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Commander Keen Episode 4: Secret of the Oracles review

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Commander Keen Episode 4: Secrets of the Oracle


Commander Keen: Secret of the Oracle is the first of two games in the “Goodbye, Galaxy” series, and the fourth game in the Commander Keen series. The game was developed by id Software and published by Apogee software. The game was released in 1991. The story follows Commander Keen’s new invention, a faster than light radio, picks up a Shikadi plot to destroy the galaxy. He heads to Gnosticus IV to seek wisdom from the Oracles, but they’ve been taken captive, and he has to go rescue them. Is the game worth rescuing, or should you leave the game captive?

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Graphics-One word best describes the graphics: Improved! Everything looks great, the enemies are really cool looking, and Commander Keen now looks more dimensional. One downside is that you’re going to be seeing a lot of repetitive backgrounds, but they don’t appear as frequently as they did in the Invasion of the Vorticons.

Sound-The game has some good soundtracks, but you’re going to be hearing a lot of the songs throughout the game, which gets annoying after a while.

Gameplay-Gameplay as a whole remains the same. You collect junk food for points, and get an extra life every 20,000, but now instead of going 20,000, 40,000, 60,000, etc. points, they now double in points (i.e. 20,000 40,000, 80,000, etc.). Commander Keen can now shoot up, down while jumping, while he’s on a pole, and up and down on a pole. Commander Keen can now collect drops, similar to coins in Super Mario Bros., and can collect a water vial for an extra life. Keen can now hang on to ledges if his jumps fall short.

Improvements-These improvements are a huge breath of fresh air to the series. It does cut down on difficulty a little bit, but it’s still fun.

Overall-Episode 4 is a solid game, and definitely worth the play time.

Score: 4/5

You can get Commander Keen from the following sites:

3drealms: Click here.

Steam: Click here.

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