Original Manual By: Crystal Dynamics
Manual Rewritten By: Visage (firstname.lastname@example.org) on March 4th, 1998
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[ Front Cover ]--------------------------------------------------------------
Picture of Gex dressed in a spy outfit, firing a beam from a remote control
[ Inside Cover ]-------------------------------------------------------------
WARNING: READ BEFORE USING YOUR PLAYSTATION(tm) GAME CONSOLE.
A very small percentage of individuals may experience epileptic seizures when
exposed to certain light patterns or flashing lights. Exposure to certain
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of prior seizures of epilepsy. If you, or anyone in your family, has an
epileptic condition, consult your physician prior to playing. If you
experience any of the following symptoms while playing a video game -
dizziness, altered vision, eye or muscle twitches, loss of awareness,
disorientation, any involuntary movement, or convulsions - IMMEDIATELY
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Do not connect your PlayStation(tm) game console to a projection TV without
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HANDLING YOUR PLAYSTATION(tm) DISC
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- Be sure to take an occasional rest break during extended play.
- Keep this compact disc clean. Always hold the disc by the edges and keep
it in its protective case when not in use. Clean the disc with a lint-free
soft, dry cloth, wiping in straight lines from center to outer edge. Never
use solvents or abrasive cleaners.
Setting Up ........................ 2 Screen Icons ..................... 13
Controls .......................... 3 Power-Ups ........................ 14
Camera Control .................... 4 Collectibles ..................... 15
Mission Briefing .................. 5 TV Remotes & Extra Rounds ........ 16
Start Game ........................ 8 Pause Screens .................... 17
Jeopardy! ........................ 10 Official Strategy Guide .......... 18
TV Rejects ....................... 11 Responsible Parties .............. 19
This Gecko Moves ................. 12
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PLAYSTATION GAME CONSOLE
1. Set up your PlayStation(tm) game console according to the instructions in
the Instruction Manual.
2. Make sure the power is off before inserting or removing the CD.
3. Insert the GEX: ENTER THE GECKO CD and close the disc cover.
4. Insert game controllers and turn on the PlayStation(tm) game console.
5. Follow on-screen instructions to start a game.
You can save games at their current level of progress onto memory cards, and
resume play on previously saved games. Insert one or two memory cards (sold
seperately) into the PlayStation game console before starting play.
Important: Do not remove a memory card while saving or loading games; doing
so could damage the game data.
L1: Rotate camera to the left R1: Rotate camera to the right
L2: Duck* R2: Duck*
Control Pad: Run in any direction**
Select button: Not used in game Start button: Pause
Triangle button: Camera zoom / hold & use directional buttons to look around.
Square button: Tailwhip / hold for Wall o' Flame or Ice Cube Maker after
eating corresponding fly.
Circle button: Eat bug
X button: Jump / double-tap & hold for tailbounce
* Run + hold L2 and R2 + X = Karate Kick / Long Jump
** For the Sony Dual Analog Controller, the left thumb pad can be used in
place of the Directional buttons when the red or green light is on.
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GEX: ENTER THE GECKO has three different camera settings. An icon in the
bottom right corner of the screen shows the camera setting in use. You can
change cameras at any time by pressing Start to pause the game and pressing
the Directional buttons LEFT/RIGHT. During play, tap Triangle to move in or
out through three zoom settings. Press and hold Triangle and use the
Directional buttons to look in all directions.
Semi-Auto Cam (default): This camera automatically moves behind GEX when he
stops moving. In general, it's the best camera for beginners. To override,
press L1 or R1 to rotate the camera left or right.
Auto Cam: This camera follows behind GEX, always pointing in the direction
that GEX is looking. It is most effective in open spaces. You cannot
manually override Auto-Cam (i.e., L1 and R1 are not activated).
Manual Cam: This setting gives you complete camera control. By pressing L1
or R1, you can swing the camera's view in a full 360 degree rotation,
positioning it wherever you want. Manual Cam is the favorite of experienced
players who want minimum computer assistance. Try using it when lining up
Note: Sometimes the game defaults to a fixed camera for a short period of
time to assist you through difficult areas.
It was such an easy life. Uneventful and fulfilling. A far cry from the
Paparazzi frenzy of a few years ago. Thinking back to those days brought a
dull ache to GEX's forehead. Remembering the horrible press conference with
the President, the mobs of groupies, the TV interviews as well as those
compromising photos in the International Inquirer only made the pain worse.
