Commander Keen 0: Part 1

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Commander Keen 0: Part 1
Mod-ingame-Commander Keen 0- Part 1.png
Modded episodeKeen 1
ProtagonistCommander Keen
Release date
Latest update2023-04-29
Discussion(s)PCKF: abandoned level pack, plus
Keen: Modding: level design
Number of levels16
Secret levels0
New gameplay?No
New graphics?Yes
New levels?Yes
New sounds?No
New music?No
initial version
April Fools edition
(3 votes)

Commander Keen 0: Part 1 is a Keen 1 mod by entropicdecay. It has no storyline, but a text file included with one version of the mod stated that the story was "Keen goes to a place."

Many of the enemies look like squares or blocks. The graphics contain various superfluous crosses, somewhat intended as a parody of incomprehensible religious symbolism in anime and video games. The map level is very basic, with the levels all in a line. This was supposed to be a placeholder map until a more complex one was created, but it remained in the final version, although "proper" map levels had been tried a few times and given up on beforehand.

A special edition was created for April Fools Day. In this version, the colours of the graphics were inverted and the exits to most levels were placed very near the beginning. In addition, parts of many levels were made inaccessible. In this special edition, the story text states that "everything goes weird". (?)

It would be fair to call the release history of the mod confusing. entropicdecay has lost access to almost all old data that could help clear up some of the confusion, but were they to find it, some sort of rudimentary "making of" would be a possibility.

A fairly early and amateurish mod from a modder whose efforts to produce more polished later mods have, thus far, failed to result in any finished product. Which is not to say that one won't eventually happen, nor to say that it will.

In 2008, entropicdecay decided to create a Keen 0 level pack, but quickly lost motivation and made the abandoned pack available to the community on 28 April 2008. It includes an unfinished new world map and an incomplete level and can be downloaded here.

Note About Text

With lack of knowledge regarding patching, text edits in earlier versions of Commander Keen 0: Part 1 were done by hex editing of the EXE file rather than patching. As there are potential legal issues with modifying the executable and a patch is the more accepted way to change text in a mod, the updated Keen 0 Plus version uses patching instead.

The edits to the EXE also may have caused issues with the game running properly.

Level Design

Some levels show repeating patterns in a "more difficult retread of an earlier level"-type style. One of these repeated levels still shows possibly recognisable elements of the first level of the original Marooned on Mars.

Keen 0 Plus

In 2023, entropicdecay released Keen 0 Plus, a slightly improved version of this mod.

Level Maps

Spoiler Warning! This shows the whole levels.