was a platformer franchise featuring a gecko who entered TV and movie themed worlds. The first entry, the simply titled Gex
, was a 2D platformer for the 3DO, and later the Playstation 1 and Sega Saturn. The next installment switched to 3D platforming, with Gex: Enter the Gecko
. It was released for the PS1
and N64. The N64 port is noted for cutting out several levels due to space constraints and lacking cutscenes the game previously had (though to be fair, it featured one level that the PS1
version lacked). The final entry, Gex 3: Deep Cover Gecko
, was again released on the PS1
and N64 (which did not have any of the FMVs).
Despite being fairly successful and its developer continuing most of its other franchises from the era into the next (and expectations that it would
make the leap), the franchise ended with the release of the last game in 1999 and has not resurfaced.
Examples throughout the series:
Tropes appearing in specific titles:
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The original Gex
- Anticlimax: After beating Rez, you get sent back to the real world and watch Gex wonder what's on HBO and change the channel to the credits. Riveting.
- If you've cleared Planet X, you get a much longer ending, though it consists mostly of text.
- Anvil on Head: How you defeat the Flatulator, the boss of the New Toonland level.
- Auto-Scrolling Level: The "Congo Chaos" level. Stepping on a switch early in the level activates the autoscrolling. It stops at the end of the level (and you can backtrack if you want to).
- Big Boo's Haunt: The cemetary level.
- Bonus Level:
- There is a "Break the barrels" bonus level.
- Beating the bonus level of every world will net you the remote for Planet X, an entire world of bonus levels.
- Book Ends: The game begins and end with Gex lying around on the couch, surfing the tube.
- Collection Sidequest: Fly coins.
- Cute Ghost Girl: Spit N' Puke, the boss of the cemetary level...until you start damaging her.
- Everything's Deader with Zombies: In the cemetary level, you can fight zombie geckos.
- Fartillery: How the Flatulator propels himself.
- Fireballs: Gex can spit them out after getting a fire Power-Up.
- Password Save
- Place Worse Than Death: In the horror movie-themed levels, Gex will compare his surroundings to Detroit.
- Power-Up: The game includes:
- Rebel Relaxation: Gex on the cover.
- What Could Have Been: The first game was originally going to be about a Hollywood stunt-gecko who must save his studio from financial trouble.
- Then, after they decided on the current premise, each world was going to have three parts. For example, the first part of the Horror world would be the cemetery, the second part a haunted mansion, and the third part would be Mode 2 (a la Rail Chase). You can read more about it here.
- An earlier premise of the game is Gex is living in a gecko village island when a portal opens above them. Swarm of flying demons with pitchforks abducted them all. Gex is left behind, and he must rescue them.
Gex: Enter The Gecko
Gex 3: Deep Cover Gecko