The authors of this software are credited with 5 other titles.
The publishers of this software are credited with 10 other titles.
It has been released on a budget label 1 times.
Walk left/right (ALTERNATE KEYS ON BOTTOM ROW)
Enter a 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)
Fire (CAPS SHIFT, SPACE)
Autorun on/off (4)
LOADING MARSPORT on the Spectrum 48K
Type LOAD"" and press ENTER
N.B. Do not leave a space between quotation marks
Press PLAY on the cassette recorder
MARSPORT will now load automatically.
If loading is not successful, rewind the cassette, adjust the volume
and try again.
SAVE Game and RESTORE Game are described in the booklet - note that
SAVE/RESTORE time is less than one minute.
Walk Left/Right - Alternate keys on the bottom row,
Z to Symbol Shift.
Enter A Door - The ENTER key.
Camera Left/Right - Alternate keys on the second row, A to L.
Pick Up/Drop - Alternate keys on the third row, Q to P.
Select Object - Top Row, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9.
Fire - The four Corner keys, 1, 0, Caps Shift, Space.
Autorun on/off - The 4 key.
Freeze/Unfreeze - The 5 key.
Return to Options - The 6 key.
Level Name Main Purpose
A ALBA Observatory
B BYER Administration
C COMA Access To Spacefield
D DALY Stores
E ELIS Residential
F FARR Recreation
G GILL Gardens, Hydroponics
H HALE City Computers
I IAXA Stores
J JOLY Engineering
The Instruction Booklet
The Story so Far....
The year is 2494. For seventy years, the Earth has been under siege by
the Sept, a hive-culture race from the Galactic centre. Since the
siege began, the Sept have been kept at bay by a huge sphere of force,
which surrounds both the Earth and the Moon.
Following the loss of Calcutta, it is obvious that the Sept will shortly
have the capability to breach the sphere unless the force field can
be strengthened according to the instructions contained in the
Unfortunately, these plans are thought to be hidden somewhere amongst
the City Computers of Marsport, beneath the great Elysium Dome on
Mars. Evacuated shortly before the start of the Siege, it is now
occupied by Sept of the Warrior and the Warlord castes as a command
post. It is also known that the main control computer of Marsport,
M-Central, has spent the last seventy years incorporating its own
deterrents into the city architecture, making the recovery of the
sphere plans highly improbable.
However, to this end, Commander John Marsh, of the underground Terran
liberation organisation, HASP, now stands in Marsport, on Level C, at
the exit of the access tube to the Space Field, in the belief that a
determined man can sometimes achieve more than an army.
How Marsport Works
The Option Screen is presented at the start of the game or when
Commander Marsh is unfortunate enough to be killed; It can also be
accessed during the game via a keyboard request. The screen offers the
1. Enter the Game
2. Save the current Game
3. Restore a Game
4. Demo Mode
Note that returning to the option screen from a current game will
leave the game-world intact - upon re-entry, nothing will have changed
unless a previously saved game has been restored. This allows a game
to be saved at a critical point without destroying it. If you wish the
option of restarting the game with all objects in their original
positions, save a version immediately after loading the game.
When saving or restoring a game a version number will be asked for -
this is to ensure that the right game is restored, so keep a note of
The Keyboard controls the actions of the main character - which keys
perform which actions on your particular make of computer are given on
a separate card. The following actions may be performed:
- walk left or right
- change camera angle 90 degrees left or right; this is necessary
if you wish to turn a corner or view the other side of the road
- enter a doorway; to achieve this on any computer, position
Commander Marsh in front of the door and press the enter button
- pick up or drop a specific object; note that objects may only be
dropped in certain places - i.e. Lockers, Factor Units, Key
Stations, etc. - a full list is given in a later section
- select an object being carried for dropping, etc. -the currently
selected object is indicated by an asterisk
Note that Commander Marsh can carry 5 separate objects at any
- fire a Power Weapon, if one is being carried and it is charged
In addition, there are some special function keys available
while in the game:
- enter/exit Autorun mode
- freeze/unfreeze frame
- return to Option screen
How to play Marsport
Although Marsport is a real-time adventure, it can be considered as
consisting of three distinct objectives:
- 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
- gain access to Muller's original Sphere plans, held in
M-Central's inner sanctum. This will require re- exploration of
Marsport for you will find many parts of the city previously
unreachable now open to you
- leave the city of Marsport with the plans intact, which may prove
the hardest task of all...
