Jazz Jackrabbit 2 - PC

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Shoot blocks to score in this game of strategy and action. If a block has a star on it, the lovable Jazz can destroy it with any weapon. But Jazz needs to stomp exclamation-marked blocks before they can be broken open, and only the corresponding weapon can destroy blocks with ammunition shown on them. This introduces an element of strategy requiring ammunition conservation and treasure hunting. Your success in solving puzzles throughout the game can determine exactly which parts of each level you'll see.

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Jazz Jackrabbit 2 is a shot in the arm of 2D gaming. With smooth control, two distinct characters to play, and some of the funniest and freshest 2D level designs, monsters, and power-ups since Earthworm Jim, fans of the traditional side-scrolling platform game will not be disappointed.

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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ASIN B00001SHOK
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4.7 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
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Product Dimensions 5.5 x 4.8 x 0.4 inches
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By A Customer on August 14, 2000
I downloaded the shareware version of this game to try it out and found it to be very addicting! My kids (ages 5, 8 and 10) stand by like vultures waiting for their turn on the game! So here I am buying the full version so we can enjoy all the levels in this game!
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When Epic made this game I cant help but wonder did they know it would work on windows 7 and with an Xbox controller making this game a gem. I got my copy of this game back in 99 and it still works perfect and yes! I kid you not YOU CAN PLAY this old windows 95 game on windows 7 with no issues at ALL..as for windows 8 I cant say, but the sound track and the game play holds up great it's and easy game but it has tons of levels. I recommend this game to anyone who is looking for old school CO-OP with some arcade style.The game also has online play and yes people still play this game in 2013 online check it all out when you get a copy!
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A Kid's Review on November 18, 2003
I used to play the origional Jazz Jackrabbit when I was little, and I had so much fun! But now it seems that we can't find the game. But I just recently downloaded this game, and I'm having a blast. It's so much fun to play, and Spaz is absolutely hillarious. People who have never played Jazz will love it.
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By A Customer on June 13, 2000
This game is great if u have AOL instant messager or ICQ . It is a great way to interact with friends who are from different parts of the world .there are vitualy tons of different levels to play , it is one of the funnist games that i have ever played . I loved and u should to . I like totally recomend this game to anyone who likes to play on the computer , especcialy one who has ICQ or AOL instant messager !
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Great game from the 90's. Be careful with some of the used options. After losing my original disk, I bought one and rather than the same game I had bought 15 years ago it was different version that was buggy and missing some of the bosses. Luckily I found my original disk soon after. The disk I bought used was black, while the original one is white.

Great game for kids or adults looking for a throwback.
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By A Customer on December 9, 2001
We had this game in DOS on our old computer. We have been trying for over a year to replace it. It is hard to find. I placed an order in November and was promised 1-2 week delivery. Now cannot track it and it is listed unavailable. This was a great game for the kids and their grandma(me) with bonus rounds and levels that even I could manage. Never mind the higher levels. Too challenging for an old lady. That is ok. I could stay on the lower levels and let the kids take the challenges. Humorous. Loved the graphics and the way the bunny talked back to you when you took too long. Highly recommend.
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By A Customer on December 22, 2003
When I was little, I played the Jazz games, and I LOVED it.( I am still playing them.)
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!
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Amazing, unsealed(seal aged, so a bit unstuck) first run copy of the game! Runs and installs without any problem on 64 bit Windows 10. Be aware, you'll need to minimise it (the tearing on my 4k monitor was incredible though).
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