Ape Escape 3 PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Jan 17, 2006
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 51 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 51
  2. Negative: 0 out of 51
Buy On
  1. 70
    The main game, even in it`s short life, will provide enough entertainment for those who love this quirky, unique series for what it is: unabashed fun. [JPN Import]
  2. It's not badly done - a good, clean, simple, average game.
  3. When you realize that a mini-game is better than the actual game, it kinda sends off signals that something is a little bit wrong.
  4. Truly a textbook case of how one major flaw can bring down an otherwise outstanding game.
  5. 65
    The costumes are a nice step in the right direction of adding new gameplay, but what a hypothetical fourth game really needs is an entirely new set of gadgets to play with.
  6. 60
    If you’re looking for a great platform game then you’ll probably be disappointed by Ape Escape 3’s sometimes simplistic and repetitive gameplay. However, if you’re looking for a game with a unique feel and a carefree tone then you’re likely to enjoy this title and overlook its shortcomings.
  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.
  8. Edge Magazine
    70
    By far the most slickly produced and gorgeously rendered version of the series, the pacing this time around is even more fluid than its predecessors – less an open-ended matter of hide and seek, and more focused on the stylish, dramatic pursuit and capture that its TV and silver-screen themes would seem to require. [Oct 2005, p.89]
  9. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    70
    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]
  10. It's bright, easy to play and no one's going to get offended or upset by the events portrayed. It's a fun game for kids, or larger adults who want a big, stupid thing to have a laugh with.
  11. PSM2 Magazine UK
    71
    There's enough to keep you busy for a while, but ultimately there's not enough to it to keep you going. [Apr 2006, p.74]
  12. While Ape Escape 3 provides for an entertaining time, its age is showing through, even with the charming sheen a large army of monkeys helps create.
  13. PSM Magazine
    70
    It's still a pretty good game, but the series needs to jump off the banana peel it's riding toward mediocrity. These chimps deserve better. [Feb 2006, p.79]
  14. 70
    Sneaking up on unsuspecting monkeys, cracking them in the head with your stun club, then scooping them up in your net, we confess, is still as much fun as drinking six happy hour-priced banana daiquiris.
  15. The "GO-GO-TURBO Japanese cheerleaders on speed" mood and shallow, stupid puzzles are the sort of thing shut-in "Naruto" fans thrive on, but I found them irritating. Thankfully, it was short. [Feb 2006, p.108]
  16. A fine return to form for the series. It's nothing revolutionary, and it won't change the fact it still needs a little tinkering, but considering what depths Ubisoft sunk it to with the last two chapters, it's a nice step up.
  17. Terrific fun for youngsters, while amusing pop-culture satire will also have older players giggling like chimps.
  18. Still a solid, fun game and fans of the series are probably going to enjoy this installment too. On the downside we have a game that has not seen much innovation, is not that aesthetically attractive and has fairly annoying camera problems.

Awards & Rankings

36
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#92 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2006
72
#72 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2006
User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  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 thisWHERE 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! Full Review »
  2. Feb 1, 2016
    8
    Ape Escape 3 is a fun and enjoyable game, though it is a bit childish. You play as either the boy or the girl, going across different areas,Ape Escape 3 is a fun and enjoyable game, though it is a bit childish. You play as either the boy or the girl, going across different areas, catching monkeys with your net. The graphics were very good for its time, and the areas rapidly change. Another fun thing to do is to play the Messal Gear Solid: Snake Escape spin off side mission, which takes you to iconic MGS1 areas like Shadow Moses. Sadly, there is no HD remaster of this game as of yet, so if you haven't kept your PS2, then there is no way to play this game. Full Review »
  3. Aug 23, 2015
    10
    Simply put, one of THE BEST PS2 games. Gameplay is fun, ingenious and original level ideas increase hilarity and general fun. The main hub (Simply put, one of THE BEST PS2 games. Gameplay is fun, ingenious and original level ideas increase hilarity and general fun. The main hub ( Kei & Yumi's back terrace) is an awesome feature, where you can play fun mini games, including a Metal Gear Solid parody. For any gaming fans looking for a different, original and exciting game then this is a must-buy. ( I know PS2 is pretty much extinct but I had to write a review :P) Full Review »