User Reviews

Not as good as the original, but worth a look. James Kirk (159) unrated
A lot of fun, and what's wrong with that? Searly (30) 3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.3
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.2
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.5
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.5
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.0
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.0
Overall User Score (12 votes) 3.3

Critic Reviews

MobyRanks are listed below. You can read here for more information about MobyRank.
Gamezilla (Jul 28, 2003)
Ape Escape 2, like it’s predecessor, probably won’t receive the recognition from the public that it deserves. It’s a shame too because it’s a solid platform game through and through. Simply put, Ape Escape 2 is worth going bananas over.
PSX Extreme (Jul 04, 2003)
Platform junkies who are looking for a more traditional platform title, and are turned off by the vastness of Jak and Daxter or Ratchet and Clank must purchase Ape Escape 2. It's one of those games that you'll constantly return to, even after you've played it to death. To this day I play the original, and I've completed the import version of the sequel about three times thus far. Fortunately for us, Ubi Soft picked up the publishing rights to Ape Escape 2 and have brought over one of the very best games this genre has to offer. Ape Escape 2 is the epitome of fun, and don't you forget it.
The whole game is a tight package, and there are no real weaknesses anywhere. Sometimes the game seems a little easy, but then it’ll turn around and throw you against a really tough obstacle. I’m just glad that Ubi Soft managed to get this title over here. SCEA missed a real opportunity, especially right now when the PS2 needs some real hard hitters. Luckily for Ubi Soft, though, this is one of them.
90 (GAF) (Aug 01, 2003)
Ape Escape 2 is an awesome sequel to the first, And while it probably won't get as much recognition as Ubi-Soft's other games, it's still one to pick up and keep. If you enjoyed the first game, you'll love this one. If you never played Ape Escape, now's the time to start.
Ape Escape 2 is an absolute cracker of a game. It's not your usual kind of 3D platformer and the control system can seem peculiar until you're familiar with it but the gameplay has a good balance to it and with the mini-games and with the built in incentive to complete the game several times you really are going to be playing this one for ages.
90 (Apr 28, 2003)
Ape Escape 2 is an impressive sequel to a great game, and shows that easy games don't have to have a short lifespan. More extras than you can shake a stick at combined with addictive, humorous gameplay make this game well worth a look if monkeys tickle your fancy.
GamePro (US) (Jun 30, 2003)
This captivating sequel to the PlayStation cult fave has you traipsing trippy worlds, collecting a cornucopia of rampaging monkeys with an array of bizarre gadgets. Like its predecessor, solid platform elements and refreshingly innovative controls combine with lollipop-cute art direction and honest-to-God tear-jerking charm, resulting in a polygonal fantasia that shouldn't be overlooked for its lack of a marketable mascot.
IGN (Jul 01, 2003)
Viva el mono!!! There's this thing about monkeys and videogames. A strange connection that's rather inexplicable. It's sort of a symmetry, a twisted love affair, an obsession that leads to the primordial core of videogames. It's like monkeys and videogames come from the same place. Yeah, I guess what I'm saying by accident is that videogames bring us down the evolutionary scale to the level of chimpanzees.
Worth Playing (Jul 12, 2003)
Ever since that fateful day in 1981 when a small then-struggling coin-op start-up company by the name of Nintendo unleashed Donkey Kong, a simple puzzle game featuring an enormous monkey and a “jumping man,” on an unsuspecting American public and single-handedly breathed new life into a nearly-dead videogame industry, simians the world over have enjoyed great success in the interactive digital realm. Congo Bongo, Toki, Escape from Monkey Island, Samba De Amigo, Super Monkey Ball – the list goes on and on. But no monkey-related game released in the last 15 years can come close to the sheer originality and intuitiveness of a little game released by Sony for the PSone in 1999. That game was Ape Escape, and its claim to fame; dual-stick gameplay.