Since GEX's retirement from the public eye in 1996, television held the only
enjoyment in this young gecko's existence. GEX resigned himself to a life of
solitude, tucked away in the Maui hillside with his life partner, a big-
screen TV. And what a partnership they had. GEX was never bothered for an
autograph, never needed to cuddle, and could shut his new friend up with a
push of a remote control. His TV was GEX's true soul mate.
For two years, GEX started his day sharing a cup of coffee with Kung-Fu
Theater, a donut with his favorite cartoons, and a bag of chips with His
Majesty's Secret Service. Days, then weeks, blurred into one long television
marathon. Never leaving the house without first checking with Dionne
Warwick's psychic friends, GEX found himself on the verge of insanity.
These two goons appear at his side, flash badges, and tell GEX that they
work for a secret government agency. They need his assistance regarding an
old aquiantance. GEX tells them that The Inquirer had it all wrong, that he
only met Farrah that one night, and wishes she would stop bothering him.
They tell him it's not about her, it's about Rez.
Ahh, Rez. The old tin can has returned and he's after the world's TV
channels. Again. They want GEX to go back in and fix that. GEX tells them
to find some other fool. He's saved the universe once already. Call in some
other sucker, he's missing Colt Seavers returns and he just loves Colt's
gullible sidekick. But the skinny agent grabs him by the shoulders and then
asks really nicely if GEX will help them out. GEX still says no.
The men tell him they understand, then smash him over the head with a blunt
object. When GEX regains consciousness, he finds himself in an interrogation
style room, sitting on a chair under a single harsh light. He asks them how
long he's been out. They tell him ever since the crowbar impacted the side
of his skull.
The fat agent asks him what he knows about Rez. GEX tells them everything he
knows, and once again, the men insist he help them. Suddenly the skinny guy
reaches under a table and opens up a briefcase full of cold, hard cash. GEX
takes one look at the pile and replies, "Now WHAT was it you wanted me to
As GEX thumbs through the bills, the agents start taking his measurements.
The goons throw in a secret agent suit - GEX knows how the ladies love a
gecko in uniform. The fat agent starts to talk...
GEX's mission is to save television and make Rez "disappear." Plain and
simple. The agents give GEX a map and instructions to hide the body between
Jimmy Hoffa's and Spuds Mackenzie's.
GEX replays the mission in his head as he leaves the building to get into his
waiting limo. As he nears the car, a beautiful female agent walks up to him,
introduces herself as Special Agent EXTRA and wishes him good luck in his
mission to rescue television. She really loves television, she says with a
giggle. As GEX steps into the limo, he smiles and says to himself, "All
right, Rez, it's tail time."
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1. The Main Menu appears at the start of a game.
2. Use the Directional buttons to highlight a selection, and press X to
3. To return to the Main Menu during a game, press Start from the map screen,
highlight QUIT and press X and then highlight OKAY and press X.
MAIN MENU OPTIONS
Start: Start a new game from the Media Dimension Map.
Load: View options for loading and deleting games from the memory card. On
the screen that appears, highlight MEMORY CARD, and press X to choose
card 1 or card 2. Hightlight a saved game, and press the indicated
X: Load the saved game and resume playing it.
Square: Delete the saved game.
Triangle: Exit to the main menu.
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Start Game - Cont'd
Options: View options for adjusting CONTROLLER and SPEAKER settings. Press
the indicated button to select...
Square: Speakers: Adjust the volume of the game's SFX, MUSIC, and
VOICE. Press the Directional buttons LEFT/RIGHT to select a
speaker, UP/DOWN to increase/decrease volume. Press X to turn sound
ON/OFF; Circle to change from stereo to mono; Triangle to exit.
Circle: Controller: Remap the button controls for Jump, Tailwhip,
and Eat Bug. Press X to change the actions of the button controls;
Triangle to exit.
Password: Use passwords to begin new games at later levels, skipping levels
already completed. On the password screen, tap the controller's
action buttons to enter a password, and press X when the ACCEPT TV
is highlighted. If the password is invalid, recheck it, use the
Directional buttons to move the flashing cursor to a specific
field, and make the correction. Choose ACCEPT and press X to
re-enter the password. Press Triangle to exit to the Main Menu
when ACCEPT is highlighted.
Note: Passwords are earned by completing game levels.
