Found on Apogee's website:
Bio Menace is the only game that Apogee has not been able to get to run under Windows95/98 reliably under any condition.
It took two years to create the game, mainly because Jim Norwood
created practically every asset on his own, from game code, to art, to sound, to level design. The one significant area not created by Norwood is the game's engine. It was created by id Software
, and was the engine original used for the second trilogy of Commander Keen
games, starting with Goodbye, Galaxy
On December 23, 2005, Apogee/3D Realms made this game available as freeware. It was a "Christmas present" to their fans. The full registered game contains all three episodes and can be downloaded from their FTP server
Among the hostages you have to save is Commander Keen, from id Software's series of games of the same name
. When you rescue him (he's on level 6 of the 2nd episode) you say "Just doing my duty, Captain Keen" to which he replies "It's COMMANDER Keen!" For the curious, people mixing up Commander Keen's title is one of the in-jokes of the series.
Like most Apogee platformers Bio Menace
is actually a trilogy. The first part of the trilogy came in two versions: a shareware version and a non-shareware version. The two other parts are not shareware. The names of the three episodes are:
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