A downloadable game for Windows and Linux

A really cool platform game like Bubble Bobble, Lode Runner, or Super Mario.

Its completely free. (released under the zlib license)


 - many fun and challenging levels
 - LAN networked game mode with up to eight players
 - many unique enemies and items
 - bombs you can carry and throw
 - rockets you can ride and steer
 - movable 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
 - cloners that copy enemies and items
 - podzilla plants that pop up and shoot at you
 - helpful pop-up messages to help you figure stuff out

 - user definable 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 or window size
 - very smooth moving graphics
 - zoom in and out, fullscreen or windowed while game running
 - you can choose between 15 different colors for your player
 - 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 (or systems that I tested it on):
Windows XP 
Windows 7
Windows 10

The netgame works identically across all platforms

See the help file for more details, or email me. (mweiss001@gmail.com)

If you play 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 5.2.4
MinGW-w64 7.2.0
Code Blocks 17.12

PlatformsWindows, Linux
Rated 4.0 out of 5 stars
AuthorMichael Weiss
Made withAllegro
Tagsallegro, martians, michael, purple, weiss
Code licensezlib License
Average sessionA few minutes
InputsKeyboard, Joystick
MultiplayerAd-hoc networked multiplayer

Install instructions

The game does not need to be installed. 

Simply extract and run pm.exe.

Nothing is stored or accessed outside of the games folder.


purple_martians_7.05_windows.zip 3 MB
purple_martians_7.05_linux.tar.gz 4 MB

Development log


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In the file called readme_linux:

The executable is called 'pm'

But you can't run it directly until the libraries are set up.

Option 1:
Use the script 'pml' to run the game:
The contents of pml are:  "LD_LIBRARY_PATH=./linux_libs ./pm"

Option 2:
Copy the contents of /linux_libs to /usr/lib
Then you can run 'pm' without needing the script

Currently only 2 libraries are needed:

>error while loading shared libraries: liballegro_monolith.so.5.2: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

Debian 9

Great idea, I wanted to adapt this into a manic miner multiplayer style platformer if thats ok?