Ants can only be killed by the tip of your tongue, and if they hit the extended part you lose a life.

Worms cannot be killed head-on, but cause no damage when they hit your extended tongue. You should move down below a worm or wait for it to pass, and then move in to eat it from behind.

Spiders can only be killed by eating a Queen Ant. This will destroy all insects on the level, removing any imminent danger. Spiders move across the top tunnel of the screen until they reach the middle, and then walk down your tongue, until they reach the tip which causes you to lose a life.

Try to save eating the Queen Ants for as long as possible, until absolutely necessary to save you from a life-threatening situation.

Worms often appear at the same time as ants, and this will make killing them difficult. Also, you have to be careful the ants do not hit the tongue. You must move the the row below them and cut round behind them, as eat them both before the ant makes contact with the extended part of the tongue.
STAFF
Designed and programmed by : Chris Oberth
PORTS

Consoles:


Atari 2600 (1983)

Computers:


Commodore C64 (1986, "Aardvark")
SOURCES
Game's ROM.
Machine's picture.
Arcade Retro Lounge; http://tips.retrogames.com/

Page last modified on November 08, 2010