86 (Mar 13, 2003)
Trotz oder gerade aufgrund weniger Neuerungen gehört auch Ape Escape 2 wieder zur Jump&Run-Elite und das jetzt auch auf der PS2, wo es ja bekanntlich jede Menge erstklassige Alternativen gibt. Neben der liebevollen Präsentation, der bis auf wenige Ausnahmen herausragenden Steuerung und den zahlreichen Persiflagen und Slapstick-Einlagen sorgt vor allem das motivierende Gameplay für tierischen Spielspaß. Für Profis mag der nur langsam ansteigende Schwierigkeitsgrad zwar etwas zu lasch sein, aber das Aufspüren sämtlicher Affenverstecke und Freispielen aller Extras wird trotzdem nie langweilig. Wäre da nicht die träge und umständliche Kamerajustierung und die im Vergleich zu einem Ratchet & Clank wesentlich unspektakulärere Technik, hätte die schräge Affenjagd auch in Platin-Regionen vorstoßen können. In Sachen Spielwitz und Spielbarkeit braucht sich Ape Escape 2 allerdings vor niemanden zu verstecken.
86 (Mar 12, 2003)
Schräger und bunter geht es nicht. Das Jump and Fang steckt voller witziger Ideen und ist ein echter Geheimtipp. Vor allem jüngere Spieler und Freunde des Skurrilen können ihre Freude an Ape Escape 2 haben. Da der ungewöhnliche Titel aber nichts für jeden ist, sollten Interessierte Probe spielen, bevor sie sich diese Mischung aus Kitsch und Kult zulegen.
Game Chronicles (Aug 08, 2003)
With so many awesome next-gen platform titles already available and dozens more on the way it’s a testament to the innovative design and charming premise of this title that manages to make Ape Escape 2 as much fun as it is. Obviously, the presentation is geared toward kids but I expect older teens and adults will be sneaking into the game room to play this title when the little ones are tucked away for the night. There’s nothing too innovative here; just a great solid platform title with loads of content and fun.
GameSpy (Jul 11, 2003)
Ape Escape 2 is an excellent platformer with plenty of variety, a surprising amount of challenge, and a lifetime supply of monkeys with short pants. It's too bad the designers didn't tamper at least a little with the gameplay formula, but at least they recycled what was a great design to begin with.
Pelit (Apr, 2003)
Ape Escape 2 ei ole suuri ja merkittävä peli, mutta se on omaperäinen ja hauska. Sen seurassa viihtyy ja sen pariin palaa mielellään uudelleen. Vaikka pelattavaa ei ole valtavasti, uusilla läpipeluukerroilla avautuvat yllätykset ja lisukkeet lisäävät hankinnan elinikää. Ape Escape 2:sta pelaa leveä hymy huulilla, mikä ei ole lainkaan hassumpi saavutus.
85 (Jul 30, 2003)
Ape Escape 2 is a very enjoyable game that will keep you playing hours and hours at a time. If you were a big fan of the original Ape Escape your sure to love this game. The only major con is that it is very similar to the first one. The stories are very much alike and some of the levels are very heavily based on some of the levels in the original game. Of course this is a flaw that can be overlooked very easily. If your summer is as boring as mine, do yourself a favor and at least rent the game.
GameSpot (Jul 02, 2003)
The game, known as Pipo Saru 2001 in its native land, broke from the platform-game roots of the original and took an action-puzzle approach. It was just as cute as the first game, challenging you with the outrageous task of sucking the pants off delinquent monkeys using a vacuum cleaner. Then Sony produced a true sequel in mid-2002. It was assumed that the game would simply be buried and forgotten, with Sony's US arm focusing on homegrown platformers like Ratchet & Clank or Jak and Daxter. Ubi Soft, however, has rescued Ape Escape 2 from the import shop, translating it into English and releasing it in North America. The sequel sticks very close to the blueprint laid out by the original game, but don't mistake its light-on-innovation design for weakness. This PlayStation 2 game is every bit as solid as and even more charming than the previous two games.
Gameswelt (Mar 19, 2003)
'Ape Escape 2' versteht es, durch seine skurrilen Spielinhalte zu gefallen und etwas Abwechslung ins Genre zu bringen. Das Einfangen der kleinen Affen-Biester macht einfach ungeheuren Spaß und garantiert einen ausgewogenen Langzeitspielspaß bei stolzen 20 Levels und diversen Mini-Spielen. Verbesserungen bei der Kamerabedienung wären hingegen äußerst wünschenswert gewesen und auch der Optik hätten ein paar letzte Feinschliffe gut getan. Letztendlich gefällt das Endergebnis trotz der kleinen Mängel und hinterlässt spielerisch einen sehr guten Eindruck. Freunde von Genre-untypischen Geschicklichkeits-Titeln und Jump'n Runs werden mit 'Ape Escape 2' ihre wahre Freude haben – Fans des sehr ähnlichen Vorgängers auf PSone müssen sowieso zugreifen.
