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Platforming King of DOS
Commander Keen is probably the king of platforming on DOS. If you've mastered Mario and sped through Sonic, this will remain challenging. Commander Keen takes some getting used to. I used to be able to beat the first episode in one sitting. Now I can barely get halfway through. The game is a solid platforming action game with some minor maze-like elements with colored key cards to find. The story is about as charming and innocent as the first Super Mario and suitable for all audiences. This is a good game to get young children interested in platforming gaming without exposing them to the morally gray areas of later anti-heroes. Commander Keen is a boy genius that invents a rocket ship that takes him to Mars. He lands on the Red Planet and has to find replacement parts in order to get back home. It comes from Apogee software, one of the best platform game producing companies on the PC, back in the age of Shareware where one episode could be downloaded for free, and then the second and or third parts will have to be purchased. Even with just the demo, this game will keep you satisfied.