• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Jan 17, 2006
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 37 Ratings

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  • Summary: Specter and the monkeys are back and determined to rule the world Under Specter's command, the mischievous monkeys are taking control of your television and airing programming that will cloud the mind of anyone who watches. Heroes Kei and Yumi dash through the TV studios capturing monkeysSpecter and the monkeys are back and determined to rule the world Under Specter's command, the mischievous monkeys are taking control of your television and airing programming that will cloud the mind of anyone who watches. Heroes Kei and Yumi dash through the TV studios capturing monkeys just as their outrageous shows hit the airwaves. Help us stop this primetime primate invasion! Morph into unique characters to progress through game levels and discover hidden areas. Transform into a ninja, a ghun slinging cowboy, kung fu fighter, a dragon slayer knight and more. Enjoy a hilarious storyline as the monkeys hijack the broadcast world from familiar drama and sports broadcasting to variety shows and even infomercials. Monkey AI is smarter, more varied and tougher! Monkeys can dodge player attacks and retreat as well as counterattack by disarming players and then using the captured weapons on them. Utilize innovative gadgets and weapons - including radar sweep and hoop attacks.
    Hunt down those pesky monkeys with drivable vehicles, including a crafty tank, powerboat and sports car. [Sony Computer Entertainment]
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 51
  2. Negative: 0 out of 51
  1. Computer Games Magazine
    90
    This is the best and most spirited of the Ape Escapes, which is faint praise if you're only familiar with the recent half-assed PSP version. [Apr 2006, p.91]
  2. The game is so off-the-wall and original, that it is worth a look even if you’re not usually into platform games.
  3. 83
    The sheer amount of parodies and flat-out absurdity make for a nice amount of humor throughout the game, and its action/platforming mix is wholly enjoyable.
  4. The game is packed to the gills with content – the story mode only accounts for about half of the included features, and players would be hard-pressed to find much at fault with the game in terms of value.
  5. The gameplay, while child-friendly, is still challenging enough to keep veteran players interested.
  6. PSM Magazine
    70
    It's still a pretty good game, but the series needs to jump off the banana peel it's riding toward mediocrity. These chimps deserve better. [Feb 2006, p.79]
  7. It's not badly done - a good, clean, simple, average game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 1 out of 13
  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. Jan 23, 2021
    10
    Amazing game with a lot of replayability. This game first introduced me really to moving and looking with analog-sticks as a kid and also justAmazing game with a lot of replayability. This game first introduced me really to moving and looking with analog-sticks as a kid and also just happens to be a great game with a huge amount of content. The minigames are awesome and the extra effort they put into all the levels and little side content is unbeliveable. Most importantly, it's fun in it's core and gives you challenges after the initial playthrough Expand
  3. Dec 8, 2013
    10
    This is literally my favourite game ever. The game play is perfect in my opinion and is the most fun I've ever had with a video game. #MakeApeEscape4
  4. Jan 13, 2022
    10
    Ape escape 3 is one of ape escape's greatest games and also one Sony's greatest games ever made. Literally everything about it is outstanding.Ape escape 3 is one of ape escape's greatest games and also one Sony's greatest games ever made. Literally everything about it is outstanding. The characters are all well executed and acted, the content from both a quality and quantity standpoint is top-notch, the soundtrack is 2nd only to pumped & primed in how amazing it is, and it all comes to together in a awesome tightly wrapped bow. Regardless of what your stance on ape escape is or platformers in general, find yourself a copy of ape escape 3 Expand
  5. Mar 6, 2021
    9
    i loved this game when i was a kid, i could spend hours playing trying to capture the monkeys! really enjoyable, great game mechanics andi loved this game when i was a kid, i could spend hours playing trying to capture the monkeys! really enjoyable, great game mechanics and honestly better than Ape Escape 2, the only issue that i have with this game are the "boss fights", and that's because they're really similar to those in Ape Escape 2, but that doesn't kill the vibe! Expand
  6. Apr 17, 2022
    9
    Martin A. - I love it!

    Ape Escape 3 it is not only worth your time, it's worth every penny. There is a new mini game and what an
    Martin A. - I love it!

    Ape Escape 3 it is not only worth your time, it's worth every penny. There is a new mini game and what an unexpecting mini game it is. Snake from the Metal Gear Solid series makes an appearance and it's not just a cameo either, it's a full level with codec calls!

    Soichi Terada returns for the soundtrack! Introducing new gadgets that feel necessary, all while changing your attire to boot that is based on the gender that the player chooses in the beginning of the game. The levels are polished and hold up today!

    This is the only series that I can say that every entry has been better than its predecessor and Ape Escape 3 is no different. I may be giving the series a 9 across the board but as a whole, if I could rate the trilogy. It would be a perfect 10.

    I give Ape Escape 3 a 9.5 out of 10.
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  7. Oct 24, 2019
    1
    This is a sorry excuse for a video game. Everytime I see my screen I puke and get hives. the doctors thought it was an allergic reaction, butThis is a sorry excuse for a video game. Everytime I see my screen I puke and get hives. the doctors thought it was an allergic reaction, but it was ape escape 3 for the playstation 2. Curse this game as I spit on it's grave. The only good thing this game has done for me is let me miss school because I was too busy puking 4 gallons of butter Expand

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