DescriptionTwins 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.
- "Star Twins" -- Japanese title
- "スターツインズ" -- Japanese spelling
|A really patchy Action Adventure offering from Rare.||AkibaTechno (248)|
|A beautifully constructed frustrating waste of time||Todd DeBonis (3)|
|64 Power / big.N / N Games||Oct, 1999||91 out of 100||91|
|TotalVideoGames (TVG)||Nov 14, 1999||9 out of 10||90|
|Video Games||Oct, 1999||88 out of 100||88|
|Jeuxvideo.com||Nov 19, 1999||17 out of 20||85|
|IGN||Oct 08, 1999||8.1 out of 10||81|
|Game Revolution||Nov, 1999||B||75|
|GameCola.net||Oct 01, 2003||7 out of 10||70|
|Game Critics||Oct 28, 1999||7 out of 10||70|
|Gaming Age||Sep 19, 2004||B-||67|
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1001 Video GamesJet Force Gemini appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
CharactersIn 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.
PlanetsThree 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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- Wikipedia: Jet Force Gemini (Information about Jet Force Gemini at Wikipedia)