||(Win95/98) (Retail) (JAZZJACKPR)
Epic Megagames / Gathering of
Game / Arcade
- Animated violence
from The Adrenaline
The Continuing Adventures of Jazz
When we last left our hero, Jazz had rescued Princess Eva
Earlong from the clutches of the dastardly Devan Shell, foiling the maniacal
turtle's plan to take control of the planet Carrotus. In gratitude, the rabbit
king and queen made Jazz a prince and granted him Eva's hand in marriage.
Unfortunately, as the cliche goes, it's darn hard to keep a
criminally insane turtle down for long. Especially one who makes sure to always
have a backup diabolical plot in the wings in case his primary diabolical plot
is thwarted by some do-gooder superhero.
With an appalling disregard for wedding etiquette, Devan and
his goons crashed Jazz and Eva's royal wedding reception, swiped Eva's
12-carrot diamond wedding ring, and fled.
Enraged at her new son-in-law's failure to defeat Devan once
and for all, and socially humiliated by the trashing of her daughter's wedding,
the rabbit queen had Jazz thrown into the palace dungeon.
Now, having used the diamond from Eva's ring to complete his
top-secret time machine, Devan is racing back in time to rewrite a more
turtetically correct version of history - one without rabbits! It's up to Jazz,
along with his spaced-out little brother, Spaz, to escape from the palace
dungeon, catch up to Devan and stop him before he turns history on its ear.
Action Orientated Puzzles and Secrets
Within Jazz 2, there are blocks
that can be shot by various weapons. If a block has a star on it, Jazz can
destroy it with any weapon. But, there are other blocks in the game: blocks
with an exclamation mark on them must be stomped by Jazz's butt in order to be
broken open; blocks with an ammo type depicted on them can only be destroyed by
the corresponding weapon. This introduces an element of strategy requiring ammo
conservation and treasure hunting. Your success in solving various puzzles
throughout the game, can determine exactly what parts of the each level you'll
be able to see! Jazz 2 can rearrange levels "on the fly" which means parts of
levels can appear or disappear before your very eyes...
In Jazz 2, Jazz has fire and ice
weapons. Sometimes Jazz will encounter a spring that's frozen. Use a flaming
weapon, and the spring will heat up and become usable. At other times, Jazz
will encounter a spring that blocks his path, bouncing him back and preventing
him from proceeding. Just freeze the spring with an ice weapon and Jazz will be
able to walk across the resulting ice and continue on his way.
Jazz and Spaz have their own
special moves. Jazz can helicopter with his ears, allowing for a slow fall.
This enables Jazz to excel at the long jump. Spaz has a double jump, allowing
him to jump much higher than Jazz. This makes Spaz a master at the high jump.
Certain secrets are accessible to one character only. In addition, some levels
have different starting points for each character, making the game completely
different depending on which character is used.
Cool Jazz 2 Features
- Engrossing game environment that features animated
backgrounds, ambient sound effects, and destructible scenery.
- Intelligent enemies that dodge your attacks, leap at you
and blitz you with multi-staged assaults.
- Over 12 weapons, most of which can be powered up.
- Tons of action-oriented puzzles.
- Scads of secret areas. We defy anyone to find everything
in this game.
- Remarkably fast paced game play. Watch as your character
is bounced around like a pinball, or launched through the air by vacuum
- Fly, swim, and warp your way through over 30 levels of
- Training mode that teaches rookies how to play the
- Deliriously fun Party Mode: Jazz up your social life
with four-mode multiplayer gaming: two to four players on one screen; up to
eight players on two screens via modem; up to 32 players on eight screens via
LAN or the Internet!
- Adjustable difficulty settings for gamers of every skill
- Easy to use game editor, Jazz Creation Station, that
lets players create their own levels.
- Action-oriented puzzles that involve rearranging levels
on the fly!
Windows 95: Pentium 90, 16MB RAM (32 MB recommended),
1Mb DirectDraw compatible video card (4Mb recommended), 2x CD ROM drive (4x
recommended), 28.8kps Windows 95 compatible modem for internet play, Windows 95
compatible IPX Network card for LAN play.
Adrenaline Vault by David Laprad
"While the background story will not win any awards, this
game is not for the bookish. Devan Shell, the nemesis from the original, is
planning to travel back in time and erase Jazz from existence by doing away
with his parents. Critical to this plot is the diamond engagement ring our hero
gave Eva Earlong, because it's the final component needed for the time machine.
Two hand-drawn cinematics bookend the game, allowing the narrative to set the
stage for the action, then get the hell out of the way. It creates a wonderful
backdrop that allows the designers to give their creative impulses free reign;
the game contains an impressive number of environments and characters, and
there are countless surprises throughout."
"Jazz Jackrabbit 2 is adrenaline-pumping action from start
"Such an accomplished game deserves spirited
accolades. Judging from the volume of enthusiastic mail I received in response
to the preview, there are a lot of gamers out there looking forward to this
title. It is nice when a game is more than worth the wait. If I were asked to
come up with one word that describes Jazz Jackrabbit 2, it would be 'finesse.'
Smooth graphics, sumptuous art, perfectly refined gameplay, and a wonderful
sense of character infuse every pixel. Action-based platform games have not
sold well in recent years, not because we have lost interest, but because the
people designing them had stopped making games worth playing. Epic MegaGames
has created a perfect gem of a game, and I anticipate an energetic bolstering
of the genre. So get out there, sharpen your skills, and meet me on the
Internet for some hare-raising fun. As Jazz would say, 'What are you waiting
"From the first level to the final end-level boss, Jazz 2 is
a slick, creative, and addictive romp thats obviously been a labor of
love. Though it may not have the same of jaw-dropping technology found in
Epics Unreal, Jazz Jackrabbit 2 is loaded to the brim with excellent
animation, art, and sound effects. It also includes a robust selection of
multi-player options with split-screen, modem, LAN, and TCP/IP Internet play.
On top of all that, theres even a built-in editor that allows players to
create and modify their own Jazz 2 levels."
"The reason for the no-fuss
gameplay comes from a careful balance between the adventurous gameplay style of
classic Mario games and the speed-freak action of Sonic The Hedgehog. If you
prefer to blast your way straight to the end, youll only pass up on some
treasure and extra exploration, but if you want to pick your way through every
nook and cranny, youll be rewarded with extra loot and a few extra
"Overall, Jazz 2 is an amazing value that you can pick up
and play for a few minutes at a time or for hours on end; with its multi-player
options, level editor, and cartoonish charm theres enough variety and
replay value to keep you going for sometime to come."
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