There follows a list of some of the beings and city elements you will
encounter as you explore Marsport:
ALIENS are all hostile and deadly to Mankind; you can fight them or
run away from them, but you can't ignore them!
ROBOTS have been deployed by M-Central to assist it in guarding the
plans - some are harmless information gatherers, some are warden
robots that may mistake you for the Sept...
SUPPLY units are the prime source of objects in the game and are
LOCKERS can be used for storing objects once they are gained.
REFUSE units can be used to dispose of unwanted objects.
CHARGE units are a source of power.
FACTOR units will assemble two or more objects to manufacture a new
Note that components of a factoring process are all logically linked
so that random attempts at manufacturing objects should be
unnecessary; note also that an assembly will not complete while there
is an irrelevant object present in the factor unit.
KEY stations will normally require the insertion of a key object to
release a nearby wall unit or door. however, note that not all locked
doors and units can be opened in this manner - some may require a more
active or remote solution...
VIDTEX units provide 'useful' information which is displayed on the
large video screen in the status area.
Other wall units are the resting place of M-Central's remote
Servorobots and should be approached with care.
1. Map the game carefully - the playing area is vast and the
3-dimensional nature of the city will quickly disorient you.
2. Get a weapon - combat can be avoided but a little aggression
will make progress easier and reduce tension!
3. Examine problem situations carefully; often what is required for
a solution will need to be assembled from other objects. All
problem situations contain clues to the solution - trial and
error methods will normally be fatal!
4. Save the Game regularly - the Save and Restore features take
less than a minute!
Extracts from Brewster's "A Concise Dictionary of Galactic Man", 27th
Marsport, marz'port, n.,
Main Spaceport of the Terran home Worlds, prior to the Siege.
Construction commenced 2150, as a joint project between CUE and a
non-governmental agency representing various Corporate interests. The
first phase consisted of the erection of a Craig dome in the Plain of
Elysium, pressurisation and the creation of a local gravity well to
Earth-normal standard. The following year, work commenced on phase 2,
which consisted of the excavation of the top six levels, A to F, and
the five-mile expresstube link to the Space Fields and Launch pads,
entering at level C. Construction of the residential and recreation
levels was completed by 2158, when Marsport became the temporary home
for 200,000 colonists, prior to their departure on the Clipper fleet
From 2200, engineers began the excavation of the lower 4 levels, G to
J, and it was during this period that the two parts of the Artifact
were found. While its true use remained a mystery, its resemblance to
a crown produced the fanciful nickname of the Star Lords for its
It took over forty years to construct the lower levels, driven through
the hard Martian bedrock; the third phase was finally completed In
2243, when the City Computers were installed. As an inaugural
celebration, each Level of Marsport was named after a feature of the
During the next hundred and twenty years, Marsport became the
spring-board for all of Mankind's aspirations and the city grew
accordingly. In 2373, the brilliant young physicist, Doctor Heinrich
Muller, became City Controller and built and installed the giant
semi-willed computer, M-Central, as main City Monitor, and the
development of Marsport was complete.
Over the next fifty years, during the Great Retreat, the city became a
refugee centre as colony after colony was evacuated, until, following
the Sack of Mars in 2424, Marsport itself was abandoned and left to
the Sept. It Is thought that, before his death, Muller convinced
M-Central that it should take steps to defend itself and, as a result,
it prepared such a series of traps and deterrents that the Sept had
not penetrated to the main City Computers by the time the final
destruction of Marsport in 2494 lit the startled night- sky of an
Earth under Siege.
