Jazz Jackrabbit 2

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Jazz Jackrabbit 2
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Developer(s)Epic MegaGames
Publisher(s)Windows
Classic Mac OS
  • NA: Logicware
Producer(s)Robert A. Allen
Cliff Bleszinski
Designer(s)Nick Stadler
Cliff Bleszinski
Programmer(s)Arjan Brussee
Artist(s)Nick Stadler
Composer(s)Alexander Brandon
SeriesJazz Jackrabbit
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, Mac OS
ReleaseWindows
  • EU: May 7, 1998[4]
  • NA: August 12, 1998[5]
  • NA: November 6, 1998 (Holiday Hare '98)
  • JP: January 23, 1999
  • EU: March 15, 1999 (The Secret Files)
  • EU: November 25, 1999 (The Christmas Chronicles)
Mac
  • NA: February 4, 1999
  • EU: 1999
Genre(s)Side-scrolling platform game
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Jazz Jackrabbit 2 is a platform game produced by Epic MegaGames. It was released in 1998 for PCs running Windows, and later for Macintosh computers. Like the first game, Jazz Jackrabbit, Jazz Jackrabbit 2 is a side-scrolling platform game but features additional multiplayer options, including the ability to play over a LAN or the Internet. On November 30, 2017 it was re-released on GOG.com along with the first game.[6]

Plot[edit]

Jazz chases his nemesis Devan Shell through time, in order to retrieve the ring with which he planned to wed Eva.

Gameplay[edit]

Just like its predecessor Jazz Jackrabbit, Jazz Jackrabbit 2 is a 2D side-scroller that incorporates elements of shooting and platforming. The player must venture through a series of levels populated with enemies and environmental hazards that may hinder the player's progress. The goal is to reach the level's exit, usually indicated by an exit sign, whilst overcoming obstacles and hazards through the use of running and jumping as well as removing enemies and obstructions through the use of shooting and stomping.

The player is given a selection of characters to choose from, namely, Jazz, Spaz, and in the subsequent expansions, Lori. Each character has certain traits that are exclusive to them. During the course of the game the player can encounter additional power-ups such as upgrades to their character's health, or the effects and damage of their weapon. Also scattered throughout levels are coins that the player can pick up and use as a currency for when the player encounters the merchant. If the player has collected enough coins throughout the level the merchant will teleport the player to a secret location in the level that is usually filled with power-ups and other goodies for the player to collect.

Multiplayer[edit]

Players can participate in multiplayer. The game's Splitscreen mode supports up to 4 players, whereas online can support up to 32.[citation needed] The game also has local TCP/IPX network support. Multiplayer features several game modes, mainly cooperative, deathmatch, capture the Flag.

Development[edit]

Jazz Jackrabbit 2 was produced by Epic MegaGames, now known as Epic Games, as the sequel to Jazz Jackrabbit. It was accidentally confirmed on August 24, 1994 by Arjan Brussee.[7] It was released in 1998 for PCs running Windows, and later for Macintosh computers.

Jazz Jackrabbit 2 has a bundled level editor called Jazz Creation Station (JCS), allowing players to create their own levels. The level editor was not included in the Mac versions or shareware editions.

Releases[edit]

There were several variants and releases of Jazz Jackrabbit 2.

Jazz Jackrabbit 2 - Shareware Edition

Released on April 10, 1998,[8] this is a promotional shareware game. It featured three single-player levels and two multiplayer levels. It was released to promote the game.

Jazz Jackrabbit 2 - Holiday Hare '98

This Christmas edition was released on November 6, 1998 for the PC in North America. Unlike the previous holiday editions, this game is commercial rather than shareware. It includes three single-player levels as well as a new boss and additional multiplayer levels.

Jazz Jackrabbit 2 - The Secret Files

This Easter edition was released on March 15, 1999 for the PC in Europe (with a subsequent release in Poland by LK Avalon on June 19, 1999 which added Polish language in the options). This game introduces Jazz's sister Lori as another playable character. When Lori dies, her face is immolated and she falls over. It also adds an extra episode to the original Jazz Jackrabbit 2, called The Secret Files. This episode consists of three different zones, each one with three levels. New tiles are also added to The Secret Files, most of them from the first Jazz Jackrabbit. The LK Avalon release can be found in the GOG.com re-release.

Jazz Jackrabbit 2 - The Secret Files Shareware Edition

Released in 1999, this is a shareware game to promote The Secret Files. It is identical to the standard shareware version, but it includes the ability to play as Lori, as well as two new single-player levels in addition to the standard shareware version's levels.

Jazz Jackrabbit 2 - The Christmas Chronicles

This Christmas edition is an enhanced version of Holiday Hare '98, featuring Lori as a playable character. It was going to be released on November 25, 1999 for the PC, across Europe. However, the publisher, Project Two Interactive, went bankrupt before the release date. It was eventually released in Poland by LK Avalon. A limited European release followed shortly after. This version is based on the engine of The Secret Files and can be found in the GOG.com re-release.

Reception[edit]

Jazz Jackrabbit 2 received positive reviews. MacADDICT's reviewer John Lee praised the Mac version's fluent gameplay, but criticised it for not adding anything new to the genre, which he considered "old fashioned".[21] Trevor Covert of MacNN described the gameplay as "addicting" and praised the graphics.[22] However, Next Generation called the PC version "An unimpressive first release."[15] PC Zone gave the same PC version an above-average review over a month before its European release date.[18]

In the United States, the game sold 29,000 copies by October 2001.[23] Despite good reviews, sales were insufficient and resulted in some financial loss for Gathering of Developers. As a consequence, the would-be sequel Jazz Jackrabbit 3D was unable to find a publisher, prompting the developers to abandon the project which was less than 50% complete.

References[edit]

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  6. ^ Minotti, Mike (November 30, 2017). "Jazz Jackrabbit hops back to life on GOG". VentureBeat.
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  8. ^ "News for April 10, 1998". Online Gaming Review. April 10, 1998. Archived from the original on December 4, 2000. Retrieved December 6, 2019. April 10, 1998: "Epic Megagames has released the shareware version of their side-scrolling action game Jazz Jackrabbit 2.
  9. ^ Bauman, Steve (September 4, 1998). "Jazz Jackrabbit 2". Computer Games Strategy Plus. Strategy Plus, Inc. Archived from the original on September 1, 2003. Retrieved January 1, 2021.
  10. ^ Coffey, Robert (October 1998). "Jazz Jackrabbit 2" (PDF). Computer Gaming World. No. 171. Ziff Davis. p. 233. Retrieved January 1, 2021.
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  12. ^ Smith, Josh (August 17, 1998). "Jazz Jackrabbit 2 Review [date mislabeled as "May 1, 2000"]". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 1, 2021.
  13. ^ Shea, Cam (July 1998). "Jazz Jack Rabbit 2 [sic]". Hyper. No. 57. Next Media Pty Ltd. p. 78. Retrieved January 1, 2021.
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  17. ^ Wildgoose, David (August 1998). "Jazz Jackrabbit 2". PC PowerPlay. No. 27. Next Media Pty Ltd. p. 93. Retrieved January 1, 2021.
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  21. ^ Lee, John (June 1999). "Jazz Jackrabbit 2". MacADDICT. No. 34. Imagine Media. p. 63. Archived from the original on November 3, 2004. Retrieved January 1, 2021.
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