5 out of 5
At least as good as Sonic CD!
Jazz Jackrabbit 2 picks up the frenzied action delivered in his first sidescroller game, and this time makes it even more elaborate, fast, intricate and enticing! What the game offers is pure thrills, arcade, fast paced, ready to be tacked speedrun style left to right bonanza! Alright, I'm running out of adjectives, but what you should get from my rant is that this game really took it as seriously as it could that the DOS platform could and should be the home of fast games. Of course, by this time (98) few people were still running DOS, unless they really had to, so this game is a modern, Windows game that will run on Windows pretty much flawlessly. However, if you have any issues, try compatibility mode, with Win XP or older, depending on what OS you're running. But, from my experience this is quite the resilient little game, that runs properly on a modern machine and doesn't really fuss that much. And, a lot is better and more interesting now than it used to be in the olden days: the levels are more colorful, the backgrounds more vibrant, the platforms even more interesting to tackle. Play the original as well
, for sure, a great game, but this one sure takes it all up a notch, and is bolder, stronger and more satisfying.
5 out of 5
Great platform game for PC
Jazz Jackrabbit 2 is one of the best and craziest platform games out there. Like it's predecessor, Jazz Jackrabbit 1, it's a 2D platforming game
at its best. The story of the game is kept simple, which is good for this game. The plot is simple: Devan Shell steals princess Eva
and it's you job as Jazz, or his brother Spaz, to chase down the turtle and save the princess. It's your ordinary good guy (or rabbit) saving a princess from the bad guy (or turtle). JJ2
is a huge improvement over its predecessor. From the beginning, you see how beautiful the graphics are. The level design is also well done, with a lot of secrets rooms and areas to sometimes require you to back track on a different path. These are worth going to, because they mostly contain power-ups, health and sometimes even strong weapons. Unlike its predecessor, the game focuses only on 2D platforming
. The 3D bonus levels
from the first game in the series have disappeared. You can play as either Jazz or Spaz
. There are differences between these two character, Jazz can launch himself vertically higher, while Spaz can perform a double jump
. The enemy variety is great and the boss battle are top notch.