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The Manhole CD-ROM Masterpiece Edition

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
ManholeMasterpiece.sit_.bin (135.20 MB)
MD5: 8ae7b15800b21ff50ff6ce8f275b9e1d
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (505.11 MB)
MD5: 6457a6b8f9d0f76ce980d345a392d0dc
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
This game works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II,

The Manhole is a computer adventure game intended for children in which the player opens a manhole and reveals a gigantic beanstalk that can be climbed either up or down, leading to fantastic worlds in either case. [...] The Manhole is a notable computer game because like Cosmic Osmo and Spelunx it has no goal and no end; the object is simply to explore and have fun.

— from Wikipedia

External link
Download from Mega.Co.Nz

The version uploaded here has packaging that bears no sign of having been published by anyone other than Cyan itself, copyrighted in 1994. It does not include the PC version on the disc.

Download #2 from the internal server is a bin/cue image of a CD that contains 19 audio tracks in addition to the game track. This version of the game plays in English and Japanese. To access the game you need to burn a physical CD from the bin/cue using either Toast (Mac) or ImgBurn (Win), or similar software. This download was sourced from an archive of obscure Japanese games on

This game is also available in black & white floppy disk and CD-ROM versions. See also Cosmic Osmo, available in floppy and in CD-ROM version, plus Spelunx and the Caves of Mr. Seudo, available in black & white and in color.

Architecture: 68k PPC

256 colors minimum.


ameath's picture
by ameath - 2013, January 21 - 12:54pm

Can anyone help me locate the original 1988 CD-ROM release in b&w?

I looked *everywhere* on the internet, including eBay and the like, and it just seems to have disappeared into the ether.

I don't know much about the newer version - does it play in b&w identical to the original or was it a color Mac 'only' release?

joebob's picture
by joebob - 2012, July 15 - 1:41pm

Any chance this will become available anytime soon? I'd love to play it again.

IIGS_User's picture
by IIGS_User - 2011, December 4 - 8:15am

Perhaps you should think about setting up that donation button?

I think this will run this site into more trouble than it already has (see COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENTS: Take down EA Games for details).

OS9ROBBIT's picture
by OS9ROBBIT - 2011, April 30 - 2:51am

This has been unavailable for many years...

Okay, It's only been unavailable for a little over a year, but I'd really like to play this.

Perhaps you should think about setting up that donation button?

TJgamer's picture
by TJgamer - 2009, November 4 - 4:58am

It worked! Thanks a bunch. Although (just like MYST) it doesn't play certain movies and some sequences speed up dramatically. The concept in this game is excellent.

IIGS_User's picture
by IIGS_User - 2009, November 3 - 8:20am

Add the Manhole.img just like your "SheepShaver Volume.dmg" to the SheepShaver drives list before booting it up.

"Can't find required sources."

The CD may include some invisible stuff which will not be copied if copied manually?

TJgamer's picture
by TJgamer - 2009, November 3 - 2:31am

Same thing goes for Cosmic Osmo (CD).

TJgamer's picture
by TJgamer - 2009, November 3 - 2:18am

Mac OS X Leopard. Version 10.5.8. 2.1 GHz PowerPC G5. Her are the specific steps of what I did.
*First I open the .img file on my normal desktop.
*Then "The Manhole" volume appears.
*Then I go to the Sheepshaver folder and open the disk image titled "SheepShaver volume.dmg".
*Once the Sheepshaver volume is opened, I copy the following from the Manhole volume to the SS volume: The Manhole, and The Manhole files.
*I eject the SS volume.
*I turn on SS and start up The Manhole, but get this message: "Can't find required sources. Please make sure The Manhole CD-ROM is ready and start The Manhole again."
Then I asked you what to do and you said that the disc image needs to be mounted while I play. So then I tried making an alias of The Manhole volume in the desktop folder. But when I open it in SS it gives me the message, "Please insert the disc: The Manhole." After that I tried putting the .img file from before in SS, but it says that I need something called Disk Copy to mount it.
...That's all the details. Can anyone help?

Attila's picture
by Attila - 2009, November 2 - 5:20pm

What kind of hardware and software are you using? An actual Mac? An emulator? What system version?

TJgamer's picture
by TJgamer - 2009, November 1 - 4:01am

I don't get it. I tried making an alias of the disk, but when I open it in SS it says to insert The Manhole CD-ROM. I also tried just putting in the .img file but that doesn't work because it says I need Disk Copy to run it. Could you give me specific details of what to do?

Attila's picture
by Attila - 2009, October 31 - 3:09pm

You have to keep the disc image mounted while you play.

TJgamer's picture
by TJgamer - 2009, October 31 - 7:43am

I tried it, but I says to insert CD-ROM first. What's that all about?