Celebrating Commander Keen's 20th anniversary

After 20 years of Commander Keen, we look back at the history of id Software's classic series

Keen 4: Secret of the Oracle saw Commander Keen travelling through the dangerous Shadowlands of Gnosticus IV to rescue the council members. It's also notable as the first appearance of the Dopefish — the second dumbest creature in the universe.

Image credit: the Commander Keen Wiki at Shikadi.net.

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  • Maurice Kindermann

    This game was totally awesome, no questions.

  • Chad

    ok seriously - can these not be made into xbox live titles?! THAT would be awesome

  • Adam

    I wasted countless hours playing these games as a child... I have many memories of them. They truly are one of the great games.

    Vorticon

    Commander Keen 1 was the first game I ever owned, my previous experience being playing "Dark Castle" on my father's black-and-white Mac.

    I was instantly hooked and got my parents to get me the entire series for whatever the amazingly low price was back then ($30?).

    It became the gateway drug into all the other games I've played since.

    ID dropped my jaw again with the new engine in Keen4. It would be years after Wolf3D's release before I got to experience it because we only had an EGA display...at which point ID blew my mind again. Then DOOM jumped the bar, then Duke3d....truly this developer was a big deal for me.

    Brian

    @Adam:

    If you have so many good memories, then don't use the word "wasted", try "spent" instead.

    Makes a big difference.

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