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Gex 3D: Enter the Gecko

MobyRank MobyScore
Nintendo 64
70
3.5
Windows
79
3.1
PlayStation
81
3.3
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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 Nintendo 64 All levels are accessed from this area.
Gex 3D: Enter the Gecko Windows A fight of gigantic proportions
Gex 3D: Enter the Gecko Nintendo 64 In a horror-themed level
Gex 3D: Enter the Gecko Windows At the main menu

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

Gamezilla PlayStation 1998 84 out of 100 84
PC Action Windows Jun 17, 1998 83 out of 100 83
NowGamer PlayStation Apr 01, 1998 8.1 out of 10 81
PC Jeux Windows May, 1998 80 out of 100 80
IGN PlayStation Apr 23, 1998 8 out of 10 80
Game Over Online Windows Jun 08, 1998 79 out of 100 79
Power Unlimited Windows Sep, 1998 7.8 out of 10 78
Total! (Germany) Nintendo 64 Aug, 1998 2.25 out of 6 75
Gaming Age Nintendo 64 Sep, 2004 70 out of 100 70
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 (32288), Kartanym (10777), Erwin Bergervoet (302) and Grant McLellan (545)