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AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.8
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.1
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Overall User Score (30 votes) 3.8

Critic Reviews

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If you are at all-or ever have been-interested in a great platformer for any system, this game is for you. Ape Escape toasts Spyro, puts Crash back in the cage, and makes Croc look like a crock of...well, you know. Don't believe the (lack of) hype; go play this game, now.
The Next Level (Sep 22, 1999)
This game is non stop fun! There are a few frustrating parts, but what game doesn't have those? The game also has a very in-depth tutorial that helps you out throughout the game as new skills are required or new gadgets are obtained. One important feature to keep in mind - since you start the game with only the stun club, net and one gadget item after several levels, you must revisit levels to capture ALL the monkeys in each. Also, there are coins hidden in the levels that open up mini-games that are really fun! I won't ruin the surprise. This game is like nothing else out there, and you must get it. Just when you thought the PlayStation was dead thanks to all this Dreamcast talk (Editor's Note: Hey...the Dreamcast talk is cool man!), this top-notch original game proves otherwise.
IGN (May 23, 1999)
Innovative control and traditional platform aspects merge in the PlayStation's best platformer ever.
Men humorn är bara ett av de underbara inslagen i ett spel där genial kontroll kombinerats med smakfull grafik och en fantasirikedom som lätt konkurrerar med den i Miyamoto-sans outgrundliga hjärna. Precis som Super Mario 64 gjorde när det kom har Ape Escape fått mig att se med helt nya ögon på plattformsgenren.
PSX Extreme (Aug 06, 1999)
Ape Escape in my opinion is one of the most original title in it's genre on any console. Standing up there with such titles as Parrapa the Rapper, and Bust a Groove.
Ape Escape is a must have title in your Playstation library. It will drive you Ape Sh$t for sure!!
90 (Feb 20, 2014)
Overall, I found this game to be a true treasure of my childhood. I even went to great lengths to buy the game for the PSP, then buy it digitally on the PS Vita. Even taking into account that the game is already 15 years old, I still find myself feeling like I’m 14 again. It’s truly a game that I find myself going ape-crazy over. Let’s just hope this kind of thing doesn’t happen in real life. Note to self: Don’t go bananas.
GamersMark (Oct 22, 2001)
In conclusion, Ape Escape is a great platformer and it rivals any one of Rare’s collection based platformers on the Nintendo 64. Also as one of Sony’s greatest hits games, you can pick this up for about $20. What are you waiting for? The monkeys need to be stopped!
Ape Escape is 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.
90 (GAF) (Aug 01, 2003)
With that said, Everything else about Ape Escape is fun to the last drop. This isn't a game you will beat in an hour, either; there's enough stuff here to keep you thoroughly entertained for a while.
Power Unlimited (Jul, 1999)
Ik moet zeggen dat ik geen groot fan ben van platformers als Crash B., Mario en Spyro. Ik was daarom des te meer verbaasd dat ik eigenlijk wel down was met deze game. De gameplay is tijdloos en vooral de eigenzinnige manier waarop de controls zijn geconfigureerd, maakte indruk op me. Kortom, dit is een spel waar ik veel plezier aan heb beleefd en dat ik iedere platformliefhebber kan aanraden.
GameSpot (May 18, 1999)
Ape Escape is one of the PlayStation's finest development efforts, one that shouldn't be overlooked because of its silly storyline and title.
Video Games (Jul, 1999)
Nach einigen Stunden, als ich alle Waffen hatte und mich mit dem Spielprinzip respektive der Steuerung anfreundete, stellte sich doch eine gehörige Portion Hüpf-Spaß ein. Vor allem die Steuerung speziell der verschiedensten Gegenstände hat es mir angetan. Endlich wird das Analogpad richtig ausgenutzt. Die sehr kompakt designten Levels wissen durchgehend zu gefallen und bieten genug Raum für Euren Forscherdrang. Auch Grafik und Sound sind auf recht hohem Niveau angesiedelt. Lediglich der Langzeitspielspaß kommt mir etwas zu kurz - mehr als die Levels nach Affen absuchen ist nämlich nicht zu tun. Da bietet mir Bugs doch einiges mehr an Story (und vor allem Humor). Nach rein objektiven Gesichtspunkten schlägt Ape Escape aber den flotten Rammler und heimst daher auch mehr Prozente ein.
