Another Belated Xmas Post: Holiday Hare 1995

Christmas time was particularly busy this year for me. Just managing to get all the shopping and family stuff done alone whilst my partner continued to work took up most of my time. Now having finally some time to rest and take a holiday from the holiday I can write the first post for the new year.

Over the Christmas break I did manage to find some time to play a Christmas themed DOS game. This time it was Jazz Jackrabbit Holiday Hare 1995. Obviously it will have much in common with the original shareware Jazz that I played last year.

The graphics and sound are of the same level of quality as the shareware game, that is to say the graphics and music are both very well done. The music in game consists of remixed christmas music such as Carol of the Bells and what I think is Little Drummer Boy.

There are two new worlds to visit, Candion and Bloxonius, each with two levels. Candion is themed with Christmas candy and is filled with blind mice as enemies. Bloxonius is themed around toys, lego mostly, but has enemies like rag dolls throwing bombs and toy planes. All the levels are reasonably large and reasonably challenging, with the last of the set being the most difficult.

I quite enjoyed playing Holiday Hare 1995, the music probably being the highlight as it definitely gave the game a very Christmas atmosphere. It manages this with-out losing the spirit of how the original game felt, enhancing it rather than replacing anything. Some of the same annoyances are still here, such as Jazz’s speed making avoiding enemies difficult, but this is easier to deal with as you learn the levels.

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