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  • Summary: Ape Escape 2 is all about no-holds barred expansive gaming - with 20 stages to navigate and 8 boss fight stages as well as second and third playthrough, this game will keep you playing well into the wee small hours! With so many monkeys gone mad, heavy artillery is Hikaru's only chance of saving the planet. As such you get to try out a feast of gadgetry - 12 items in total - to try and catch the ape anarchists. Think weird and wacky - The Banana Boomerang and the Radio Controlled Car are just a few of the Professor's spectacular creations! [Sony] Collapse
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. 100
    No, it's not revolutionary, but there's enough variety that it never feels monotonous or repetitive. [July 2003, p.54]
  2. 90
    Though the game is uncannily similar to the first one, with very few changes having been made, it is an exceptional game and one Sony shouldn't have glossed over.
  3. Several diverting mini-activities unlock along the way, like a remarkably in-depth soccer game. These are only the largest unexpected bonuses in the game's cascading series of thrills, which rely on aesthetics as much as action.
  4. 80
    It's a great platformer with a lot of the strong, fun play mechanics that are simply missing from a lot of the PlayStation 2's platformers these days. However, if you played the first game, Ape Escape 2 won't be a shining gem but just a fond reminder of the first time you played this series.
  5. A wonderfully controlling game, with vibrant (if a bit simplistic) graphics and great presentation. [Aug 2003, p.28]
  6. It's cute as hell, fun as can be, but a few steps back on the evolutionary ladder. [July 2003, p.104]
  7. Sony has at least attempted to approach the genre from a quirky and strategic angle, but our lasting impression of the game is one that mostly entertains, but rarely inspires.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Nov 15, 2011
    10
    WHERE IS NUMBER 4??? This game series is loved, sells good and such. But this is so far the last made. What is sony thinking? They made this year ape escape move which is a horrible game. Where is number 4??? i would buy it in a heart beat! Expand

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