04 Feb

Yep, have a new Kickstarter to make a platform game creation tool, called:


And with it, I’m gonna make a spiritual successor to Keen! Called:

Screen Shot 2013-01-14 at 10.00.02 PM

With my new company, called:


So go check out my Kickstarter here:


And YES, Public Commander Keen Forum, it is me. 😀 Hi there.


Posted by on February 4, 2013 in Uncategorized



  1. Kyle

    February 5, 2013 at 5:25 am

    Got to admit the art style sort of threw me away, but after watching what you could do with it I think that this will be much better than the level editor on Super Meat Boy, which was a shame I was ready to do some awesome stuff with it, but it looks like this editor is not going to crash and erase all 40hrs of my work. 😦

    No wonder that game still feel like a beta…

    The alternate space art looks cool, and I cannot wait to get my copy.

    Well it looks like you are taking a good step Tom, I just hope that the community can pull together and get this one funded 😀

  2. Jorpho

    February 5, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Interesting, interesting… except there are no reward tiers between $5 and $30. 😦

    (Seems like the perfect spot to throw in a digital download of Hyperspace Delivery Boy. Oh well, next time.)

  3. whgarcia

    February 5, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Ooh quite the interesting route and take on gaming!

  4. willdavies1995

    February 26, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Hi there.

    I am a huge fan of your amazing work with commander keen! Although the series came out a couple of years before i was born, i spent my entire childhood playing it! I think each Commander Keen is outstanding, but i don’t quite think any of them can beat number 4.

    I am hoping to be a games developer myself. I know you mention a follow up to commander keen, which also looks good! But i was just wondering why you don’t carry on with the outstanding series? It was such a brilliant game and was probably one of the main aspects that make me want to be a games designer. I also wondered if you have any good tips on becoming one


    • ThatTomHall

      March 2, 2013 at 4:53 pm

      Thanks for the nice words!

      Don’t have the rights to Keen, and Zenimax won’t sell them.

      Tip: just make games! I made 50 little games before I got in the industry. Find a small team of friends and make one, or make one yourself. Start with a board game / paper game so you have no barriers to starting and finishing. Then get a team and make a little game. Like a one-screen game, that is small, so you can FINISH it. That’s the hardest part — getting it to the finish line.

  5. Liberale

    March 17, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Thank you for Keen Tom!

  6. Bart Remmers

    June 12, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Tom, big fan here!

    Too bad your kickstarted wasn’t funded and you only got 1/4 of your goal.
    So this project won’t be published I guess?

    Well, I’m a.t.m. recording Commander Keen levels one by one and placing them on my youtube channel, I found some standart galactic alphabet letters that spell out your initials every now and then, great eggs! I’m having a lot of fun playing these games. A year ago I 100%-ed Wolf3D and SoD too.

    Thanks for these great games and I hope to see more, perhaps you’re project can be funded another way someday!

    Bart a.k.a. Dosgamert


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