Ape Escape

PlayStation
  • Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: May 31, 1999
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8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 95 Ratings

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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: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  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. Aug 10, 2019
    10
    I’ve been playing this game since I was 8 years old. 9 years later, it still holds up. Ape Escape is genuinely entertaining and well-made forI’ve been playing this game since I was 8 years old. 9 years later, it still holds up. Ape Escape is genuinely entertaining and well-made for its time. The combat is challenging and fun, and the levels are unique. Even the music is incredible. The story and voice acting is rather cheesy, but other than that, I would recommend this game to anyone. It can be replayed over and over without losing its spark. Expand
  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. Jul 8, 2015
    9
    One of the best ps one platformers money can buy and a true icon for sony and the orginal playstation. It plays great and its orginal. TheOne of the best ps one platformers money can buy and a true icon for sony and the orginal playstation. It plays great and its orginal. The only problem is you have to either have a ps one or ps2 to play thi game and a dualschock controller since this isnt backwards compatiable on the ps3 and there has not been a PSN re release (bar the psp version). If you have a method to play the game DO IT! It is one of the best games for the ps1 and is well worth your time. Expand
  5. Mar 2, 2021
    9
    One of the best ps1 games and possibly one of the best platforming games ever.

    The gameplay and controls are solid and I love how many
    One of the best ps1 games and possibly one of the best platforming games ever.

    The gameplay and controls are solid and I love how many gadgets you can use to navigate through the levels and " catching the monkeys " idea made the game special and unique with some great level design and great amount of themes and locations and the levels are different from each other and it's really impressive for a ps1 game.

    the only problem I have is the draw distance some parts are difficult to see what's in front of you but it's just a minor issue.

    Ape escape is a really great game and it's extremely underrated.
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  6. Jul 15, 2021
    8
    I am nostalgic for this game so I might be a little bias, but I love this game and it's still my favorite Ape Escape game. The others triedI am nostalgic for this game so I might be a little bias, but I love this game and it's still my favorite Ape Escape game. The others tried and while there are technically better things in future games, the first one just nailed it down pretty well and really utilized all of the PS1 Duelshock controller's controls. 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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#12 Most Discussed PS1 Game of 1999
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#12 Most Shared PS1 Game of 1999