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The interstellar pilot and Casanova-wannabe Rex Nebular is hired by Colonel Stone for a hefty sum to travel to a distant planet and retrieve a vase that supposedly holds great sentimental value to him. On the way Rex's ship is attacked, and he crash-lands on a mysterious planet. Further inspection reveals that this planet is inhabited solely by women; in a terrible war between sexes, the female population annihilated the male one with biological weapons, and is now artificially procreating with a device called the Gender Bender. Rex is soon captured by the planet's cruel elite forces, and must find a way to escape while preserving his virility.

Rex Nebular and the Cosmic Gender Bender is a puzzle-solving adventure game with light erotic and comedy elements, somewhat influenced by Leisure Suit Larry and Space Quest series. The interface resembles the one used in most LucasArts games of the time period: the player chooses verbs from a menu at the bottom on the screen, interacting with objects on screen. Most of the puzzles are inventory-based. Three difficulty levels are available.


Rex Nebular and the Cosmic Gender Bender DOS Uh-oh...what did you get yourself into Rex?
Rex Nebular and the Cosmic Gender Bender DOS Rex and Stone, taken from the intro.
Rex Nebular and the Cosmic Gender Bender DOS Puzzle solving involves the merging of items, resulting in a total new item. Rex Nebular always has a sense of humor in these creative designs...
Rex Nebular and the Cosmic Gender Bender DOS Ways to die #003 - Swimming to close to a proximity mine. Interesting visual affects here...what's left of it anyway.

Promo Images

Rex Nebular and the Cosmic Gender Bender Screenshot
Rex Nebular and the Cosmic Gender Bender Magazine Advertisement
Rex Nebular and the Cosmic Gender Bender Screenshot
Rex Nebular and the Cosmic Gender Bender Screenshot


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User Reviews

MicroProse's answer to Space Quest Katakis | カタキス (42880) unrated
The best game you never played. Toka (16) unrated
Rex Nebular kicks Roger Wilco's ass anytime, anywhere. Zovni (10627) unrated
Not for swinging, hip, gender-benders, but not bad jossiejojo (41) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars

Critic Reviews

Just Adventure Feb 19, 2002 A- 91
Play Time Dec, 1992 85 out of 100 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Nov, 1992 9 out of 12 75
Jeuxvideo.com Mar 11, 2010 15 out of 20 75
Gambler Jan, 1994 70 out of 100 70
Adventurearchiv Aug 31, 2002 69 out of 100 69
PC Games (Germany) Nov, 1992 67 out of 100 67
Adventure Classic Gaming Mar 15, 2009 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Techtite 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Power Play Dec, 1992 54 out of 100 54


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Audio Logs

In addition to the already humorous manual the game originally came with Rex's "voice-activated auto-transcribing audio log" (actually a transcript of said log). This 20-plus page fiction gave a deeper insight into Rex, and described the events that led him to Terra Androgena in much more detail that in the opening sequence.

Written by Steve Meretzky, the log was also pretty funny to read, with highlights like reading an entry were he goes on and on about how exited he is about his new log and how he's gonna make an entry every single day, only to read that his next entry is a year later and reads "what the hell is this piece of junk?


The game is rather bugs-free, however there is a nasty one by the end of the game. Spoiler alert - when you make bombs make sure that you DO NOT make chicken bomb until the city is flooded. The game seems to check if you have "chicken" item in your inventory before you place the first bomb (timebomb) and "chicken bomb" will not count as such and the game will not let you continue.

If you had 4 megabyte (or more) memory in your PC, items in your inventory would spin instead of standing still.


There appears to be four (4) possible endings to Rex Nebular:
  • The "A Quick Death" ending
  • The "Honorable Death" ending
  • The "Victory!" ending, and
  • The "Decompression" ending

    The First of Many!

    Rex Nebular was the first game that Sid Meier protege Brian Reynolds worked on with MicroProse.

    MADS engine

    Rex Nebular was prominently advertized as the first game to use the MADS engine (MicroProse Adventure Development System......SCUMM anyone?) used in other games like Dragonsphere.

    Information also contributed by Garcia, Nakre Nakresson, Indra was here, and PCGamer77

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