Shadow Knights

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Shadow Knights
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Shadow Knights is an early id Software game made using the Dangerous Dave 2 engine, itself modified from the Commander Keen 1-3 engine. Due to having to be cut down to fit on a floppy disk and to meet its release date, it lacks a number of features, such as appreciable story elements and animating tiles, much like Dave 2.

File formats

This section lists the major file formats used in the game.

  • ?RLEW compression? This is used to compress most graphics.
  • Text is contained in the executable, the executable is compressed with LZ compression, and can be uncompressed with UNLZEXE.


Shadow Knights is intermediate in development between Commander Keen 1-3 and Commander Keen Dreams which followed it. Though basic, it makes use of several changes in format that are used in later Keen games.