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by Litude
Sun Jun 23, 2024 9:27
Forum: Official Keen Games
Topic: Keen 1 early December version origin
Replies: 13
Views: 2448

Re: Keen 1 early December version origin

And I'm still kicking myself for not discovering the beta files. :helmet :) I was so close when I thought of using a hex editor to look inside the disk image and finding some bits of the Keen 1 source code. The thought of the image containing recoverable deleted files didn't occur to me. If you had...
by Litude
Sat Jun 15, 2024 10:06
Forum: Official Keen Games
Topic: Keen 1 early December version origin
Replies: 13
Views: 2448

Re: Keen 1 early December version origin

An interesting difference between the attached version and 1.1 is that the screenshot feature works as intended in 1.0. When pressing F8, the contents of EGA video memory will be saved as a file named KEENSCRN.PIC. (Code changes between versions 1.0 and 1.1 broke this feature and it was subsequentl...
by Litude
Wed May 29, 2024 15:53
Forum: Official Keen Games
Topic: Keen 1 early December version origin
Replies: 13
Views: 2448

Re: Keen 1 early December version origin

You can tell the version number from the file timestamps. They're always set to (version-number) PM on the 1st Jan 1991. This logic does not hold for files as old as this. Apogee started this practice only in 1992 with Wolfenstein 3D. Until that point, file modify times were pretty much always set ...
by Litude
Tue May 28, 2024 18:31
Forum: Official Keen Games
Topic: Keen 1 early December version origin
Replies: 13
Views: 2448

Keen 1 early December version origin

Ever since finding the early Keen 1 December version in 2007, I have been wondering about the origin of this version. The original place I found it was just some random download link which did not give much away as to how that version was released. Is it a beta version that was somehow inadvertently...
by Litude
Thu Apr 11, 2024 19:49
Forum: Official Keen Games
Topic: Keen 6 Apogee Demo Version
Replies: 14
Views: 3384

Re: Keen 6 Apogee Demo Version

That was more-or-less my guess for the timeline of releases years ago, and it still remains so today. I've been reminded of writing about this beforehand - actually about 9 years ago - here's a link to the post of mine, covering differing Keen 4-6 versions, and also Catacomb 3-D where relevant. It ...
by Litude
Sun Mar 17, 2024 10:38
Forum: Official Keen Games
Topic: Keen 6 Apogee Demo Version
Replies: 14
Views: 3384

Re: Keen 6 Apogee Demo Version

Also interesting that the sell sheet specifically places this game in between the Vorticons trilogy and Goodbye Galaxy. I'm not on a PC capable of checking at the moment, but is there any actual mention of Aliens being the sixth Keen game within the game itself (aside from any post-exit ordering sc...
by Litude
Mon Mar 11, 2024 15:30
Forum: Official Keen Games
Topic: Keen 6 Apogee Demo Version
Replies: 14
Views: 3384

Re: Keen 6 Apogee Demo Version

That's so cool what you have there! Thank you for sharing it with the community! You are welcome! That's a really interesting find. I had always assumed Keen 6 being stand-alone and the publisher being FormGen instead of Apogee were all a part of the same decision, though the Keen 6 sell sheet sugg...
by Litude
Sun Mar 10, 2024 21:04
Forum: Official Keen Games
Topic: Keen 6 Apogee Demo Version
Replies: 14
Views: 3384

Keen 6 Apogee Demo Version

I came across an Apogee bonus disk that included a demo version of Keen 6. I got it second hand, so I do not know the original story behind this floppy disk. To my surprise the version included on the disk is ever so slightly different from the most common FormGen demo version. I haven't taken a dee...
by Litude
Fri Feb 20, 2015 14:59
Forum: Official Keen Games
Topic: Ok, want to settle this
Replies: 31
Views: 29109

A couple of bugs are known to be fixed in Keen 5 here. The "Order info" section is removed from the list of sections available by pressing on F1 (in Keen 4 and 5 altogether), but the list itself is there as usual. When one thinks about it, it may seem a bit weird the same was not done for...
by Litude
Tue Dec 30, 2014 0:46
Forum: Official Keen Games
Topic: Keen Dreams Shareware v1.20
Replies: 6
Views: 10055

Sweet, thanks for sharing this! By the way, the included VENDOR.DOC mentions the original file name as being KEEND120.EXE.
by Litude
Thu Nov 21, 2013 23:43
Forum: Official Keen Games
Topic: Ok, want to settle this
Replies: 31
Views: 29109

According to the 20th anniversary look back , the games were finished in the order 4, 6 and 5. There's no doubt regarding the fact that Keen 5 was finished last, but Keen 6 certainly seems to use an older code base than Keen 4 does. But I don't think Keen 6 as coded first. I think the suggested reas...
by Litude
Tue Jun 25, 2013 11:54
Forum: Official Keen Games
Topic: Official Song Names Released
Replies: 27
Views: 18990

Awesome, been buggering him by email myself for the song names but alas he wouldn't answer. :p Guess he finally got tired of all the bugging and decided to start releasing the names-
by Litude
Sun Jul 17, 2011 20:15
Forum: Official Keen Games
Topic: Keen Upgrades/Downgrades thread
Replies: 94
Views: 220390

The only difference is that some of the included text files that can be read at start-up have been updated with some other info. And calling that version the "id Anthology" version isn't entirely correct either since it's the same thing that you could purchase from the Softdisk store a few...
by Litude
Sun Feb 27, 2011 17:56
Forum: Official Keen Games
Topic: Look what I found in the Keen 4 Demo!
Replies: 77
Views: 66876

Wasn't there some concept art of the Dopefish floating around that had a note on it saying that some kind of trident power was necessary if you wanted to swim? They probably planned that the power was to be obtained in another level.
by Litude
Mon Feb 21, 2011 13:08
Forum: Official Keen Games
Topic: Look what I found in the Keen 4 Demo!
Replies: 77
Views: 66876

What intrigues me, again in the same area, is that pair of exit signs (or the lower halves of exit signs.) The one on the left just looks like the usual brown-earth sign in the foreground, but the one on the right is clearly meant to be attached to some kind of metal floor. There's no other indicat...