Jazz Jackrabbit is a series of 2D cartoony platformers set in a fantasy universe featuring our hero, a gun-toting rabbit called Jazz Jackrabbit, saving the people of Carrotus from an evil mastermind turtle called Devan Shell. Inspired by the various console platformers of the time like Mario, Sonic and Mega Man, Jazz Jackrabbit became a staple of the PC platforming genre.
Jazz Jackrabbit 2 was released in 1998 by Epic Megagames (now just Epic Games) and Orange Games, packed with 30 singleplayer levels split among 5 episodes, a new character called Spaz, full multiplayer support, a level editor and a whole slew of extra features compared to its predecessor. Two expansion packs were also released: Christmas Chronicles, a free holiday-based level pack; and Secret Files, with an improved game engine, a new character called Lori and a whole new singleplayer episode.
I'll be playing through all the singleplayer episodes on Hard difficulty, including expansions. I'll take Jazz through all the standard episodes, Spaz through Secret Files and Lori through Christmas Chronicles. Me and Paul.Power will commentate on the videos, I may get other guests occasionally.
While I do want to show off as much as I can, I'm much more experienced with playing as Jazz which is why I'll use him for most of the game. By no means a perfect run, but I'll try to explore the levels thoroughly and show off all the secrets within, and hopefully make this a wholesome experience for us all.
I know a lot of people like Jazz Jackrabbit 1 too and I'll admit it has its charm, but Jazz Jackrabbit 2 improves it in every possible way and I enjoy it a lot more than its predecessor. I'll try to update this weekly at least, probably around the weekends.
The game manual has the whole plot in comic form: (click for full size)
(sorry about the JPG artefacts, the scans aren't mine)
Jazz - The titular hero of the series. He can use his helicopter ears to glide across long distances, or high jump to get over tall obstacles. Carries a blue blaster gun.
Spaz - Jazz's goofy brother, introduced in Jazz Jackrabbit 2. He can quickly karate chop enemies, or use his double jump to get at harder-to-reach areas. Carries a green blaster gun.
Lori - Jazz and Spaz's spunky sister, introduced in the Secret Files expansion. Originally intended to be Spaz's girlfriend. She has Jazz's helicopter ears and Spaz's karate chop, which makes her a kinda broken character since she's got no special jumps. Carries a purple blaster gun.
Blaster - The default gun. Infinite ammo, good enough to take down anything throughout the game, ricochets off metal surfaces. Upgrading it doubles the damage and fire rate, so it's actually faster when holding down the Fire button instead of mashing it.
Bouncer - Fast fire, ricochets and bounces off everything, handy for closed spaces and diagonal angles. Upgrading it increases the damage and reduces the spread.
Freezer - Freezes any enemies, springs and other items for a short duration. Upgrading it increases the freeze duration and doubles the shots.
Flamer / Toaster - Melts any enemies, as well as unfreezing any objects like springs, but has a short range. Upgrading it increases the damage and the flames.
Seeker Missile - Homing missiles that'll target any nearby enemies, but with limited range. Upgrading it increases their damage but decreases their speed.
RF Missile - Fires two fast missiles with a small spread. Upgrading it increases their damage and adds another missile.
TNT - An explosive charge that goes off after a short time or if triggered by enemies and weapons.
Pepper Spray - Fires tiny bullets with a really long range. Upgrading it increases the damage.
Electro Blaster - An evolution of the regular Blaster that is more powerful and can shoot through walls. Upgrading it increases the damage.
Jazz Boss Tune 2
Jazz Boss Tune 1
Jungle Fevah 2.0
Hell Freezes Over
Jazz be Damned
Pull Back the Bass
Unused Bonus Level Remix
Unused Bonus Stage
Unused Menu Music
Want to see me take on some cool custom level? Interested in multiplayer matches? Got any questions or something else you think would contribute to the thread? Just let me know.
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|How to Not Cheese a Boss||Hosted||Viddler||Youtube|
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Cheese is green on tuesday.
Craig is king doofus.
A Diamondus is Forever:
Spaz ate the dopefish.
Find the gopher.
Dragons live in burbank.
Mark wears briefs. Hoo Hah!
Nick loves shiny. Always has!
Send Tim new socks.
Send Nigel a green card.
Beware of chainsaw schmalz.
Dont give mark a burrito.
Craig is still a doofus!
Leh is a Camper
Don't beat Nigel at pool. You've veen warned.
Episode 1: Formerly a Prince
|Intro & Dungeon Dilemma||Hosted||Viddler||Youtube||Blip.tv|
|Bonus: Return of Birdland||Hosted||Viddler||Youtube||Blip.tv|
Episode 2: Jazz in Time
|Purple Haze Maze||Hosted||Viddler||Youtube||Blip.tv|
|Bonus: Far Out||Hosted||Viddler||Youtube||Blip.tv|
|Beach Bunny Bingo||Hosted||Viddler||Youtube||Blip.tv|
|Bonus: Marinated Rabbit Demo||Hosted||Viddler||Youtube||Blip.tv|
Episode 3: Flashback
|A Diamondus Forever||Hosted||Viddler||Youtube||Blip.tv|
|Bonus: SECRET LEVEL||Hosted||Viddler||Youtube||Blip.tv|
|Bonus: Gargoyles Lair||Hosted||Viddler||Youtube||Blip.tv|
Episode 4: Funky Monkeys
|A Cold Day In Heck||Hosted||Viddler||Youtube||Blip.tv|
Episode 0: Shareware Demo
Episode X: Christmas Chronicles
|Dashing thru the snow..||Hosted||Viddler||Youtube||Blip.tv|
Episode 5: The Secret Files
Jazz Jackrabbit 3