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Anteater Anteater - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Anteater - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


You play an anteater that elongates his sticky tongue through maze-like anthills eating ants, other bugs and insects.

Anteater was produced by Tago Electronics in 1982.

Tago Electronics released 3 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1981. Tago Electronics was based in United States.

Other machines made by Tago Electronics during the time period Anteater was produced include: Video Hustler (Tago), and Calipso


Name Anteater
Developer Tago Electronics (United States)
Year 1982
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 6891
Class Wide Release
Genre Labyrinth/Maze
Conversion Class Konami Classic
Game Specific Anteater Pinout
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 4-way (up, down, left, right)
  • Buttons: 1 - Tongue Retract
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Side Art Anteater Side Art Image
PCB Anteater PCB Image

Game Introduction

The game has four different critters which the anteater can get to score points and each of them have different point values. Ant larvaes are worth 10 points, ants are worth 100 points, worms are worth 200 points and a Queen Ant is worth 1,000 points. Also, an extra anteater is rewarded every 20,000 points.

You cannot touch the worm's head, but you can munch him from behind. Worms and spiders cannot be killed unless they reach the tip of your tongue. The spider comes out at night and travels down the tongue until it reaches the tip. It can only be removed by eating a Queen Ant which clears all the critters from the screen. The Days get shorter as the game progresses, consequently the spider comes out earlier. The spider is truly the nemesis of this game.

Anteater KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.54 (2 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.40

Overall Like 3.50
Fun (Social) 3.00
Fun (Solo) 3.50
Collector Desire 4.00

Technical Rating: 3.63

Gameplay 4.00
Graphics 3.50
Originality 4.50
Sound/Music 2.50

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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The current high score of 224,170 is held by Maria Blasucci.

Cabinet Information

The cabinet shown was a Stern conversion with original Tago side art but an after market marquee. The marquee shown is original.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Anteater Census

There are 14,743 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,469 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,447 machines (6,893 unique titles).

Uncommon - There are 18 known instances of this machine owned by Anteater collectors who are active members. Of these, 5 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 13 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There is one active VAPS member with an extra Anteater circuit board for sale.

Wanted - There are 2 active VAPS members currently looking for Anteater. There are 2 active VAPS members looking for Anteater boards sets.

This game ranks a 7 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 5 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



The game uses a 3.072 MHZ CPU Z80 for main processing and a 1.789 MHZ Z80 and a 2XAY-8910 for sound processing. The screen resolution is 224 lines by 256 pixels and uses 96 static colors.


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  1. 3D Model (External): Upright

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