Sept, sept, n.,
From first contact in 2376, the Sept never failed to show anything
other than unremitting hostility towards Mankind; consequently,
information concerning Sept social orders is, at best, sketchy.
However, from the few Sept prisoners that were interrogated before
they suicided, the following picture has been constructed. The Sept
society can be thought of as operating like a huge hive, where each
individual has clearly-defined functions and obligations to the home
Swarm (the analogy cannot be pushed too far, for, although examination
of Sept body-cases shows traces of vestigial wings, no living Sept has
been seen to fly).
The human-given name of Sept originates in the fact that there appears
to be seven distinct classes or castes - Warriors, Warlords,
Scientists, Workers, Mid-wives, Concubines and Emperor. However,
members of each caste are considered equally important to Swarm, only
the Imperial Throne is given any precedence or deference.
Members of the fighting castes are aggressive and have heavily
armoured body-cases; it is apparent that Warlords must possess some
degree of telepathic link with the Warriors in their own brigades.
Scientists, Workers and Mid-wives constitute the majority of the Swarm
population and are normally imported to new planets shortly after
investiture - the absence of these castes on Marsport indicates the
amount of trouble that M-Central must have caused the Sept.
The Imperial classes are found only on the Sept homeworld of Gath, for
all castes are fanatical in the preservation of the Soul of the Swarm,
that is, the Emperor himself - it Is noteworthy that the current
occupant of the imperial Throne is only the second in Sept recorded
history. Because of this over-riding compulsion for Swarm survival,
the Sept remain deeply hostile to all other races and, even today the
location of Gath is known to only a handful of outsiders.
A TERRAN TIMELINE: 2000 AD to 2500 AD taken from
"A Concise History of the First Empire of Man" by Ellis and Klay.
2033 China signs Mutual Benefit Pact with America.
2057 The False War. Hawaii destroyed by a thermo-nuclear device
planted by Chinese Separatists. Number of casualties: 1,000,000.
2080 Sino-Russian Alliance formed; East-West tension increases to
2094 Professor Charles Craig creates an impermeable force-field using
Unified Mechanics Theory, and immediately publishes his results.
2098 Nationwide Craig-effect force domes are erected by America, the
Sino-Russian Alliance and the Union of Europe; smaller domes
appear In the Middle-East, Australia and parts of Africa.
2099 The Third Global War, also known as the Five Hour War. Massive
space-launched exchange of East-West nuclear warheads Is
absorbed harmlessly by the national Craig domes. Number of
2100 Unopposed formation of the Council of United Earth.
2115 Desmond and Anderson develop the Craig effect to produce a
reactionless Faster-than-Light drive.
2128 Scientific settlements on Mars and Circe In the Asteroid Belt
apply for independent membership of CUE and are accepted.
2132 First CUE colonisation program; ten DAC-drive ships are sent to
explore the local star systems.
2134 Last of the search ships return; no ship ventured further than
two light years from Earth due to inadequacies in the
mass-conversion engines that feed the main drives.
2145 Second CUE colonisation program; one hundred enhanced DAC-drive
scout ships are launched.
2148 Scout ships begin to return, with news of habitable planets
circling Sirius, Procyon and Alpha Centauri.
2150 Construction of Marsport begun, as primary home System spaceport.
2160 Third CUE Colonisation program; twenty interstellar Clipper class
ships, each carrying 4000 colonists, launched from Marsport.
2185 Fourteen colonies established and thriving; four Clippers
returned to Earth, two Clippers lost - reasons unknown.
2201 During excavation of lower levels of Marsport, an Artifact of
unknown use is found; carbon tests date it as 2 million years
2239 Interstellar communication becomes virtually instantaneous
because of invention of DAC Beam, using an FTL Craig-effect
2298 Colonies on Alpha Centauri, Tau Ceti and Procyon lobby for
independence from CUE.
2341 CUE council cedes and steps down in favour of council
representing all the home System Worlds together with the
fourteen original colonies; the new federation is given the
grandiose title of the Galactic Empire of Man.
