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Commander Keen: Invasion of the Vorticons: Episode 1: Marooned on Mars (Dec. 14th 1990) Episode 2: The Earth Explodes (1991) Episode 3: Keen Must Die! (1991) Commander Keen's very first adventure, and the debut of id's groundbreaking side-scrolling technology.
Release Date: Dec 14, 1990

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About the Game

Commander Keen: Invasion of the Vorticons:

  • Episode 1: Marooned on Mars (Dec. 14th 1990)
  • Episode 2: The Earth Explodes (1991)
  • Episode 3: Keen Must Die! (1991)

Commander Keen's very first adventure, and the debut of id's groundbreaking side-scrolling technology. In the game you play the role of Commander Keen: the alter-ego of an eight year-old genius by the name of Billy Blaze. When Billy learns that the Earth is in danger, he dons his brother's football helmet and his homemade interstellar spaceship to become Commander Keen -- Defender of the Earth!

Commander Keen in Goodbye Galaxy!:

  • Episode 4: Secret of the Oracle (1991)
  • Episode 5: The Armageddon Machine (1991)

You are eight-year-old Billy Blaze, boy genius to your neighborhood. Commander Keen to the rest of the universe. It's time to grab your trusty pogo stick and neural stunner, climb into the cockpit of your homemade Megarocket and blast off for the Shadowlands. To prevent the obliteration of life as we know it, you'll have to battle your way past deadly hazards and devious creatures, or end up as space toast.

System Requirements

    Minimum: A 100% Windows XP/Vista-compatible computer system

Helpful customer reviews
45 of 46 people (98%) found this review helpful
134 products in account
2 reviews
6.3 hrs on record
One of the icons of the DOS era. They label this as the "Complete Pack", but it is missing a few games (Keen Dreams & Aliens Ate My Babysitter).

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Posted: November 26th, 2013
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46 of 52 people (88%) found this review helpful
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29 reviews
0.3 hrs on record
Commander Keen is a super retro game made by the creators of Doom(way before), a kinda cool reminder of how games once were. It's a Mario style platformer where you jump around collecting coins, avoiding/attacking enemies and traps, you also have a gun you can shoot. Commander Keen is not for the impatient gamer, this game is of a different time and needs to be respected. Expect ridged controls and somewhat convoluted menu navigation, and a totally nonsensical narrative plot. I'd give it 6.5/10 today, but 8.5/10 for people who can appreciate how it was in those days.
Posted: November 9th, 2013
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31 of 31 people (100%) found this review helpful
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32 reviews
0.4 hrs on record
A game from my childhood. Even now, it is still a great platformer which is totally worth your pennies if you like adventure and a nice childfriendly-ish story.
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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25 of 25 people (100%) found this review helpful
325 products in account
19 reviews
0.3 hrs on record
Commander Keen was the first game that I played EVER! Simple platformer. One of id Software's first games and just nostalgia all over the place. Runs in DOSBox so it works on Windows 8. Highly recommend.
Posted: November 1st, 2013
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
250 products in account
7 reviews
0.2 hrs on record
I jumped into this bundle of games wearing the thickest of nostalgia goggles. Keeping that in mind, it's still quite a landmark in videogame history as one of the first games with seamless scrolling stages (which was new for PC's at the time). It's also a great game for aspiring game developers, the first two levels in ''Keen Must Die" are a classic example of interesting level design, teaching the player not to trust their environment or the way items are distributed through the stage.

However, the game does suffer of serious feedback issues, sluggish controls and a difficulity level that reaches the end of an asymptote.

Overall a must play, for those that like to learn more about ID (APOGEE)'s early titles and platforming from the early 90's.
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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