Twenty Years of Holiday Hare '95

17 Nov 2015 at 06:03
Epic MegaNews #10

Remember all those twentieth anniversary news posts from last year? Well, there was still one left to go, because November 17, 1995 was the release date of the second Holiday Hare game, as announced in Epic MegaNews #10!

Last year’s Holiday Episode of Jazz Jackrabbit was so popular that we made a new Holiday episode this year! Holiday Hare ’95 features FIVE of the best, all-new Jazz levels yet, and a rockin’ holiday sound track. Featuring the same fast paced action that made Jazz Jackrabbit the PC Gamer’s (U.K.) Action Game of the Year in 1994, Holiday Hare ’95 is Shareware and is available NOW from all major online services and the Internet.

Instead of limiting the action to a single planet, HH95 presented gamers with two planets: Candion, a classic platform game theme, and Bloxonius, which landed the game on at least one list of LEGO-cameoing game recommendations. ;) Candion was too easy and Bloxonius was maybe too hard, but they were still interesting departures from the other JJ1 planets, which tended to keep cycling around to castles, grasslands, and industrial themes. And maybe you’ll see some more Bloxonius levels released at some point if Blackraptor puts his mind to it. HH95 was much less explicitly holiday-themed than its predecessor, but it was still free free free!

There was also an early plug for Jazz 2 at the bottom of the MegaNews issue; pretty much the same sort of language would appear in issues #11 (April ’96) and #12 (July ’96), followed in #13 (January ’97) by the promise of a feature in that month’s PC Gamer magazine, which you can find on page 56 here.

And if you don’t have HH95 yet, download it free today!

- Violet CLM


Love & Thunder on 17 Nov 2015 at 07:30

I’ve never actually beat HH95

Violet CLM on 17 Nov 2015 at 08:38

Alternatively, here’s a quick video of most of the game that I just found while searching for something completely unrelated, so that’s neat. It doesn’t talk about the game all that much but you get to learn neat bunny facts!

Slaz on 17 Nov 2015 at 11:44

This was my favourite of the 3 Holiday Hare games. Me and my bro just loved food related themes in games so much! Candion made Jazz a lot tastier. ;)

Bartjaah on 20 Nov 2015 at 03:11

Roobar on 20 Dec 2015 at 16:36

I’ve never liked these HH series in Jazz 1 and I don’t know what people love about them. All of them don’t add much to the game. The got really annoying Christmas music, are with generic and boring levels and the graphics (with small exceptions) are not nice at all. On the contrary, the graphics in Jazz 2 Christmas theme are much, much better.

jazzo on 12 Jan 2016 at 23:25


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