Gex (video game)
|Developer(s)||Crystal Dynamics (3DO & PC)
Beam Software (PS & SS)
|Publisher(s)||BMG Interactive (3DO)
Crystal Dynamics (PS & SS)
Eidos Interactive (PC)
|Producer(s)||Lyle Hall (Gex Team)
David Zse (Crystal Dynamics)
|Designer(s)||Mira F. Ross
Paul Baulch (extra programming)
|Artist(s)||Mira F. Ross|
Gex is a platform game originally released for the 3DO in 1994. Versions of the game were later released for the PlayStation, the Sega Saturn and Microsoft Windows. It was a pack-in game for Panasonic models of the 3DO later in the console's life.
It is the first game in the Gex series and introduces players to the titular character, a wisecracking gecko named Gex (voiced in this game by comedian Dana Gould). The game is also the only side-scrolling game in the series.
Gex and his family lived in Maui, Hawaii. His mother raised him and his three younger siblings while their father worked for NASA. Gex's hobbies included spending time with his friends, surfing, playing the ukulele, and throwing poi parties. One day, Gex's mother got a phone call from NASA, explaining that Gex's father and ten human volunteers died when their rocket exploded on the launch pad (according to the manual, the explosion was caused by a Band-Aid floating in one of the fuel tanks).
Soon, the gecko family's carefree life was shattered when Gex bottled up his emotions and took refuge in front of the television to get over the tragedy but only to become obsessed. Three weeks later, he became an addict to TV. After several unsuccessful attempts to get Gex to stop watching TV and consulting with a minister and friends at work, Gex's mother decided it was time for a change. The gecko family moved to Encino, California, Gex's TV was taken away, and he fled from home. After several months of living on the streets, Gex inherited an enormous amount of money, and he moved back to Maui to live in a mansion, and bought the world's largest TV.
While watching TV one day, Gex swallowed a passing fly, not knowing it was a sort of miniature transmitter. Moments later, a huge hand shot out of the screen and grabbed Gex by his neck, pulling the young gecko into his own TV. The cold claw belonged to Rez, the overlord of the Media Dimension, who had intended to make Gex his new mascot and conquer the world.
Gex traversed through the worlds of the Media Dimension; the Cemetery, New Toonland, Jungle Isle and Kung Fuville. The first world he encountered was an enormous dome, surrounded by four large TVs. Gex then went through the large TVs, collected the remotes, and defeated the various worlds' guardians: Morphina, the Flatulator, Sun Snake and Toxic Turtle. Gex also collected pieces to another remote, which allowed him to travel to the mysterious Planet X. Once Gex managed to collect all the worlds' remotes, the dome opened and he could travel to Rezopolis, the capital of the Media Dimension.
Once inside, Gex defeated Rez in a head-to-head battle, using one of Rez's own mechanical bugs, Rez transformed into a ball of energy and escaped through a hole in the dome. Gex was then teleported back to his home in Maui, and looks back and his last words in the game were "Hey, cool. I wonder what's on HBO."
In addition to being able to walk, run, and jump through levels, Gex can attach himself to walls and crawl along them using the suction pads on his feet. This technique is sometimes necessary to progress, but can also be used to bypass enemies and hazards.
The objective in almost every level in Gex is to explore and find television remotes hidden throughout the levels.
Certain levels require players to find two remotes to access the next world. There are also hidden portals to bonus levels, and completing a bonus level perfectly gives players a piece of the Planet X remote. Though there is a bonus level in each regular level, players need only beat one in each world to reach Planet X, an optional secret world.
On the 3DO original, players must save progress on the system's internal memory. Other versions use a password system instead. To receive a password or gain access to the 3DO's internal memory, the player must find a VHS tape, hidden in the level. The tapes are usually hidden every other level in each world.
Gex received mixed to mostly positive reviews. Aggregating review website GameRankings gave the 3DO version 79.58%, the PC version 71.00%, the Sega Saturn version 69.35% and the PlayStation version 63.33%.
- Frequently Asked Questions, rec.games.video.
- "It all started SO simply; I had just finished my usual morning routine of Nude Funkercise, fired up the Barkalounger, grabbed a quick bite to eat and prepared to watch some serious tube. Little did I know, my snack was sent... by Rez!" - Gex in the intro.
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- "Gex (PlayStation) reviews at". GameRankings. 2011-10-24. Retrieved 2011-10-24.
- "Ultimate Review Archive." Game Informer. Issue 100. August, 2001. Page 57. Original review published March 1998.
- Electronic Gaming Monthly's Buyer's Guide. 1996.