DescriptionCommander Keen 6: Aliens Ate My Baby Sitter! is a platform game, the sixth in the Commander Keen series as a whole.
Molly, the babysitter of Billy "Commander Keen" Blaze (an eight-year-old genius) has been kidnapped by the Bloogs from the planet Fribbulus Xax, for purely gastronomical purposes. Keen must set out to Fribbulus Xax to save her!
The game begins with a top-down map of the Fribbulus Xax. This is the level select screen, where Billy can walk around and the player can choose the next level they want to enter; however, some places on the map require the player to find specific items (such as a grappling hook) to get through. On each level, Billy has to make his way to the exit. Once a level is completed, Billy ends up back on the overhead map.
The levels are full of enemies, including the club-wielding Blooguards, the Flects which can reflect Billy's shots with their teeth, and Nospikes which charge at him in hopes of impaling him. There are also many deadly hazards. If Billy gets shot or touched by an enemy, or falls into a pit or touches something hazardous, he dies and loses one life.
Thankfully, Billy can stun most enemies with his raygun. He also carries a pogo stick which allows him to jump very high. Other items to find include: ammo, gems that are needed to open locked doors, bonus items which give score, bird-like "Vivas" (100 of them give an extra life) and the rare Queen Viva which gives an extra life.
- "Commander Keen in "Aliens ate my Babysitter!"" -- In-game title
Part of the Following Group
|PC Joker||Apr, 1992||69 out of 100||69|
|ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)||May, 1992||8 out of 12||67|
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DevelopmentEven though this is the last game in the series, this was not the last one to be created. Commander Keen 5: The Armageddon Machine was created after Commander Keen 6: Aliens Ate My Baby Sitter! because the latter had to go to retail and that required lead time.
DistributionIn contrast to the former entries in the series, this game is commercial instead of shareware. FormGen convinced id to put copy protection in the game.
Planned trilogyThis game was planned to be the start of another trilogy and the ending leaves a remarkably large gap for a sequel(s). It even makes a promise for 'the biggest adventure yet' in Christmas '92. The crew then tripped on the distraction that changed the path of PC gaming, Wolfenstein 3D.
Information also contributed by Brolin Empey and John Romero
Related Web Sites
- All-you-can-eat Commander Keen (Excellent fan site for the Commander Keen series.)
- Beyond the Pogo (This is the ultimate Commander Keen fansite. You'll find almost anything Keen-related here.)
- Commander Keen: Aliens Ate My Baby Sitter! (The official homepage)
- S&F Prod.'s Commander Keen Page (This is the only place where you can find sound players, add-ons, Keen2Dopefish patch, cheats, hex cheats, extras, links and things alike for Commander Keen.)