Keen 2 Versions

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This page lists the known versions of Keen 2 and any differences discovered between the versions.

Keen 2 is the game in the series where updates are the least noteworthy. Receiving a few updates, the fixes consisted solely of changes made to bring the engine up-to-date with the other episodes in the Invasion of the Vorticons trilogy as there were no episode specific critical bugs to patch.

Full versions

Version 1.0

Version 1.1

  • Released January, 1991[2]
  • Distributed by Apogee Software

Removed features:

  • /LEVEL command-line parameter removed (read the level number stored in TEDLEVEL.CK2, loaded this level and then quit the game when the level was finished)

General changes:

  • The in-game ordering information now tells you to specify your disk size when placing an order

Fixed bugs:

New bugs:

  • Running the game without an EGA or VGA compatible card will hang the computer

Miscellaneous:

  • The exit screen now tells you to specify your disk size when placing an order

Version 1.31

  • Released January 23, 1991[3]
  • Distributed by Apogee Software

New features:

  • New command-line parameter /K, that prevents keystrokes from being passed to the BIOS, fixing problems with beeping keyboards

New bugs:

  • The compile date falsely specifies the game as being compiled in 1990

Miscellaneous:

  • Compile date added after version number at start-up

Version 1.32

  • Released August 25, 1991[4]
  • Distributed by Precision Software Applications in the United Kingdom

General changes:

  • Information about "Fight for Justice" removed from previews section
  • Ordering information section removed from main menu
  • Ordering instructions removed from the text that appears after winning the game
  • The "About Id..." section text has been updated

Graphical changes:

  • Added text "COPYRIGHT (C) 1990 Id Software" to the bottom of the title screen
  • The About ID section id Software logo has been changed to be written as "Id"
  • The start-up id Software logo has been changed to be written as "Id"

Engine changes:

  • EGAHEAD.CK2 format slightly different

Fixed bugs:

  • The compile date is now correct

Miscellaneous:

  • Clears screen at start-up
  • Initial loading text now has a cyan background
  • After quitting the game, instructions on how to order from Precision Software Applications are listed
  • KEEN2.EXE is now compressed using PKLite instead of LZEXE
  • All files now have their original modify dates

References

  1. As per the last-modified date of Episode 3 game files (they had to be released together)
  2. As per the last-modified date of the game files
  3. Release date of Keen: Vorticons v1.31 from http://legacy.3drealms.com/history.html
  4. As per the last-modified date of the game files