An invalid tile can be a single tile, a combination of a non-transparent tile other than a block and any tile buried underneath it, or anything buried under an item.

These invalid combinations are nonexistent in the Lynx version, so Tile World's Lynx does not allow play in levels with invalid tiles. However, the MS version was more sloppily coded and did not restrict the use of invalid tiles. Invalid tiles are present in CCLP2 and many custom level sets, and a combination is distinguished in ChipEdit using the following:


Single tiles

Fake exits, Burned Chips, Swimming Chips, Drowned Chips and the unused tiles were not seen as a tile themselves in CC1, and hence are not recognized by the original Lynx version. However, Tile World's Lynx mode allows the Swimming Chip to remain as is, turns the fake exit into a real exit in Tile World versions prior to 1.3, and turns the four other tiles or all five into walls depending on the version.


Chip and monsters are both transparent, meaning it was intended for other tiles to go underneath it. Every tile can be buried underneath monsters and Chip, with the exception of other monsters or another Chip. Keys and boots are transparent, but cannot have any tiles buried underneath it, and it is unknown why these tiles were made transparent in the first place.

All non-transparent tiles, such as computer chips, water, locks, and even floor, will not allow tiles to be buried underneath them. The only exception is blocks, which can conceal any tile but Chip, monsters, clone blocks, and another block.

Preventing using invalid tiles

Since invalid tiles make a level unplayable in Lynx, you may want to not use them. In ChipEdit, hovering your mouse over any location will tell if the combination is invalid or not by showing **INVALID** in the top-right corner. There is also an option called Check which does not allow the placement of invalid tiles when designing a level. The latest version of CCEdit has a simiar feature. It shows a small red triangle in the corner of a tile if it is invalid. The other two editors do not have this option, so the placement of invalid tiles is up to the discretion of the designer.

Fortunately, Tile World exports the locations of invalid tiles in an unplayable level in Lynx to a file called stderr.txt, which allows to easily pinpoint the invalid tiles.

Use in CCLPs

Since there are no invalid tiles present in CC1, CCLP2 contained the first official use of invalid tiles. They were first seen in The Parallel Port, and are present in 50 of the 149 levels - each of which is in . CCLP3 is Lynx-compatible, thus does not contain any invalid tiles. CCLP1 does not use invalid tiles either, since it is also Lynx-compatible.

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