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The Keencyclopedia
Bean-with-Bacon Megarocket
Other
Keen's spaceship that he uses to travel to different parts of the galaxy.
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3, Keen 4, Keen 5, Keen 6, Keen GBC
Billy Blaze
Person
See Blaze, Billy.
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3, Keen Dreams, Keen 4, Keen 5, Keen 6, Keen GBC
Blaze, Billy
Person
Eight-year old genius that goes by the alias Commander Keen.
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3, Keen Dreams, Keen 4, Keen 5, Keen 6, Keen GBC
Book
Item
1,000 points (says Kant)
Found in: Keen 1
Butler "Tin Can" Robot
Creature
This is one of two robots created for menial work and guard duties. This robot moves fast trying to push Keen off cliffs, a bit like the yorps do, only with greater speed. These robots are not a serious threat but they can become very annoying and there is no way to kill them.
Found in: Keen 1
BWB Megarocket
Other
See Bean-with-Bacon Megarocket
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3, Keen 4, Keen 5, Keen 6, Keen GBC
Car Battery
Item
An item you must retrieve from the Vorticons in Keen 1. The battery is from Billy's Mom's car and is used for the BWB Megarocket's Electrical Systems power.
Found in: Keen 1
Color Key Doors
Other
Commander Keen must open these doors with colored keys or gems.
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3, Keen 4, Keen 5, Keen 6, Keen GBC
Commander Keen
Person
Billy Blaze's alter ego that saves the Earth and Universe from a collection of enemies.
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3, Keen Dreams, Keen 4, Keen 5, Keen 6, Keen GBC
Everclear
Item
An item you must retrieve from the Vorticons in Keen 1. The Everclear is taken from your Dad's liquor cabinet and is used as the BWB Megarocket's fuel.
Found in: Keen 1
Extra Life
Item
Grab an icon of Commander Keen or other items to receive and extra life. In each different episode, a certain amount of points will also get you a new life. The amounts is usually 20,000 points.
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3, Keen Dreams, Keen 4, Keen 5, Keen 6, Keen GBC
Fire
Hazard
If you happen to burn up in this fire, you'll be trying the level again.
Found in: Keen 1, Keen Dreams, Keen 4, Keen GBC
Frozen Keen
Other
If you get shot by the Ice Cannon, you will turn into a frozen keen in a block of ice! Harmless, for the ice melts after a few seconds.
Found in: Keen 1
Garg
Creature
These Martians from Mars aren't as friendly or docile as yorps. When the Garg sees you, he will suddenly charge at you. At one time in Mars' history, the Gargs ruled over the yorps. His touch is deadly. One shot will do him in.
Found in: Keen 1
Green Dangly Stuff
Hazard
Some sort of dangly green stuff that looks like algae that hangs off platforms. You can walk on top of it, but make sure you don't hit the dangly part!
Found in: Keen 1
Green Spikes
Hazard
These spikes move up and down, ready to impale you should you acidentally fall on them.
Found in: Keen 1
Hall, Tom
Person
Creative Director. He is one of the most well known makers of Keen and the supposed best hope for The Universe is Toast series. After working at numerous other companies, he now created a company called Monkeystone with John Romero, however he now works at Midway.
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3, Keen Dreams, Keen 4, Keen 5, Keen 6
Hidden City
Location
The secret level on Mars.
Found in: Keen 1
Ice Cannon
Hazard
Fires a block of ice that will freeze Keen if he is hit by it! Not deadly at all, since the block melts off Keen after a few seconds. It is just annoying... But also helpful for reaching the Hidden City.
Found in: Keen 1
Icicles
Hazard
Be careful not to jump to high when you're under these frozen knives!
Found in: Keen 1
Impossible Pogo Trick
Other
If you run left or right, then quickly press pogo and jump in succession, you blast off at an angle.
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3, Keen 4, Keen 5, Keen 6, Keen GBC
Invasion of the Vorticons: Marooned on Mars
Other
The first episode in the Invasion of the Vorticons trilogy, Keen is stranded on Mars and must find parts to his ship so he may escape.
Found in: Keen 1
Joystick
Item
A part of your BWB Megarocket that you must recover in Keen 1 from the Vorticons. The part is taken from your brother's video game and is used for Manual Flight Control.
Found in: Keen 1
Keen
Person
See Commander Keen
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3, Keen Dreams, Keen 4, Keen 5, Keen 6, Keen GBC
Keycard
Item
You sometimes need a Keycard to open up doors.
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3, Keen 5
Lollipop
Item
100 points in Keen 1, 2,000 points in Keen Dreams
Found in: Keen 1, Keen Dreams
Mars
Location
The planet Mars. This is where Keen 1 takes place. Mars has many common inhabitants like Yorps and Gargs. Back in history, the Yorps were slaves to the Gargs, but then the United States launched the Viking Spacecraft which landed on Mars, crushing and killing the hated Garg despot. The Yorps were then free from the tyrannical rule of the Gargs.
Found in: Keen 1
Mid-Air Pogo
Other
You can pull out your pogo stick in the middle of a normal jump, giving you good control of that first jump.
