Commander Keen screenshot
Commander Keen gameplay screenshot
User Rating:

Based on 16 user ratings
Page views: 60,888
Shareware ($29.95)
Single player
For Kids:
320 × 200
DOSBOX_KEEN.ZIP - 198k - Run KEEN1.EXE to play
Downloading ...
Found your game? Great! Glad you found it! Please consider saying thanks by making a small donation to support There are also other ways you can help!
Need help running the game? Check our DOSBox Guide to run DOS games on modern computers.

Play online in browser

Download Android port (Google Store)

Original archive (, 238k) - The main download file above (DOSBOX_KEEN.ZIP) is pre-configured to work DOSBox. This file,, is the original and may require installation / setup.

Standard Galactic Alphabet (keen-standard-galactic-alphabet.jpg, 62k) - The official reference to translate the Standard Galactic Alphabet "language" (substitution cipher) used on signs in the Keen games.

Commander Keen screenshot
Commander Keen gameplay screenshot Review:  Rating: 4.5
This is the first game (the shareware one) in the original Commander Keen series, "Commander Keen in Invasion of the Vorticons". (This episode's subtitle is "Marooned on Mars".) I thought that this game was SO amazing when I first played it (many years ago), and it's still quite fun now. It features great graphics (for EGA) and some not-so-annoying PC speaker sound effects. At the time, it was quite innovative due to the way that the screen smoothly scrolls. The engine was originally pitched to Nintendo for a PC Mario game, but since that never happened, Commander Keen was born to make use of it. The jumping and pogo-sticking (yes, that's a word) take a bit of getting used to ... otherwise, a great, classic Apogee platformer which spawned numerous sequels and an unofficial "mascot" for this website. :)
  │▌█▐█▐█▌███  COMMANDER KEEN  ███▐█▌█▌█▐│
Five months straight as the number one
selling shareware program--unprecedented!.
This vivid EGA game has four-way scrolling
levels and great arcade action. No other
IBM game as ever duplicated Nintendo action
better.  You're lost on Mars, battling the
Vorticons.  Dozens of great features.

Play Commander Keen in Browser

Game will not be saved after closing your browser. Download and install the game if you want to save.
CTRL-F12 attempts to speed up game, CTRL-F11 attempts to slow it down.

Related / similar games:

If you enjoy Commander Keen, you might also enjoy playing these games:

Commander Keen 1: Invasion of the Vorticons, #419. Added to website: 2018-02-10. All copyrights, trademarks, etc, are property of their respective holders.
Back to top