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Commander Keen 2: The Earth Explodes is the second game in the first trilogy of Commander Keen platform games, called Commander Keen: Invasion of the Vorticons.

In this episode a Vorticon Mothership is poised above Earth, preparing to destroy the planet with their deadly Tantalus Rays! Commander Keen's mission is to stop these evil Vorticons from blowing up the Earth. In order to do this you need to find and destroy each X-14 Tantalus Ray, powered by cells from the big purple Space Amoeba.

The game begins with a top-down map of the mothership. This is the level select screen, where you can walk around and choose the next level you want to enter. On each level, you have to find the exit; if this is one of the levels with a Tantalus Ray, you've got to destroy the Ray before exiting. Once you reach the exit, you're back on the map of the mothership.

The levels are typically full of enemy creatures and hazards. If Keen gets shot or touched, or falls into a pit or hazard, he dies, and you're booted out of the level back to the overhead map and lose one life.

Thankfully, Keen can defeat some of the enemies with his raygun. He also has a pogo stick which allows him to jump very high. Other items to find include keycards that open locked doors and bonus items which give score (Keen gets an extra life if he collects enough score).


Commander Keen 2: The Earth Explodes DOS Keen finds the Vorticons secret food stash
Commander Keen 2: The Earth Explodes DOS Ingame screenshot
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Commander Keen 2: The Earth Explodes DOS Episode 2 title screen

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Alternate Titles

  • "Commander Keen: "Invasion of the Vorticons" - Episode Two: The Earth Explodes" -- In-game title

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User Reviews

Keen's second adventure is even more amazing than the first Katakis | カタキス (42875) 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars
Help Keen destroy the laser cannons that will destroy earth in the second part of the infamous and brilliant series. Rensch (216) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars
Small but solid improvements make Keen 2 one of the coolest platformers for the pc. Zovni (10627) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
One of my favorite Keens -- it's in space! John Romero (1472) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Simple platfrom action and great fun. Steve Hall (348) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
A title that both is descriptive and correct! blueberrymustard (3) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars

Critic Reviews

Examiner Dec 03, 2013 4 out of 5 80
The Retro Spirit Dec 02, 2008 3 out of 6 50


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Secret level

Unlike the first and the third episode, this one doesn't have a secret level as the creators thought a secret level on the map of the mother ship didn't feel right.

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Tomer Gabel (4634) added Commander Keen 2: The Earth Explodes (DOS) on Aug 14, 1999
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