2350 Alpha Centauri established as staging GEM space port.
2375 First GEM colonisation program; ten Clippers, plus more than
fifty support vessels, launched from Alpha Centauri in direction
of Galactic centre.
2376 GEM fleet encounters lone unidentified alien vessel while
investigating the Beta Crucis system. Alien refuses to
acknowledge and, as it is approached by a GEM scout ship, the
entire fleet is destroyed.
2383 Following several further disastrous contacts, an alien is
captured and identified as belonging to a hive culture called
2405 GEM colony at Barnards Star is obliterated by Sept forces.
Colonies at Formalhaut and Pollux evacuated.
2406 Council orders construction of Craig field generator on Moon to
completely encompass Earth-Moon pair; power consumption is so
vast that it is fuelled by a permanent mining operation 5 miles
below the Lunar surface. The entire project Is directed by
Doctor Heinrich Muller, a physicist and City Controller of
2420 Battle of Sirius; combined GEM navies routed and 80 per cent
destroyed by massive Sept task force. Remaining colonies begin
evacuation to Home System.
2424 All GEM forces contained within Earth-Moon Craig sphere. Marsport
occupied by the Sept; Doctor Muller is killed defending the City
The Siege of Earth begins.
2440 Concerted attempts by the Sept to penetrate Craig sphere fail;
GEM council dissolved - the Committee for the Preservation of
Earth is formed.
2446 John Kepler Marsh is born at the Lunar Field Maintenance Depot in
the Mare Imbrium.
2478 The Appeasement Party put forward a 20 point surrender proposal
for the Committee's approval; a minority group, the Humans
Against the Sept Party is banned and continues operations
2483 An emissary sent through the sphere to the Sept Warlord at
Marsport does not return; John Marsh joins HASP.
2491 The Sept breach the Craig sphere for 4 seconds; the Calcutta
conurbation is destroyed. Number of casualties; 17,000,000.
2493 It is recognised that the Sept are close to developing a method
to disrupt the Craig effect; Commander John Marsh is sent by
HASP to recover Muller's original sphere plans from Marsport.
2494 Marsh discovers a second Artifact; Marsport is destroyed.
2495 The Craig sphere is strengthened according to Muller's plans;
HASP delegates are admitted to Committee sessions.
2499 A second secret Appeasement mission to the Sept is returned
tortured and dead to Earth.
2300 The Committee is dissolved; the GEM council is reformed under the
Premiership of John Marsh.
The Siege of Earth continues; the Fight-Back has begun.
If you have enjoyed Marsport, you may wish to read the following
books, which also exploit the idea of a Future History:
The Known Space Series by Larry Niven.
The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov.
The Cities in Flight series by James Blish.
The Dorsai stories by Gordon Dickson.
The cover picture was specially commissioned and was produced by S.B.
Graphics of Birmingham.
Once again, we are indebted to Martin Croft for the title of the game.
MARSPORT is manufactured and marketed by Gargoyle Games Ltd., 74, King
Street, Dudley, West Midlands.
MARSPORT (c) 1985 Carter Follis Software Associates. All rights
The name and game of MARSPORT and all the associated software, code,
listings, sound effects, visual displays, graphics, illustrations and
text are the exclusive property and copyright of Carter Follis
Software Associates and may not be copied, transmitted, transferred,
reproduced, hired, lent, distributed, stored or modified in any form,
in part or full, without the express permission of Carter Follis
Your Sinclair cover game (62 - Feb 1991)
Sinclair User cover game (120 - Feb 1992)
First part of the Siege of the Earth trilogy. Parts 2 and 3, Fornax and Gath were never released.
1985 Crash Readers Awards
3rd - Best Arcade Adventure
Appeared on The Back Pack Compilation from KidsPlay for £9.99. Other games were: Xeno, Bounty Bob Strikes Back, Deactivators, Mailstrom, Starstrike, Night Gunner, Lunar Jetman, Monty on the Run and Starion. All proceeds went to the NSPCC and RSSPCC.