Ape Escape PlayStation
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

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  • Summary: A boisterous band of baboons carry out a daring zoo escape. It's ape anarchy and it's up to you to stop the chimps before they make chumps out of the human race! Use both analog sticks to operate great gadgets including a Tank, a Remote Control Car, a Stun Club, and a Time Net in your questA boisterous band of baboons carry out a daring zoo escape. It's ape anarchy and it's up to you to stop the chimps before they make chumps out of the human race! Use both analog sticks to operate great gadgets including a Tank, a Remote Control Car, a Stun Club, and a Time Net in your quest to hunt down over 200 apes! Expand
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  1. 100
    This is one of those games that just screams out fun whenever you play, even though technically apes aren't the same as monkeys. An absolutely essential part of any platform fan's collection.
  2. The genius is in the innovative gameplay and Ape Escape overflows with it.
  3. 95
    The best 3D platform game on the PlayStation. Hands down. It's not only innovative, it digs deep into the analog control's inherent movements and brings out a breadth of fantastic gameplay elements that are unique to the game.
  4. One of the most enjoyable 3D platform games to swing onto the PlayStation in quite some time. It's also one of the most innovative.
  5. The wealth of control and freedom of movement will make gamers wonder what took so long to implement something of this nature.
  6. The amazing 3D actin game that made capturing monkeys popular again. [Jan 2004, p.188]
  7. Ape Escape borrows too heavily from games on other systems and doesn't deliver enough to help it stand out beyond the Mario clones flooding the market.

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  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! Expand
  2. WilliamW.
    Dec 19, 2003
    10
    This game rocks! The plot is cool. the graphics are good. You get awsome gadgets. And some monkeys have guns like how cool. It's the This game rocks! The plot is cool. the graphics are good. You get awsome gadgets. And some monkeys have guns like how cool. It's the best. I almost beat the game until my brother erased my game. But no hard fellings. Expand
  3. SimeonR.
    Dec 11, 2002
    10
    This game is incredibly fun and addictive. I actually tried to play it with a regular controller (needless to say, it didn't work). This game is incredibly fun and addictive. I actually tried to play it with a regular controller (needless to say, it didn't work). Looking back on this game, I'm hoping that they'll eventually bring AE 2 over here from Japan. My thumbs are in need of a workout. Expand
  4. JohnD.
    Nov 17, 2007
    10
    A perfect game experience! Controls are awesome, Sound track is awesome, The game looks awesome! The best PlayStation game ever!!
  5. Apr 29, 2012
    9
    One of the most memorable platformers on PSX, and for a console that was overflowing with great platformers that's truly saying something. TheOne of the most memorable platformers on PSX, and for a console that was overflowing with great platformers that's truly saying something. The apes themselves beat most of Nintendo's staple characters in both personality and quirkiness (with blue being my personal fave). Gameplay-wise, it has everything a true platformer should have. Great level design? Check. Multiple gadgets? Check. Brain teasing puzzles? Check. Awesome graphics? Check! It's a shame the PS2 sequels weren't as good as the first one, but oh well. Expand
  6. Jun 18, 2013
    8
    Amongst the very first games to make full use of the PSone analogue sticks Ape Escape was simply a superb example of the 3d platformer genreAmongst the very first games to make full use of the PSone analogue sticks Ape Escape was simply a superb example of the 3d platformer genre that continually added new ideas and gadgets form start to finish. Its clever twist, of having the player capture monkeys rather than the usual static collectibles found in most games, only added further to its appeal. It may now look a little dated but this is one game still worth playing. Expand
  7. May 14, 2014
    7
    the title and premise sounds goofy, but it is so much fun. basically you are trying to capture monkeys that have escaped through a timethe title and premise sounds goofy, but it is so much fun. basically you are trying to capture monkeys that have escaped through a time machine to take over mankind as the new dominant race by having them take over every major period in time starting from the dinosaur ages to modern day. lots of gizmos and gadgets to use, fun and interesting stages for the most part, and a very original and unique experience can be found in this game. there are a few flaws in some of the stage designs that can make the game quite frustrating at times, but doesn't subtract much from everything that is so fun from the game. the game feels like it drags on though, and although you get new items and such through out the game, it feels like your still just doing the same thing from the very first stage. Its not repetitive exactly, it just feels like that even though the environments are new, you don't feel like you moved on to the next stage. the game is definitely worth a play through for sure despite the negatives Expand

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