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3, Keen 4, Keen 5, Keen 6, Keen GBC
Mind Belts
Item
An item that the Grand Intellect uses to control the Vorticons against their will.
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3
One-Up
Item
See Extra Life
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3, Keen Dreams, Keen 4, Keen 5, Keen 6, Keen GBC
Pat-Pat
Creature
Almost a kind of plant that opens and closes its "mouth" trying to chomp Keen if he comes too close. Similar to a Venus Fly Trap.
Found in: Keen 1
Pepsi Soda
Item
200 points
Found in: Keen 1
Pizza Slice
Item
500 points in Keen 1, 5,000 points in Keen 6
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 6
Plastic Tubing
Item
An ingredient used to make the Bean-with-Bacon Megarocket.
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3, Keen 4, Keen 5, Keen 6, Keen GBC
Platform
Other
Platforms are a major convenience- even a necessity on Fribbulus Xax. In most places they are used to transport you over dangerous obstacles, or to places out of reach. Many of the platforms(or "plats" as the locals call them) are still the old style which are operated by Bips. Other types of platforms occur on other planets as well.
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3, Keen Dreams, Keen 4, Keen 5, Keen 6, Keen GBC
Pogo Stick
Item
Commander Keen uses his pogo stick to reach otherwise inaccessible places. In Keen GBC, you use the pogo to knock out your enemies after you have stunned them with the Neural Ray Blaster.
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3, Keen 4, Keen 5, Keen 6, Keen GBC
Raygun
Item
Gun used by Keen in Episode 1. Get this item in the game to gain 5 ammo.
Found in: Keen 1
Rubber Cement
Item
Used to make the Bean-with-Bacon Megarocket.
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3, Keen 4, Keen 5, Keen 6, Keen GBC
SGA
Other
See Standard Galactic Alphabet
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3, Keen 4, Keen 5, Keen 6, Keen GBC
Soup Cans
Item
One thing that Billy Blaze used to make the BWB Megarocket.
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3, Keen 4, Keen 5, Keen 6, Keen GBC
Standard Galactic Alphabet
Other
The text that Commander Keen encounters throughout his quests, that you can eventually decode using the schoolroom in Keen 3.
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3, Keen 4, Keen 5, Keen 6, Keen GBC
Switches
Other
Switches in Keen 1 and 3 only control lights and bridges; switches in Keen 4-6 only activate/deactivate platforms and bridges. Switches in K6 can be jumped or pogoed off, just as they are flicked downwards.
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3, Keen 4, Keen 5, Keen 6, Keen GBC
Tank Robot
Creature
This robot looks somewhat like a tank. The robot itself is harmless, but beware! He carries a gun, and will shoot with no hesitation. Be careful, these guys can't be killed either.
Found in: Keen 1
Teddy Bear
Item
5,000 points
Found in: Keen 1
Teleporter
Other
Keen 1 and Keen 3: The teleporters found on the maps of the games and teleport you to other locations.
Keen 5: A teleportation device is hidden in the Gravitational Damping Hub of Keen 5. It leads to the bonus level on the planet of Korath III, the Secret Korath III Base. There is another return-teleporter on the map of Korath III.
Keen 6: A teleporter that teleports you to an "underground" portion of Keen VI.
Keen GBC: When Commander Keen uses one of these, he pops out of another one in a different area of the level in Keen GBC.
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 3, Keen 5, Keen 6, Keen GBC
Thought Statues
Other
Statues of Yorps or Gargs spread throughout levels in Keen 1 that will give you hints or meaningless thoughts when touched.
Found in: Keen 1
Vacuum Cleaner
Item
An item you must retrieve from the Vorticons in Keen 1. The vacuum cleaner is taken from the kitchen and is heavily modified to make your BWB Megarocket have an Ion Propulsion Unit with Carpet Height Adjustment.
Found in: Keen 1
Vorticon
Creature
Vorticons are being controlled by the Grand Intellect, some mysterious being on the planet Vorticon VI, the home planet of Vorticons. They are the most dangerous enemy in episode 1 because they follow you, and can jump very high. Also it takes four raygun shots to defeat. They usually guard the lost parts of the BWB Megarocket.
Found in: Keen 1
Vorticons
Creature
The race of aliens that live on Vorticon VI and were being controlled by the Grand Intellect to do his wishes.
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3
Water
Hazard
I've never heard of water actually killing you, but in this case it does, so don't go in the water!
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 3, Keen Dreams, Keen GBC
Yorp
Creature
These one-eyed green aliens are one of the main inhabitants of Mars. These martians are extrememly friendly and won't hurt you at all. But they do have a certain tendancy to push Keen into acid, or a pit so make sure you watch out! If you want to be merciful, just jump on the Yorp to paralyze it for a bit, or you can always do it in forever with one blast from your raygun. At one point in history, the Yorps were slaves to the Gargs, until the Viking Spacecraft landed on the Despot Garg, killing it and freeing the Yorps.
Found in: Keen 1

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