COMMANDER KEEN

I heart MS-DOS games!

Commander Keen is a series of video games developed in the early 1990s. The series focuses on the adventures of Billy Blaze, an 8-year old boy who travels through space and assumes the identity “Commander Keen”.

The series was successful at replicating the side-scrolling action of the NES Super Mario Bros. games in DOS. The cartoon-style platform games are notable for their pioneering use of EGA graphics and shareware distribution and they were some of the first games by id Software (which went on to develop blockbusters like Doom and Quake).

Billy Blaze is an eight-year-old boy genius who has constructed a spaceship in his backyard from old soup cans and other household objects called The Bean-with-Bacon Megarocket. When his parents are out and the babysitter falls asleep, he dons his brother’s Packers helmet and becomes Commander Keen, Defender of Earth.

 

Seven official Commander Keen games were released for the PC under MS-DOS.

They are divided into mini-series, and are considered “episodes” of the full series.

I cherish the days where games were as simple as pressing the [shift], [control] and [alt] buttons to jump and shoot.

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  1. February 13th, 2012

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