Gamezilla (Jul 19, 1999)
If you are looking for an enjoyable platform game, this should fit the bill just fine. There are hours of fun to be had by gamers of all ages. Getting used to the controls can be a bit challenging at first, but you will soon be rowing the raft and netting monkeys with ease. Once again, Sony has hit on a winner that will entertain for quite some time.
Mega Fun (Jul, 1999)
War ich nach den ersten Spielstunden noch der Meinung, dass Ape Escape lediglich für jüngere Spieler von Interesse sei, haben mich die höheren Levels eines Besseren belehrt und den Entschluss fassen lassen, Spikes Abenteuer jedem jung gebliebenen Jump&Run-Fan wärmstens ans Herz zu legen. Da wäre zunächst einmal die erfrischende Idee der Affenjagd zu loben, die durch die verschiedenen Waffensysteme bis aufs Letze ausgereizt wird. Des Weiteren bewiesen die Programmierer in puncto haarsträubende Sprungsequenzen und knifflige Geschicklichkeitseinlagen sowie in Hinblick auf das Leveldesign enormen Einfallsreichtum. (...) Anlass zur Kritik bieten nur zwei kleine Punkte: Zum einen ist die Steuerung natürlich sehr gewöhnungsbedürftig und ausschweifende Spielsessions dürften so manchem Billig-Pad den Garaus machen, zum anderen sorgt die automatische Kameraführung durch Schwenks im ungünstigsten Zeitpunkt stellenweise für unnötig heikle Situationen.
PSX Extreme (Jul 22, 1999)
All in all a very well thought out and fun game. The little extras are a fun way to keep you playing and enjoying th game. Here's just a little tip though: Don't expect to much from the best ending.
My summary: There is so much to admire visually and some of the inventiveness in the gameplay is remarkable. However most of my family found the control system very frustrating and refused to persevere with Ape Escape after only a few hours. Gaming is for everyone and those who simply want to pick-up-and-play shouldn't be locked out.
Game Revolution (Jul, 1999)
Ape Escape dances along the thin line, but thankfully doesn't fall into the trap of becoming a cheap gimmicky game. Instead, it is a solid 3-D environment action game that is different enough to raise it above the standard. While not without its flaws, the innovative control is very cool. The right stick control feels truly intuitive and you'll wonder why you haven't used it more often. Ape Escape is as fun as a barrel full of... well.. monkeys.
Spel för Alla (Sep, 1999)
Det var länge sedan jag hade så roligt som när jag spelade Ape Escape. Det här är riktigt skoj och rätt så svårt emellanåt.
This game makes more creative use of the two analog sticks than most games do today. Then there are the monkeys, which provide a wealth of absurd comedy - though they may not have been fully mined in this installment. Nonetheless, Ape Escape is worth looking at again if for no other reason than nostalgia.
There's plenty of plat formers out there like Jersey Devil , Croc, and Crash Bandicoot. Why should I buy Ape Escape? Because it's an excellent game all around. It's a must rent for all, and a buyer for most. Besides, in what other game can you beat your monkey without getting in trouble.
Ape Escape is as solid a 3D-platform game as you'll find on the PlayStation. Its fun, addictive nature, though seen before, make this game a worthwhile pick.
Game Critics (Jul 28, 1999)
Ape Escape was supposed to be a breath of fresh air during the down side of the PlayStation life cycle but Sony nearly ruins it. 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. It takes a while for Ape Escape's own charm to shine through but when it does, Ape Escape proves to be a nice start for a franchise.
70 (Jul 08, 1999)
Ape Escape est un petit jeu de plate formes qui ravira les passionnés mais qui, à mon avis, rate sa cible en étant trop difficile à jouer et en se bornant à ne jouer qu'en analogique. Dommage pour Sony.