Jazz Jackrabbit Epic MegaGames, Inc. 1994

Jazz Jackrabbit was created by Cliff Bleszinski and Arjan Brussee, and inspired by classic console games such as Super Mario Bros., Mega Man, and especially the fast-paced Sonic the Hedgehog. As a result, its console-style vibrant graphics and speedy gameplay made it somewhat novel as a PC game. Three thousand years after the events of Aesop's "The Tortoise and the Hare", the enmity between tortoises and hares continues. Jazz Jackrabbit visits various planets to save Princess Eva Earlong and the rabbits' homeworld, Carrotus, from the megalomaniacal Devan Shell and his army of Turtle Terrorists. The eponymous hero is a bright green rabbit or hare with a red bandana, similar in appearance to (and probably in pastiche or parody of) Raphael from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It's similar in gameplay to the Sonic the Hedgehog games, with some differences. The game features six episodes; each episode consists of three worlds, with two levels and one 3D bonus level (reached by finding a special gem hidden in one of two standard levels) per world, a secret level on each episode hidden in a particular planet and finally a boss level. Unlike Sonic, Jazz has a life bar: when enemies shoot or come in contact with him, he loses health that must be replenished by collecting carrots. If his health falls to zero, Jazz turns to ash and the level restarts from the last checkpoint. Also, instead of jumping on enemies(which would only result in Jazz losing health) Jazz must shoot his enemies with a blue gun he always carries. A variety of different bullet types can be found in the game and do varying amounts of damage. Originally, the game was sold on floppy disks; one could purchase the first three episodes, the final three episodes, or all six at once. A special CD-ROM version was later released that contained all six original episodes, three completely new episodes, and the 1994 Christmas edition (retitled Holiday Hare). The three new episodes ("Outta Dis World", "Wild Wabbit", and "Turtle Soup") has Jazz exploring planets with such names as Exoticus, Industrius, Deserto, Stonar, and several others. The episode feature new music, new graphics, more enemies, and new bosses.
Screenshots
Shareware Level Demo ~1.35MB ( @ DOS Games Archives)
CD-Rom extra levels
OpenJazz (open source free game that runs on modern o/s) 160kb (uploaded by Official Site)
CD-Rom Full Demo 8MB (@ Juego Viejo)
Full Demo 8MB (@ LTF Abandonware)
CD-Rom ISO Demo 45MB (uploaded by Egon68)


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