Commander Keen, chapter one: Marooned on Mars (850)

System: PC (8086/8088)
Company: Apogee
Year: 1990
Genre: Action
Theme: Science Fiction
Language: English
Licence: Shareware

Commander Keen, chapter one: Marooned on Mars (ID: 850)

Disks:
1 x 5.25" DS DD (360kB)
Format:
Raw (.IMG)
Copy Protection:
Unknown
Status:
Verified
Language:
English
Contributor:
Wandrell
Notes:
v1.32. Advanced Gravis Computer Technology release.
SHA1 Hashes:

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Added: 2012-03-12
Edited: 2020-04-20

Commander Keen: Invasion of the Vorticons (ID: 490)

Disks:
1 x 3.5" DD (720kB)
Format:
Raw (.IMG)
Copy Protection:
Unknown
Status:
Unverified
Language:
English
Contributor:
Wandrell
Notes:
v1.31/v1.1/v1.1
SHA1 Hashes:

17f7cbf72aec5a09961aa84eae1cd362e4b7af39  disk1.img
Added: 2012-01-16
Edited: 2020-04-20

Commander Keen: Invasion of the Vorticons (ID: 848)

Disks:
1 x 3.5" DD (720kB)
Format:
Raw (.IMG)
Copy Protection:
Unknown
Status:
Unverified
Language:
English
Contributor:
Wandrell
Notes:
v1.31. Includes Crystal Caves vol1 v1.0
SHA1 Hashes:

8aeeb8a8bd88445a1329124fe5e8434047fa06be  disk1.img
Added: 2012-01-16
Edited: 2020-04-20

Commander Keen: Invasion of the Vorticons (ID: 849)

Disks:
2 x 5.25" DS DD (360kB)
Format:
Raw (.IMG)
Copy Protection:
Unknown
Status:
Unverified
Language:
English
Contributor:
Wandrell
Notes:
v1.31/v1.1/v1.1
SHA1 Hashes:

32e83f4f6870e587e61c3079f9b0e03dbadeb839  disk1.img
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Added: 2012-01-16
Edited: 2020-04-20

Commander Keen: Invasion of the Vorticons (ID: 2596)

Disks:
1 x 3.5" DD (720kB)
Format:
Raw (.IMG)
Copy Protection:
Unknown
Status:
Verified
Language:
English
Contributor:
idlord
Notes:
v1.31
SHA1 Hashes:

a5b3a4ef7ebc75e6930dbac63f58cc015c7d4c0e  disk1.img
Added: 2018-06-07
Edited: 2020-04-20

Commander Keen: Aliens Ate My Babysitter! (ID: 2597)

Disks:
2 x 5.25" DS DD (360kB)
Format:
Raw (.IMG)
Copy Protection:
Unknown
Status:
Restored
Language:
English
Contributor:
idlord
Notes:
v1.4 EGA. Fixed OEM ID, cleaned AT.
SHA1 Hashes:

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Added: 2018-06-07
Edited: 2020-04-20

Comments (5) [Post comment]

Mr Creosote (2007-11-30):
I've finished James Pond 2, but only using an unlimited life cheat. You're right, you can't save, but I just kept the computer on all day and paused the game :)
Wandrell (2007-11-30):

I remember James Pond 2, even thought I played the PC version, and yes it was good and enormous, has anybody finished that castle? I don't remember you could save. And by the way, it was published in a version for new consoles (PS2 and DS at least for what I remember) a few years ago.

Rick Dangerous games, to which I have played little, made me think on the Dizzy the egg games, to which also I played little but looked fun.

Anyway this is a thing of tastes. For example I like also games like Megaman X and the Metroids where you need to practise a lot until you can control it well and fast, but I don't think they the kind of platformer you preffer.

Mr Creosote (2007-11-30):

I'm not the largest fan of Jump'n'Runs (which is why they're only sparsely represented on the site), but if you check out the few entries on the site, you'll find some. Take the Rick Dangerous games, they're a lot better. Or even James Pond 2 (probably my favourite in the genre, however, that's most likely related to memories again) - there just is no contest, both graphically and concerning playability and variation (the game is massive!).

Commander Keen certainly compares favourably to the likes of Manic Miner or Sword of Destiny, but those are a lot older, so one can hardly call them 'from the same time'.

If you just look on the IBM compatibles, Keen is excellent, of course. After all, there wasn't a single game on it which had even only decent scrolling before...

Wandrell (2007-11-29):

Probably why I liked it so much was because I had no better platformer when I was a kid. And I still like things I loved as a kid (I suppose is something of the mind, as I don't think all of them are good).

Really, I hardly can remember which games of that time I had at reach, but the first games I played as a kid probably where the ones from the old Atari my father bought, so the jump to PC games was great for me.

So well, apart from that obviously I'm always biased when talking about games from my childhood, I still find this game great. What games of that year are a lot better than it? This discussion could end in a duel of reviews.

Mr Creosote (2007-11-29):
Highly overrated game in my opinion. Not particularly bad, but absolutely nothing compared to what other games of the same genre offered at that time. Just not for owners of text-driven typewriters, of course. However, since the latter won the 'format war', this game is now held up as an example of genius - because there simply wasn't anything else on that particular machine. Which is nothing short of a heavy distortion of history, if you ask me.
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