In a move that seemed almost impossible, Gex the Gecko is being brought back by Limited Run Games. Gex Trilogy will be coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Steam, and Xbox. The company’s Carbon Engine will refresh the games and make them playable on modern platforms. There is no announced release date for the collection yet.
Gex the Gecko debuted in the 90s for the PlayStation and Sega Saturn and would later make his way to the Nintendo 64, Game Boy Color, 3D0, and PC. The three games in the trilogy are the only three he ever got. Gex, Gex: Enter the Gecko, and Gex 3: Deep Cover Gecko are all decently received games with a bit of a divisive view. Some people pronounce their love for the gecko today, while others say he is better left in the past.
Gex was developed by Crystal Dynamics, best known for its Tomb Raider games and The Avengers most recently. While the company was acquired by Embracer Group, Square Enix seems to have put the effort into bringing back the Gex Trilogy alongside Limited Run Games.
These games are definitely a product of the 90s. Gex references the culture of that time, so there are aspects of these games we imagine will not land for many new players. However, they are not terrible platformers, so people should enjoy the gameplay. He imbues that 90s sarcastic flair, making him a meme while also gaining a pop culture gathering.
Growing up with a Nintendo 64, we enjoyed renting Gex: Enter the Gecko from Blockbuster back in the day. You couldn’t exactly make us remember any part of the game, but we do know we enjoyed it. It will be interesting to see how well the games have aged. That said, we are happy to see a platformer from our childhood make its way back. Our one hold-up is, with this coming from Limited Run Games, we are worried this will be a physical release only, and might never get a digital version.