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Arcade: Maze
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Chris Bourne


BORIS THE BEE, hero of the Bug-Byte Birds and the Bees, is back again and his wanderings have landed him into trouble with a nest of ants in which he is lost. Antics, also called Birds and the Bees Two, puts you in control of Barnaby, one of Boris' friends, who is out to rescue his mate. To do that he must move away from his hive and go down into the ants' nest.

All the action takes place underground, where a surprising number of flowers are growing in the nest. Do not question the logic of the ants' flower power, as the plants will give you pollen. If you have any pollen in your bags and an ant, or other creature, attacks you it will go for your pollen before making an attempt to take away your strength points.

When you get into the next you may find your path blocked by green walls. Skimming gently over the sides of the walk will reveal any secret passages there might be so that you can hover into the next compartment of the maze.

Antics is not so good as the standard of Birds and the Bees but it is an interesting maze game which does not suffer too much from sequel-mania where the author has repeated the same basic format but with new characters or more levels of difficulty.

It can be played equally well with keyboard or joystick, which is a change front the usual zap 'em arcade games which require a joystick to reach the higher levels. Antics is for the player who likes to consider what action to take before being blown to Hell.

Memory: 48K
Price: £5.50
Joystick: Kempston, Programmable