Jazz Jackrabbit 2

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Jazz Jackrabbit 2
Jazz Jackrabbit 2 cover
Developers
Orange Games
Epic MegaGames
Mac OS (Classic) Logicware
macOS (OS X) Contraband Entertainment
Publishers
Gathering of Developers
Mac OS MacPlay
Release dates
Windows May 7, 1998[1]
Mac OS (Classic) February 4, 1999
macOS (OS X) January 18, 2002
Jazz Jackrabbit 2 on Wikipedia

Warnings

The macOS (OS X) version of this game does not work on macOS Catalina (version 10.15) or later due to the removal of support for 32-bit-only apps.
Jazz Jackrabbit
Jazz Jackrabbit 1994
Jazz Jackrabbit 2 1998

General information

Official site for game series (Archived)
Jazz2Online - A fan site for game series
Hardcore Gaming 101 - Comprehensive feature
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM-free
The game had two different releases and two standalone expansions. See: Version differences and Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions.
Windows
Mac OS
GOG.com
DRM-free
All the expansions are included
Windows
A demo is available. It contains three single player and two multiplayer levels.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Holiday Hare 98 Standalone Christmas episode, released commercially in 1998. It also includes the shareware demo levels. It was only available in the US.
Windows
The Christmas Chronicles 2000 re-release of Holiday Hare 98 with a new playable character, Lori. It was only available in limited quantities in Europe.
Windows

Version differences[edit]

Jazz Jackrabbit 2 is the original release. It contains four episodes and the shareware demo levels.
Jazz Jackrabbit 2: The Secret Files is a 1999 re-release with an additional episode and a new playable character, Lori. It also includes the shareware demo levels. It was only available in Europe.

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

The latest official patch is v1.23 Patch. GOG.com version is patched with v1.24
JJ2+ is a multiplayer-focused unofficial patch/mod which fixes numerous bugs and adds a host of new features. It is included in the GOG.com version as a bonus.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use JJ2+ -menu parameter[2]
  1. Install JJ2+.
  2. Make a shortcut with the -menu command line argument.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\JAZZ2.CFG[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\SAVEGAME.***[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy

Video settings[edit]

In-game general video settings.
In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use JJ2+.[3] Only custom resolutions below 800x600 are supported; uses pixel-based scaling.
Multi-monitor
Use JJ2+.[3] Only custom resolutions below 800x600 are supported.
Ultra-widescreen
Use JJ2+.[3] Only custom resolutions below 800x600 are supported.
4K Ultra HD
Use Lossless Scaling in windowed mode for best results.[Note 2]
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Toggle with Alt+ Enter or use -windowed command line parameter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use this hack. Upscales cleanly with mild distortion, includes fullscreen instructions too.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Vsync is always on in fullscreen mode.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Maximum of 130 FPS in windowed mode.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Color blind mode
Unimportant background and foreground layers can be removed by using Low Detail mode.

Input settings[edit]

In-game keyboard key map settings.
In-game keyboard key map settings.
In-game joystick button map settings.
In-game joystick button map settings.
Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse cannot be used to navigate the main menu or the pause menu, however it can be used to navigate the menu bar in windowed mode.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

In-game general audio settings.
In-game general audio settings.
In-game advanced audio settings.
In-game advanced audio settings.
In-game language settings.
In-game language settings.
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music and Sound FX.
Surround sound
Subtitles
All dialogue except those played during idle animations is text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Idle animations with speech are only used when playing in English.
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Afrikaans
Fan translation, download. Included in JJ2+.[4]
Arabic
Fan translation, download. Included in JJ2+.[4]
Czech
Fan translation, download.
Dutch
Finnish
Fan translation, download.
French
German
Italian
Polish
Local retail release and GOG.com version. Included in JJ2+.[4]
Romanian
Fan translation, download.
Serbian
Fan translation, download.
Spanish
Swedish
Fan translation, download. Included in JJ2+.[4]
Turkish
Fan translation, download.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
4 Co-op, Versus
Split-screen.
LAN play
8 Co-op, Versus
Up to 32 players when 4 players share one computer in split-screen mode.
Online play
8 Co-op, Versus
Up to 32 players when 4 players share one computer in split-screen mode.

Connection types

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 10052, 10053, 10054
UDP 10052
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed[edit]

Unplayable low frame rate in fullscreen mode[edit]

Disable Hardware Mode[citation needed]
  1. Go to Options, Video, Advanced.
  2. Set Hardware Mode to Off.

Turn off information shown on screen (level name, resolution, etc.)[edit]

Press F9 in-game

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw 6
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)
This 32-bit-only macOS game does not work on macOS Catalina (10.15) or later.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 90 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 45 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 6 compatible
Mac OS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7.5.3
Processor (CPU) PowerPC
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 45 MB

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).
  2. Jazz Jackrabbit 2 does not hide the cursor during gameplay. As such, the paid version of Lossless Scaling is recommended.

References