Jazz the jackrabbit was just about to marry his girlfriend Eva Earlong, when his arch-nemesis, the turtle Devan Shell, stole the wedding ring. To add insult to injury, Eva's hostile mother has locked Jazz and his brother Spaz in a dungeon. The two hares must escape, retrieve the precious jewel, and punish Devan for his evil deeds.
Like its predecessor
, Jazz Jackrabbit 2
is a platform shooter. Unlike the previous installment, the sequel allows the player to control Spaz as well. Jazz retains his ability to hover in the air by using his ears, and Spaz can stomp and smash enemies. The hares use a default blaster gun with unlimited ammunition and can later acquire more powerful weapons, a few of which (e.g. a freezing gun) were not found in the first game. Coins can be found throughout the stages and then given to vendors to access bonus areas.
The party mode allows up to four players to use the same computer with split-screen, or up to eight players to compete on two screens via modem. The level editor JCS (Jazz Creation Station) is also included in the game.
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The Press Says
|Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
||May 24, 1998
||85 out of 100
|PC Games (Germany)
||Mar 04, 1998
||84 out of 100
||Mar 18, 1998
||77.5 out of 100
||77 out of 100
||72 out of 100
||Apr 15, 1999
||7 out of 10
|Computer Games Magazine
||Sep 04, 1998
|Computer Gaming World (CGW)
Automatic hardware detection
The game detects your computer power and shows the intro in low or high res... You can't change this manually!
A sequel to this game, entitled Jazz Jackrabbit 3D
was to be released sometime in 2000. However, since Epic was unable to find a publisher, the project was cancelled.
The full UK CD version of this game installs as version 1.21. Also on the CD is a folder called 'Shareware' which contains shareware versions of the following games:
In the ending cutscene of Jazz Jackrabbit 2
, there is a bucktoothed female rabbit who Spaz has a crush on. She is actually Lori in prototype form. She was supposed to be Spaz's girlfriend, but Project 2 Interactive mentioned that Lori was the lost sister of Jazz and Spaz, and also because her creator, Dean Dodrill, wanted Lori to be a playable character, her role was changed and now she is Jazz's sister instead of Spaz's girlfriend.
The Dopefish (from id Software's Commander Keen
series) is mentioned on a signpost in the stage "A Diamondus Forever". The sign reads "Spaz ate the Dopefish".
Spaz, Jazz's younger brother in the game, was actually the result of a joke. During JJ2's development it was full of bugs, and one day artist Nick Stadler was so frustrated by the game that he sketched a parody of Jazz on paper, underlined with the words "SPAZ SLACKRABBIT." The drawing was so amusing to the JJ2 development team that Spaz was eventually added to the game as a full-blown character.Additional information contributed by
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