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* The game is both fun and challenging.
 
* The game is both fun and challenging.
 
* The story is pretty funny.
 
* The story is pretty funny.
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* The game is quite large with a lot of levels to play.
  
 
===Bad===
 
===Bad===
 
* Like most DOS games, the EGA colors were way out of date compared to the consoles of the day.
 
* Like most DOS games, the EGA colors were way out of date compared to the consoles of the day.
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* Large sections of the maps, indeed a couple of the levels entirely, are not needed to win the game and only exist for increasing the player's score.
  
 
==Ugly==
 
==Ugly==
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<gallery>
 
<gallery>
 
Commander Keen 4 - DOS - Map - Shadowlands.png|Shadowlands.
 
Commander Keen 4 - DOS - Map - Shadowlands.png|Shadowlands.
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Commander Keen 4 - DOS - Map - Bean-With-Bacon Megarocket.png|Bean-With-Bacon Megarocket.
 
Commander Keen 4 - DOS - Map - Border Village.png|Border Village.
 
Commander Keen 4 - DOS - Map - Border Village.png|Border Village.
 
Commander Keen 4 - DOS - Map - Slug Village.png|Slug Village.
 
Commander Keen 4 - DOS - Map - Slug Village.png|Slug Village.
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Commander Keen 4 - DOS - Map - Cave of the Descendents.png|Cave of the Descendents.
 
Commander Keen 4 - DOS - Map - Cave of the Descendents.png|Cave of the Descendents.
 
Commander Keen 4 - DOS - Map - Chasm of Chills.png|Chasm of Chills.
 
Commander Keen 4 - DOS - Map - Chasm of Chills.png|Chasm of Chills.
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Commander Keen 4 - DOS - Map - Crystalus.png|Crystalus.
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Commander Keen 4 - DOS - Map - Hillville.png|Hillville.
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Commander Keen 4 - DOS - Map - Sand Yego.png|Sand Yego.
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Commander Keen 4 - DOS - Map - Miragia.png|Miragia.
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Commander Keen 4 - DOS - Map - Lifewater Oasis.png|Lifewater Oasis.
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
  

Revision as of 09:59, 14 August 2017

US box art.

Commander Keen IV: Secret of the Oracle is an action platformer game developed by id Software and published by Apogee Software for DOS in 1991. Although it is numbered as the fourth game, it's actually the fifth game in the series.

A special version of Commander Keen IV was included with my Gravis Gamepad which had added support for the four-button controller making the game much easier to play than with the keyboard or a 2-button controller.

Status

I own the special Gravis release of Keen IV on 3.5" floppy, and have beaten it on easy difficulty.

Review

  • Overall: 5/10
  • Best Version: DOS

Good

  • The graphics and animation are well-drawn and the music and sound effects are great.
  • The game is both fun and challenging.
  • The story is pretty funny.
  • The game is quite large with a lot of levels to play.

Bad

  • Like most DOS games, the EGA colors were way out of date compared to the consoles of the day.
  • Large sections of the maps, indeed a couple of the levels entirely, are not needed to win the game and only exist for increasing the player's score.

Ugly

  • Nothing.

Box Art

Maps

Links