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Gex 3D: Enter the Gecko

MobyRank MobyScore
Windows
79
3.1
Nintendo 64
70
3.5
PS Vita
...
4.0
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Description

Gex 3D: Enter the Gecko is a 3D platform game where the player controls a gecko who has to navigate several levels, all of which are parodies on well-known TV shows and movies, such as Looney Tunes, Gilligan's Island, or Friday the 13th.

Rez, the evil overlord of the television is back into the Media Dimension, and the government asks the TV addict gecko, Gex, to defeat him once again. He gets a lot of money and an agent suit for that. The game generally resolves around a James Bondish spy theme, but the story is not referenced later in the game.

Gex has to enter levels through TVs to collect three types of remote controls in order to unlock more of the Media Dimension, boss levels and secret TVs. Gex can tailwhip or karate-kick his enemies, climb certain walls and ceilings, eat bugs for power-ups, and spout one-liner wisecrack jokes. The gameplay is non-linear, the player can choose from multiple routes and goals on each level, and are replayable anytime after accomplished.

Screenshots

Gex 3D: Enter the Gecko Windows A bonus level with fixed camera view
Gex 3D: Enter the Gecko Windows Looking around in the Media Dimension
Gex 3D: Enter the Gecko Nintendo 64 All levels are accessed from this area.
Gex 3D: Enter the Gecko Windows Entering a level

Alternate Titles

  • "Spin Tail" -- Japanese PS1 title
  • "Gex: Enter the Gecko" -- PlayStation title
  • "Gex 64: Enter The Gecko" -- Nintendo 64 title
  • "Gex 3D: Return of the Gecko" -- European PlayStation title
  • "Gex 2" -- PlayStation Sampler Disc Volume 7 title
  • "スピンテール" -- Japanese spelling of Spin Tail

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User Reviews

It's TAIL TIMEEE! Windows Wertzui (176)

The Press Says

PC Games (Germany) Windows Jun 03, 1998 89 out of 100 89
Gamezilla PlayStation 1998 84 out of 100 84
NowGamer PlayStation Apr 01, 1998 8.1 out of 10 81
GameGenie Nintendo 64 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Windows Jun 15, 1998 75 out of 100 75
Game Revolution Nintendo 64 Sep 01, 1998 B 75
Nintendo Power Magazine Nintendo 64 Sep, 1998 7.5 out of 10 75
Gaming Age Nintendo 64 Sep, 2004 70 out of 100 70
GameSpot PlayStation Mar 12, 1998 6 out of 10 60
IGN Nintendo 64 Sep 10, 1998 5.7 out of 10 57

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Trivia

Japanese release

In Japan the game was released only on Playstation by Bandai, as Spin Tail. Gex was renamed to Reno and the setting was changed unrelated to the first game. It also featured a very different, peculiar box-art compared to the western releases. Unlike the previous title, this got a full Japanese voiceover by anime voice actor Mitsuo Senda. This is the last game in the Gex series that got released in Japan.

References

As can be expected from a game with this premise, it contains numerous parodies on movies and series like Friday the 13th, Star Wars, Flinstones, James Bond, Mission Impossible and No Weddings and a Funeral.

Voice actor change

In the North American releases Gex is voiced by HBO comedian Dana Gould, while the European releases feature the voice of British comedian Leslie Phillips.

Awards

  • PC Player (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1999 - Best Platforming Game in 1998

Contributed to by GTramp (35193), Kartanym (10775), Erwin Bergervoet (302) and Grant McLellan (545)