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Gex Trilogy

The once-popular mascot from the ‘90s, Gex the Gecko, is making a comeback sometime soon. Limited Run Games, in partnership with Square Enix, broke the news a few days ago, saying that they plan to remaster Gex (1995), Gex: Enter the Gecko (1998), and Gex 3: Deep Cover Gecko (1999) into one compilation called Gex Trilogy. The new game will then launch on modern platforms, including the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC via Steam. Although Limited Run has yet to confirm an actual release date, with the reveal trailer solely hinting at a James Bond sort of game, you can always keep busy with games similar to Gex Trilogy

Back in the ‘90s, Gex games would make pop culture references and parodies. These would often tie into other games, movies, and TV shows. Gex’s ridiculously sassy nature would also steal the show. In fact, many would foresee the rise of his character to rival that of the Sonic, Mario, and Spryo gaming mascots of today. There are high chances that Gex Trilogy won’t change Gex much, perhaps modernizing him to compete with some of gaming’s popular mascots. In any case, the anxiety is at a record-high level. So, let's maybe divert our attention away from it for a while and check out the games you should play before the Gex Trilogy.

5. Spyro Reignited Trilogy

Spyro Reignited Trilogy - Spyro the Dragon Launch Trailer | PS4

Ask anyone in the gaming industry if they know the purple dragon, Spyro, and chances are they’ll light up at the mere mention of him. Just like Gex, the Sypro series kicked off way back in 1998. Except, Spyro managed to remain a steady release all the way to the launch of the next generation of consoles. 

The latest Spyro game is, coincidentally, a remaster called Spyro Reignited Trilogy. It compiles the original Spyro the Dragon (1998), Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage (1999), and Spyro: Year of the Dragon (2000) into one. So, if you’re particularly fond of the ‘90s, you can check out the Spyro trilogy for a nostalgic trip back to the old days.

Additionally, Spyro Reignited Trilogy launched to a warm audience, with reviews stacking up as high as a 9/10 on Steam. Phrases like “reinvigorated life” and “undeniably great fun” get tossed around in the reviews of the game. So, if not for your love of Spyro himself, playing the Spyro Reignited Trilogy can prove worthwhile, even if you're doing so for the first time.

4. Ty the Tasmanian Tiger

Ty The Tasmanian Tiger Tv Commercial Trailer 2002

In the same vein as Spyro, you can check out Ty the Tasmanian Tiger. The two structure themselves in quite similar ways, featuring adventure, objective completion, and conquering bosses to proceed to the next level. In Ty the Tasmanian Tiger’s case, the game is a classic Australian-themed platformer. It follows Ty on his adventures rescuing his family from the “Dreaming”. Platforming is typical of most other console games, featuring running, jumping, biting, and throwing Ty’s boomerangs to attack enemies. 

Originally released in 2002, Ty the Tasmanian Tiger was recently remastered in HD for PC platforms. The mechanics are fluid enough for a smooth playthrough. And the missions are varied, too, for a fun time. So, if you’re up for an Aussie adventure, here’s a vibrant, inoffensive option accessible to gamers of all ages.

3. Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy - PlayStation Experience 2016: The Come Back Trailer | PS4

Alternatively, consider playing the Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy. It's also a platformer that compiles three Crash Bandicoot games from back in the day. Just like the Spyro Reignited Trilogy, it received such overwhelming positive responses that anyone, even newbies, can expect to enjoy a fulfilling experience.

The gameplay is akin to spinning, jumping, and humping on repeat to traverse the environments and thwart the enemies plans. You’ll go through epic challenges that advance to the final showdown, switching between the popular marsupial, Crash, or his sister, Coco. As well as smashing boxes to collect colored gems. 

Don’t be fooled by typically easy platformers to get through. Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy is a pretty intense ride, with seemingly many lives that burn through in mere minutes. However challenging it gets, though, the overall game is fair. Plus, it offers consistent fresh variety and a unique experience for each level.

2. Super Mario Odyssey

Super Mario Odyssey - Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Trailer

From as early as 1985, the Mario franchise has consistently kept up. There are plenty of sequels and transitions into film and other media to speak of. It’s the journey Gex would have trekked had the series kept pace with the competition. At any rate, Super Mario Odyssey is a great action-adventure platformer to brush up on your skills ahead of the Gex Trilogy release. It’s the 20th entry in the Super Mario series and follows Mario, as always, on his globe-trotting adventure exploring unknown worlds.

Quite frankly, though, any of the games in the Super Mario franchise are great contenders ahead of the Gex Trilogy. The only incentive in Super Mario Odyssey is the multitude of moons you can collect—roughly a whopping 880. It’s, consequently, the most expansive adventure that packs to the brim plenty of great-level designs.

1. Sonic Adventure

Sonic Adventure - Launch Trailer

Lightning fast, Sonic the blue hedgehog also offers a neat repertoire of games to play. But perhaps the most nostalgic of them all is Sonic Adventure. It was the first to introduce 3D gameplay to the Sonic franchise. Of course, the gameplay is outdated now, having been released in 1998. Still, it provided some quality 20 hours of gaming with a charming rhythm one can hardly forget.

With the aged formula, Sonic Frontiers (2022) or Sonic Origins Plus (2023) can be an alternative option to play right now. Sonic Origins Plus is more so because it's a remaster compilation of 16 legendary Sonic the Hedgehog adventures. It’s perfect for players who’d like to feel like the wind, charging across the levels using Sonic’s ultrasonic speed. You’re also free to switch characters to Tails or Knuckles if you like.

So, what’s your take? Do you agree with the games you should play before the Gex Trilogy? Are there more games we should know about? Let us know over on our socials here.


Evans I. Karanja is a freelance writer who loves to write about anything technology. He is always on the lookout for interesting topics, and enjoys writing about video games, cryptocurrency and blockchain and more. When not writing, he can be found playing video games or watching F1.