In 2001 Gex had just been the star of three video games with various ports appearing on multiple consoles. Little did we know that a spinoff was in the works, but it was never announced and remained so for over 21 years.
We learned today via Tech Radar that the spinoff, called Gex Jr., has just been successfully emulated and was released to the public. This isn’t some long-lost game but a prototype that includes one short level.
While it’s not a complete game, Gex Jr. is a piece of forgotten game history.
The rundown from Hidden Palace states that this level is pretty short, but it does repeat after being cleared. There’s no hud, but there are collectibles in the shape of soda cans. Gex Jr. does have voice lines recorded, “These voice lines reference Teletubbies, Blue’s Clues, Star Wars, and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.”
Gex Jr. looks to play pretty similarly to the other two 3D Gex titles. The juvenile gecko runs, jumps, and quips, albeit with a higher-pitched voice than his daddy. When we say this level is short, we mean it is very short. The prototype is made up of one room no enemies, and it is completed once all the cans of soda are scooped up. Check out the footage below:
Sadly, Gex Sr. didn’t cement himself into long-running gaming stardom like Lara Croft. He had a few games, then *poof*. He fizzled out before Y2K happened. However, his second game, Gex: Enter the Gecko, is one of my all-time favorite PSX titles. I wish Crystal Dynamics would go back to making stuff like this. I doubt Square Enix would allow it, though.
What do you think of this unearthed prototype? Would it have interested you if the game was released in the early 2000s? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.
[Source: Hidden Palace]
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