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Ape Escape: Pumped & Primed Image
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  • Summary: (Also known as "Gacha Mecha Stadium Saruvatore" or "Ape Escape: Gacha Mecha Athlete" in Japan) Original characters of the Ape Escape series ? Spike, Natalie, Casi, Jake and the Professor ? have decided to enter the High Tech Tournament! Set in a computer-generated world, odd things start(Also known as "Gacha Mecha Stadium Saruvatore" or "Ape Escape: Gacha Mecha Athlete" in Japan) Original characters of the Ape Escape series ? Spike, Natalie, Casi, Jake and the Professor ? have decided to enter the High Tech Tournament! Set in a computer-generated world, odd things start happening when mysterious monkeys start to appear, along with archenemy Specter from Ape Escape 2. Trapped in the world by a new villain, our heroes must fight for their survival. Game features include: Two Game Modes: Play with up to two players in Story mode, consisting of 44 competing levels and eight boss battles, or Versus mode with 21 pre-made tournaments for up to four players. Additionally, players can create their own tournaments from the 28 stages in story mode. A Mix of Classic and New Characters from Ape Escape: Play original characters such as Natalie, Spike, the Professor or Jake. New characters include Pipotron, Helga and a mysterious new boss. Beat the Competition with a Wide Selection of Gadgets: Each character will have their own set of unique gadgets, including the Stunclub, Dragonfly, Slingshot, RC Car, Dash Hoop and WaterMech. More than 400 Unlockable Items: Special gadgets, clothes, fan emails, special summon abilities and movies. [Sony Computer Entertainment] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. One of those games that tries to be ahead of its time, and tries to bend a genre to its will. Games that attempt the latter tend not to do a very good job.
  2. The game gets boring fast just playing with a friend or even a friend and two computers. The other problem with the versus mode is the camera. Opposed to the player following camera in the single player mode, the camera in versus mode pans out a wide range in most levels. While the camera does give a wide screen view of the battlefield, it rarely zooms back in when all the players are close together.
  3. 7 / 7 / 7 / 7 - 28 [Vol 812; 9 July 2004]
  4. 63
    It's good enough for a little while, but if you're looking for a party game that will keep on going and provide kicks for more than one party you're looking in the wrong place.
  5. It doesn't have much replay value aside from multiplayer battles, and the 28 arenas offered are uninspired and bland.
  6. 55
    If you're hoping for something with the depth and substance of a true sequel to the likes of Ape Escape, the discovery that you're getting a party game is a bit of a letdown. It's like working up an appetite for a deluxe pizza and being given a plateful of "Bagel Bites" instead.
  7. 40
    Maybe if the characters were more iconic. Maybe if this would’ve been a true sequel instead of a party game. Maybe if the game were fun. Maybe if monkeys could tango.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. DragonMonkey
    Jan 28, 2005
    8
    It's nice to get new equipments, especially the fire sword / ice sword and the electric sword, they are very cool! ^_^
  2. GrownUp
    Mar 9, 2005
    2
    An awful game. Controls are never explained and the camera angle is almost always useless. Not sure how many times you can play 'run An awful game. Controls are never explained and the camera angle is almost always useless. Not sure how many times you can play 'run around and hit things' but for me, the answer is two. If you want a party game, skip Ape Escape P&P and wait for Monkeyball to come out on March 15th. Expand