Long heralded as the "lost episode" of classic platformer Commander Keen, Keen Dreams sees Billy Blaze confront his greatest nightmare: the vegetables he didn't eat for dinner. This classic DOS game has been updated to run on modern systems, with new Steam achievements and leaderboards.
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Mostly Positive (200 reviews) - 77% of the 200 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 28, 2015

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April 19

You gotta eat your Apples!

Keen Dreams is now available on Mac! The very much delayed mac osx release has been finally released on Steam! Supports El Capitan and earlier OSX! Get Keen on the mac now!

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March 9

mac build coming soon! Testers required!

Wow, it's been several months and it's been pretty quiet on the Keen Dreams site. But that doesnt mean we haven't doing anything related to Keen! The mac build is currently underway! As such, any members that would be kind enough to help us test the build could you please reply? We're trying to do as closed beta, and the more macs we're able to test it on the more awesome the build will be!

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About This Game

Eat your veggies!

The lost episode of PC platforming legend Commander Keen hits Steam with this updated version for modern systems.

Billy Blaze, eight-year old genius, has just returned home after saving Earth from the Vorticons only to be confronted with a dinner made up of broccoli, Brussels sprouts and mashed potato. Having chosen to eat ice-cream instead, he finds himself besieged that night by horrible dreams full of living vegetables. The evil King Boobus Tuber has been trapping kids in the nightmarish land of Tuberia, where Tater Troopers patrol and Tomateeth are on the prowl. Trapped in his pijamas — with neither his Vorticon hyperpistol nor trusty pogo-stick for company — Commander Keen must destroy the Dream Machine and return the "sweet" to "sweet dreams".

This updated version includes:
  • Fullscreen and Windowed modes
  • Both the EGA and CGA graphics from the original game
  • Steam Achievements
  • Score and Time-trial leaderboards
  • Cloud saves

Now go get 'em, Commander Keen!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: XP 32 bits.
    • Processor: Pentium 2 compatible
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compatible
    • Storage: 25 MB available space
    • Sound Card: SDL compatible
    • Additional Notes: Game will attempt to run on systems without OpenGL 2.0, but performance and stability may suffer.
    Recommended:
    • OS: 8.1 both 32 and 64 bit supported windows 10 should work too
    • Processor: x86 compatible with SSE
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1 with ARB_framebuffer_blit extension
    • Storage: 64 MB available space
    • Sound Card: SDL compatible
    • Additional Notes: Some Intel Integrated graphics cards may not function correctly. Please make sure you have the latest OpenGL drivers installed.
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX El Capitan 64-bit
    • Processor: x86 compatible with SSE
    • Memory: 25 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1 with ARB_framebuffer_blit extension
    • Storage: 10 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OSX El Capitan 64-bit
    • Processor: x86 compatible with SSE
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1 with ARB_framebuffer_blit extension
    • Storage: 10 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Linux 2.6+ w/ glibc 2.3+
    • Processor: Pentium 2 compatible
    • Memory: 64 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0
    • Storage: 20 MB available space
    • Sound Card: SDL compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Linux 3.0 w/ glibc 2.15+
    • Processor: x86_64 compatible
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1 w/ ARB_framebuffer_blit
    • Storage: 20 MB available space
    • Sound Card: SDL compatible
Customer reviews
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Overall:
Mostly Positive (200 reviews)
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SenorWaffles
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
In my opinion this is the best Commander Keen game and it's my favorite, one thing I really like about this game is the theme of the game where it revolves around a dream Keen is having about food. All the levels are food themed and named aptly and even the enemies are bouncing, projectile throwing, personified foods. Such as the Tater Troopers who are potato troops, and many other weird food based things and items. If you're thinking about buying a Keen game I HIGHLY recommend this game, it's highly addictive, has great challenge that might make you a little mad but that's where the save/load feature comes into play, where you can save in the middle of a level and load it whenever unlike traditional platformers. If you grew up with DOS and loved Keen, then I don't see any reason to object to buying this game, especially for the price of admission.
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Elena
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Güzel bir oyun değil gibi
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chiwbicka02
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
I love it
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Polkka
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Product received for free
This game is an enhanced version of the original Keen Dreams made for modern systems, having some cool features like PC Speaker emulation and a VGA/CGA switch, worth to check out if you like the Keen series.
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codefenix
( 5.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Keen Dreams has always been a good, decent, serviceable game, even though arguably the weakest entry in the Keen series, being basically a stripped-down version of Goodbye, Galaxy!, being a somewhat short stand-alone episode, and especially for lacking music.

