Dead in the Desert

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Dead in the Desert
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Modded episodeKeen 6
ProtagonistCommander Keen
Release date
Latest update2011-11-23
Discussion(s)PCKF: development (2006), development (2009), release
Keen: Modding
Number of levels18
Secret levels1
New gameplay?No
New graphics?Yes
New levels?Yes
New sounds?Unknown
New music?Yes
Downloadnewest (v3.2)
v2.1 (mirror)
v1.0 (mirror)
Soundtrack (MIDI)
(8 votes)
Other mods in this seriesThe Keys of Krodacia,
Battle of the Brains

Dead in the Desert is the first complete Keen 6 mod, produced by Ceilick with music composed by Mr.M and ZidaneA. It is the second episode of the unofficial "The Universe is Toast" trilogy, and is often referred to as Keen 8.


The Story continues where The Keys of Krodacia left off. After falling right into Mortimer McMire's hands, Commander Keen is transported across the universe to the desert planet Calidune. Landing safely on the planet's surface, Keen meets an alien creature who believes himself to be Commander Keen. After a brief argument over their identities, Commander Keen agrees to help the imposter by searching Calidune for a power source in order to power a fake Bean-with-Bacon Megarocket off the planet. This seems to be the only way Keen can escape the planet and stop Mortimer McMire!



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Lolly Twistpop
100 points
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Pink Lemonade
200 points
500 points
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Rainbow Sherbet
1000 points
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Cake Slice
2000 points
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Ice Cream Tub
5000 points


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Neural Stunner
More ammo
Unlock doors
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Water Bottle
Collect 100 to get an extra life
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Water Pitcher
Extra life
Required to go through the dark cave
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Activates the elevator in the factory
Required to power up the weird Bean-with-Bacon Megarocket and
escape from the desert


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Cactus Spikes
Drills replacement
Acid Pool replacement
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Factory Water
Acid Pool replacement
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Retractable Stalagmite
Flame projectors replacement
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Retractable Stalagtite
Pounders Replacement
Spikes Replacement
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Hydro Cannon
Cannons replacement
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Hydro Phaser
Electrodes replacement


Track Length Title Composer Levels used
1 1:28 Carchase Antone S. Walloch (Arranged by Mr.M) Battle for the Ship, High Scores
2 0:33 Robotic Keenery ZidaneA Hydro Palace, Hydro Factory
3 1:42 Brimstone Alley Mr.M (ft. J. Greek) Lava Lake, Rocky Road, Devil's Cavern
4 0:46 Water in the Desert Mr.M The Dusty Dunes, Cactus Forest
5 1:55 Vortiblue Mr.M The Molten Passage, Stalagmite Peak
6 0:48 Snakes on a BwB Megarocket ZidaneA Calidune
7 1:43 Ceilicked Mr.M Hydro Corp 1, Hydro Corp 2, ending sequence
8 1:08 Sun, Sol, Soleil Mr.M Red Rock Mountain, Cobrit Pit, The Boulder, Star Wars scrolling story text
9 0:41 Dunes Mr.M The Arid Hills, Tumbleworm Alley

Level List

Map of Calidune


Technical Information

Version differences

A second version was released on Sept. 14, 2009 . List of differences:

  • SGA signs for bridges and elevators in the hydro levels for better coordination
  • Slight hydro level adjustments
  • Boss' stunned body is no longer required to be shot to win
  • Removed the giant boulder in boss level
  • Lava lake no longer has the shortcut, but the lava falls is more spaced for easier crossing (easier, not easy)
  • Giant Cactoid has shorter search period
  • Menu now has a notice to look for external help file
  • Stompers cause earthquakes, frequently
  • The Ceilick replacement can now be found in the secret level
  • New scorebox courtesy of Mr. M
  • Removal of the Impossible Bullet trick (thanks to levellass' hard work)
  • Many minor graphical fixes

See Also