Gex

Though perhaps not quite on the level with Sonic and Mario, Gex is a decent platformer that compensates for the faults of the final stages with the style and imagination of the first few worlds.

Gex fighting baddies in the Cemetery world.Gex is one of those games that I would have reviewed differently had I not completed it. If I had stopped by the second or third world, my review would have been almost entirely positive. In fact, I was thinking while playing these early levels how, unlike Joe & Mac—another platformer I recently reviewed—Gex seemed to get the formula right. It had humor, imagination, good controls, and, well . . . it was just fun. Unfortunately, as I progressed toward the end of the game, Gex began to exhibit some of the downfalls of its genre.

As I said, the beginning of Gex was highly enjoyable. The game was a pleasure to view, with its detailed backgrounds and enemies. Also, though the quips from Dana Gould (the voice of Gex) can get repetitive, they do add to the character. The game would have had a much different feel if Gex had been silent throughout.

The game begins to fall apart in the later levels, when it becomes more frustrating than enjoyable. I was on the verge of shutting off my 3DO during the “On the Move” stage, which is full of conveyor belts and falls that lead to instant death. I was very disappointed at some of these later stages, as the earlier stages had shown a lot of thought and imagination, while the later stages seemed uninspired and designed more to ramp up the difficulty before the end than to actually be fun to play. Slowdown becomes an issue later in the game as well, making already tedious stages that much more irritating.

Even considering those complaints, though, I would have to say that Gex is a worthwhile game, especially in comparison to other titles in the 3DO library. Though perhaps not quite on the level with Sonic and Mario, Gex is a decent platformer that compensates for the faults of the final stages with the style and imagination of the first few worlds.

Recommended, and highly recommended if you’re a 3DO gamer looking for a platformer.

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