The fifteen game for the 2-Bit Game Club will be Commander Keen (1993) for MS Dos.
When Ideas from the Deep’s SMB3 prototype was rebuffed by Nintendo, their Mario stand in needed a makeover and Billy Blaze is the hero who emerged from the change room. Enter Commander Keen, springing forth upon pogo stick brandishing his laser gun.
Released in 1990, Commander Keen is a platforming adventure where the titular hero battles alien invaders while collecting keys, special abilities, and power ups. Though light on plot this game is heavy on theme delivering on themes of wish fulfillment for kids who want to explore and be the hero. While this game shares DNA with the Mario brothers, it blazes its own trail by having larger maze like levels that facilitate exploration.
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