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Depot Games: Purple Martians

Current Version: 6.0

Project Status: Completed

Highest Popularity: #5 during November 2007

Links: Web Site, My Youtube Account

Category: Platform

Developers: Michael Weiss

Number of Players: 8 (Direct IP (LAN/Internet))

Ports: Linux, Windows

Source Code: Available

Author's Description: A really cool platform game like Bubble Bobble, Lode Runner, or Super Mario.

Its completely free.


- many fun and challenging levels
- lots of items and enemies that are completely customizable with the level editor
- bombs you can carry and throw
- rockets you can ride and steer
- moveable lifts you can ride
- switches that change blocks solid and back
- springs that let you jump very high
- keys that open locked blocks
- doors to transport you to other places in the level
- cloner that copy enemies and items
- podzilla plants that pop up and shoot at you
- helpful pop-up messages to help you figure stuff out

- LAN networked game mode with up to eight players

- user defineable setup for keyboard and/or joystick
- homemade sound effects
- a music track by Russel Hoy
- fancy scrolling help screens with images and animations

- the game can handle almost any screen resolution you can throw at it
- it will adapt and re-size

- very smooth moving graphics
- you can zoom in or out to make the amount of level shown on the screen bigger or smaller
- you can adjust the frames per second to anything you like
- you can choose betwen 15 different colors for your player
- a nice graphical level selector

And the best feature of all: The Level Editor to make your own levels!

If you create new levels, please send them to me.
The only levels I get to play are ones that I created myself, and how challenging could that be?

System Requirements:
Window 7
Windowns XP
Windows 10
ubunutu 16.0.4

The netgame works just fine across XP, 7 and 10 and ubuntu;

If you download it, please take a few minutes to send me some feedback.

Send your comments to:
Email me your new levels as e-mail attachments.

Created with:

Allegro 4.4.2

Russel Hoy wrote me some music for the game that I use as a background soundtrack.
I use the music library DUMB to play his .xm music file in both windows and linux.

See the help file for more details.


Name Comments Size Date
purple_martians_6.00_linux.tar.gz linux version, source only 1,450,840 03/11/2018 8:08 PM
purple_martians_6.00_windows.rar windows version 2,156,509 03/11/2018 8:07 PM

What's New:

8 player Netgame
Works identically on XP, 7, 10 and linux
Thousands of improvements and refinements

- Works identically under Linux and Windows
- Two players can play simultaneously
- A new soundtrack by Russel Hoy
- Entire project is now C++ (even though it uses no objects!)
- Numerous minor bugfixes

Public Opinion
Overall Rating: 9.5
  • 8There are some very fun aspects to the game, such as latching onto a rocket and steering it around the level. :) But there's a bug in the martian's movement Try jumping to the right whilst holding a spring. :o
  • 10Former version was awesome years ago without the music and other plusses, it just got even better ! As for the retro graphics, I like them very much and consider it to be one of the BEST aspects in the game to keep the old-school feel.
  • 10Lovely game and excellent music! I'm sure some won't give it a chance due to the extreme retro graphics, but I found them quite charming, and the gameplay is wonderful.
The Developer
Michael Weiss
Michael Weiss I have always felt driven to create things. The act of creation is magical, there was nothing, and now there is something. Willed into existence by the force of my brain power. Music and programming are my main creative outlets, but they are only hobbies, I make a living doing other more boring things. I have an electronics engineering technology diploma and generally work in that fields related to that. I am self taught, no formal training in either music or programming. As with all things, hard work, practice and determination have improved my skills. You can check out my music at: The only programming I have released is my game "Purple Martians" I welcome any comments, suggestions, rambling incoherent babbling, etc. I like to get emails, don't be shy. (View Profile)