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The Vault: The ‘Tortoise and the Hare’ meets space and guns

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Remember Space Jam? Remember Star Fox? Remember those treasures locked away in a dusty vault of nostalgia? Well we’re here to pull them out again, because let’s face it some of us college students are poor and can’t afford the new game or movie ticket.

Mary Jones
Columnist
mej102@lhup.edu
Photo courtesy of wikipedia.org

Photo courtesy of wikipedia.org

Within the dark recesses of the vault, behind all of the games that turned the personal computer into a gaming counsel, is the science fiction game called “Jazz Jackrabbit”.

Released in 1994 by Epic MegaGames, this game was the PC’s response to the “Sonic the Hedgehog” games. It takes the classic tale of “The Tortoise and the Hare”, and puts a scientific spin on it. The player controls Jazz Jackrabbit, a green, anthropomorphic hare, in his quest to save the princess of his kingdom from the devious Devan Shell, who is the turtle in this tale.

But why should you bother with such an old game? I’m here to tell you why!

Story

Photo courtesy of welovedosgames.net

Photo courtesy of welovedosgames.net

“Jazz Jackrabbit” is a science fiction game that includes traversing different planets, while incorporating the “Save the Princess” theme so familiar to gamers of this time. Based on the Aesop tale, “The Tortoise and the Hare”, the rivalry between the two species continues over 300 years into the future.

Devan Shell, mastermind and the leader of the Tortoises, begins conquering different planets, but when he tries to take over the peaceful world of Carrotus, the rabbits that live there are able to fend him off.

Not one to give up, Shell kidnaps their princess in an attempt to weaken them, holding her in an unknown location. The people of Carrotus decide to send their hero, Jazz Jackrabbit, to go save her. Doesn’t this just sound like the set-up to a good game?

Gameplay

The gameplay is simple, being a side-scroller. Fans of the “Sonic the Hedgehog” series will see many similarities to the original “Sonic” games released for the Sega Geneses.

What makes this game different, however, is that jumping on the enemies will only result in hurting yourself. Instead, Jazz Jackrabbit is equipped with a blaster that you can collect different types of ammo for throughout the game. Also, instead of collecting rings, like in “Sonic”, or coins, like the “Mario” series, you get to collect floppy disks. Isn’t it so retro?

Photo courtesy of invisioncommunity.co.uk

Photo courtesy of invisioncommunity.co.uk

It’s “Jazz Jackrabbit”!

What’s not to love about playing a green rabbit running around with a blaster in a series of science fiction worlds? With the “Tortoise and the Hare” tale being so popular and well known, and science fiction being such a popular genre, this is a game almost anyone can relate to and have fun with. This game is a lot of fun for when you have just an hour or so to sit in front of the computer and slack off, but be warned! This game can be highly addictive!

If you want to check out “Jazz Jackrabbit” you can find it here!

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