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What is Supaplex?

This page will discuss the following:

  1. Introduction to Supaplex
  2. How to download and install Supaplex

Chapter 1 - Introduction to Supaplex

Supaplex is a game for the PC (DOS) that requires at least a 80286 processor (it can be run on a 8086, but can be too slow then), and a VGA monitor. Apart from this, you will need a brain in good shape to solve the puzzles in the game. If you remember the ancient BoulderDash game, the game concept in Supaplex is quite similar. If you don't know anything about BoulderDash, the best way to find out is to play the game, but I'll try to explain anyway.

The story: You are Murphy, a bug-hunter inside the PC. Your job is to remove bugs from programs inside the computer. To do this, you must collect vital pieces of information, called infotrons. If you have enough, you can fix it, and continue to the next bug.

The game is divided into 111 levels, starting easy, and getting gradually more complicated, and harder to solve. Every level features one or more puzzles, which may require a good deal of thinking, and trying, to find the right solution.

A level is made up of 60x24 tiles (squares). Every tile can contain an object, which can be Murphy, an enemy (called sniksnaks and electrons), rocks (called zonks), diamonds (called infotrons), exploding diskettes, and other objects. The object of every level is to collect a fixed number of infotrons, and then get to the exit as fast as possible, without getting killed anywhere.

While there is only one goal to finish the level properly (collect enough infotrons and get to the exit), there are usually several ways to complete that goal, and, unfortunately, also several ways to die. If you die, you have to restart the level from the beginning, but all previously completed levels will be safe (phew!). You can die from making contact with your enemies (sniksnaks and electrons), from an explosion (if you are too close to an exploding object), or by committing suicide when you are stuck.

For more information about the various objects in the game, take a look at the Cast of Characters.

Chapter 2 - How to download and install Supaplex

For more information about downloading, installing and playing the game, you should read the Download and Install page.

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