DescriptionJazz 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.
Part of the Following Groups
|Top Secret||Oct, 1994||10 out of 10||100|
|PC Hemma||Mar, 1995||100|
|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 Retro Spirit||Nov 25, 2005||5 out of 6||83|
|ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)||Oct, 1994||10 out of 12||83|
|Score||Dec, 1994||82 out of 100||82|
|PC Joker||Sep, 1994||79 out of 100||79|
|PC Player (Germany)||Nov, 1994||70 out of 100||70|
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CharactersCHARACTER PROFILES -- WHO'S WHO
Weight: 90 lbs.
Favorite Food: Carrot Pizza
Favorite Book: Watership Down
Motto: "When you're a little rabbit, carry a BIG gun!"
Weight: 163 lbs.
Favorite Food: Asparagus
Favorite Book: How to Make Friends and Kill Rabbits
Motto: "Rabbits are lousy!"
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:
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:
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:
Weight: One Hundred and something
Favorite Food: Anything in a cardboard container
Favorite Book: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
Robert Allen, musician:
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".
ChristmasIf 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.
ReleaseJazz 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.
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Related Web Sites
- Download Jazz Jackrabbit (Free, legal download of the shareware version of Jazz Jackrabbit!)
- Jazz Jackrabbit (Jazz Jackrabbit offical site.)
Derrick 'Knight' Steele (2415) added Jazz Jackrabbit (DOS) on Feb 24, 2000
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