• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Jan 17, 2006
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  • Summary: Compete in more than 40 mini-games including hockey, golf, dodge ball, karate and more, with a wide variety of game styles, each brimming with frantic fun and wacky-humor. Featuring Wi-Fi wireless LAN (Ad Hoc) connectivity, up to four players with a PSP and the game can challenge each other.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 48
  2. Negative: 20 out of 48
  1. Apart from the slow loading times, this is one of the best games on PSP. [PSM2]
  2. Game Informer
    The loading times between games somewhat diminishes the fast-paced feel that Wario Ware delivers. [Feb 2006, p.113]
  3. With more than 45 mini-games in the mix, it is not surprising that the quality of them is fairly mixed — it is Ape Academy’s major weakness that while many are rather too easy (the one- metre dash, for instance), others seem impossible (catching the contents of a kebab on a sword).
  4. It's almost unbelievable to me that some very small problems, all related to the nature of the system the game chose to appear on, can turn a mediocre but charming game into a mess with little play value, but that's certainly what happened with Ape Escape Academy.
  5. 45
    Control of the minigames themselves is sluggish at best, making you feel like all the monkeys have been shot with a tranquilizer gun.
  6. 40
    With more mini-game variety (a lot more) and better multiplayer support, it could have been a simple, fun diversion. As it is, however, it's often an exercise in tedium and frustration.
  7. Everywhere that the "WarioWare" series succeeds, Ape Academy fails spectacularly. Where one provides a blisteringly fast succession of well-designed quickfire mini-games, the other serves up a painfully slow collection of loading times interspersed with faulty, bland nonsense.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. JohnB.
    Jun 27, 2008
    Almost fun.
  2. Jun 19, 2020
    decent game, great for the family, a collection of more than 40 mini-games.
  3. Jul 16, 2021
    I tried to get into this game, but I just couldn't. It's got a unique way of playing the mini games, but a lot of the mini games aren't thatI tried to get into this game, but I just couldn't. It's got a unique way of playing the mini games, but a lot of the mini games aren't that fun. Some are, but from what I played, most aren't and they kept repeating as you progress so you see a lot of the same ones over and over. Not that that's always a bad thing, but like I said, most aren't that good. Expand

Awards & Rankings

#90 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2006