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From the 1983 Infocom catalog "OUR CIRCUITS, OURSELVES!":
    In SUSPENDED, you are buried alive in a cryogenic capsule deep inside an alien world. When an earthquake disrupts the systems of the Underground Complex you inhabit - systems that surface life depends on - you must stabilize conditions. However, you can only do so by commanding your six robots, each of whom perceives the world differently, to perform actions for you. If you save your world from utter destruction, you've just begun. SUSPENDED is designed to be replayed numerous times as you learn to optimize your strategies. You can also go on to two more levels of play, and there's even an option that lets you customize the game.

    Contributed by Belboz (6513) on Oct 09, 2001.

From the first Infocom fold-out catalog, 198?:

    You
    are about to see
    the fantastic worlds of Infocom
    unfold before your very eyes.



    SUSPENDED You are buried alive in a cryogenic capsule. When an earthquake disrupts the systems of your Underground Complex - systems that surface life depend on - you must stabilize conditions by commanding your six robots, each of whom perceives the world differently. Contains two additional levels of play for greater challenges.

    Contributed by Belboz (6513) on Oct 05, 2001.

From The New Zork Times, Vol.III no.1 Spring 1983:

    SUSPENDED

    INFOCOM ANNOUNCES NEW SCIENCE-FICTION MASTERPIECE



    Background - for hundreds of years the people of the planet have lived happy, carefree lives. Within the planet, a single human lies in suspended animation. His brain controls the vast computer which in turn controls the planetary transit systems, hydroponics, and weather. Unfortunately, insanity strikes this sleeping mind and thousands die in the ensuing chaos on the planetary surface.

    You have been selected by lottery to take the next 500 year shift at the controls. You will remain unconscious unless an emergency develops.

    The game begins as you awaken. You control six robots - Iris, Auda, Whiz, Waldo, Sensa and Poet. With these as your hands and senses, you must determine what has happened and repair the damage. Your challenge: restore order with the fewest deaths possible.

    Included with the game is a playing board (which serves as a map) and markers representing the robots (to keep track of them).

    Contributed by Belboz (6513) on Aug 26, 2001.

"The Incomplete Works of Infocom, Inc." Catalog:
    In SUSPENDED, you are buried alive in a cryogenic capsule deep inside an alien world. When an earthquake disrupts the systems of the Underground Complex you inhabit - systems that surface life depends on - you must stabilize conditions. However, you can only do so by commanding your six robots, each of whom perceives the world differently, to perform actions for you. If you save your world from utter destruction, however, you've just begun. SUSPENDED is designed to be replayed numerous times as you learn to optimize your strategies. You can also go on to two more levels of play, and there's even an option that lets you customize the story. All of this helps to explain why TIME magazine calls SUSPENDED "perhaps the best computer thriller to date." ROLLING STONE puts it more succinctly, labeling SUSPENDED the "Best Computer Game." Period. EXPERT LEVEL

    Contributed by Adam Baratz (1350) on Mar 30, 2001.

Unknown Source:
    They said you would sleep for half a millenium - not an unreasonable length of time, considering you'd be in limited cryogenic suspension. Your body would rest frozen at the planet's nerve center, an underground complex twenty miles beneath the surface. Your brain, they told you, would be wired to a network of computers; your mind would continue to operate at a minimal level, overseeing maintenance of surface-side equilibrium. And you would not awake, so they promised, until your five hundred years had elapsed - barring, of course, the most dire emergency.

    Good morning.

    In SUSPENDED, you will strategivally manipulate six robots. Each has a distinct perception of the world, and offers you specific abilities. For instance, one specializes in sight, a second in hearing, and a third in accessing information from computer memory banks. Through them, you will solve an intertwined myriad of realistic and original problems. Should you find yourself baffled by some of the more intricate puzzles, you may wish to consult the underground complex's built-in advisory peripheral for hints.

    The first time you play SUSPENDED will not be your last. It continually challenges you to hone your strategies and develop new ones, to explore new areas and interactions, and in so doing to improve your score each time you play. And even if you succeed in mastering the first level of play, an advanced second level waits in the program to test your mettle again and yet again. In fact, the game is so designed that you can alter conditions at will before starting, effectively allowing you to customize the game into a new kind of SUSPENDED whenever you desire.

    Contributed by Brian Hirt (10014) on Mar 01, 1999.