The newest Jazz 2 recode on the block is Jazz² Resurrection, following in the footsteps of Project Carrot (last substantive update in February), Carpaintergeril’s project (updated in response to interest from this post!), Jazz Jackrabbit: The Web Adventure (seemingly totally dead), WebJJ2 (likewise, but you never know), OpenJazz2 (don’t hold your breath), and maybe more.
This new project boasts a fairly impressive list of features, despite apparently relying on Project Carrot’s alternate data files instead of reading the .j2l, .j2t, etc files directly. Here’s a video and some screenshots. You’ll notice various inaccuracies, particularly in the player physics, but maybe those will improve with time. Notably, DeathKiller (the project’s author) reports having successfully built and played Jazz² Resurrection on an Android device, although no downloads of any kind are available at this time.
One way or another it’s great to see that in 2017, people are still seeing Jazz 2 and thinking “I want to make a game with that engine!” It’s only a few steps from this kind of direct remake to the kind of spinoff we got with Battery Check or Animaniacs.
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Eat your lima beans, Johnny.