1. Use the Directional buttons to move GEX to any TV on the map.
2. Jump onto the green button located in front of each TV and warp into the
level. GEX must collect enough red remotes to gain access to static-
3. Jump on floating platforms to fly to new map areas.
Level Mission Hints
1. When GEX enters a level, a list of missions appears.
2. Press the Directional buttons UP/DOWN to highlight a mission and press X.
3. A hint will be revealed on how to obtain that mission's Red Remote (see
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Go back to your distant roots when reptiles ruled the world and... yada, yada,
yada. Hey, that guy could almost buy beer with my ID.
Who's ready to turn a headless 12-year-old knife-wielding brat into
bratwurst? Hey, the little zombie has a discipline problem, OK? Meet a guy
who lost his soul and other body parts. Check out some artwork that's worth
dismembering. You gonna choose what's behind Door #1, Door #2, or Door #200?
Pay homage to all those strange Sci-Fi shows that snatched control of your TV
set. Grab a charge and hit the launchers.
There are billions and billions of ways to get the intergalactic shaft here.
GEXNIE needs air!
It's open season on rabbits but you're a lizard, right? Beware of flowers
bearing mallets. Drop into a hutch for a makeover. Those ears are just you!
Grab some take-out and then turn some guy into Kung-Fu Chicken. Pulling out
chest hair is no fair.
Look out for Copafeelbots. After you see what Rez has to offer, you'll run
to Rupert begging for shelter.
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This Gecko Moves
JUMP (Default X)
Use to reach high platforms.
TAILBOUNCE (Default X)
Tap the button twice and hold for AIR GEX.
TAILWHIP (Default Square)
Use to dismember enemies and destroy objects. Some monsters love punishment;
they will hold out for several whacks before disintegrating.
EAT BUG (Default Circle)
Use tongue to grab flies into your mouth and down the hatch.
Jump while pressing the Directional buttons toward a wall or ceiling. GEX
will stick with true gecko grit.
Note: GEX's suction-cup paws can only stick to certain surfaces.
Run, hold down L2 or R2, and when ready, press Jump to leap huge spans and
kick some hairy monster butt.
Although GEX loves reruns, replaying the same area over and over can be
frustrating. To make your TV trippin' a little easier, in some of the larger
levels GEX will come across Checkpoint TVs containing checkered flags. Run
past one of these TVs and hit it with a Tailwhip to "mark your spot" in the
level. Then if GEX loses a life, you will restart the level from that spot
instead of from the beginning.
When GEX gains or loses a life, his number of Lives Remaining appears. GEX
starts out with five lives. Run out of Lives and your show is cancelled.
Hit Paws appear when GEX gains or loses a hit point. GEX can have up to four
This number and a corresponding Collectible icon appear when you pick up that
type of Collectible, to show how many you have so far. (For info on how
Collectibles add up and what they're for, see page 15.)
Feed ME TV is on the air, and televisions are tuned in throughout the worlds.
Tailwhip any boob-tube to crack it open and release a delicious fly. Snap up
the fly with tongue action to collect power-ups or extra powers (good for a
limited time only.)*
GREEN HEALTH FLY
Add a Hit Paw. By eating Green Flies, GEX can gain up to a maximum of four
Hit Paws at one time.
BLUE ICE FLY
"Ice Cube Maker." Freeze monsters by holding down Tailwhip and running
around them. Release Tailwhip to cause the big chill. GEX is invincible for
a limited period while chillin'. Contact with fire melts the power
RED FIRE FLY
"Wall o' Flame." Fry enemies by holding down Tailwhip and running around
them. Release Tailwhip to deliver the damage. GEX is invincible for a
limited period while buzzed on this power. Contact with water douses the
effect early on.
PURPLE LIFE FLY
Gain one extra life.
*Bonus: Letting any fly circle GEX adds an extra Hit Paw.
Each GEX world has its own set of riveting TV collectibles. These are
divided into three "tiers" per world. You must collect a certain number of
items in each tier before you can advance to the next tier (and eventually
collect the silver remote).
* On tiers 1 and 2, you receive an extra life when you complete the tier.
* On tier 3, when you collect 50 items, you receive a Silver Remote. You
also gain an extra life for every additional 50 items (over the first 50)
* A Collectible icon and the number you have so far appears at the top right
of the screen when you acquire an item.
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TV Remotes & Extra Rounds
Win entry into extra rounds by collecting TV Remotes.
