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Jazz Jackrabbit

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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.

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Credits (DOS version)

13 People

Lead Programming
Additional Graphics / Artwork
German Translations
Manual Artwork, Cover and Comic Book
Manual Design and Typesetting
Beta Test Leader






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".


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.


  • 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.


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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  • MobyGames ID: 902


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Derrick 'Knight' Steele.

Additional contributors: Itay Brenner, Pseudo_Intellectual, Patrick Bregger.

Game added February 24th, 2000. Last modified February 27th, 2023.