Gex: Enter The Gecko

a game by Crystal Dynamics, Inc., and Crave
Platforms: GameBoy Color Playstation
Genre: Action
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 4 reviews
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 2 votes
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See also: Gex Games

Nobody likes a smart-ass...unless that smart-ass is the lovable lizard known as Gex. This wise-cracker is going to make his 3-D debut on the PlayStation (well actually, it'll be his only 3-D appearance).

Gex: Enter the Gecko will be Crystal Dynamics' answer to Mario 64. Not only will the worlds of Gex be fully explorable with complete freedom of movement, but the mechanics of being a gecko will allow for twists on the 3-D platform genre. For example, Gex can climb vertically on certain walls. When you see this executed in a 3-D world, you'll come away thoroughly impressed.

Perhaps even more interesting is the creative energy put into designing the worlds of Enter the Gecko. All of the humor, sarcasm and wit that put Gex on the map of success will be fully exploited (yes, comedian Dana Gould will be doing the voices again). Each stage of the game puts plenty of emphasis on mocking one thing or another. To meet those goals, each world will feature a TV or movie theme from contemporary media.

We compiled a bunch of early screen shots, concept drawings and more for your viewing pleasure. Each world is briefly summarized, and where the information is available, we list some of the enemies and collectables that should inhabit them. To protect the innocent (and themselves), Crystal Dynamics has changed certain names for their parodies. We give plenty of hints, so try to guess what TV shows or movies some of these references (printed in BOLD) are alluding to.

Please note: This stuff is the most up-to-date info available anywhere but is subject to change! Some of the early concept information has yet to be finalized, but for the most part, what you see and read is what will end up being in the final product. Make sure to stay tuned to upcoming episodes,er, issues of fG/Wwhen we preview the game in depth.

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Game Reviews

Mario did it So did Bubsy. We expect Sonic will do it soon too. Now, Gex is joining the more-or-less elite group of side-scrolling mascot characters that entered the world of free-roaming 3-D. The smart-ass gecko, previously on the 3DO, PlayStation and Saturn, is going to make his newest appearance on the PlayStation only.

Gex is a TV-oholic. In his first adventure, he saved all of the world's TV programming from the evil Rez. Well, it seems Rez has knocked out the world's TV channels again. So Gex must go back into the Media Dimension to save television.

In the Media Dimension, you can find eight worlds, with two channels per world (for a total of 16 levels). Each world has a prominent theme attached to it. As Gex's claim to fame goes, the themes are all based on parodies of different areas of contemporary media, like cable TV and old movies. For example, one level makes fun of all the cheesy horror/slasher flicks we've seen in our lifetime. The other worlds make fun of kung-fu, science fiction. cartoons, spy films and more.

The backgrounds, enemies and icons all are representative of the theme of the day. In the circuit world (a very Tron-esc\ue look at the inside of a computer). Gex must pick up copper-top batteries. In the prehistoric world, you may run into dangerous purple dinosaurs. In the spy level, you can expect to see Crystal Dynamics' version of Jaws.

James Bond's archenemy. Besides the parody and humor. Enter the Gecko is also distinguished from its competition by his unique ability to stick to walls. So while Croc and Mario are running around 3-D worlds. Gex will be busy climbing sideways and even upside down. This leads to interesting gameplay and strategies, but unfortunately. Gex cannot do this whenever he wants. Only certain walls can be vertically scaled by the gecko.

Besides running and sticking to walls, Gex can use his tail to attack and his tongue to grab on to ledges. When he picks up certain power-ups. he'll have even more moves available. For example, Gex can eat certain fireflies that may give him a 360-degree tail attack or set him on fire to engulf his enemies.

Although Mario and Sonic are tough acts to follow, Gex has little other competition. Now that he has gone 3-D (with analog controller support), and he's keeping his trademark humor (comedian Dana Gould is returning to do the voice acting again), he might have the right stuff to launch him to star status.

  • MANUFACTURER - Crystal Dynamics
  • THEME - Action
  • NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1

Gex is back, and in glorious 3D! This leapin' lizard could crush Crash Bandicoot and blow away Blasto, so get ready to Enter the Gecko!

Story & Fun Factor

Trapped again in a television-world paradox, Gex must traverse several levels themed after TV shows and movies. Gex trashing cities as Gexzilla puts the leapin' lizard in a new light! The game is a blast to play, and the various stages sport goodies like power-ups and hidden areas. Rest assured, 2D purists-- Gex works perfectly as a 3D game. This isn't an example of a game going 3D solely for 3D's sake (unlike Contra and Bubsy 3D). "Tail time" starts this fall.

Control

The analog controller works perfectly with this game; Gex is a breeze to move around. In addition to his hop-n-bop skills, Gex can climb walls and ceilings, and can use his tail to swat enemies. The only problem we encountered with this 40 percent preview version was the confusing camera angles, which moved around too much. However, the final version will enable you customize the point of view.

Graphics & Sound

Just wait until you see Gex in motion--you won't believe your eyes! It's Nintendo 64 quality on the PlayStation! The stages feature detailed 3D environments and cool visual effects like flowing lava and hanging lanterns illuminating dark hallways. Cartoony sound effects fill the audio track, aided by themed music that varies from stage to stage. The only thing that still needs to be implemented is comedian Dana Gould's voice, which will add sonic enhancement to Gex's one-liners.

If you've played a Gex: Enter the Gecko on any system, then you know the general feel this Game Boy and Game Boy Color version of Gex: Enter the Gecko has--except it's not in 3D, of course. As you'd expect, Gex is out to prevent his archenemy Rez from taking over the world's television broadcasts. Like the other games, Gex must find his way through a variety of levels--each being a parody of popular TV shows and movies--ultimately taking down Rez.

This 8-Megabit GB cart works on any version of the Game Boy, but is specially adapted for use on the Super Game Boy and, of course, Game Boy Color (you know: color, extra memory and a faster CPU). The game features over 26 levels of gecko goodness. Crystal Dynamics insists Gex: Enter the Gecko for the Game Boy will be "one of the largest and most complex Game Boy games available." Gex has all of his standard fighting moves found in other versions including tail whips, spins and bounces, fly eating, karate kicking and wall climbing, among others. And he'll need every one of them against the more than 20 different types of enemies he'll encounter (many of those found in the PlayStation and N64 versions of the game). Of course, there is no Dana Gould voice in the little cart since that is next to impossible

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