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OpenJazz: high resolution Jazz Jackrabbit

Jazz Jackrabbit in ultra high res on Windows 10, Windows 7 and 8Inspired heavily by classics like Zool and Sonic, Jazz Jackrabbit actually was an instant PC classic. Although you can play Jazz Jackrabbit perfectly fine with DOSBox, there's also a source port available that allows you to play Jazz Jackrabbit in ultra high resolution on Windows 10, Windows 8 or Windows 7 platforms: OpenJazz. It works with the following versions of Jazz Jackrabbit:

  • Jazz Jackrabbit
  • Jazz Jackrabbit Christmas Edition
  • Jazz Jackrabbit Holiday Hare
  • Jazz Jackrabbit Shareware Edition

Basic needs

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So what do you need to play Jazz Jackrabbit on your Windows 10, 8 or Windows 7 computer?

  • One of the original Jazz Jackrabbit games installed
  • Don't have the game? Buy it on eBay, or search for it on the interweb
  • After that, get the OpenJazz game and library files

Install OpenJazz

  • We assume you have Jazz Jackrabbit installed or downloaded, in this example the game is in c:\games\jazz
  • Go to the download page of OpenJazz
  • Download the zip file with the OpenJazz executable (160kB, first download on the page)
  • Open the zip file by double clicking it
  • Select all files in the zip file and copy them (right click, copy) into the Jazz Jackrabbit game folder (right click, paste), in this example c:\games\jazz
  • Download the zip file with the library files (340kB, second download on the page)
  • Open the zip file by double clicking it
  • Select all files in the zip file and copy them into the Jazz Jackrabbit game folder, in this example c:\games\jazz. Allow to overwrite existing files.
  • Please note that you need both downloads for Windows, otherwise OpenJazz won't work!

Start and configure OpenJazz

Jazz Jackrabbit in ultra high res on Windows 10, Windows 7 and 8

  • Open Windows Explorer and navigate to the Jazz Jackrabbit game folder, in this example c:\games\jazz
  • Search for the OpenJazz.exe file, double click it to start it
  • The game starts in a tiny window, but you can enlarge it by dragging the window corners to any desired size, or just double click the top of the window to maximize it
  • You can enter full screen by pressing the ALT+ENTER keys. This might result in the game being displayed in weird colours. Press ALT+ENTER again to exit full screen mode
  • Enter the main menu by pressing Esc
  • Choose Setup options with your mouse or the arrow keys
    • Character lets you change some features of JazzJazz Jackrabbit Holiday Hare 1994 with OpenJazz.
    • Keyboard lets you change key configuration, default controls are:
      • Arrow keys - move Jazz
      • Right ALT - jump
      • Space bar - shoot
      • P - Pause game
      • T - Slow motion mode
      • Esc - Quit game
    • Joystick lets you configure your joystick if you have one
    • Resolution lets you change the window resolution, if for some obscure reason you don't have a mouse to enlarge or maximize the window
    • Scaling lets you enlarge Jazz and the game graphics
    • Sound lets you increase or decrease sound volume
    • Gameplay lets you configure some extra OpenJazz game features
  • Press Esc several times to return to the main menu
  • Choose New game to start a new game!
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