Saturday, 26 January 2019

Rex Nebular - Meet Mr. Chainsaw

Rex Nebular's Log: Stardate - Later That Afternoon.3: I've been captured by a group of women. One of the woman keeps referring to me as scum - which is strange because usually people spend at least a few minutes with me before realising I'm scum. It seems the women want to use me as breeding stock. I'm in great peril and need to escape as soon as possible. Or maybe I should stay and have just a little bit of peril first.

When I last checked in, I'd just teleported to a facility and been met by two women, one of whom had a gun pointed at me.

The women take me on a small tour through their complex, or not so much a tour as a direct line to the prison.

My fellow prisoners.


After the ladies set up the force field to lock me In my cell, I hear a noise from the other side of the wall.

Is this guy trying to whisper through three metres of solid steel?

The voice was coming from my neighbour, a creature named Bud. His story is similar to mine – he had been investigating some strange readings before being blasted by a cloaked ship and taken from his escape pod a month ago.

Bud tells me a little about the place. It's underground, the female humans here are called 'Keepers'. The female humans above ground are referred to as 'Stock', meaning breeding stock, there was at some point something called 'The Great War' which he suspects has something to do with the lack of men.

I promise to help him get out of here and in return he promises/threatens to kill any guards between here and the teleporter. After looking at my surroundings a little, including noticing the Rex-sized air vent, the women come back.

The inverted commas around the word 'see' fill me with a lot of 'confidence' in my future survival

I'm taken to a 'hospital' and prepared for my 'examination' by Doc Slache's assistant.

The men have been gone at least long enough for this lady not to remember them.

I find out that I'm going to be used to continue their race by constantly breeding with the ladies.

By 'worse' I assume you mean only 200 times a day.

She tells me about the Great Gender War and the Gender Bender. The Gender Bender is a machine that changes a user's sex. They put one of the surface-dwelling women into the machine to continue their race when they can't capture real men such as myself. The Gender Bender's effects do wear off after some time, but the time it lasts in unpredictable. I expect this unpredicability might be the catalyst for puzzles and/or humour in my near future.

After the intern leaves I have time to take a scalpel from the nearby trolley before the Doctor arrives.


Okay. The doctor doesn't like smart alec responses. Message received.
I find this doctor creepy. To be fair, I'd find a doctor creepy if she was merely taking my blood pressure and had this expression of glee on her face.

If I put Mr. Chainsaw in the Gender Bender does it become Mrs. Chainsaw?

After a few deaths I stop using the fun answers and answer her questions sensibly. After a few questions she introduces me to Mr. Hypo and I fall asleep.

Hey – I specifically asked to be in the non-smoking section of the hospital!

I wake up back in my cell where I use my scalpel on the air vent's grate and enter it, which shows me a small map of the vent system. I can check out the other cells and talk to my cellmates or I can exit into the security room. There doesn't seem to be much to do here so having a separate screen for the vent makes me think it might just be the first of numerous vents I'll have to climb through in this game? Then again that's likely just my fear of mazes manifesting itself as the interface here is as simple as clicking on the room I want to go to.


I exit the vent into the security station. Apart from the obligatory old cup of coffee and half-eaten doughnut, the desk contains a monitor with camera views from the cells and from the village on the surface. Looking at cell 2 gives me some interesting information.

I had been informed earlier that the monster had eaten a guard, which explains why a security card is in its cell.

I open all cells, and a guard appears and points a gun at me, getting ready to shoot me. Before she can pull the trigger my new friend, Bud, comes through and violently takes care of the guard.

Ayyyyyyy!

I leave the security station and go to the monster's cell. Bud had totally ripped the monster apart (Bud's more powerful than he looks - that monster seemed strong) and I find the security card amongst the carnage.

Moving past the cells to the hospital, I take an audio tape from the smoking body of Professor Pyro.


Moving on, I find some kind of force field that I attempt to move past.



Looking at the scanner after dying gives me an important clue.

I'm much more willing to accept learning important information by dying in a comedy game than a serious game.

Not being able to go further in this direction as I'm not a woman, I try the other direction and find a strange machine which looks like a pool cue hitting an 8-ball. Stepping onto the platform activates the machine.

Doesn't the game know that the only ball you hit with the cue is the white ball?

Well, now that my gender has been bent, I'll be able to pass the security screen past the hospital. But first, I look around a bit.

I really thought the game would go with the obvious gender stereotype and have Rex know exactly what this item does after he turns into a woman. I'm not sure if this is the game stating that Rex's knowledge doesn't change with his gender or if they just couldn't be bothered coming up with two descriptions.

So now that I'm a woman I should get a bit more respect around here, assuming anyone's still alive to show me some respect.

Session time: 30 minutes
Total time: 2 hours 30 minutes

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7 comments:

  1. I find out that I'm going to be used to continue their race by constantly breeding with the ladies.

    Death... by Snoo-snoo!

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  2. Who knew that a gender-bender machine would also give you nice full-bodied 80's hair too?

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    1. It might be that as this was the early 90's they could cope with interstellar travel, man eating aliens and gender changing machines, but a woman without a perm was just too far fetched for them.

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    2. At least in TV, ladies were still wearing such hair styles then, so it doesn't seem as big a stretch. Also, they were making sure that you saw the difference between a male and a woman, so letting them emphasize the hair is perhaps a lot better than if they over-enlarged his/her breasts, right?

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    3. I'm now thinking of some story scenario where a guy with a high voice steps into one of these gender-bender machines but comes out the other side with A-cups and the same haircut, so nobody believes him/her

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  3. Given the use of scanned photos/video footage, I'd say the change was also partly because they didn't find any actresses that had hair matching the Rex actor.

    Plus like Micheal said, the change in appearance means the character sprite will look quite different, so its obvious which gender the player is at a glance.

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  4. I too found it strange that the writers would pass up the opportunity to make a stereotypical joke about the ironing device. However (I'm a bit ahead in the game) it looks as if indeed the Gender Bender changes Rex's physique, but the brain remains untouched. He apparently retains his knowledge, personality and tendencies. With a title like this I expected to see a variety of puzzles playing on the gender switch, or at least the confusion derived from it. Maybe later.

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