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Ape Escape 3 (PlayStation 2)

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Specter is back once again in the third main game in the Ape Escape series. With the help of a human scientist named Doctor Tomoki, Specter has turned the monkeys loose on TV. Even the previous heroes of the series - Jimmy, Spike, and the professor - are all caught up in the insidious TV shows.

Kei and Yumi take the lead as the new heroes. Their quest is to capture all 400 monkeys. You control either Kei or Yumi. The gameplay involves using various methods and weapons to catch them all. The game has many levels with different themes, such as a Haunted Castle, a Racing level, Jungle settings, TV studios and other settings. You can slow the animals down with various objects such as a stun club or a slingback shooter, and then you can capture them with a net.

New to the series are the morphing abilities, eight in all. You can morph into various characters, like a knight and perform a powerful attack or a gun fighter and shoot em up or a ninja and run along walls. You can also vehicles such as a race car to knock down the monkeys. Other features are the familiar Monkeypedia and the unlockable Mesal Gear Solid mini-game (a Metal Gear Solid spoof).


Ape Escape 3 PlayStation 2 Sayaka prepares to nab Beast and Belle Monkey
Ape Escape 3 PlayStation 2 Fantasy Knight can catch many monkeys in close range at once
Ape Escape 3 PlayStation 2 Aki has constructed a makeshift TV station - you can beam into the monkey's shows!
Ape Escape 3 PlayStation 2 Specter's assistant, Dr. Tomuki, is creator of the Teleborgs and a flamboyant lunatic

Alternate Titles

  • "Saru Get You 3" -- Japanese Title

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User Reviews

Fun, funny and charming - more than the sum of its parts. Searly (30) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

The Press Says

Game Chronicles Feb 08, 2006 8.8 out of 10 88
Cheat Code Central Feb 03, 2006 4.4 out of 5 88
FOK!games Jun 19, 2006 84 out of 100 84
Gamer Within May 16, 2006 8.4 out of 10 84
IGN Jan 12, 2006 8.3 out of 10 83
GameSpy Jan 17, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Play Magazine 2005 8 out of 10 80 May 03, 2006 15 out of 20 75
GameDaily Jan 23, 2006 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
1UP Jan 18, 2006 6.5 out of 10 65


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Joe Ix (176) added Ape Escape 3 (PlayStation 2) on Mar 04, 2006