Keen 5 CGA found!!!

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Keen 5 CGA found!!!

Post by Spaz » Sun Mar 22, 2009 11:31

I thought this may interest you. I'm a member of a private retrogaming community and today this lost gem was posted.

For the purists: Here's the original floppy image of Commander Keen - Goodbye Galaxy! v1.4 CGA:
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The extracted content:
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Post by tulip » Sun Mar 22, 2009 11:35

Very interesting. A mystery has been revealed.
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Post by Litude » Sun Mar 22, 2009 21:48

You beat me to it but you forgot that another new version was also found, 1.4 CGA of Keen 6. Maybe not as significant, but let it not be lost in time nontheless.
Get it here or the disk images here.

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Post by Spaz » Sun Mar 22, 2009 22:06

Wow, you're right! I missed that one. Maybe someday Keen Dreams CGA will surface.
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Post by KeenRush » Sun Mar 22, 2009 22:06

Sorry dudes, I'm afraid I have to remove your links, since the games (still) aren't freeware...

(Thanks for the special versions, though. 8))
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Post by Litude » Sun Mar 22, 2009 22:53

KeenRush wrote:(Thanks for the special versions, though. 8))
:p

Anyways, here's a patch which changes 1.0 or 1.4 EGA of Keen 5 to 1.4 CGA. I'll cook up the Keen 6 patch later...

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Post by tulip » Sun Mar 22, 2009 23:41

Seems the Keen Collective is now complete apart from Keen 5 CGA 1.0.
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Post by ckguy » Mon Mar 23, 2009 0:35

Hey! Way cool! I had long ago given up on ever seeing this.

The Keen Collective will be updated shortly. :pirate

(Anyone who grabbed the original floppy image, I would like that as well. A simple discreet email, please. :))

edit: Or a PM.

edit 2: And the Keen 6 CGA 1.4 please.

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Post by IMA3HDDMNKY » Mon Mar 23, 2009 14:23

EDIT: Nevermind.
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Post by Galaxieretter » Mon Mar 23, 2009 14:38

KeenRush ruining all our fun... :p
How about that link for the Keen 6 patch?

First off, why did ID even make a CGA version of Commander Keen and second... how would that even work?
spaz wrote:I'm a member of a private retrogaming community and today this lost gem was posted.
Oooh, secret.

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Post by KeenRush » Mon Mar 23, 2009 15:35

Yeah, don't ask me... The CGA versions seem quite a mad thing to do, especially since they didn't make ones of Keen 1-3 which were even earlier games. :crazy (Seemingly these Keen 4-6 CGA weren't very popular since they haven't been found here until quite recently...)
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Post by Litude » Mon Mar 23, 2009 16:27

Okay, I finished the Keen 6 CGA 1.4 patch. Get it from here (requires 1.0 CGA Keen 6 to patch). Also fixed a small error in the Keen 5 CGA patch which could make the patching process fail, get corrected patch from here (requires Keen 5 1.4 EGA to patch).
Galaxieretter wrote:First off, why did ID even make a CGA version of Commander Keen...
CGA setups were still quite common in 1991 and from what I can remember hearing from somewhere, the CGA version did sell moderately well at start, but was then later discontinued as CGA setups ceased to exist.
KeenRush wrote:The CGA versions seem quite a mad thing to do, especially since they didn't make ones of Keen 1-3 which were even earlier games.
The reason why no CGA version of Keen 1-3 was ever made was probably primarily because John Carmack didn't know how to do smooth scrolling on CGA setups at the time, the "trick" he had discovered only worked on EGA cards. Obviously he did figure out how to achieve this on CGA cards before the Galaxy duo of games came.
tulip wrote:Seems the Keen Collective is now complete apart from Keen 5 CGA 1.0.
Ask me, and I think we are still missing a bunch of versions:
Keen 2 1.34
Keen 3 1.34
Keen 4 1.2 CGA
Keen 5 1.0 CGA
Keen 6 1.5 CGA
Keen Dreams Registered 1.01 (?)
Keen Dreams Registered 1.13 (?)

So the hunt is still on! :D

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Post by IMA3HDDMNKY » Mon Mar 23, 2009 16:48

Is there actually any proof that there was a version 1.34 for the whole Vorticons trilogy?

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Post by KeenRush » Mon Mar 23, 2009 18:08

Litude wrote:The reason why no CGA version of Keen 1-3 was ever made was probably primarily because John Carmack didn't know how to do smooth scrolling on CGA setups at the time, the "trick" he had discovered only worked on EGA cards. Obviously he did figure out how to achieve this on CGA cards before the Galaxy duo of games came.
Ah, thanks for info, that makes sense. :)
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Post by Litude » Mon Mar 23, 2009 18:16

IMA3HDDMNKY wrote:Is there actually any proof that there was a version 1.34 for the whole Vorticons trilogy?
As we haven't found it, no. But I don't see why they would only have updated the first game.

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