Tänder ni inte på Ratchet & Clank eller Sly Cooper är Ape Escape 2 utan tvekan det ni letar efter. En smula barnsligt, men mycket mysigt och knasigt knäppt.
It’s really amazing what can be accomplished by a team of creative programmers. Ape Escape 2 is a great example of a successful collective consciousness. It just lends credence to the saying: If a group of programmers that are confined to a room are placed in front of computers, eventually they will create a great game.
On the downside (and there isn't much of a downside with this game) AE2 certainly could have been bigger or more difficult, but again it matches up well to the likes of Jak & Daxter, Ratchet & Clank or Sly Raccoon. Unlockable 1 or 2 player mini games certainly add to the lifespan; Dance Monkey Dance is a sort of rhythm action game; Monkey Climber is a thumb and finger twisting climbing and collecting game; and the brilliant Monkey Football could teach some of the more "serious" footie games a thing or two about AI and exciting goalmouth action. In this action-packed comedy version of our national game, you get to pick from a squad of all the monkeys that you've captured in the main game, different attributes and all, so if you have a penchant for monkeys and football (and who doesn't?), or enjoyed the original Ape Escape, then you simply have to experience this game.
Graphics are one of the biggest draws to Ape Escape 2. Sure, the game is fun, but the vast environments (though still rather linear) are full of activity. Levels are supplied with a huge dose of enemies and monkeys/apes and yet there is no slow-down whatsoever. The graphics are admittedly childish, but resemble that of Super Mario Sunshine. After playing this title for ten or so hours, I must say that I am impressed and please with my rental. Although I would not personally buy it (since there are other games with more replay value), it was definitely worthy of a rental.
78 (Jun 04, 2003)
So I got my copy of this game named “Ape Escape 2”. Erm, I wasn’t really excited by hearing the name, in fact I have to admit I had never heard of the original Ape Escape. So after some background searching, I found out the game was quite a success. So I wiped that arrogant smirk off my face (I was still thinking about the name) and started to approach the game seriously.
75 (Mar 19, 2003)
En reprenant les mêmes ficelles que le premier épisode, Sony s'assure au moins d'une chose : offrir un second épisode qui plaira aux fans de la série. Les autres découvriront un titre très prenant qu'on ne lâche qu'après avoir reconduit les 300 singes dans leur enclos.
Entertainmentopia (Oct 31, 2003)
Ape Escape 2 is a game fully entrenched on providing a rewarding, fun gameplay experience while graphics and flash take the backseat. Where some games have failed at this attempt because of lackluster mechanics, AE2 excels because the off-putting task of collection has once again been made fun and rewarding. If you can get a grip on the somewhat awkward controls you are sure to have a good time chasing around monkeys in pants.
Games TM (Jan, 2003)
Our main complaint with Ape Escape 2 is that it can get a little repetitive and frustrating in places. Despite beautifully varied locales, ingenious gadgets and some great comedy moments, there's still no variety in your actual tasks. Don't get us wrong, that doesn't make it bad. In fact, if you haven't tired off the action after the first few levels, you'll more than likely play and thoroughly enjoy the rest of the game.
Netjak (Aug 12, 2003)
In the end, Ape Escape 2 has decent controls, decent but occasionally grating sound, and decent graphics. So why am I recommending this game? Because it’s funny and entertaining. From encountering the Monkey Statue of Liberty on the first stage to the sushi-sized monkeys during the credits (conveniently accompanied by sushi for comparison’s sake), this game is filled with all sorts of absurd jokes, and the more you get, the more you feel you enjoy. The game isn’t really innovative, and it won’t wow anyone. But at the end of the day, you’ll find yourself still laughing about how the health meter cookies have the Japanese word for “monkey” on them as well as the subtle joke behind Pierrot the clown monkey. And even if you only rent the game, which most will probably want unless they’re real monkey fanatics (or pants fanatics), you’ll end up appreciating it.
60 (UK) (Feb 26, 2003)
As regular readers will no doubt acknowledge wearily, we're quite partial to a bit of monkey magic at Eurogamer, and the prospect of a game involving herding up a group of cheeky chimps merely increases our intake of bananas to ludicrous levels.