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DOSBOX_KEEN.ZIP - 198k - Run KEEN1.EXE to play
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Original archive (1keen.zip, 238k) - The main download link above works in DOSBox after unzipping; the file 1keen.zip is the original.
Standard Galactic Alphabet (keen-standard-galactic-alphabet.jpg, 62k) - The official reference to translate the Standard Galactic Alphabet "language" (substitution cipher) used on signs in the Keen games.
This is the first game (the shareware one) in the original Commander Keen series, "Commander Keen in Invasion of the Vorticons". I thought that this game was SO amazing when I first played it (many years ago), and it's still quite fun now. It features great graphics (for EGA) and some not-so-annoying PC speaker sound effects. At the time, it was quite innovative due to the way that the screen smoothly scrolls. The engine was originally pitched to Nintendo for a PC Mario game, but since that never happened, Commander Keen was born to make use of it. The jumping and pogo-sticking (yes, that's a word) take a bit of getting used to ... otherwise, a great, classic Apogee platformer which spawned numerous sequels and an unofficial "mascot" for this website. :)
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