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Jazz Jackrabbit 2

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Jazz Jackrabbit 2

Developers: Epic MegaGames, Orange Games, Logicware (Mac)
Publishers: Gathering of Developers, Logicware (Mac)
Platforms: Windows, Mac OS Classic, Mac OS X (as of v1.2.7)
Released in US: April 13, 1998
Released in EU: 1998


EnemyIcon.png This game has unused enemies.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
ItemsIcon.png This game has unused items.
MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.


Hmmm...
To do:
There's a prototype that was accidentally shipped as an OEM copy.

Sonic meets run n' gun genre—again—but now with 85% less in space. The game was originally going to be updated a lot, but support was dropped early and a lot of things were left unfinished or broken.

Unfinished Bosses

There are two bosses in the game that weren't used in the official levels, and one that doesn't function.

Functional Boss

Rocket Turtle

This is actually completely normal in the JJ universe.

This boss flies around following a path of Area ID events. If the player dies, when the level restarts, he'll skip the Area ID events he already touched, usually resulting in him just flying off to the top left, never to be seen again. Aside from that, it's perfectly functional, however, and the bugs in his coding can be worked around by clever level creators. He is strangely put under the "enemy" section.

Bilsy

You're gonna have one HELL of a time!

Unused in the actual game, but fully functional (and would later see use with a slightly modified version in HH98), Bilsy is an extremely difficult boss. He teleports around while throwing fireballs that seek you out which do two points of damage, making him easily capable of killing you. Probably unused until his modified HH98 incarnation because of his sheer difficulty.

Non-functional Bosses

Tweedle

This boss never spawns properly when placed into a level, but the artwork is still all present in the game data. According to an interview with one of the developers, you would fight two of these at once, and they would have stolen your gun at the start of the fight - the goal of the fight would be to trick them into killing each other. If placed in a level, it can still be interacted with and destroyed. However, doing so won't advance the player to the next level. All his animations can be seen below.

(Source: Jazz2Online interview with Nick Stadler)

Unfinished Enemies

Blue Ghost

Wakka wakka wakka

A goofy looking Pac-Man Ghost. This was added in 1.24 (Holiday Hare and The Secret Files). He's commented out in JCS.INI as "Don't use", and behaves like the Sparks enemy. To enable him in 1.24:

1: Open up your JCS.ini file.

2: Scroll down to event number 253.

3: Rename the “EMPTY” to “Blue Ghost” or whatever you want to call it.

4: Change the “+” sign to a “-” sign and then change the “DON’T USE” to the name of the enemy. Be sure not to delete the pipe “|” between the two words.

5: In the blank spot to the right of the “-” sign you created, type in “Enemy”.

6: Then save and open up JCS. Go to the Bad Guys section and there you go!

Butterfly

I have nothing witty to say about this.

An very unfinished enemy with its graphics still present in the game data. When placed inside a level, it doesn't function properly or move, and is invisible unless frozen.

BeeBoy

OH GOD OH GOD NOT THE BEES, etc

Though unused in the normal game, this enemy is very much fully functional in game if not a bit buggy. It spawns five of them in a circle that fly towards you in the same way most flying enemies do, but it's hard to hit and takes 5 hits to kill due to the number of bees.

Bees

Hilarious, it's the exact same image again. Sue me.

Even less functional than the Butterfly above, this enemy's graphics are the exact same as the Beeboy's. The game doesn't load its graphics, and it cannot be frozen. It can be "killed" and it gives points; however, the event is not removed, and you can keep shooting it to keep "killing" it, though it won't award any more points. It will still hurt you, even after you've shot it the first time.

Unused Graphics

3D Sprites

3D view Jazz and Spaz

You spin me right round baby right roundLike a record baby you spin me right round

There are sprites of them standing still, jumping, braking, running, rolling and spinning. These would've been used in pseudo-3D bonus stages like in Jazz Jackrabbit 1, but they've been scrapped.

3D View Bird

Jj2-3dbird.gif

A 3D view of the bird, Hip-Hop. Appears to have been used in the cut 3D bonus stages.

Jazz and Spaz Sprites

Jazz and Spaz Gunless

Jj2-jazz gunless.gifJj2-spaz gunless.gif

Animations exist for both Jazz and Spaz that show them without their guns. These were part of the Tweedles boss battle, in which they were to steal your guns. However, not enough animations exist for the concept to be used.

Door Entry

Be vewy vewy quiet...

What seems to be a work-in-progress animation depicting Jazz and Spaz entering a door. Not usable in its current state, due to the fact that none of the art has been split into individual sprite frames. The stoplight in the corner was likely used by the animator for timing.

*creeak*

A standalone version of the door.

