Metascore
61

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. 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.
  2. Playing Ape Escape: Pumped & Primed is like munching on a gob of bubble gum. For the first few hours of play, the action is oh, so sweet. But after a while, it gets stale, and you're ready to move on.
  3. Just as Double Dash's random nature levels newcomers and experts but means the game will never be as satisfying in the long term, so Gacha Mecha Athlete's flaws are initially forgivably amusing, but ultimately wearing. [Sept 2004, p.103]
  4. By combining the original's gadgets and controls with "Mario Party"-esque minigames, Escape fails to be more than the sum of its parts. [Holiday 2004, p.108]
  5. It doesn't have much replay value aside from multiplayer battles, and the 28 arenas offered are uninspired and bland.
  6. 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.
  7. But with party games, when all is said and done, it ends up being nothing more than button mashing, making it hard to recommend in the light of the other Grade-A titles out there.
  8. Cartoon monkeys are cool. This game is not. [Jan 2005, p.125]
  9. It's a great rental for a slow weekend, and a decent gift for a kid. If you're older, though, Ape Escape: Pumped & Primed will seriously try your patience.
  10. If turning the third installment into a party game is Sony's idea of fun, then the franchise (if you can even call it that) is dead. I like the cel-shaded graphics and the music is all right, but the gameplay is a huge let down, especially when you consider the other party games on the market.
  11. Pumped & Primed's minigames are all quite simplistic, and the single-player portion of the game can be completed in five or six hours. However, with a multitap and the right group of friends, there's no reason you shouldn't have some fun with it.
  12. Due to the games short supply of play modes, Pumped and Primed suffers from a disappointing degree of lasting appeal.
  13. The worst part about Ape Escape: Pumped and Primed is that it is not "Ape Escape 3."
  14. 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.
  15. Ultimately, though, even "five Pipo monkeys in different colored pants!" aren't enough to make the same repeated games and gadgets interesting—unless you're a 7-year-old or a stoner.
  16. A fun little party game with a very limited single-player mode. The monkey clubs are a neat addition, but as it stands, the game is average in every single department.
  17. The gadget-filled action gameplay has been deflated into a fairly typical party game. [Holiday 2004, p.92]
  18. 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.
  19. 40
    Unfortunately, I defeated the entire game in about 3 hours.
  20. 7 / 7 / 7 / 7 - 28 [Vol 812; 9 July 2004]
  21. 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.
User Score
6.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. 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 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. Full Review »
  2. 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! ^_^