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Commander Keen



Commander Keen was a video game series originally on DOS created by id Software. There never was an official 'Universe is Toast' trilogy, because other projects like Wolfenstein 3D were more interesting for the market. Nevertheless fans created an unofficial trilogy and many other mods, which can be played using Commander Genius.


Emulator: Commander Genius

ROMS

Place your Commander Keen Games in:

/home/pi/RetroPie/roms/ports/cgenius/games/gamename/ 

(It is recommended to use keen1, keen2, keen3 etc. for the gamename)

By default the emulator comes with 3 Commander Keen games, follow the file format of the games that are already there where possible when adding new games - A typical set of files look like this (example taken from commander Keen 5):

AUDIO.CK5

CONFIG.CK5

EGAGRAPH.CK5

GAMEMAPS.CK5

KEEN5E.EXE

Please note that for Commander Keen 6, the executable KEEN6C.EXE will not work with Commander Genius (If you have this version, it is from an unofficial source and was originally created to remove the 'creature question' at the start of the game, which asked you for information on the names of some of the enemies from the user manual).

Commander Genius removes this prompt from the official version in the emulator anyway, but it requires the KEEN6.EXE file from the official game to be used. (If you are having issues getting your legitimate Keen 6 copy to launch, make sure you patch it to version 1.4!)

Once the relevant files are copied to the folder locations you can then select the games from the Commander Genius Launch Menu.

Supported official Games

Commander Keen: Invasion of the Vorticons Folder Version Title Screen
Episode 1: Marooned on Mars keen1 1.33 Episode 1: Marooned on Mars
Episode 2: The Earth Explodes keen2 1.33 Episode 2: The Earth Explodes
Episode 3: Keen Must Die! keen3 1.33 Episode 3: Keen Must Die!
Commander Keen in Keen Dreams keen3.5 1.13 (EGA) Commander Keen in Keen Dreams
Commander Keen in Goodbye Galaxy! Folder Version Title Screen
Episode 4: Secret of the Oracle keen4 1.4 (EGA) Episode 4: Secret of the Oracle
Episode 5: The Armageddon Machine keen5 1.4 (EGA) Episode 5: The Armageddon Machine
Episode 6: Aliens Ate My Babysitter! keen6 1.4 (EGA) Episode 6: Aliens Ate My Babysitter!

Supported unofficial Games as mods

Commander Keen in The Universe is Toast Folder Version Title Screen
Episode 7: The Keys of Krodacia keen7 keen 4 mod Episode 7: The Keys of Krodacia
Episode 8: Dead in the Desert keen8 keen 6 mod Episode 8: Dead in the Desert
Episode 9: Battle of the Brains keen9 keen 5 mod Episode 9: Battle of the Brains

There are many more mods supported. A larger list of those can be found here: http://www.shikadi.net/keenwiki/Commander_Genius

Controls:

Keyboard and Joysticks for gameplay. Mouse for some menu elements.