When Jazz gets an encore.
It’s been a very long time coming, but after languishing in obscurity for the better part of two decades, Jazz Jackrabbit and Jazz Jackrabbit 2 have finally seen a modern re-release on content delivery platforms. It’s not on Steam, but perhaps more appropriately, GOG.com.
For those not in the know, the original Jazz Jackrabbit was a DOS game from the mid-90s that sought to bring Sonic The Hedgehog-style platforming to the PC. It’s often described as “Sonic With A Gun” and features high-speed gameplay with catchy music and imaginative levels. The version on offer is the CD edition, which adds a bunch of new episodes and includes the Christmas-themed Holiday Hare. The 1995 version of Holiday Hare is bundled, too.
The sequel was released after a long and troubled development cycle, and improves upon the original in virtually every regard. Not only are there different characters on offer with their own unique abilities, but the weapon arsenal is greatly expanded along with a plethora of new gimmicks. Included is a level editor, and a robust multiplayer mode that still has active servers to this day. In fact, Jazz 2‘s fans often refer to it as the world’s premier 2D arena shooter. GOG.com’s version includes The Secret Files and Holiday Hare 1998 expansions, as well as JJ2+: a fan-made patch which address various bugs and adds new features.
Both games are on sale, though the best price can be unlocked if you purchase both games in a bundle and include Epic Pinball. A staple of shareware in the day, it’s considered one of the premier pinball games of the DOS era, and well worth a look if you’re into that sort of thing.
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