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The website has been unreachable a lot over the past few days due to heavy traffic. I have increased our server's capacity and everything seems back to normal now. Apologies for the inconvenience! Stijn

Permalink Nick Stadler visits JCF, offers JJ2 artwork for sale September 14th 2014

Source: JCF thread

In the wake of the Jazz Jackrabbit Revival Kickstarter fiasco, none other than original Jazz Jackrabbit 2 artist Nick Stadler just visited (and posted on) our forums!

Basically you should just go read his post, but what it comes down to is that he’s found a stack of old JJ2 artwork (the hand-drawn originals) and will be offering them up for sale soon. Included are for example the originals for the Time Warp comic and the game’s box art.

So if you’re interested in getting your hands on those originals, do go visit the thread. Nick says he’ll post some scans/photos too soon, so keeping an eye on the thread for the next few weeks might be useful.

 

Permalink POLLLLLLL September 10th 2014

Best crossover idea?
Bowser with a Bandana 7 votes (17%)
Solid Snake with a Spinkick 5 votes (12%)
Bulbasaur with a Buttstomp 10 votes (25%)
Toad with a Trigger Crate 5 votes (12%)
Frogger with a Fourteen-Carrot Diamond Ring 13 votes (32%)
Total votes: 40

I have no idea how he’s gonna cross the road with that huge ring. Still, the people have spoken. Get on it, Violet!

Fairly mundane question this time, but I’m interested in the answer nonetheless. The downloads section has arguably always been the most important part of our site (together with the JCF), but uploads have slowed down lately. Are you still keeping up with the newest levels and tilesets?

 

Permalink Ballistic Bunny remix is out September 3rd 2014

Source: JCF thread

As a (slightly belated) gift to the community for Jazz’s 20th anniversary, our household composer DoubleGJ and his band have released a delicious small remix album: Ballistic Bunny.

It is a remix EP consisting of remixes of (you guessed it) the Ballistic Bunny planets from Jazz 1: Letni, Technoir, and Orbitus. With a bonus track, even!

(…) there’s 4 tracks. The EP includes an original composition “in the style of” – a song for a mockup of a planet, a robot assembly compound hidden on a highly unstable volcanic planet which I dubbed Lavalon.

Listen to Ballistic Bunny HERE!

 

Permalink Jazz Jackrabbit Revival appears on Kickstarter September 3rd 2014

Source: Kickstarter

Update: The kickstarter was taken down after a copyright claim by Epic: see here

A rather unknown and small indie group Turbo Tech Games lead by Róbert Taddeo wants to revive Jazz Jackrabbit. This by making a kickstarter and let people pledge (in return for some rewards).

The game will be developed as Semi-3D in the Unreal Engine, so think about games such as New Supermario Brothers & The Giana Sisters.

They are planning to have 4 episodes that includes 3 different planets. Each planet will contain 10 levels.

You can find more info on: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/913575118/jazz-jackrabbit-revival?ref=watched_project_launched

Note: There’s no mention of Epic games on the page and the name of the series is actually misspelled in several places. So tread carefully, this may not be legit!

 

Permalink Jazz Jackrabbit turns 20 August 1st 2014

Source: Google Groups

Fasten your seatbelts for the ride of your life! JAZZ JACKRABBIT is coming towards you at light speed, and this little bunny carries a big gun. The evil turtle emperor Devan Shell has rabbitnapped the beloved princess Eva Earlong. Now he’s swiping all the goodies in the galaxy to support his plot of Galactic Rabbit Destruction! Lead the speedy Jazz on a wild treasure hunt spanning enormous areas jam-packed with major danger!
Jazz features ULTRA-FAST scrolling 256 color graphics, ROCKING Digital Audio with Surround Sound, and WHITE-HOT action from Epic MegaGames! Look out Sonic, this is one tough little bunny!

August 1st 1994 saw the release of Epic MegaNews #3, and its announcement of the shareware version of Jazz Jackrabbit. The initial release, with the APOGEE cheat code that they quickly removed for some obscure reason.

Time would bring two Holiday Hare freeware releases (what we’d call DLC nowadays), an expansion pack with three new main episodes, cameos in other games, a sequel with three expansions of its own, a plush doll, a GBA game, an iOS stick shooter demo, and nobody knows how many failed attempts to produce a third game in the main series. But that was all later. Today we celebrate Jazz Jackrabbit 1.

Happy 20th Anniversary, everybunny! I’ve dug up a bunch of links and posted them in the comments.

 

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Are you a guitar player interested in playing some Jazz (Jackrabbit) music? Community member Robo4900 is assembling a list of guitar tabs, sheets, and the like. Violet CLM

Permalink PC Gamer reposts Jazz 1 review from 1995 July 20th 2014

Source: PC Gamer

Intentionally, just to be clear.

PC Gamer reposts classic reviews every Sunday, but you can’t tell me the choice of Jazz Jackrabbit CD for today’s wasn’t inspired by all the recent BlueStreak hubbub. It’s a positive review that notably makes next to no mention of gameplay. Jazz 1 was a technological showcase in 1994, easy as that can be to forget in this modern age with our endless waves of indie 2D platformers, and the PC Gamer review bought completely into the “just as good as home consoles” narrative, though it does take some time to praise things that are more artistic than technological, like Nick’s amazing character animation.

 

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More videos! Hoodoo456 did a Let's Play of Jazz Jackrabbit 2, in three parts. Check the JCF thread for links and info! Stijn

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If you're here fresh off the LGR review, welcome! Please check out some of our top-rated levels and tilesets.. And don't forget to download the JJ2+ mod and read its massive list of bug fixes and new features Stick around for as long as you like, and be sure to have some online multiplayer fun! Violet CLM