The Perilous Pit

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The Perilous Pit
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GameKeen 4
Level number3
LocationForests of the Shadowlands
CollectiblesCouncil Member
Dimensions60 x 84 tiles
Total points18,100
Total ammo7 x Neural Stunner
Extra lives2
Song"Tropical Ghost Oasis"
Map of The Perilous Pit

The Perilous Pit is the third level in Keen 4. It is the first level where Keen can rescue a Council Member.

The level is composed, as the name suggests, of a big pit in the woods next to a hill. One of the few stone houses found in the Shadowlands can be seen at the beginning of the level before the pit. The level is sparsely populated, mainly by Mad Mushroom, a Lick, a Poison Slug and a Bounder. Interestingly enough, it is one of the two levels where sleeping Slugs can be seen (the other one being Slug Village).

To finish the level, Keen has to go down the pit, to the lower right part. There, he can get the red gem, to open the door to the lower left area. In that area, Keen finds a switch to turn on a moving platform, which allows Keen to reach the upper left area, the hill, where the door to the Council Member is. Before climbing, Keen has to get the blue gem, to open the door to the small cave where the Member is trapped.

Above the Mad Mushroom, next to the switch, there is a small secret area where the Mushroom jumps into in its third jump. The two Lifewater Flasks in the level are there. If Keen dies though, he loses only one life, meaning that in fact, he ends up getting one extra life, and having to start the level again.

Miscellaneous info

This level contains 18,100 points. That includes 2 Shikadi Sodas, 7 Three-Tooth Gums, 5 Shikkers Candy Bars, 5 Jawbreakers, 2 Doughnuts and 1 Ice Cream Cone (200 + 1,400 + 2,500 + 5,000 + 4,000 + 5,000 = 18,100). There are 53 drops scattered around, also the already mentioned two Lifewater Flasks.

See also List of Keen 4 levels.