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.
User reviews: Very Positive (313 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 14, 1990

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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. 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
73 of 89 people (82%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
It still looks better than Cod Ghosts and it's playable. The best game of my childhood.

10/10
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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
One of the first games I ever played, so I was glad to find it on Steam.

It's a nice platformer, but can't do much more than jump and shoot straight forward. Try to avoid the gaps and collect as many points as you can (not as easy as it sounds mind you ;) ) Since everything kills you in one hit, prepare to start some levels over and over again. But considering the age of this game, it's still very entertaining (come on you know you love MS-Dos)
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
Being one of the first games, I ever played, Commander Keen is the PC equivalent of Super Mario. You jump, run and shoot your way through 2D levels, avoiding traps, gaps and monsters.

Being an oldschool game, the difficulty is sometimes a little bit silly.

While 4, 5 and 6 had mid save options, in 1 - 3 you could only save in the main area, not inside levels. Combined with nearly unkillable powerjumping...we called them Zombie kangaroos...this game is quite a number of difficulty.

After the 4th part you also got a difficulty option, that enables traps and increase the amount of monsters.

Beside that, the game has a little ongoing story about the main character, explaining him and why he is doing all that (genius child, build a blaster and a rocket ship with parts of his familys home).

(PS: Every game has at least one hidden area and level)


The bad part about the bundle (yes its 5 games in one), that it is missing the last 2 games. 6 was a special limited edition (who limits a game???) and 7...we dont talk about 7.


The story doesnt end with 6 or 7 ether, so fans made Keen 7 (denying the existence of the real keen 7), Keen 8 and Keen 9, who look quite decent and end the Keen story for good. Check it out on Youtube.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
These are the games that defined my childhood.
Better do not buy them, if you did not play these games back in the old days.
You will never come to enjoy them the way I did.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
My thoughts when I saw this on Steam:

"Oh wow Commander Keen! I used to love those games when I was a kid, I bet I can beat them now that I am much older"

"NOPE, still just a F%&*$#ing HARD!"

Classic games, simple games, difficult games. Even after twenty years I still can't solve some of the puzzles thrown at me, but I still enjoy trying!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
A collection of 5 Commander Keen Games from my Childhood from "Invasion of the Vorticons: Episodes 1-3" to "Goodbye Galaxy: Episodes 4-5"! However, Episode 6: Aliens ate my Babysiter, Episode 7 (or Episode 6 1/2): Keen Dreams (Lost Episode) & the Unoffical Universe is Toast Saga: Episodes 8-10 (or Episodes 7-9) are not Included.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2014
One of the first games I ever played. Awesome to be able to play it once more. RIP my dad's 20 year old computer.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
False advetising. Complete Pack should mean COMPLETE! Keen dreams is missing. and Keen 6 is missing. What a load of crap.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
commander keen was an MS-DOS game series made by id software, the company behind Doom wolfenstien as well as quake, But anywho, The game takes with a boy named keen who travels into space, and Assume's He's THE INFAMOUS SUPER HERO COMMANDER KEEN OF THE 21'ST CENTURY!!!!!!! *cough's* Excuse me, but anywho the game Plays Good, Ctrl to jump and Space bar to fire (Or was it Alt?) But Anyways it has some catchey Music in the other games,Overall this game was an instant classic I highly reccomend it to id software fans, just incase they wanna take a break from playing doom Hehe,

Overall score

8.5/10 Good


this game brought us dopefish btw
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 10, 2014
When I was a kid Commander Keen and Monster Bash were all I had to play I played for hours and hours. When I first replayed this I was expecting it to let me down and kill those childhood memories I had. I however was not disappointed at all. I still love it. If you are into what are now "retro games" this is a great game to play.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2014
Solid sprucing up of the originals.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2014
I wish that they would give an option to map key bindings.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
Old time gaming. Next generation people wouldnt find this fun.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
Back in the day this was one of the best games out there and I would recommend it for nostalgia alone.

The graphics are obviously dated but unlike most old 3D games this is still playable in my opinion. The gameplay mostly consists of jumping and shooting but there are a lot of different levels and enemies so it won't bore you quickly.

When I played Commander Keen as a kid I didn't think the game was that hard but I'll have to admit these days I think it's difficult.

I'd recommend it to anyone who was alive in 1990 for nostalgia's sake, the younger generation(s) probably won't enjoy this game.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
I played this when it was brand-spanking new, it still holds up today as one of the best PC platformers.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
This game is exactly like it was back on Windows XP, for better or for worse. This game fills me with nostalgia, and I love it in every way; however, this game is bad. The controls are weird, unreliable, and difficult to learn. However, if you enjoy older games with a semihumorous background and a dumb backstory that is unrevealed by gameplay, this game is for you.
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10 of 19 people (53%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
Okay, let me start this review out by saying this: Steam royally screwed up what could have ben an awesome product. There is just not enough reason to justify this purchase when it is the bare minimum of what could have been done to make this a working game. The Commander Keen series is an amazing set of games, a piece of the history of PC gaming, and Steam treated this piece of history like most people treat their garbage.

To elaborate, Commander Keen was the first PC game to have Parallax scrolling, the same kind of scrolling that Super Mario uses to be able to have a Platformer. At the time, it was a huge deal to have the entire level not be a single screen. So Commander Keen was produced to prove that a PC could support a full Platformer of many screens and levels. The game has an overworld and lets you play levels in any order, you get to shoot enemies from a distant and it is also the Nintendo Hard you would expect from a classic game, so it should be a dream for people who wish to visit a time when 2D was king. To neglect this classic trilogy and the 2/3rds of a trilogy sequel would be a shame.

Now, I am not suggesting you buy this pack. Especially if you don't know the series already. This pack is a bare minimum attempt at a quick buck off of some old shareware games. Yes, you heard me, SHAREWARE. If you are not aware, due to age or not being a PC gamer until after Floppy Disks disappeared, Shareware was the precursor to Playable Demo games on services such as Playstation Network, X-Box Live Arcade and yes, even Steam, where you would get a part of the game on a floppy disk at no charge, to try out. In the main menu, you would often see an "Order Now!" or "Ordering Details" option that let you buy the full game's disk for a reasonable sum of money. It spread the word of companies and got them some revenue as well as positive customer feedback that people were willing to pay money for their ideas.

So, since the game (well Commander Keen 1 and Commander Keen 4 are Shareware, at least) is technically free, you would think that this pack would do something more to make you want to buy it, right? Well, you'd be wrong. In fact, this pack is actually more of a hassle than going out and downloading Commander Keen 1, 2, 3 and 4 and a DOSBox Emulator yourself. To access any game past Commander Keen 1, you have to open up your Steam window, go into your library and launch it from there. Double Clicking the Shortcut that is generated on the desktop does nothing more than launch the first game. Not even a hastily slapped together Commander Keen selection menu screen comes up, just the default steam menu with radial buttions even after going through the hassle.

So I suggest to you to save your money, go get a DOSBox Emulator, and download Commander Keen 1 to try out. You don't have to send any money and it is legal because that's how the game was released back in the day. And if you go and get the non-shareware games? Well, it's not like ID software is going to come after you for picking up a title that they don't even have the rights to anymore. Though, the one thing this pack does RIGHT is that Commander Keen 5: The Armageddon Machine has it's copy protection (having one of the items you need to complete the level not spawn at all, making the second level impossible to complete) set to working properly as if you bought the game.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
132.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
Good game. Had fun. 10/10.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 18, 2014
Commander Keen needs no review. Best game series ever.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 22, 2014
Just like old time
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