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Jet Force Gemini (Nintendo 64)

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Description

Twins Juno and Vela, and their dog Lupus, are Jet Force Gemini, intergalactic police. Their mission? Stop the evil space bug, Mizar, from his goal of galactic conquest with his seemingly-infinite army of Drones. They'll have to stop along multiple planets along the way, and assisting King Jeff and rescuing his subjects, the Tribals.

Jet Force Gemini is a third-person shooter which revels in making gigantic creepy bugs explode into dribbly mucousy bits. The Jet Force team are given progressively more powerful weapons, from the Machine Gun, which rips through both enemies and ammo, the Plasma Shotgun, which you can charge up for some explosive fireworks, and the Tri-Rocket Launcher, which fires three rockets with every shot, sending explosive doom in the direction of your target. There's also the Fish Food, which, as the name implies, is used to feed fish.

Each member of the team has their own special abilities - Juno can walk through lava without any trouble, Vela can swim underwater, and Lupus can hover for short distances and travel through tight spaces. These abilities are required to fully access areas that they previously couldn't reach. The team also get the help of Floyd the Droid, a hovering robot that can be controlled by player two as a floating gun with infinite ammo when he joins your team.

The game also includes three different multiplayer modes: Battle - featuring most options of an average First Person Shooter but with a third-person perspective, Target Shoot - a shooting gallery with a first-person view, and Racing, which includes some kart-like racing as well as old-school top down racing games.

Screenshots

Jet Force Gemini Nintendo 64 Lupus the cyborg dog shows off his levitation skillz.
Jet Force Gemini Nintendo 64 In water. Not lake, can't swim.
Jet Force Gemini Nintendo 64 In tribal house
Jet Force Gemini Nintendo 64 Invasion force

Alternate Titles

  • "Star Twins" -- Japanese title
  • "スターツインズ" -- Japanese spelling

User Reviews

A really patchy Action Adventure offering from Rare. AkibaTechno (228) 2.17 Stars2.17 Stars2.17 Stars2.17 Stars2.17 Stars
A beautifully constructed frustrating waste of time Todd DeBonis (3) 1.4 Stars1.4 Stars1.4 Stars1.4 Stars1.4 Stars

The Press Says

Nintendojo May 26, 2003 9.8 out of 10 98
HappyPuppy Nov 11, 1999 9 out of 10 90
TotalVideoGames (TVG) Nov 14, 1999 9 out of 10 90
Total! (Germany) Oct, 1999 1.75 out of 6 85
IGN Oct 08, 1999 8.1 out of 10 81
Power Unlimited Dec, 1999 8 out of 10 80
Nintendo Life Aug 24, 2013 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
Gaming Age Sep 19, 2004 B- 67
Spel för Alla Jan, 2000 6 out of 10 60
Cincinnati Enquirer 2000 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 38

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Jet Force Gemini appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Characters

In keeping with the 'space' theme, most of the main characters are named after constellations. Examples of these are Juno, Vela, Lupus, and Mizar. This is also why the team are called Jet Force 'Gemini' (Juno and Vela are twins). One exception to this is Floyd the Droid, who went through several attempts to get a star-themed name (Pyxis was one example), but continued to get knocked back due to copyright issues. So in the end they gave up and called him 'Floyd', because it rhymed with 'Droid'.

Some of the names have a mythological influence. The cargo ship Anubis is named after the jackal-headed Egyptian God of Mummification and the Afterlife, while the battleship Sekhmet was named for the lioness-headed Goddess of War. Also, although Juno was named after 3 Juno, the third asteroid to be discovered by the human race, his name is also the Roman name of Hera, the queen of the Greek Pantheon, and wife of Zeus.

Planets

Three of the planet names are actually anagrams of other words. Tawfret is "Wet Fart", Eschebone becomes "Obscene, eh?" and Rith Essa...well, you can work that one out for yourself.

Information also contributed by Mark Ennis

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anon anon (11) added Jet Force Gemini (Nintendo 64) on Apr 13, 2001