Jazz Jackrabbit 2
|a game by||Epic Games|
|Editor Rating:||6/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||6.0/10 - 1 vote|
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You don't really need to know the plot behind this, do you? The raison d'etre behind 40 levels of chasm-leaping, tortoise-twatting and girlfriendsaving? No. of course not. You want to know whether this, the latest in a dying breed of platform games, is worth buying. Surprisingly enough, Jazz Jackrabbit 2 is actually a pretty decent game. This time the eponymous hero has been joined by his ganja'd-up brother Spaz who, contrary to the effects of the demon weed on most people, is pretty tuned in to the task at hand. You can choose to play cither of them in the quest to rescue Eva Earlong, Jazz's bird (or bunny), and the usual platform tricks and traps are there to help and hinder you.
The graphics are on the diminutive side compared to those of other platform games, but this means a lot more of the game area is on-screen - handy for planning your next move. The 'ambience' of the game is different as well. Though naturally linear, the levels almost have the feel of an adventure - almost. Thankfully, the obligatory timer has been left off so you can ponder your way through the levels. And with the inclusion of various weapons, you even get to deathmatch bunny-style.
Co-op, Capture the Flag and race games have been implemented, but while it doesn't hold a candle to the likes of Quake, that's not so say it isn't fun. Consider it a trainer for those eager to frag their way up the deathmatch career ladder. With Jazz Jackrobbit I and a level editor included, you can't really knock it for value. And if you don't usually go for this sort of thing, you might just find yourself pleasantly surprised.