Jack Keane Demo (Insert Own “Keen” Pun Here)

My fellow adventure fans. As we crawl on our bellies through the arid deserts of gaming, our dry tongues panting for just a taste of unscrewing the battery from the parachute to fix the exploding rabbit so it can open the wristwatch on the arm of the giant statue, the will to carry on can be very hard to maintain.

Prettier than the average bear.

The scorching sun beats down on our frying skin, with nary a pole from a building site, tarp from the rocks at the bottom of the sea and glue stolen from a vicar to improvise a parasol to protect ourselves. In these hard times, it’s tempting to take just anything.

The makers of Ankh, the rather surprisingly lovely (if not altogether that brilliant) point and click from a couple of years back, are releasing their latest, Jack Keane, very soon. I completed it this morning, with a review to be published soon, so I’ll hold back on giving my impressions. But you can decide for yourselves with a demo. 44.8 Peggles of one.

It looks surprisingly pretty. How’s the translation from the German? Take a look for yourself.


  1. Theory says:

    God dammit, why does every other Gamershell download fail at the last moment?

  2. DiGi says:

    Size is 640MB – for rest of the World… Please can you publish normal units too?

  3. Thiefsie says:

    nope. peggles are admittedly are more arbitrary but still controllable and understandable unit of measure…

  4. John Walker says:

    Multiply by 14.3!

  5. mbanana says:

    Well…I don’t have a pun, but I would like a new Commander Keen game. Which is irrelevant, but whatever.

  6. DigitalSignalX says:

    New keane with peachy demo…

  7. MisterBritish says:

    Jack’s gotta be one of the least likeable protagonists in a game, ever.

    The whole things feels like an under-fed Monkey Island rip.

  8. Wroth says:

    I forced my way to the end.

    I don’t know why.

    It was awful.

    Inconsistent visuals. Unfunny dialogue. Boring and unchallenging gameplay.

    I agree with MisterBritish. The main character is nothing more than a bad Jack Sparrow imitation

    I did smile at one point when they broke the fourth wall and told me to stop playing the game, but only because I was ironically seriously considering it.