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{{ii}} Also known (unofficially) as '''Commander Keen: The Lost Episode''' or '''Episode 3.5'''
 
{{ii}} Also known (unofficially) as '''Commander Keen: The Lost Episode''' or '''Episode 3.5'''
 
{{++}} Game's source code was released by [[Company:Softdisk|Softdisk]]. It can be downloaded [https://github.com/keendreams/keen here].
 
{{++}} Game's source code was released by [[Company:Softdisk|Softdisk]]. It can be downloaded [https://github.com/keendreams/keen here].
{{--}} According to documentation, despite being listed in settings, support for in-game music was cut prior to release along with digital effects support for the Sound Blaster & Sound Source devices.
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{{--}} Despite being listed in settings, support for in-game music was cut prior to release along with digital effects support for the Sound Blaster & Sound Source devices.<ref>http://www.shikadi.net/keenwiki/Keen_Dreams_Development</ref>
  
 
'''General information'''
 
'''General information'''

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Commander Keen in Keen Dreams
Commander Keen in Keen Dreams cover
Developers
id Software
David Gow
Publishers
Softdisk
Hard Disk Publishing
Release dates
DOS 1991
Windows September 30, 2015
Linux September 30, 2015
macOS (OS X) April 19, 2016[1]
Commander Keen in Keen Dreams on Wikipedia
Commander Keen
Commander Keen in Marooned on Mars 1990
Commander Keen in The Earth Explodes 1990
Commander Keen in Keen Must Die! 1990
Commander Keen in Keen Dreams 1991
Commander Keen in Secret of the Oracle 1991
Commander Keen in The Armageddon Machine 1991
Commander Keen in Aliens Ate My Baby Sitter! 1991

Key points

Also known (unofficially) as Commander Keen: The Lost Episode or Episode 3.5
Game's source code was released by Softdisk. It can be downloaded here.
Despite being listed in settings, support for in-game music was cut prior to release along with digital effects support for the Sound Blaster & Sound Source devices.[2]

General information

Steam Community Discussions

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM details are not known
Run in DOSBox.
DOS
A shareware version is available here.
This game is no longer sold digitally.

Version differences

Steam version is native port (not DOSBox).[3]

Essential improvements

Episode launcher

A launcher for the entire Keen series can be found here (runs in DOSBox). For a modified version of this same launcher that also supports this game (for people whom don't have the native Steam version), try the following:
Episode launcher
@ECHO OFF

:MENU

CLS


REM All episodes must be in the same folder contrary

REM to the original launcher this one was based on.


ECHO.

ECHO  ===========================================================================

ECHO  ======================= COMMANDER KEEN COLLECTION =========================

ECHO  ===========================================================================

ECHO.

ECHO         Invasion of the Vortices (1-3):

ECHO.

ECHO     1 - Commander Keen 1 Marooned On Mars (1990)(Apogee Software)

ECHO     2 - Commander Keen 2 The Earth Explodes (1990)(Apogee Software)

ECHO     3 - Commander Keen 3 Keen Must Die (1990)(Apogee Software)

ECHO.

ECHO         Goodbye, Galaxy! (4-6):

ECHO.

ECHO     4 - Commander Keen 4 Secret Of The Oracle (1991)(Apogee Software Ltd)

ECHO     5 - Commander Keen 5 The Armageddon Machine (1991)(Apogee Software Ltd)

ECHO     6 - Commander Keen 6 Aliens Ate My Baby Sitter (1991)(Formgen)

ECHO.

ECHO         Other (The Lost Episode):

ECHO.

ECHO     7 - Commander Keen Dreams (1991)(Softdisk Publishing)

ECHO.


CHOICE /c1234567q/n Choose a number (Press Q to Quit):

IF ERRORLEVEL 8 GOTO EXIT

IF ERRORLEVEL 7 GOTO KEEN7

IF ERRORLEVEL 6 GOTO KEEN6

IF ERRORLEVEL 5 GOTO KEEN5

IF ERRORLEVEL 4 GOTO KEEN4

IF ERRORLEVEL 3 GOTO KEEN3

IF ERRORLEVEL 2 GOTO KEEN2

IF ERRORLEVEL 1 GOTO KEEN1




:KEEN1

CLS

ECHO Starting Commander Keen 1...

call keen1.exe

GOTO MENU




:KEEN2

CLS

ECHO Starting Commander Keen 2...

call keen2.exe

GOTO MENU




:KEEN3

CLS

ECHO Starting Commander Keen 3...

call keen3.exe

GOTO MENU




:KEEN4

CLS

ECHO Starting Commander Keen 4...

call keen4e.exe

GOTO MENU




:KEEN5

CLS

ECHO Starting Commander Keen 5...

call keen5e.exe

GOTO MENU




:KEEN6

CLS

ECHO Starting Commander Keen 6...

call keen6c.exe

GOTO MENU




:KEEN7

CLS

ECHO Starting Commander Keen Dreams…

call kdreams.exe

GOTO MENU




:EXIT

CLS

exit

Source Ports

A reverse engineered source port is available. Alternatively the game's source is available and you could build you own version.

Commander Genius

Game data

Configuration file location

It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Native option for stretching.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Native option in settings. Toggle with Alt+ Enter (when using DOSBox).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
For DOSBox use an unofficial build (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
60 FPS
120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Input settings

Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Everything is text-based.
Closed captions
See note above.
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes CGA, EGA Compatibility with certain SVGA cards can be enabled using the /COMP parameter. Can also use the /HIDDENCARD parameter to force the game to accept the card if it doesn't detect a supported model.
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux

System requirements

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM)
Hard disk drive (HDD)

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/356200/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (356200) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References