Keen Dreams Versions

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

There are both registered and shareware versions of Keen Dreams available. Initially, Keen Dreams was released solely as a commercial product, but about a year later a shareware release of the game was made. The shareware version of the game had been updated a bit from the original registered version, including a new title screen (which would appear in later registered versions of the game) and the addition of debug levels. It also included a start-up screen that you were forced to read every time you started the game. The start-up screen included info regarding ordering the game and some notices regarding compatibility problems and system requirements.

Registered versions

Version 1.0

Version 1.05 REV 1

Title screen from the CGA version of Keen Dreams
  • Released January, 1993[2]
  • Distributed by Softdisk Publishing
  • CGA version only

New features:

  • Debug level(s) added into the files

General changes:

Miscellaneous:

  • Initializing screen completely changed, no longer resembles the initializing screens used by the Goodbye Galaxy engine
  • KDREAMS.EXE is now compressed using LZEXE instead of PKLite

Version 1.92 REV 0

  • Released August, 1993[3]
  • Distributed by Softdisk Publishing
  • EGA version only

General changes:

  • Credits will no longer start rolling when idle on the title screen
  • Game instructions and game controls help texts have been updated (no longer includes 'Cast of Creatures')
  • The debug levels are no longer called cheat levels, but are just referred to with their level number

Graphical changes:

  • Title screen updated, a broccolash has been added to the picture and stripes have been added to the background

Engine changes:

  • The title screen is now stored in a separate file (KDREAMS.CMP) from the main graphics file

Level design changes:

  • The debug levels have been redesigned

Miscellaneous:

  • The disclaimer reminding not to distribute the game that appeared before launching the actual game has been removed
  • AUDIO.KDR has been renamed to KDREAMS.AUD
  • EGAGRAPH.KDR has been renamed to KDREAMS.EGA
  • GAMEMAPS.KDR has been renamed to KDREAMS.MAP

Version 1.93 REV 1

  • Released November, 1993[4]
  • Distributed by Softdisk Publishing
  • EGA version only

New features:

  • Added start-up screen which includes important notices regarding the game, game hints and solutions
  • Added /? command-line parameter to list all available command-line parameters

General changes:

  • Output of /VER command changed, overhauled and now also includes system requirements

Graphical changes:

  • Title screen copyright date changed to 1991–93

Shareware versions

Version 1.01

  • Initial release
  • Released August, 1992[5]
  • Distributed by Softdisk Publishing
  • EGA version only (download (349 kB))

Version 1.13

  • Released September 10, 1992[6]
  • Distributed by Softdisk Publishing
  • EGA version only (download (371 kB))

General changes:

  • The in-game help's controls section now also mentions joystick buttons for actions when applicable

Miscellaneous:

  • The start-up screen help's controls section now also mentions joystick buttons for actions when applicable
  • A note has been added to the start-up screen information informing of the fact that music is unavailable
  • The order form printable via the start-up screen has been updated

Android versions

Version 1.0

  • Initial release
  • Released June 10, 2013
  • Ported by Super Fighter Team for Flat Rock Software, distributed on Google Play store

Version 1.1

  • Released between June and August, 2013
  • Ported by Super Fighter Team for Flat Rock Software, distributed on Google Play store

General changes:

  • Device external volume control now changes media volume (possibly changed in version 1.2)

Miscellaneous:

  • Store logo changed; "G" removed from Keen's helmet and replaced with arrow design (possibly changed in version 1.2)
  • Music added to Super Fighter Team splash page (possibly added in version 1.2)

Version 1.2

  • Released August 9, 2013
  • Ported by Super Fighter Team for Flat Rock Software, distributed on Google Play store

General changes:

  • On-screen controls changed; action buttons are now translucent, virtual D-pad replaced with translucent control stick, jump and fire buttons replaced with ENTER button on world map

References

  1. As per the last-modified date of the game files
  2. As per the last-modified date of the game files
  3. As per the last-modified date of the game files
  4. As per the last-modified date of the game files
  5. As per the last-modified date of KEENDM01.ZIP from http://cd.textfiles.com/gigagames3/DOS/ADVENTUR/
  6. As per the last-modified date of KEENDR13.ZIP from http://cd.textfiles.com/megagames2/GAMES/APOGEE/