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I just finished the game, and watched the VOD for Martijn’s stream last week (didn’t know he was streaming at the time). I personally feel it’s a neat little game although it seems sort of nasty to force restarting the entire game upon every death (but that might be due to its short length). I got killed a few times from not changing into fighting stance in time before running into an enemy or the gate, so I don’t know if that is a responsiveness issue, or me being that bad at the game.
I never knew about this one back in the day, and never really noticed it until I saw someone streaming it on twitch a few months ago. Ever since, I had been curious, so I took advantage of the recent sale that unfortunately did not last past Thanksgiving (although there could be a chance for another sale next month).
I just finished the game after taking advantage of the recent sale. I got only 123 points, and couldn’t figure out how to progress without suffering any harm at all (although I didn’t play much after finsihing the first time). It’s really neat to see a DOS game developed now, but the game has some guess-the-parser issues.
I just finished the game. I hope no one had to put up with the lag I experienced at a few parts — the final part was almost unplayable for me D: (played GOG version on a macbook).
Also, I missed something that ultimately caused me to skip chapter 9, which I managed to trigger after starting the last chapter.
You know, despite not being as well-designed, I think I sort of like Jazz Jackrabbit more than Sonic the Hedgehog (although I haven’t cared that much about the latter in years for some reason). Regardless of gameplay and design issues, I feel he was a neat character in a neat little series with beautiful worlds and music. Maybe, it’s nostalgia…
Unfortunately, I completed only the first episode. I’m not sure I ever tried the second at all back in the day. About the only levels I recall playing back then were the ones from the first episode, Turtemple, Marbelara, Industrius, the swamp planet with crazy frogs that came after that (I forget the first planet of that episode), and a snow stage with the same music as the one in Holiday Hare.
For those who played through all the levels (or at least all of the second episode), how did you manage the second level of Orbitus (third planet)? I saw on youtube that players had to turn on slow motion, but I couldn’t get past those horrid bouncy floors even when I tried that. I’ve never been good at platformers, but this might be the worst experience I’ve ever had with any 2D platformer.
When I was younger, I always chose easier difficulties, but try tougher ones nowadays, so I tried turbo, but fell back on hard when I kept dying over and over in the first level. Even on hard, I’ve died a lot — it seemed almost unreasonable how enemies would just appear almost out of nowhere in Tubelectric, causing me to seemingly inevitably get hit many times.
I loved this game when I was younger, but now I see the gameplay is flawed because it’s too easy to run into enemies. Ancient Dos Games pointed out that the biggest flaw in Monster Bash was the level design, and I feel Jazz Jackrabbit has the same issue.
The levels themselves might not be that memorable, but I always found the backgrounds and music memorable. I think the charm they give the game is a big reason I always liked it. I always thought it was neat how One Must Fall was advertised in levels like Industrius. I always liked the comic in the manual. Jazz being on his own in his own ship always reminded me of the cartoon Captain Buzz Cheaply (not sure if I got the full version of the game before it aired).
I feel the game was a neat idea, and has charm, but the level and gameplay design were a bit flawed. There are a bunch of levels I have never played — I never came close to beating the game. Even this month, I haven’t gotten past the first episode (I have died a lot on hard).
The second game seemed more streamlined, but it always seemed to me as if the first had more levels and variety, so that made me sort of prefer it in a way even though I liked the introduction of Spazz. It’s been years since I played the second game, but I assume its gameplay feels better than that of the first.
Pickle Wars was my favorite. I used to play Word Rescue a lot when I was bored. I really enjoyed Hocus Pocus, Jazz Jackrabbit, One Must Fall, Day of the Tentacle, the Indiana Jones adventure games, and others. I recently got back into playing Wolfenstein 3D and Blake Stone after years of no interest in FPS. And of course, I started Jazz Jackrabbit for the month.
I always loved the music for Turtemple, Marbelara, and the bonus stage! In addition to the awesome music, I always liked the background environments of each stage. I remember Industrius had a nice city background with One Must Fall references. I think it was in a bonus episode, though.
I remember reading that comic. It always reminded me of the cartoon Captain Buzz Cheaply that I watched in the 90’s (although I guess Jazz Jackrabbit predates it, so maybe I didn’t get my CD until a bit later). I still have my manuals and CD’s ^_^