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This is a fan made remake for the ZX Spectrum 48k of  the 1982 arcade game.

The idea is to collect all the larvae in the ant hill while avoiding, or eating the bugs. Bonus points are available and extra lives every 20k.

The controls are QAOP/Spc, but are redefinable.

The game is free to download as it is a clone/copy and there is no intention to profit from this game, but any donations are greatly appreciated and will encourage me to make more games for the Spectrum/Next

Tweaked the game so it's a little more fair in the earlier stages (not too much though) and it was also mentioned that the positioning of the Queen ants weren't correct.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(2 total ratings)
TagsArcade, Fast-Paced, ZX Spectrum


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anteater.sna 48 kB
anteater.tap 43 kB


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Purchased AntEater after Thomas TJ Ferreria suggested it as his Game o' the week over on his Sinclair Society Facebook page. 

Never played this before on any format. Very addictive game and your version is very smooth indeed. As with most games I have not gotten far (Hill 2) but it has that one more go factor. Now back for one more go.......


Good Luck.

The earlier stages have been tweaked now to give a little more time between bugs appearing. It may help!  Glad you enjoy it, thanks.


Great version of this classic arcade game. I've always loved this one, and consider myself kind of good at the arcade version. This version is actually harder if you ask me, but that's never bad :-)

I've advertised for it on two different Highscore sites by entering the game into their databases, and uploaded a score for the game. Will probably give you guys a little more traffic :-)

Here is me playing your excellent game :-) 

Feel free to use video as promotional demonstration video if you guys want to :-)

Fantastic, thank you!  Glad you're enjoying the game.


I had this game on my Commodore Vic20, my first home computer, and I love it. I am so happy that I can now play it also on my ZX Spectrum (I got it some years after the VIC)! I played it on the FUSE emulator and I felt the same old school atmosphere, both in graphics, colors, music and sound effects. Now I really want to try it on my true rubber keys Spectrum, and then I'll let you know more!

Really pleased you like it, thank you!

Yes, it's wonderful! So far I reached Hill 4, the game has lots of details from the arcade version, it's a must to have for the classic old school games fans!