Jazz Jackrabbit ported to the PSVita – You can now enjoy NATIVE blast processing, via OpenJazz, on the go!
Developer ‘usineur’ seems to really like porting great software to the PSVita and he’s done it yet again. This time, we got OpenJazz which a port of Jazz Jackrabbit, a game that gives Sonic a run for his money!
What is Jazz Jackrabbit and OpenJazz?
If you were a child in the mid-90s and didn’t own a Sega Genesis, then Jazz Jackrabbit would’ve surely caught your interest! As you might’ve guessed by now, Jazz Jackrabbit is a Sonic-esque platform game that was released in 1994 by Epic MegaGames for DOS machines. Jazz Jackrabbit offers the following:
- A jackrabbit on steroids that runs even quicker than Sonic. This means that it has even more BLAST processing 😉
- Jazz also shoots so no jumping on enemies in Sonic fashion.
- Very colourful levels that have secret areas which you may explore
- 6 episodes + 4 extra episodes along with bonus stages
- Many other great stuff such as an awesome soundtrack and great 2D graphics!
As you can see, this is surely a game to try out if you’re a fan of Sonic or other fast-paced platformers.
OpenJazz is an open-source version of Jazz Jackrabbit’s game engine that was developed by Alister Thomson in 2005/2006. As it’s open-source, it’s available for a variety of platforms including Windows/Linux/Mac computers, the PSP, Dreamcast, Wii and many others.
What about the PSVita port?
The PSVita’s port of OpenJazz was made by porting-guru ‘usineur’ and allows you to play Jazz Jackrabbit 1 on the go or on your PSTV. OpenJazz for the Vita has the following features:
- Support for Jazz Jackrabbit 1 and the CD version (which is the one I used).
- Good sound emulation.
- Pretty good performance as I wasn’t able to notice any FPS dips in my short play session.
- A configuration scheme that uses the Vita’s controls in a good manner.
As Jazz Jackrabbit is still being sold on sources such as GOG, you need to supply your own data files. While it’s an old game, acquiring them without paying is still piracy!
You need to put the game’s data files in ux0:/data/jazz.
To get this game, simply follow the link below and check out the instructions. It’s also available on VitaDB but you still need to supply your own game files.
If you find any issues, report them on the GitHub link below in a civil manner.
OpenJazz GitHub link: https://github.com/usineur/openjazz/releases/latest
OpenJazz website: http://www.alister.eu/jazz/oj/