Keen 4 unreleased enemy

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Keen 4 unreleased enemy

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I was talking to Tom Hall on Facebook tonight and I asked him about the keen 4 demo tileset. He told me the most prominent outake of keen 4 were these passive cow-like creatures called 'Dorts' that cold take you across harmful surfaces. But later on in development they were replaced with poison slugs.

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Oh wow. :O Is there any kind of concept art or unused sprites or anything out there?
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I'm waiting for a response as to if there were any unreleased sprites. I think it's very early morning in the us ( where Tom is ) so he's probably in bed. :dopefish
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Well, bounders are kind of similar. Just hop on them, and you can control & move them over fire and other harmful surfaces.
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Grimson wrote:Well, bounders are kind of similar. Just hop on them, and you can control & move them over fire and other harmful surfaces.
Wait, you can control bounders?! :O Image
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Can't tell if sarcasm or serious. :confused
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Yeah - they go in the direction that you're closer to. If you stand on his left eye, he goes left. Same with the right eye.
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Pokota wrote:Yeah - they go in the direction that you're closer to. If you stand on his left eye, he goes left. Same with the right eye.
I never knew that and I've been playing Keen 4 since I was about 5... :O
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DHeadshot wrote:
Pokota wrote:Yeah - they go in the direction that you're closer to. If you stand on his left eye, he goes left. Same with the right eye.
I never knew that and I've been playing Keen 4 since I was about 5... :O
SAME!

WOW!

WE'VE BEEN DOING IT WRONG FOR AROUND TWO DECADES! I mean, I knew they seemed to bounce to where you aren't when you aren't on them.... but this!

Also, I love how these lovely creatures were replaced with POISON SLUGS.

Anyway, I'm pretty sure the demo tileset didn't have unknown creatures, so these must have been removed pretty damn early!

Any remnant code? (What am I saying, of course not - efficient programmers!)

I guess Two Cows now becomes "Two Dorts."
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I found out about controlling Bounders years ago - I noticed that they don't move in any direction when you stand in their center. The next logical thing to do was to move slightly to the left or right... wheeeeee, free ride!

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If you are getting too tense, the PAUSE key does work!

I have found that it really helps sometimes - I pause the game, go for a quick walk, and when I'm back I am inspired to overcome whatever nasty challenge lies ahead :dopekeen

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Wow, that is new information, Bubbatom! That's very interesting, did Tom mention anything else about the Demo or outttakes? I really hope he's got the unused sprites lying around somewhere, those would be awesome and inspirational to see.

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DHeadshot wrote:
Grimson wrote:Well, bounders are kind of similar. Just hop on them, and you can control & move them over fire and other harmful surfaces.
Wait, you can control bounders?! :O Image
Indeed you can! If Keen stands on the left side of the Bounder, the Bounder will bounce left. If Keen stands on the right side of the Bounder, the Bounder will bounce right.
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Wait, you can control bounders?
Without that gem of knowledge, I doubt you've been saving very many Quillsheep. :-P

That's cool about the 'Dorts'... very much in keeping with the trend in Keens 4-6 to playfully mix 'serious' sprites e.g. Berkeloids and Skypests, with frivolous fun sprites eg Treasure Eaters.

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Tom told me that there were sprites done for the Dort but he can't remember where they are. :dopefish
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Bubbatom wrote:Tom told me that there were sprites done for the Dort but he can't remember where they are. :dopefish
Reckon they could be on that code disc that John Romero mentioned?
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