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  • Summary: (Also known as "Ape Escape P" in the UK/EU) Ape Escape: On the Loose provides players the challenge of capturing more than 200 monkeys in eight vibrant worlds spanning across more than 20 levels in order to prevent them from changing history! When a trouble-making monkey named Specter gets hold of the Professor's Peak Point Helmet, chaos ensues. The powerful device, which can increase a human's intelligence, has a disastrous effect on Specter, transforming him from a sweet, mischievous monkey to a power-hungry monster who has his heart set on ruling the world. The power of the helmet enabled Specter to break free from his cage while also allowing him to free hundreds of other monkeys at the zoo. Specter and the monkeys escape to a nearby laboratory where the Professor, who created the Peak Point Helmet, is working on his latest invention, a time machine. Taking control of the laboratory, Specter and the other monkeys use the time machine to escape into the past. The adventure begins when the player takes on the role of a brave young boy named Spike, a friend of the Professor. Spike's mission is to pursue Specter and the monkeys who have fled to the past in order to prevent them from changing history and taking over the world. [SCEA] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 35
  2. Negative: 2 out of 35
  1. Pick it up for the kids, but don’t be surprised if you end up playing it yourself (paranoia or not).
  2. Had the controls been tightened and the camera more precise, we would have been looking at portable platform gaming at its finest, but this is still fun enough to keep fans of the series happy.
  3. The finely tuned control that made the first game such a hit seems to have been lost in translation, but the game still has considerable charm.
  4. 70
    Although it has a few noticeable flaws, there's nothing so bad that game stops being a lot of fun to play. At worst, it just gets a little frustrating at times.
  5. Merely a slightly annoying, if charming, run-of-the-mill platformer. [June 2005, p.136]
  6. The core game is as playable and entertaining as any platform game to have been released since the original Ape Escape, and despite control issues there’s still a whole lot of monkey’s to be caught and a whole lot of fun to be had doing it. [June 2005, p.102]
  7. 40
    It's great to see Sony still supporting this excellent franchise, but the PSP incarnation of Ape Escape does the series more harm than good.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. MattW.
    Apr 22, 2005
    Had the game for the playstation and it was awesome but the PSP has slightly changed the controls and was definitely for the better..Id say if you liked it for PS1 or just like adventure games this a challenging must have game for your collection. Expand
  2. RonW.
    Mar 28, 2005
    This is awesome. I just got it and I love it! Some idoits may tell you it is just the same as the first, but being a die-hard Ape Escape fan I know its different. They added a whole new level, redid other levels, updated the audio and visual, added new minigames (duh), changed monkey descriptions, and replaced most Specter Coins. All Ape escape fans MUST buy this game! Expand
  3. Jun 5, 2013
    Near perfect remake of the original hit on the PS1 Ape Escape. Only thing that would have made it better is if it was remade for the PS2 or PS3, and if they kept the same control scheme. Expand
  4. PatrickF.
    Jul 11, 2005
    The PSX version i must say was more fun. I thought it was a new storyline but it isnt. The inverted slingshot controls etc drive me nuts as well as the terrible camera control. Catching and walking is fine in my mind. Expand
  5. ZoeM.
    Dec 30, 2007
    I think that this game is fun and can get addicting although the the camera and bad controlling makes the gae less enjoyable and annoying. The graphics are average and the sound really fits into the game but you find you put it on mute after a while as it gets annoying. Expand
  6. Lorben
    Oct 4, 2006
    After playing both the PS1 and PSP version of this game, it makes it pretty obvious it was designed with two analog sticks in mind. It
  7. BlakeT.
    Apr 3, 2005
    I never played the platform version, but if it is anything like the PSP version, it is a waste of money. The game might be ok if the controls were not so terrible. The analog stick control is awful. Plus, I spend more time repositioning the camera than actually playing the stupid game. The music is boring and never changes. Wait for this one to hit the bargain bin -which should be pretty soon. Expand

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