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Jazz Jackrabbit 2 (Windows)

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Description

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.

Screenshots

Jazz Jackrabbit 2 Windows Flamer in Use!
Jazz Jackrabbit 2 Windows Flamer power...
Jazz Jackrabbit 2 Windows Spaz is under ground...
Jazz Jackrabbit 2 Windows Ready for some ACTION!

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User Reviews

A good game for whole family Sir Gofermajster (481) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
A totally wacky platform game, fun for everyone! Rensch (203) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
Better than Jazz or Sonic, despite a few bugs *Katakis* (37741) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
A truly magnificent game. Tomer Gabel (4394) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
One of those few platformers that I actually enjoyed! PimPamPet (89) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
One of the best games on the PC. Fa ke (5) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
THE PC platform game to play. Ryu (50) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

The Press Says

PC Games (Germany) Mar 04, 1998 84 out of 100 84
Power Play Mar, 1998 80 out of 100 80
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Apr, 1998 78 out of 100 78
Pelit Aug, 1998 77 out of 100 77
Computer Games Magazine Sep 04, 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Gamereactor (Denmark) Apr 15, 1999 7 out of 10 70
Retro Spirit Games Feb 02, 2014 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
Cincinnati Enquirer 2000 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
PC Player (Germany) Mar, 1998 58 out of 100 58
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Oct, 1998 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Jazz Jackrabbit 2 1 Dan Zeal
Oct 28, 2012

Trivia

Automatic hardware detection

The game detects your computer power and shows the intro in low or high res... You can't change this manually!

Cancelled sequel

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.

Extra Games

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:

Lori

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.

References

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

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 B14ck W01f, Fangusu, Maw, piltdown man and Satoshi Kunsai

Related Web Sites

  • Haze's Hideout (Blog site containing extensive information on the Jazz Jackrabbit games, the second one in particular)
  • Jazz 2 Online (Another site dedicated to Jazz2. Here you can download tilesets, custom levels (both battle and single player), and even full episodes that are made by Jazz2 fans. You can even download games not relating to the game itself.)
  • JCSref (Comprehensive site to the Jazz level editor; Jazz Creation Station)
  • Lori Central (The first and only web site dedicated to Jazz's sister, Lori! And it is the only place on the net featuring all the music of Jazz 2!)
  • Stronghold Jazz (Level-editing help site for Jazz Jackrabbit 2)
Accatone (5187) added Jazz Jackrabbit 2 (Windows) on Apr 16, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Jeanne (75618)