Ape Escape Academy PSP

  • Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Jan 17, 2006
Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 48 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 48
  2. Negative: 20 out of 48
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  1. Some of the mini-games are just impossible (for me) and it usually seemed to be those games that were on the squares I needed to make the required line(s) to graduate.
  2. Game Informer
    70
    The loading times between games somewhat diminishes the fast-paced feel that Wario Ware delivers. [Feb 2006, p.113]
  3. Ape Escape Academy has traded in capturing monkeys for a school full of fun and frustrating mini-games. I was thrown a little off guard, but the end results provide an entertaining package.
  4. Puzzle games are in, and while this is definitely not the traditional puzzle game, there is enough to challenge players that it is worth a look see.
  5. As a collection of short minigames, Ape Escape Academy makes it to graduation with passing grades. However, it goes from being lame because you don’t know what to do in any of the minigames, to being fun because you’ve got the hang of them, to being lame again because the fun is lost after a couple of tries.
  6. Has a number of mini-games but unfortunately not all of them make for a particularly engaging or challengingly fun package.
  7. Slapping some of the dizzy Ape Escape energy over an easily anticipated collection of minigames makes for a mildly entertaining experience, but not a very long one.
  8. With more than 45 mini-games in the mix, it is not surprising that the quality of them is fairly mixed — it is Ape Academy’s major weakness that while many are rather too easy (the one- metre dash, for instance), others seem impossible (catching the contents of a kebab on a sword).
  9. AceGamez
    60
    What galls me even more is that the poor gameplay, frustrating loading times, overly cartoony graphics and irritating sound may give monkeys a bad rep.
  10. 60
    Academy's mini-games looks nice, but just can't compete with Wario Ware's non-stop style of play that is best suited for the stylus-equipped DS.
  11. PSM Magazine
    60
    Uneven quality and painful loading times temper the monkey storm. [Feb 2006, p.87]
  12. Monkeys can be quite a handful when they're at school, as this party game features a simplistic and frankly not fun assortment of mini games.
  13. If it would resolve its identity crisis it would do much better, but it's just plain "meh" as-is.
  14. The game fails where it counts with bad mini-games, terrible instructions, slow controls and a pretty worthless multiplayer option.
  15. Most of these minigames are fun and challenging, but the lack of a plot can leave you wondering just where you're going with the gameplay — and some become insanely hard after a couple starter rounds.
  16. While you might find some enjoyment in a few of the mini-games, it just doesn’t justify purchasing the game.
  17. 55
    Suffers from a number of issues, namely sluggish control and poor design. While there's a decent number of games to choose from, very few of them will strike you as memorable or worthy of addiction.
  18. [Control] has to be the worst part of the game.
  19. As it stands, this game is a collection of mediocre and fairly short minigames, failing to offer a viable reason to partake in its offerings.
  20. It's almost unbelievable to me that some very small problems, all related to the nature of the system the game chose to appear on, can turn a mediocre but charming game into a mess with little play value, but that's certainly what happened with Ape Escape Academy.
  21. You’ll want to escape the Academy yourself after playing Ape Escape Academy for a little while.
  22. Making a game out of mini-games is like making a meal out of crackers and ketchup. It's not always very satisfying.
  23. If you can get over the game's sluggish controls and short story mode you will still be left with a game that is no fun to play. With uninspired mini games that with either bore you or frustrate you, Ape Escape Academy is one school you might not want to apply to.
User Score
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. JohnB.
    Jun 27, 2008
    8
    Almost fun.