NetKeen (1997)

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NetKeen (1997)
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StatusAbandoned
GenrePlatform
Author(s)Zbad
OSWindows
Release date1997-11-16
Levels1
Secret levelsNone
DownloadDemo
Other games in this seriesNetKeen 2
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NetKeen is a fangame released by Zbad in 1997. While it has been left incomplete, NetKeen is the very first Commander Keen fangame to come out on the Internet, predating even Commander Keen 2000.

According to the Info section in the menu, NetKeen was going to be a multiplayer game where players could play as Keen with a Vorticon Railgun to either fight each other, team up against a computer, or even fight against themselves. All actual gameplay that has been left, however, is an empty test area with 11 Yorps, one of which is controlled by the player, who can run, jump, and bounce. It is possible that the Yorps are actually placeholders. The player can choose to do single player or multiplayer (through either TCP/IP or a modem). It is unknown if at least two players can connect to each other, though.

When the game is installed, the player must include MCI32.OCX with the files. It might be necessary to run the game as an administrator.

Story

Keen jumped into his space Megarocket a mixed expression on his face. Being stranded for three weeks on the desolate planet of Phlebbar 9, he is both relieved and distressed.. What would his parents say when he got back? Keen cringed inwardly at the thought and sighed.

Blasting through space towards the small blue planet at the other end of the galaxy, Keen reflected on his recent adventures. All the universe had been saved because of him, and for now it was safe. He leaned back and played idly with his wrist-computer. Suddenly, out of nowhere a huge object thuds into Keen's ship! 'What the..!!?' Keen yells, and grabs for the manual controls. Through a viewscreen he sees a smaller craft jammed right into the cargo hold of his ship! 'man.. my blaster was in there!'. One by one, small purple beings surround Keen, overpower him, and take him prisoner. 'darnit!', Keen curses!they shove him into the smaller ship and prod him towards a large viewscreen. Gradually a much BIGGER ship decloaks, directly in their path. The view fuzzes out, and is shortly replaced by one a mug shot of one of the ugliest aliens in the galaxy! 'YOU!!!!', yells Keen in fury, 'MORTIMER MCMIRE!!! YOU WRECKED MY SHIP!'There in front of Keen stands his old school rival. 'NO. I am not who you think. Well... I am... But not really! When you destroyed me, my consiousness was transferred into a Sh-MegaComputer and my underlings rebuilt me. I'm stronger, more intelligent, and more powerful than you, Billy Blaze!', said the cackling kid, 'As your punishment you will be doomed to exile on the planet Xolon for the rest of your life. There you will slowly starve and DIE!!!!' the figure on the screen laughed for several minutes more until Keen finally interrupted. 'You won't get away with this!! I'll come back and waste you again, you twisted pile of s-' The screen fuzzed back into the starfield, with the huge ship up ahead. Keen wondered what awaited him on this Xolon planet.. The small purple creatures shoved him onto a transporter pad and flipped a switch. Keen collapsed on the desert ground. Dimly on the horizon he could see a city. He pulled out a small package from his pocket and set it on the ground. He bent over to press a button on the top, and it immediately unfolded into a Vorticon RailGun. An awesome weapon, but not Keen's ideal. 'Oh well.. I can always pick up something better..' he thought to himself, clenching his teeth and narrowing his blue eyes, Keen strode purposefully towards the shimmering city.