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  • Summary: Ape Escape 2 is all about no-holds barred expansive gaming - with 20 stages to navigate and 8 boss fight stages as well as second and third playthrough, this game will keep you playing well into the wee small hours! With so many monkeys gone mad, heavy artillery is Hikaru's only chance ofApe Escape 2 is all about no-holds barred expansive gaming - with 20 stages to navigate and 8 boss fight stages as well as second and third playthrough, this game will keep you playing well into the wee small hours! With so many monkeys gone mad, heavy artillery is Hikaru's only chance of saving the planet. As such you get to try out a feast of gadgetry - 12 items in total - to try and catch the ape anarchists. Think weird and wacky - The Banana Boomerang and the Radio Controlled Car are just a few of the Professor's spectacular creations! [Sony] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. GameNow
    100
    No, it's not revolutionary, but there's enough variety that it never feels monotonous or repetitive. [July 2003, p.54]
  2. The game can be used a classic example of great game design, everything from the levels to the control set-up to the actual game structure is as near to perfection as we could have hoped for.
  3. 90
    More than anything, the inescapable level of addiction in COLLECTING monkeys is the overriding reason to not just rent, but to buy and cherish this game.
  4. PSM Magazine
    80
    A wonderfully controlling game, with vibrant (if a bit simplistic) graphics and great presentation. [Aug 2003, p.28]
  5. 100% completion can be had in a few days play, and after that I am afraid the game will be yet another dust magnet on the shelf. In that time, however, players can experience a truly well made, and magical game.
  6. It's a shame that Ape Escape 2 is so easy and that there are so few new gadgets as the game is quite fun. With some more decent minigames (in place of the mundane Monkey Fables) and a little more challenge, I would recommend this to anyone.
  7. Sony has at least attempted to approach the genre from a quirky and strategic angle, but our lasting impression of the game is one that mostly entertains, but rarely inspires.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 3 out of 18
  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. Spike
    Jun 6, 2004
    10
    Excellant game. And its great for kids! I highly recommend it! Hours of fun and very funny scenes.
  3. Jun 6, 2019
    10
    Let's play monkey soccer! It's the best minigame I've ever played, I wish the monkeys had better variety and the goalie is the worst but I hadLet's play monkey soccer! It's the best minigame I've ever played, I wish the monkeys had better variety and the goalie is the worst but I had so much fun playing either with my brother or in the single player that it didn't matter, I still play to this day (2019) Also the main game of catching monkeys is fun too I guess Expand
  4. BobB.
    Jun 30, 2003
    9
    This game is an improvement, although not what i expected, but is a definite buy this year.
  5. May 17, 2017
    9
    An improvement over Ape Escape 1, and IMO, better than Ape Escape 3. Solid fun, with a ton of monkeys to keep you entertained. Ridiculous (inAn improvement over Ape Escape 1, and IMO, better than Ape Escape 3. Solid fun, with a ton of monkeys to keep you entertained. Ridiculous (in a good way) humour. 8.5/10 Expand
  6. CarlN.
    Jan 8, 2004
    9
    Ape Escape 2 is without question the best platformer on the Playstation/PS2 pronto! Ok, it has not lovely graphics like JakII or Ratchet and Ape Escape 2 is without question the best platformer on the Playstation/PS2 pronto! Ok, it has not lovely graphics like JakII or Ratchet and Clank, and it is not a big improvment since the first one, so it doesnt get a clean 10'r. -BUT it is funny, it gives you a fare challenge without beeing annoying, and the control is exellent!! Top that with three great two player mini-games that put the mighty 'mario-party' to shame! Highly recommended! Expand
  7. BillyC.
    Nov 27, 2003
    1
    This game sucks who would play a game that has a lot of monkeys in it and one monkey is evil. the graphics suck the fiction is way to high theThis game sucks who would play a game that has a lot of monkeys in it and one monkey is evil. the graphics suck the fiction is way to high the game is only for little children like toddlers. Expand

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#74 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
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#12 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003