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Arcade: Maze
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Ben Stone, Robin Candy
Chris Bourne

Use of Computer: 89%
Graphics: 90%
Playability: 92%
Getting Started: 87%
Addictive Qualities: 92%
Originality: 87%
Value for Money: 90%
Overall: 90%

Antics as all good bees know is the sequel to The Birds and the Bees (which Matthew Smith did the graphics for). The basic aim of the game is to rescue Boris Bee (star of TBATB) from an ants nest in which he has been imprisoned. As Boris's cousin Barnabee you must penetrate the lower depths of the nest and rescue him and bring him back to the surface. Inhabiting the nest are beetles and ants (naturally) which steal pollen and stamina from you, if you don't have any stamina or pollen left then Barnabee dies. Both pollen and stamina can be replaced by visiting the various flowers that live in the nest.

Antics was a very good game with super graphics, brill sound, terribly addictive and very playable. But now 8 months later I think it's lost some of its original appeal. It gets very boring after a couple of games and the tune now drives me up the wall, though I do like the hi-score table it even had Danger Mouse and Penfold in it.

Most people seem to have agreed with the review of Antics because it was in the Hotline charts for so long. Looking at it now I'm not at all surprised the graphics are still good and I think if Antics was released now it would either be a Crash Smash or very near one. Sound is used well throughout the game with a tune continuously playing. Antics has stood the test of time well and it will continue to do so for a very long time. Undoubtedly a classic.

(Ben) I wouldn't really change the ratings much, maybe lower the 'Playability' and 'Addictive qualities' down to 85-ish otherwise the rest still stand.

(Rob) The ratings shouldn't really be changed at all it was a Crash Smash and deservedly so.