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Commander Keen 2: The Earth Explodes DOS The 'world map'

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Written by  :  Rensch (216)
Written on  :  Jun 16, 2005
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Summary

Help Keen destroy the laser cannons that will destroy earth in the second part of the infamous and brilliant series.

The Good

Graphically it's OK and just about the same as part one, which means cute graphics and funny and totally crazy looking enemies. The game continues the story started in the first episode, but has a story of it's own too. Keen has infiltrated the Vortican Mother ship build to destroy earth. He now has to find all the laser cannon's and destroy them to save the famous cities where they are aimed at, such as Moscow, New York and London. You will find these in the different levels spread on the main map similar to part one. Just like the graphics the gameplay is the same because it's basically the second part of the same release. This means you will find smooth gameplay rarely seen on the PC in games of that age. This one is not shareware just as part 3 and unlike part 1 (This system is used in many of Apogee's games). You can still buy this game, however. If you loved the first part you will love this one too, for sure.

The Bad

The gameplay is a bit dated by today's standards. Another problem comes with shooting because you need to use the combination of ALT+CONTROL to shoot. This is especially frustrating if you need to shoot and do a hi-jump with keen's pogo stick since you use CONTROL to jump and ALT for the pogo and combining these two results in a hi-jump which is needed sometimes.

The Bottom Line

Another fun classic platform game that is just the second part of the same release as part one so don't expect anything new. This is not really a problem since part one is also a brilliant classic.

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