RED REMOTES (Open New Levels)
Red Remotes reveal new channels for GEX to explore in the Media Dimension.
Obtain Red Remotes by completing various missions in each world. Collect all
the Red Remotes and be granted a surprise secret ending.
SILVER REMOTES (Open Bonus Levels)
Two Silver Remotes are stashed in each world. One is hidden somewhere and
YOU have to find it. The other Silver Remote is yours when you acquire the
Collectibles from all three tiers in that world (see page 15). When you
collect three Silver Remotes, you gain entry to a Bonus Round.
GOLD REMOTES (Open Secret Levels)
Once in a Bonus Round, you have a set time limit to grab a random number of
items. The Bonus Time Countdown and the Collectibles Countdown appear at the
bottom of the screen. Make your quota in the allotted time and win a Gold
Remote. Defeating a boss is another way to gain a Gold Remote plus access to
new areas. Collect four Gold Remotes to gain access to a rare Secret Level.
Note: Press Select on the Media Dimension Map to see your current game stats.
Press the Directional buttons LEFT/RIGHT to scroll through each level's
1. During a game, press Start to pause.
2. On the Pause menu, press the Directional buttons UP/DOWN to highlight your
selection, and press X.
RESUME: Return to the game. (Pressing Start also unpauses the game.)
QUIT: Exit the current level and return to the Media Dimension Map by
choosing QUIT and selecting OKAY.
MEDIA DIMENSION MAP PAUSE
1. See In-level Pause above for instructions.
2. Press Select to bring up the following menu:
SAVE GAME: Preserve your current game as a new saved game.
RESUME PLAY: Resume the game you just exited, continuing on the map screen.
(Pressing Start also unpauses the game.)
SEE PASSWORD: Display the password for your current game. Copy down the
password and use it later to begin a game where you left off.
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NOW THAT YOU'VE GOT THE GAME, ARM YOURSELF WITH THE POWER OF KNOWLEDGE!
Look for GEX: ENTER THE GECKO - THE OFFICIAL STRATEGY GUIDE at your local
software or book retailer. Buy the book, send in the subscription card, and
get a free 3 month subscription to PSExtreme, the unofficial monthly
DIMENSION PUBLISHING - To order direct call: 1-650-372-9787
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Glen A. Schofield Eric Elliot
PRODUCER Jim Houska
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Charles Martin
Jonathan Miller John Miller
Evan Wells ADDITIONAL SUPPORT
LEAD PROGRAMMING Jeff Bloom
Adrian Longland Jeremy Bredow
Danny Chan Mark Miller
PROGRAMMERS Josh Rose
Meilin Wong Steve Ross
Robert Calfee Sheatiel Sarao
Evan Wells Sunspark
Richard Lemarchand LEAD AUDIO/VIDEO
Jim Stiefelmaier Steve Papoutsis
DESIGNERS SOUND PROGRAMMING
Quinlan Richards Fred Mack
Dave Robinson SOUND & MUSIC
Bruce Straley Ted Allen
Samuel Villanueya Kurt Harland
PRODUCT MARKETING MANAGER TESTERS
Chip Blundell Jeffrey Bloom
Jeremy "J-Dogg" Bredow
MARKETING Christopher "Hippie" Bruno
Scott Steinberg (V.P.) James "Double O.G." Cabot
Brian Silva Rolef "Lee Majors" Conlan
Jim Curry Casey "Where is he?" Craig
Steve Groll Rick Cummings
David "Orion" Dao
INTRO & OUTRO Damien "Aussie" Lacey
Keyframe Digital Productions Doug "El Guapo" Leslie
Todd "Pro Tip" Malone
ORIGINAL GEX CHARACTER Daniel "2 Cents" Miley
Lyle Hall Christopher "X-Ton" Pappalardo
Matt "CMP" Prescott
VOICE OF GEX Alex Simonian
Dana Gould Tony "The Tiger" Townsend
Matt "Muttnew" Young
VOICE OF GEX (U.K.)
Leslie Phillips MANUAL
Hanshaw Ink & Image
VOICE OF REZ
Bruce Robertson SPECIAL THANKS
BACKSTORY & SCRIPT Chuck Eyler
Rob Cohen Will Faust
Ken Daly Troy Gillette
Dana Gould Laura Grieve
Scott Steinberg Tate Mosesian
TEST MANAGER Mike Slisko
Alex "UnaPooper" Ness
Billy "Cooter" Mitchell
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