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Jazz Jackrabbit (DOS)

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Description

Jazz Jackrabbit is the PC world's answer to Sonic the Hedgehog. In this platform game, Jazz, the hero of the rabbit planet Carrotus, must rescue the beloved rabbit princess, Eva Earlong, and defeat the leader of the turtle terrorists, Devan Shell, traveling to different planets to gather clues concerning Eva's whereabouts while liberating them from Shell's tyranny.

The similarity to Sonic the Hedgehog manifests itself in Jazz's uncanny speed, and the fact it increases the more he runs. However, the rest of the gameplay mechanics are different. The game is primarily a shooter, meaning that in order to defeat his enemies, it's not enough for Jazz to jump over their heads. Jazz starts with a blaster, but during the course of the game acquires other weapons, such as grenade launcher, flamethrower, TNT, etc. Jazz can also pick up various power-ups, including a force shield, a hoverboard that allows him to float in the air, a bird that will fight on Jazz's side, and others.

Screenshots

Jazz Jackrabbit DOS Killing the Enemys
Jazz Jackrabbit DOS Sluggion
Jazz Jackrabbit DOS Menu
Jazz Jackrabbit DOS Technoir

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User Reviews

Great brain candy Maw (849) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars
Jazz might as well eat Sonic for lunch *Katakis* (37801) unrated
Very fun and very hard platformer Sir Gofermajster (481) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
I could rabbit on forever... emmamomocat (30) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
The best of the console-wannabe platformers for the PC. James Hague (17) 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars
Goodie! Tomer Gabel (4388) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

The Press Says

MikroBitti Nov, 1994 92 out of 100 92
Jeuxvideo.com Mar 18, 2011 18 out of 20 90
Pelit Jul, 1994 87 out of 100 87
The DOS Spirit Nov 25, 2005 5 out of 6 83
PC Joker Sep, 1994 79 out of 100 79
PC Player (Germany) Nov, 1994 70 out of 100 70

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Trivia

Characters

CHARACTER PROFILES -- WHO'S WHO
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Jazz Jackrabbit:
Height: 3'1"
Weight: 90 lbs.
Favorite Food: Carrot Pizza
Favorite Book: Watership Down
Motto: "When you're a little rabbit, carry a BIG gun!"

Devan Shell:
Height: 2'4"
Weight: 163 lbs.
Favorite Food: Asparagus
Favorite Book: How to Make Friends and Kill Rabbits
Motto: "Rabbits are lousy!"

Eva Earlong:
Height: 3'9"
Weight: Won't tell
Favorite Food: Turnip Ice Cream
Favorite Book: My Secret Carrot Garden
Motto: "Take your time, Jazz."

Arjan Brussee, programmer of Jazz:
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 150 lbs.
Favorite Food: Any Pizza and Beer
Favorite Book: Neuromancer
Motto: "Owww...What a headache. I hate hangovers."

Cliff Bleszinski, designer of Jazz:
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 135 lbs.
Favorite Food: McDonald's
Favorite Book: Games and how to make them. (By him, coming soon!)
Motto: "Wake me at 4 PM, will you?"

Nick Stadler, Jazz animator:
Height: 5'11"
Weight: One Hundred and something
Favorite Food: Anything in a cardboard container
Favorite Book: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
Motto: "What?"

Robert Allen, musician:
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 165 lbs.
Favorite Food: If it's processed, he'll eat it.
Favorite Book: None. Prefers music to reading.
Motto: "Well, it HAS to be! No one likes my music!"

--- from "The Jazz Jackrabbit Manual".

Christmas

If you play the game during the Christmas period (September to early January) the game gets a Christmas theme, with snowflakes falling on the main menu and several new backgrounds.

References

  • The cheat codes have a few references: apogee (16 bit colour mode) and doom (harder enemies). The Apogee code is not available in version 1.3.
  • One of the game's weapons is the LFG-2000, which is obviously a spoof of DOOM's BFG-9000 weapon.

Release

Jazz Jackrabbit has six episodes with only the first episode in shareware version. You could buy Episodes 1-3 or Episodes 4-6 and both together. Registered versions has a color Jazz manual. Some also included a comic book and free bonus disk.

Those episode and stage titles:
Episode 1: Turtle Terror!
Stages - Diamondus, Tubelectric and Medivo.

Episode 2: Ballistic Bunny
Stages - Letni, Technoir and Orbitus.

Episode 3: Rabbit's Revenge
Stages - Fanolint, Scraparap and Devan's Megairbase.

Episode 4: Gene Machine
Stages - TurTemple, Nippius and JungRock.

Episode 5: The Chase is On!
Stages - Marbelara, Slugion and Dreempipes.

Episode 6: The Final Clash
Stages - Pez-Rox, Crysilis and Twin Mega Battleships.

Information also contributed by Fangusu, Garcia and Maw

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Derrick 'Knight' Steele (2156) added Jazz Jackrabbit (DOS) on Feb 24, 2000