Ape Escape

PlayStation
  • Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: May 31, 1999
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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
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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. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    85
    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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  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. May 7, 2018
    10
    Uno de los mejores videojuegos hechos por y para Sony Playstation.
    El concepto del uso del DualShock es bestial, es uno de los primeros si no
    Uno de los mejores videojuegos hechos por y para Sony Playstation.
    El concepto del uso del DualShock es bestial, es uno de los primeros si no el primero en usar la palanca derecha del DualShock en un videojuego de PS1.
    Como meta a lograr en el juego, deberas capturar a la enorme diversidad de monos que han escapado del laboratorio, con ayuda del profesor, su sobrina, tu red y diversos artilugios que a medida que le juego avanza podras conseguir. Graficamente no esta mal, podria ser mejor, pero en este juego lo que destaca es el uso del DualShock y la jugabilidad, en que deberas girar los joysticks, zarandearlos o pulsar R3 y L3 para que los artilugios sean efectivos a la hora de cazar monos. Los escenarios se basan en distintas etapas históricas, desde la época de los dinosaurios, pasando por el japon oriental hasta océanos, ciudades y junglas llenas de diversión. Los escenarios cuentan con mucha variedad y diversas zonas cada una con sus características. Los monos que se han de atrapar cuentan con una muy buena inteligencia artificial, a la minima que te descubran, huirán de ti, lanzarán plátanos para que te resbales, saltaran a superficies lejanas, nadaran e incluso montaran en O.V.N.I.S a los que tendras que destruir, pero los monos por mucho que les des golpes solo quedaran aturdidos, momento en que haras uso de tu red para capturarlos a todos y así completar el nivel. Pero no son solo monos el unico peligro que acecha, hay enemigos (animales, monstruos marinos, dinosaurios..) que tambien te pondran las cosas dificiles, y trampas tambien, ya que el plataformeo es lo que más predomina en este titulo, por lo que tendras que hacer uso de todas tus habilidades para recoger todas las monedas de Specter, capturar todos los monos y derrotar al rey simio Specter para completar este magnífico juego con diversión asegurada.
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  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Jun 15, 2017
    9
    This game holds up extremely well for it being over 18 years old.

    Everything about this game is just brilliant, from the controls to the
    This game holds up extremely well for it being over 18 years old.

    Everything about this game is just brilliant, from the controls to the music. It's so campy and fun it's hard not to enjoy the weirdness of the game, I mean your going back in time to capture monkeys, that's weird.

    But weirdness aside I'd still play this game again and again and again. Among the finest 3D platformers to come from the good old PS1.
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  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. Oct 24, 2019
    1
    This game is for dumb stupid babies. I could beat this game blindfolded while my little brother's playing. I puke every time I see thisThis game is for dumb stupid babies. I could beat this game blindfolded while my little brother's playing. I puke every time I see this godawful excuse for a game. 1/5 Expand

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Awards & Rankings

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#14 Most Discussed PS1 Game of 1999
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#12 Most Shared PS1 Game of 1999