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SummaryConsole-quality graphics and gameplay on a regular PC!
The GoodCommander Keen was so well-programmed that my jaw dropped the first time I saw it. (This has always been a trend with Carmack & Romero games--the same happened when I saw Wolfenstein 3D, then Doom, then Quake.) Commander Keen uses hardware scrolling and virtual screen tricks to provide very smooth scrolling platform gameplay on any 286 or faster with an ega card. That, coupled with the cute, early kid comic-book-style graphics, makes it just as good (if not better) than most console platformers on Nintendo 8-bit platforms.
The PC speaker sound effects are better than average.
The BadThe gameplay gets pretty repetitive after a while (which is dangerous, since repetition == boredom).