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This second installment once again pits Jazz Jackrabbit against evil genius and turtle Devan Shell. This time around, Jazz has the aid of his little brother Spaz. And he'll need it, because the stakes are high for all of rabbitdom. Malicious Devan has built a time machine and is racing into prehistory in an attempt to alter evolution's path and create a world without bunnies. Armed with an arsenal of goofy ironmongery, the Freres Rabbit are hot on his tail, er, trail.
Beginning in the present, the game works backwards in time. Each subsequent level reaches further into the past. The level designs are terrific. Colonial Chaos features swashbuckling tortoises, traditional pink Victorian architecture, and mother-in-law hippos who take no lip. Among the dozens of other levels are hell itself, a smurfy-looking castled Middle Ages, and the psychedelic "Purple Haze Maze" with hookah-smoking Afroed caterpillars, Mad Hatters with more than just lumps in their tea, and disappearing Cheshire Cat platforms. The same attention to detail prevails throughout: clean sprites, gorgeous flame and smoke effects, crisp parallax scrolling, and majestic backgrounds.
The projectiles are terrific. In all, nine different weapon power-ups are featured, from rubber balls that bounce off walls and rebound into your opponents, to pepper spray, to one of the laziest flamethrowers in the business. Most striking though are the individual personalities of the various enemies. The operative word here is cute. Strutting lizards with helicopter rotors strapped to their backs? Wait until you see how they walk. And hear them mutter.
We're talking Jim Henson cute. And if you tire of the original levels and monsters, the game comes with a level designer - perhaps a first in platform gaming - for fully customizable levels.
As Jazz or Spaz, you have dozens of moves at your disposal. In a sense the game plays like a "best of" platform game, with no startling new inventions, but more double jumps and dashes than you can shake a stick at. The two characters differ in their signature moves. Spaz has a dashing side kick and a traditional double jump. Jazz has a crouching super jump and a "helicopter ears" move that allows for slow descents, which when used in tandem work great to reach those difficult platforms. And when all else fails, there's always the good old butt stomp.
Control couldn't be easier to pick up or more fluid in action, as would be expected with any side scroller worth its mustard. Whether you're after speed or depth, the game can be successfully negotiated at a Sonic-esque velocity or patiently preened for maximum hidden-area riches. And there are plenty of secrets to be found. Again, all the classic side-scrolling elements are present. Collect coins to access bonus rounds. Blast through power-up-sensitive blocks to access secret areas. Collect french fries, pizza slices, burgers, and cans of soup (?) for extra points.
Jazz Jackrabbit 2 doesn't offer anything new. What it does offer is a synthesis of previous platform greatness. Anti-3D luddites will find more than enough two-dimensional sustenance to keep on resisting the tide of history for another six months. And great-looking sustenance it is. --Josh Smith
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Top Customer Reviews
Great game for kids or adults looking for a throwback.
The game is approprate for ages 5+.(Very funny with some violence.)
As an added feature, the game's makers even added a feature which lets you play online with others.
The two Jazz games are definately classics!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My kids and now my grandkids have experienced Jazz and Spazz! Great game fast action and skill required to compete !Published 14 months ago by Antwan
This is a great game. It is just like the older versions. It doesn't say that it runs on Windows XP, but it runs on my Windows XP operating system quite nicely. Read morePublished on July 21, 2007 by Brenda
Jazz jackrabbit 2 is a fun 2-d platformer for the PC (as amzon said above) this is a game every one can injoy and even if you get bored with the in game levels you can make you... Read morePublished on October 10, 2006
Generally, THIS IS the Game of ACTION much better than JJR beacause u can goof of as much as u want.YAHOO!!!!!Published on July 13, 2005 by swp
This game rocks! Got it about 5 years ago and still play it! The best part is how you can add your own music, make tilesets and levels, and play on multiple diffulculties. Read morePublished on July 5, 2005
Having never played the original Jazz Jackrabbit, I can't compare the sequel to the first one. What I can say is that the 2nd one is a bit TOO easy, although the mulitude of... Read morePublished on June 11, 2005 by Emily The Strange
I cant belive they made a sequel to one of the best games ever made!
Plus with spaz making it even more fun (and adds a rabbit with a personality closer to mine) I think... Read more