Item and Weapon Sprites

Spaz Blaster Powerup

Jj2-spaz blaster powerup.gif

While a blaster powerup exists in the game, it always shows Jazz's gun as it's only on his official path that it can be obtained. This one showing Spaz's gun is never used.

Purple Potion

I don't think you should drink that...

An unused food item. Unlike most food items, it has its own animations instead of a single frame. It's also possible it was a powerup instead of a food item.

TNT Box

TNT was absurdly powerful if you knew how to use it.

Box of ammo that would probably contain 15 TNT, much like the other ammo boxes.

"Fireball" and "Bladegun" Projectiles

Jj2-fireball normal.gifJj2-fireball upgraded.gif

These are the projectiles to the cut Fireball weapon. While present in the 1.00g version of the game, it was replaced with the Pepper Spray in the final game.

Jj2-bladegun normal.gifJj2-bladegun upgraded.gif

These are the projectiles to the cut Bladegun weapon. While present in the 1.00g version of the game, it was replaced with the Electro blaster in the final game.

Enemy Sprites

Upside-Down and Sideways Sucker

Haters gonna hate.Balls to the walls.

Bunched up with the other sucker enemy sprites are these. It's pretty obvious what they are indicative of.

Unused Bubba Animations

Ugly Ugly Ugly

This was part of an unused concept where after a boss was killed, it left behind a death sprite. Bubba was the only one who got such a sprite however.

(Source: Jazz2Online interview with Nick Stadler)

Unused Devan Projectile

Pew Pew!

Found in the sprite set for the Devan used to control the Robot Boss, oddly enough. No clue what it's doing here, but it looks different from the projectile used by the actual Devan Shell boss (Devil Devan), which is a recolored version of the Fire Shield projectile.

Spinning Devan and Falling Devan

It's like spin the bottle except with a nerdy evil genius turtle It's even in the same pose as the after-warp anims for Jazz and Spaz!

Also found in the Robot Devan's sprite sheets. The former was used in a demo version of the game, while the latter's purpose is unknown.

Devan Losing His Gun

Jj2-devan gunloss.gif Jj2-devan-spinnin gun.gif

Bundled in with the animations for the final boss, it shows Devan losing his gun, along with a spinning gun animation. May have been used after you defeated his first form.

Miscellaneous Sprites

"Chris is a redneq"

WHAT DID YOU JUST CALL ME?

A running in-joke at Epic, at the expense of their country-boy IT/tech support guru at the time.

(Source: Jazz2Online interview with Nick Stadler)

Green Pulse

Tzeeow tzeeow

Another nonsensical sprite.

Tree

It will steal your virility.

A duplicate of the tree tiles found in the Diamondus 2 tileset. It's possible that these types of trees were once used as shootable objects, such as the normal shootable trees.

Boxing Glove

What a low blow.

Assumed to be a hazard in the cut 3D bonus levels. Aside from that, no clue how it would be used.

Bouncing/Jumping Eva

Fun fact: Noogy (who designed Lori) was a furry artist.

Found along with the CTF base sprites, and probably intended to be used when you scored a goal.

Unused Levels

Included in the game are a few unused .j2l files that can easily be opened up and explored.

Return of Birdland (Labrat3.j2l)

Before bird was the word, the word was Daemon.

This is a bonus level in which Jazz/Spaz morph into a bird and fly through the level. Beating the level takes you to Loose Screws, so apparently a secret exit in Weirder Science was to take you here.

Voltage Village (Tube3.j2l)

EMPTY SPACE.

An empty level with only the background. It also shares its name with the second Tubelectric level. Using JJNXT to go to the next level makes you go to Medieval Kineval, indicating that this level was to be entered from the second level.

Battle Game (Battlea.j2l)

That goddarn Seeker Powerup...

A variation on Battle1 with non-functional spikes, a bird, and text saying "destroy your enemy ten times to win". Nothing very notable.

Far Out (Psych.j2l)

Chilling out with the lone enemy, a Caterpillar.
Tweedle Boss Arena?.

Though mostly complete in terms of layout, there's a warp near the end of the playable section that leads nowhere and causes the game to crash. Looking around in JCS, there's an incomplete, arena-like area to the right. Where you were going to fight Tweedle, perhaps?

SECRET LEVEL (Diamsecr.j2l)

About as aptly named as it gets.

A duplicate of A Diamondus Forever, the first Diamondus level, but with the tileset of Fourteen Carrot. Next level is an empty level called die.j2l with absolutely nothing defined.

Unused Events and Parameters

Events that don't function or have functions that aren't used.

Functional Events

These are events that when placed, spawn an object and a sprite even if the object does nothing.

Rec Gems

Stands for Rectangle gems. JCS contains the events RecGem Red, RecGem Green and RecGem Blue. When placed, they spawn a normal gem, however sprites for rectangle gems existed in earlier prototypes.