The game was originally released as shareware, and there was almost no difference between it and the registered version -- it just didn’t nag you to register upon starting up the game. Today the shareware version can still be legally obtained for free from various DOS archive sites. So if you liked the shareware version, you'll like this too, as it's the same game.

It does bear mentioning that the same money will get you both the Invasion and Goodbye packs in the Commander Keen series. If you're a die-hard Keen fan, it's probably worth it.

I originally left a bad review on this game, but that's unfair, and I ultimately do like the game. I do stand by my opinion that it pales in comparison to the other Keen titles and it doesn't offer much that the original shareware version always has. But there's potential here. The developer did take the time and effort to integrate Steam achievements into the game, and also takes the time to communicate with fans. That goes a long way.
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Ray
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
Classic Commander Keen.
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Zero
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
This is how you port an old game to modern systems, Linux port works great and no dosbox to worry with. This is a no bull release, straight up classic keen dreams and the port only changes whats absolutely necessary. It feels like vanilla commander keen and it runs natively. Awesome release and the achievements are lots of fun to try and get. 10/10 for the asking price.
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ryanrenolds79
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 6
Wow what a flashback! As a 32 year old gamer who has been playing games since early PC's and Atari, I truly appreciate this as a long lost Commander Keen game and a hat tip to the old VGA style Games. If you're a fan of classic dos platformers or Keen games in general, then I would recommend it. The re-release does a really good job with staying true to the original shareware release, plus with the addition of Steam achievements and trading cards. However, I do think the price is a little too high for a slightly enhanced shareware game. If you find it on sale, then I'd say go for it!

But I did really miss the pogo-stick!

;_;
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:|Hoax|: ~KiwiGuy~
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 1
The best game in the Commander Keen series. I'm so glad it's on Steam now :D
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
42 of 43 people (98%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2015
If you are over 30 years old (like me) you most likely played this back on a 286/386/486.. (well, the other Keen games at least). Keen is iconic! Keen was the game I first downloaded off the internet, in 1994-95 it took 1 hour to download the 2 or 3MB shareware episode on 33.6kbps dialup at a net cafe. Waste of money essentially but it was 'exciting' to wait 1 hour to download something that otherwise would have had to buy on a shareware disk. Epic platformers, similar to Super Mario 3 with the world map screen (more choices though as it is an open map, unlike the SMB3 map which has rails to move on) but with no 'killing' of enemies. The foodstuffs you fight, you have to throw things at them, they turn to flowers and then respawn a few moments later. If you never played this (or even if did and want a journey down memory lane) - get it! It might look 'crap' to you but imagine your other option in the very early 90s for PC gaming - it was way up there! Similar to: Captain Comic
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31 of 36 people (86%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_i-CZENpIuU

If you are unaware, Keen Dreams is the black sheep/prodigal son/forgotten chapter of the Commander Keen series. It falls somewhere between the end of Invasion of the Vorticons and Goodbye Galaxy, so that effectively makes it episode 3.5 or some such nonsense. Since then it’s floated around like a chunk of loose cat hair, with an Android release in 2013 by Super Fighter Team and now this crowd-funded re-release for the PC by Javier Chavez. This includes not only the source code, but an updated port of the game for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS computers. Pretty snazzy in concept -- and in reality!

This isn’t a complete overhaul or anything, this is just a port with a few extra thingies. Thingies like modern gamepad support, widescreen and windowed mode graphics options, cloud saving, achievements, and even a switch for CGA and EGA mode right from the main menu.

