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Keen 6: Aliens Ate My Babysitter!

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Released: 1991

Genre: Platformer

Format reviewed: PC - DOS

Publisher: FormGen

Developer: id Software

Submitted by: Christian Lindblom

This is the sixth and last installment of the original Commander Keen series, orginally published by the mysterious FormGen company, and it was also the first Keen game that I played.

In this episode Keens babysitter gets abducted by aliens and who better to save her than Billy Blaze himself? After all, he has already saved the world five times up to this point.

Besides slightly better graphics, there isn't really much of a different from the previous two games and the basic formula is essentially the same; sidescrolling stages that are selected from a world map, you know the drill.

But besides from being a rehash of earlier games, Keen 6 is a great game by itself, perhaps the best one in the series. The gameplay is as good as ever, with very fluent controls, and it contains some really well-crafted level and character designs.

If you're a fan of platformers and haven't played any of the Commander Keen games yet, I say; go check the series out. If you find the first three games to be too primitive for your taste, give 4-6 a go, since they run under an improved and smoother engine with better graphics and audio.