Instructions for


Gargoyle, 1985

Written by Chris Owen, HTML'd by Arnt Gulbrandsen.



Aim of the game

The year is 2494. For seventy years, the Earth has been under seige by the insectoid Sept. Since the siege began, the Sept have been kept at bay by a huge Force Sphere which surrounds the Earth and the Moon. However, the Sept are on the verge of discovering how to breach the Sphere unless it can be strengthened according to the formulae contained in the original plans. Unfortunately, these plans are concealed somewhere in the Martian city of Marsport, now Sept-occupied and booby-trapped by the city's M-Central computer. One man, Commander John Marsh, has been sent to retrieve the plans in the belief that a determined man can sometimes achieve more than an army...

Game play

Marsport effectively has 3 distinct objectives:
  1. Locate the M-Central computer. Marsport is a 3-dimensional city, where levels are connected by express tube, which will take you up or down, but probably not both. In addition, many sections of the city cannot be reached until specific problems have been solved.
  2. Gain access to the original Sphere plans, held in M-Central's inner sanctum. This will require re-exploration of Marsport, for having achieved objective 1, you will find that many parts of the city, previously unreachable, will now be open to you.
  3. Leave the city of Marsport with the plans intact, which may prove the hardest task of all...
You will come across many beings, objects and city elements which may help or (more likely) hinder you. These are some of them:


"Another excellent contribution to the arcade adventure genre".


95% (CRASH #22, November 1985)


A classic, but tough, arcade adventure game.


Left                    } Alternate keys on
Right                   }  the bottom row
Enter door              - ENTER
Camera left/right       - Alternate keys on second row
Pick up/drop            - Alternate keys on third row
Select object           - 2, 3, 7, 8, 9
Autorun on/off          - 4
Pause/unpause           - 5
Return to options       - 6

Nettverksgruppa, 5/10-94,