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Gex
Publisher: Crystal Dynamics (US/EU), BMG Victor/Crystal Dynamics (JP)
Developer:
System(s): Sega Saturn
Sound driver: SCSP (1 track)
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
JP
¥5,800 T-15904G
Sega Saturn
US
$59.99[1] T-15904H
Sega Saturn
UK
£39.99[2] T-15904H-50
Sega Saturn
FR
?F T-15904H-50
Sega Saturn
DE
DM ? T-15904H-50
Sega Saturn
ES
?Ptas T-15904H-50
Sega Saturn
BR
R$? ?



Gex (ゲックス) is a 2D platformer initially released for the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer in 1994 but brought to other consoles including the Sega Saturn in 1995 after the 3DO's demise. It follows the adventures of Gex the gecko, who is transported into the world of television by the evil Rez.

Gameplay

Gex is a 2D platform game where the objective is to collect remotes, beat levels, and eventually confront the villainous Rez, who has trapped Gex in the world of television.

Gex was notable for being voiced by comedian Dana Gould, often sprouting one liners and making jokes about what was going on in the game (although, save for the introduction, the character is a mute in the Japanese version).

History

Legacy

The success of Gex lead to two 3D sequels, Gex: Enter the Gecko and Gex: Deep Cover Gecko, both of which skipped the Saturn. Plans for a third sequel were put in place for the PlayStation 2 but were ultimately scrapped.

Versions

Gex was built with the 3DO in mind, and was converted to the Saturn and PlayStation with minimal changes.

The most significant change lies in the saving system - on the 3DO, progress in Gex can be saved to the system's internal memory, and despite the Saturn and PlayStation (and PC) versions being more flexible in save game storage, this feature was omitted from these versions for unknown reasons, being replaced with a password system instead. Passwords in Gex are seen by collecting VHS cassettes in certain stages, with cassettes being awarded automatically for defeating a boss - this is the same system used on the 3DO to allow the user to save, though here details on points and lives are lost in the process.

The Saturn port of Gex lacks the semi-transparent sprites seen in other versions of the game, instead opting for the checkerboard "mesh" style that was commonly seen in Saturn games at the time. However, sound effects are clearer on the Sega Saturn than the PlayStation.

Magazine articles

Main article: Gex/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Print advertisements

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VideoGames (US) #81: "October 1995" (1995-09-19)
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VideoGames (US) #82: "November 1995" (1995-10-24)
also published in:
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #77: "December 1995" (1995-xx-xx)[4]
  • GamePro (US) The Cutting Edge: "Spring 1996" (1996-xx-xx)[5]
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Sega Saturn Magazine (UK) #6: "April 1996" (1996-03-23)
also published in:
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Play Mag (FR) #2: "Avril 1996" (1996-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • CD Consoles (FR) #19: "Juillet/Août 1996" (1996-xx-xx)[8]
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Hyper (AU) #31: "May 1996" (1996-xx-xx)
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Television advertisements

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
91 №51, p140/141
68 №381, p31
64
40 №5, p151
51 №43, p86/87[9]
57 №44, p91[2]
62 №80, p57
62 №6, p84/85[10]
53 №1996-06, p232[11]
72 №, p12Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf[12]
84 №80, p10
Sega Saturn
64
Based on
11 reviews

Saturn, US
Gex Saturn US Box Back.jpgGex Saturn US Box Front.jpg
Cover
GexSaturnUSDisc.jpg
Disc
Gex sat us manual.pdf
Manual
Saturn, EU
Gex Saturn EU Box.jpg
Cover
Gex Saturn EU Disc.jpg
Disc
Saturn, JP
Gex Saturn JP Box Back.jpgGex Saturn JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
Gex Saturn JP Disc.jpg
Disc
Saturn, BR

References