Commander Keen Dreams

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Commander Keen Dreams
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The following tools are able to work with this game.

Name PlatformGroup/archives Levels Graphics Music Sounds Text Saves .exe patch Notes
SOFTLIB.EXE DOSNoNoEditNoNoNoNoNo Edits title screen only
Titlebuild WindowsNoNoEditNoNoNoNoNo Creates title screen only

See also the list of tools on the KeenWiki.

File formats

Compression used in KeenDreams is complex; most of the 'registered' (Non shareware) executables are compressed using PKLite compression and demo versions have additional files or filenames. Uniquely, the game maps are compressed using Huffman Compression instead of Carmack compression, as they were made with an earlier version of TED5 (TED5 v0.18).


There are no less than six versions of Keen Dreams available; these differ very little in actual gameplay, but markedly in file structure. Most of these are listed at [the Commander Keen Wiki] (They omit version 1.0 and the Id Anthology)

The main moddable version is version 1.13, which is not the latest version of the game. Notably it has less in-game help and text, requires the player to run a program from Gamer's Edge before playing and names its files differently from the later Keen 4-6 manner. It also uses a seperate file for its start screen, which is unusual.

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