The Manhole: Masterpiece 4+

Cyan Worlds

Designed for iPhone

    • 4.8 • 19 Ratings
    • $1.99

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Welcome to The Manhole! From the creators of Myst, The Manhole is a silly, delightful, interactive, busy-box-of-a-world that kids can explore and explore - finding something new around every corner.

This award-winning romp transports children to the fanciful world around, above, and beneath what appears to be just an average, everyday manhole. But there is much more than meets the eye - have tea with a rabbit, wake up a walrus, nibble biscuits with a dragon, hang with a penguin, boat with an elephant, speak French with a turtle, and much more!

First released in the 80's, the original version won rave reviews and numerous awards including "Best New Use of a Computer" from the Software Publishers Association. This Masterpiece Edition was produced in the 90's as a ground-up re-make of the original with meticulous computer-rendered scenes layered with delightful hand-rendered characters. There are over 30 original music compositions and scores of original sounds and voices.

Check out Myst, Riven, and Stoneship - more great iOS entertainment from Cyan Worlds!

What’s New

Version 1.7

We've made some fixes and improvements:
- Added iOS 15 compatibility
- Added support for running on M1 Macs with macOS 12.1 or greater.
- Fixed save and restore of current game state.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Bree Bafunno ,

Instant nostalgia

If you have trouble with the sound, check the toggle switch right next to your volume button. The sound in the game didn't play at all for me until I flipped that switch.

This brings back memories :-) One of the first games at ever played, at around age 5. Although I played the black and white version on an old Mac Pro, none of this color / touchscreen fanciness :-)

Broderbund Dave ,

Awesome. Better than ever

Years ago I worked for Broderbund selling our products to retailers and demonstrating them in computer user groups all over the us. I bought this for nostalgia but also to see my kids enjoy this. I love the literary allusions to cs Lewis and Alice in wonderland and the pre myst game play but the exceptional music wins the prize here. This is gorgeously redone with enhance graphics from the cd rom.

dmollison ,


I missed this one when I was a kid, but loved Spelunx and Myst.

I've had so much fun with this, both by myself and sharing it with my 3 year old daughter, that I genuinely wish there were more games like this! (And, of course, that I could get Spelunx for either iOS or Mac!)

Don't pass this one up. It's a true gem!

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