The N64 version of the game, however, has Gex traversing through an alternate, grounded version of the level as a gladiator/spartan. Like the PS1 version, he can still turn into HercuGex.
The Mythology Network is one of the stages with most contrast between platforms. While the PlayStation setting is comprised by Greek structures featuring what appear to be waterfalls emanating from them and hedged by pillars and golden gates, all of this above cloud level (references to buildings like the Parthenon and also to the mythical Mount Olympus), the Nintendo 64 setting is a volcanic cavern surrounded by lava (perhaps a reference to the Minoan eruption in the island of Santorini, speculated by some to have influenced the legend of Atlantis). None of the missions are shared between versions. These differences extend to the gameplay elements, with breakable pillars going from having an ethereal glow emanating from its cracks to lava and the shield of the Skeleton Warrior enemies goes from being more intrinsic to a plain golden. The game actually acknowledges this in the level titles, the PSX version being called Unsolved Mythstories (a reference to the long-running Unsolved Mysteries series) and the N64 version Et Tu Gecko? (a reference to the murder of Roman emperor Julius Caesar), as is they were different programs within the same channel. Gex's outfit is also completely different, he wears the tunic of the god Hermes in the first but a Spartan armor in the second.
The Golden Apples that Gex is tasked with collecting (actually eating) in the second mission of the PSX version are a reference to the myth of the Golden Apple of Discord. In this legend, the chaotic goddess known as Eris tossed the fruit with a dedication that was simply labeled "To the fairest" amidst a divine feast taking place to celebrate the wedding of the hero Peleus and the nymph Thetis, in vengeance for not being invited. Several of the other goddesses present (namely Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite) considered their own selves to be "the fairest" and became embroiled in a superfluous competition that eventually ignited the Trojan War. Another myth that the Golden Apples appeared in was that of Atalanta. In this legend, the female hunter was initially uninterested in marriage, but eventually agreed to marry anyone who beat her in a footrace, and she outran many of her potential suitors. That luck changed when one day, Hippomenes went to challenge her. He sought help from Aphrodite, who gave him three golden apples, which were used to lure Atalanta off track, win the race, and become her husband. Being tasked with breaking the arms off several statues in the previous mission is likely a reference to the Venus de Milo, one of the most famous Greek sculptures to survive into modern times, which is widely known for this trait. Although other elements are distinctly Greek in origin, the final PSX mission appears to be a reference to the Irish legend of a pot of gold lying at the end of a rainbow. In this version, the Greek alphabet is referenced in the golden gates, which feature the letters "A" for alpha and "Ω" for omega (the dichotomy of these two letters is otherwise used as symbolic of beginning/end in Christianity).
Despite placing emphasis on mythology in its name, none of the versions actually feature deities like Tut TV does with Anubis. Instead, the closest thing to them is the recurrent use of glowing pedestals to turn Gex into a powerful demigod form named HercuGex (that references Hercules) for a limited time. However, most of the enemies are reinterpretations of mythological creatures, including the harpy, ogre and cyclops. The Skeleton Warriors are based on a similar enemy that appeared in the 1963 film Jason and the Argonauts. References to pop culture take place in the gag panels of the N64 version, referencing The Road to Ruin and James Bond's A View to a Kill (used in a pun about Greek hero Achilles). On the other hand, while the Helmet Dwarf's most obvious inspiration is the warriors of Greece, in particular Sparta, there is some (perhaps unintentional) resemblance to Looney Tunes character Marvin the Martian (himself based on the Roman god Mars, which was in turn based on the Greek deity Ares) due to its bodytype and outfit.
- Unsolved Mythstories (PS1)
- Break the Arms off Five Statues
- Collect Three Golden Apples
- Find the TV at the End of the Rainbow
- Et Tu Gecko? (N64)
- Break 5 Urns
- Survive the Ogre's Cave
- Lick You Way to the Top
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