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Overall, Jazz Jackrabbit plays just as well as any of the better-known action games that are available for the GBA. The gameplay comes up short in terms of variety, however, so it doesn't have the same kind of staying power as games like Yoshi's Island or Sonic Advance. Still, it's a fun ride while it lasts, and it can be very entertaining.
Unfortunately for the poor green bunny, there’s a lot of young uns who don’t recall the days of Jazz Jackrabbit, or even know what shareware means they’ll wonder where he came from, and why he’s copying so many other games. All those little new touches don’t quite help Jazz stand out in the modern marketplace he had a hand in creating.
Ich hätte nie gedacht, dass ich das mal sagen würde, aber hier wäre es vielleicht besser gewesen, eine nahezu 1:1-Umsetzung zu präsentieren, statt eines verschlimmbesserten Gameplays und einer blässlich gestalteten Atmosphäre. Wirkliche überragende Mängel hat Jazz Jackrabbit Advance zwar nicht, doch es gibt nichts an dem Spiel, was nicht schon in anderen GBA-Games besser gemacht worden ist. Wer wirklich schon alle Spiele dieser Art auf GBA durch oder über hat, kann zugreifen, doch selbst (oder gerade!) Jazz Jackrabbit-Fans würde ich in diesem Fall zur Vorsicht raten.
You could do a lot worse for your platforming dollars than Jazz Jackrabbit. It's a quality product that plays smoothly and even sports a few multiplayer modes on the side to help keep the replay value alive. But while Jazz is a nice title to watch, it's much less entertaining to actually play. The extremely basic controls and simplistic level design combine to produce a standard and quick-lived platforming action title that some gamers are sure to enjoy, while others will surely loose interest. Unless you're a hardcore Jazz fan or haven't yet invested in other killer platformers such as Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3, then keep your expectations in check as you check this one out.
Since the gameplay is relatively shallow, the best thing about Jazz is its cartoony graphics. There are very few compelling reasons to play through the title, especially given its current competition in games like Metroid Prime and Yoshi's Island. Still, Jazz is a decent distraction and if the Earthworm Jim games disappointed you, Jazz probably won't.