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  • Summary: Specter and the monkeys are back and determined to rule the world Under Specter's command, the mischievous monkeys are taking control of your television and airing programming that will cloud the mind of anyone who watches. Heroes Kei and Yumi dash through the TV studios capturing monkeys just as their outrageous shows hit the airwaves. Help us stop this primetime primate invasion! Morph into unique characters to progress through game levels and discover hidden areas. Transform into a ninja, a ghun slinging cowboy, kung fu fighter, a dragon slayer knight and more. Enjoy a hilarious storyline as the monkeys hijack the broadcast world from familiar drama and sports broadcasting to variety shows and even infomercials. Monkey AI is smarter, more varied and tougher! Monkeys can dodge player attacks and retreat as well as counterattack by disarming players and then using the captured weapons on them. Utilize innovative gadgets and weapons - including radar sweep and hoop attacks.
    Hunt down those pesky monkeys with drivable vehicles, including a crafty tank, powerboat and sports car. [Sony Computer Entertainment]
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 51
  2. Negative: 0 out of 51
  1. Grab your net and get to it. There be monkeys to catch!
  2. The game is so off-the-wall and original, that it is worth a look even if you’re not usually into platform games.
  3. 83
    The sheer amount of parodies and flat-out absurdity make for a nice amount of humor throughout the game, and its action/platforming mix is wholly enjoyable.
  4. 80
    Ape Escape 3 marks a real attempt at progression for the series, but seems like it may have come a little too late in the PlayStation 2's life cycle.
  5. Its relatively short playing segments paired with its huge overall scheme gives a lot of bang for the buck. However, those with more than a tamarin's attention span might find this monkey a little under-evolved.
  6. Not much new for Ape Escape veterans, but if you want to get a youngster a game that's actually good, this is the monkey business. [May 2006, p.92]
  7. But Ape Escape 3's presentation is what really hurts the whole package. The graphics are mediocre, especially for a first-party game late in the PS2's life cycle. The voice acting is painfully stilted. And the translation is woeful.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Dec 8, 2013
    10
    This is literally my favourite game ever. The game play is perfect in my opinion and is the most fun I've ever had with a video game. #MakeApeEscape4
  2. 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
  3. NickB.
    Aug 17, 2006
    8
    The monkeys are running free again and they're making stupid tv show (though you don't need monkeys for that!) You are the only one who can stop them ! Take your net and catch those funny and colorfull monkeys! Swing your net , drive cars ,make movies and read your horoscope.Everything about this game is good , except the gadgets , you have TOO much of them. Still a funny and pleasant game. Expand
  4. Dec 23, 2013
    7
    this game is really really awful. i've never played games as bad as the ape escape games and this one is the worst game out of them all. why do people like this game? its really crappy Expand
  5. Dec 12, 2012
    1
    I felt like the level design was uninspired, the controls were **** up. This is the most uninspired of the Ape escape series. This is the dummies Ape Escape. Allen is stupid, he likes ape escape 3, he doesn't mind stupid ass controls and he thinks snake plissken isn't cool. Ape escape PSP is undeniably better as they added a whole new level, redid other levels, updated the audio and visual, added new minigames. Anyone with half a brain knows going back to Ape Escape's roots was the best direction for the series. That mohawk is from 1994, his triceratops dinosaur like hair was goddamn awesome. You probably don't even like dinosaurs.
    Close up on me.

    **** YOU
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