Inside PlayStation Network – Gex

The digital delights of Sony’s scrumptious PlayStation Network service know no bounds. Aside from letting punters compete in online gaming, stream films, browse the Internet and more, its premier attraction rests in the copious supply of downloadable games ripe for the picking. From PSN exclusives to PSOne Classics, minis and plain old add-on content, Sony’s online space is chock full of goodies battling it out for your hard-earned digital dollars.

Welcome back to another installment of Inside PlayStation Network, where every Monday – Friday we’ll pluck a PSN release—be it new or old—and put it in the spotlight for a thorough dissection. Fancy getting a new PSN game but don’t know what one to plump for? Perhaps this feature will help. Didn’t realize that a game was available in your region until now? We’ve got you covered. Or, perhaps you were musing over what those lucky Japanese folk were tucking into over in the Land of the Rising Sun? You can be sure our coverage will extend to those rare regional exclusives as much as those firmly embedded on the public consciousness.

Our latest entry shines the spotlight on the mid-90s platform romp, Gex.


Developer: Crystal Dynamics
Region(s) available: North America
Players: 1

Originally released on the 3DO way back in 1994, cool-as-a-cucumber lizard Gex eventually made the transition to PlayStation and Saturn during the earlier years of their market life.  Spawning two sequels on Sony’s grey box of tricks, the franchise became a popular attraction among platform purists, with the series raking in over 15 million sales worldwide. Aside from being cracking fun to play, Gex also garnered much acclaim for its distinct humor and heavy references to modern U.S. pop culture – fitting, as Gex himself is a TV addict and all-around couch potato.

Gex functions like your bread-and-butter 16-bit platformer, with the game playing virtually identical to its 3DO counterpart. The game packs five areas to explore (24 levels in all), each one featuring its own unique theme such as horror and sci-fi. Primarily, your task is to obtain televisions remotes that are scattered throughout each level, though these items are hidden so you’ll have ample opportunity to explore your surroundings.

Have Gex bag enough remotes and you’ll open up new areas to explore, with the wise-cracking Gecko eventually having to face off against the obligatory end-of-level boss creature. The action is punctuated with witty one-liners, courtesy of the voice-over effects of funny man and HBO legend, Dana Gould, lending the game some of its most memorable moments.

Outside of all this, players can also unearth hidden portals that lead to special bonus stages.  Furthermore, and keeping in with the whole TV-themed antics, Gex boasts a distinct password system, requiring our hero to acquire a VHS tape in order to unlock a special code allowing you save your progress. If Gex tickles your fancy, then you may be pleased to hear that the third game is also available for download on PSN.

Tune in again same time tomorrow as we take another leisurely stroll Inside PlayStation Network.