Generator Rex is a popular animated series on Cartoon Network about a teenage boy who lives in the future. In this time, microscopic machines called Nanites affect every living being on the planet. These Nanites have the power to turn creatures into monsters, but one teenage boy named Rex can control these Nanites and turn parts of his body into a living weapon. Now you can help Rex save the world from evil in this 3-D hack and slash platform brawler for all the major game consoles (360 version reviewed here).
This game is a 3-D adventure with a heavy emphasis on combat and combo attacks. At any time you can switch from one of Rex’s main weapons to bash bad guys. Giant fists are slow, but pack a punch and can knock down walls. Rex’s giant sword is quicker but weaker, and can cut down vines. He also has a bazooka for shooting long distance enemies, and giant shoes for jumping high and stomping baddies. Change weapons at any time with the D-pad.
Defeated enemies drop special Nanites that do different things depending on their color. Some refill your health, while other can replenish a special meter. You can use this meter to charge up your weapons for a temporary boost of power. Other Nanite pickups let you buy upgrades for your attacks and stamina.
Gameplay is pretty simple, just tromp through 3-D levels, bashing enemies and maybe solve a basic puzzle or two. Hidden objects and secrets scatter the stages, too. While the game doesn’t do anything revolutionary, it is somewhat entertaining in a simpler kind of way, and should definitely please fans of the cartoon.
Generator Rex: Agent of Providence is rated E-10 with an ESRB descriptor of Fantasy Violence. You do punch and slash all sorts of monsters, but they just disappear when defeated. Some of the bad guys do look pretty scary, though. Reading skill is helpful but not necessary, as spoken voice and picture cues follow most of the text instructions. Some younger players might get frustrated at the harder levels and boss battles, though. If you’re OK with your kids watching the cartoon, they’ll be OK with the game, too.