As for the game itself, well, it’s the same pared-down Keen experience as it was before. The story is that Keen refused to eat his veggies one night, then has nightmares about it where vegetables are torturing him in the land of Tuberia. Dressed in pajamas and armed only with hippy-fied flower power seeds, it’s your goal to collect enough boobus bombs to eventually defeat the giant sentient potato, King Boobus Tuber. Most notably, you don’t have a pogo stick, which puts it up for debate as to whether or not this is even a Keen game at all without his trademark power-up. Some other things are missing as they were in the original DOS release, like any music whatsoever, the ability to look up and down, and grabbing onto ledges while jumping. Disregarding the sparseness of features, the gameplay itself is similar enough to Goodbye Galaxy that it doesn’t completely suck. I had a lot of fun with this as a kid, and I still find it to be a unique challenge, with its non-linear progression and the challenges of using flower power due to the arc you throw the seeds at.

So while the gameplay itself is as "meh" as ever, this is just awesome if you ask me, because games like this don’t deserve to be forgotten. Even without my own nostalgia for this title, I’m just glad this is getting some attention, because no matter what Level 32 of Doom II says, Keen will never die.
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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2015
Nice old platformer with funny graphics. I recommend it if you like old games. The only con is difficulty. Everything kills Keen with one ♥♥♥♥ing hit. And that's bad.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2015
Keen Dreams is a great old school platform games for "Ye Olde Days of DOS" and is a really fun game for what it is. It was never intended to be a full on release (And to be honest, it shows, missing things such as music and some of the abilities Keen gained in Commander Keen 4).

At the same time, it is interesting to see the development of the engine that was finished off for Commander Keen 4 and 5 (Somebody get the righst to Keen 6 already dammit!)

If you enjoy platform games, or like me have nostalgic childhood memories of the series, or just want a taste of 90s platforming action, this is defiently a recommended game.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
OLD BUT GOLD !
If you played the previous series, you will love this one.

PROS :
Nice retro style graphics.
Good sounds effect.
Decent story.
Easy gameplay, hard to master it.
Controller support.
Trading cards.
Achievements.

CONS :
Few bugs and glitchs.
No Pogo stick.
Enemies will not die after you shot them.
If you want to 100% this game, you will have a hard time doing it.

▂▃▅▇█ final judgement : 75/100 █▇▅▃▂
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2015
A good port of a solid, if short, classic 2D platformer. I really appreciate that the developer here has actually ported this to modern operating systems rather than just dropping it in Dosbox, and it has the pleasant side effect of their being added achievements which are a nice bonus. Proper controller support and trading cards too! The game crashed when I alt-tabbed out of it, but otherwise seems to be well made and faithful to the original. The game itself has aged decently, though the lack of any music leaves it a bit lacking in the sound department. It's not the best Commander Keen game, but it's definitely not the worst either. I'd say this one is definitely worth picking up, and I hope to see more from this developer in the future. There's a lot of games I'd like to see get this treatment.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2015
What you see is what you get: A great classic game from the DOS era.
Yes this may not be my favourite Commander Keen but it damn sure is a good one like the others!

So if you are in the mood of some classic Jump and Run fun go grab a copy! It's definitely worth it!
Especially because many won't have played this before. Around my folks we also call it "the lost copy".
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2015
Keen Dreams is a colorful, fun and addicting classic platformer. And like every good classic, it's surprisingly challenging, but also satisfying once you start getting a hang of it. The Steam version comes with trading cards and achievements. The achievements are a good addition and increase the game's replay value, but note that you cannot get them if you abuse the game's save function: The game is better for it, but unfortunately the player is initially unaware of this and is left wondering why the achievements fail to pop up.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
Keen Dreams is a colorful, fun and addicting classic platformer. And like every good classic, it's surprisingly challenging, but also satisfying once you start getting a hang of it.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
This is how you port an old game to modern systems, Linux port works great and no dosbox to worry with. This is a no bull release, straight up classic keen dreams and the port only changes whats absolutely necessary. It feels like vanilla commander keen and it runs natively. Awesome release and the achievements are lots of fun to try and get. 10/10 for the asking price.
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