Fast Feet

They even have little wings!.

These shoe items don't do anything, but can be collected and have a sprite.

Freeze Enemies

Jj2-freeze enemies.gif

Would have been used to freeze all enemies on screen. However, when placed in a level, it does the opposite; it freezes the player in place for a while.

Electro Blaster Powerup

Jj2-gun9powerup.gif

Never used in the official levels, but can be placed in a level and actually powers up the Electro Blaster. However, the powered up version doesn't change anything other than the HUD color.

Extra Time

Same sprite as the Stopwatch that adds time to your shield if you have one. Does nothing, but its name indicates that there was probably time limits for the levels in-game at one point.

Non-functional Events

Events that when placed, spawn nothing.

Max Weapon and Auto Fire

Do absolutely nothing. Max Weapon may have been used to max out the ammo of your guns, while auto fire may have auto fired your gun without holding down the space bar.

TNT Powerup

Would have been used to power up TNT. The actual event doesn't load a sprite, but it spawns an invisible object you can push. If destroyed using TNT, it will give you 15 TNT ammo.

Laser Shield

The shield in action.

The event itself spawns nothing and no sprite exists for it; however, coding for the shield is in the game. By using the cheat JJshield 4 times, you will be given the laser shield. It instantly fires a long, straight projectile that destroys enemies and blocks in one hit, which may explain why it was ultimately removed. If used in multiplayer using cheats, it tends to crash the server.

Springcord

Does nothing in most versions of the game, but in 1.00g, it functions as a weird, chainlike string of bombs. The event tends to follow the player around, seemingly trying to attach to him. The likely use of this event was as a sort of bungee cord, considering how the basic behavior works, with the bombs being placeholder sprites.

Lava and Fire Events

In JCS, there are events for lava and fire. Both of these spawn nothing, and were likely used in levels that used the said scenery. However, levels containing these elements are all tileset based.

Slide

Does nothing to Jazz or Spaz. May have been used to make slippery surfaces, or used in the slide tiles found in the Castle tileset.

Unused Parameters

Fire Shield Destruct Scenery

Setting Destruct Scenery's "weapon" value to a certain number makes it capable of only being able to be destroyed with the Fire Shield or TNT. This is not used in any of the standard levels, or even mentioned in the original JCS help file.

Debug Window

Jj2-debug.png

Starting JAZZ2.EXE with the -spy argument enables a simple debug window with a core dump function. This setting is saved in the game's configuration, and can be disabled with -nospy. This feature is also present in Dune Runner.

Unused Tilesets

An example using the tileset Jazz 1: Day. Notice the sky blue tinting, which can actually be interacted with.

JCS has a number of unused tilesets. They all begin with the name Jazz 1: with the name of the tileset after the :. These are the tilesets for some of the original levels of Jazz Jackrabbit. The tilesets however, cannot be normally accessed until they are built using the tileset builder in JCS. When built, they have no mask meaning that the player will collide with every pixel in the tileset. They are also not ported properly, meaning there are no animations and background tiles can be interacted with. Some tiles that are associated with Jazz 1 were also removed. This essentially makes them unusable.

Unused Tileset Assets

Some tilesets in the game have unused tiles and assets which are still present when looking at them in JCS.

Money Balloons

Jj2-tileset leftovers money.png

These balloons are found in many different tilesets. They appear to be leftovers from when the bonus warps were tileset based and not event based.

Beach

Jj2-tileset beach leftovers.png

These sky tiles are never used in any level. They are leftovers from an old background, which can actually be seen in old screenshots.

Castle

Jj2-tileset castle leftovers.png

These slide tiles are never used in game. They may have been used for the slide event.

Labrat 3

Jj2-tileset labrat3 leftovers.png

These spikes are only found in the Labrat 3 and Labrat night versions of the tileset. They are not used, but they may have been early versions of the spike balls. In Labrat night, they are not masked, so they can't be used as obstacles. They are also missing frames.

Tube Electric

Jj2-tileset tube leftovers 1.png

This odd tile actually doesn't belong to this set! It belongs to the tileset of a game called Battery Check, which ran on the Jazz 2 engine.

Jj2-tileset tube leftovers 2.png

These spike tiles are never used in the game, but they do work as intended.

Unused Music

Medivo

Inside the game's folders is a song called Medivo. You'd think it would be used in the Medivo levels, but the song used is called Medivo2. This song cannot be normally played, as it doesn't play when loaded into a level. This song was used in the 1.00g version of the game, as the music for Colon2.j2l, Colonial Chaos.

Bonus 2 and 3

Bonus 2
Bonus 3

These two music files go unused in the game. They appear to be the music from the cut 3D bonus stages, as they are both remixes of the bonus music from Jazz Jackrabbit 1.