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Game Over Online (Jun 02, 2005)
Hardcore fans will probably snap this game up immediately, and if you’ve never played an Ape Escape title, this is a good place to catch up on the platforming that other gamers have enjoyed for years. However, you’ll have to take part of that with a spoonful of salt, because some of the magic just hasn’t crossed over from the console version to the portable rendition.
Overall, Ape Escape: On the Loose is a very solid platformer for the new PlayStation Portable. It’s an impressive game with bright visuals and it brings that same addictive platform action to your pocket. The drawbacks are few and far between with those being the camera and load times predominately, but the gameplay is certainly intact. The platformer also gives us an idea of what we can expect from future platformers including the recently announced Daxter for PSP. Ape Escape: On the Loose is very good especially considering it is the only platformer out on the PSP right now.
GameZone (Apr 06, 2005)
While it has its share of flaws, Ape Escape: On the Loose is still one really entertaining platform game on the PSP. Had the controls been tightened and the camera more precise, we would have been looking at portable platform gaming at its finest, but this is still fun enough to keep fans of the series happy.
GameSpot (Mar 24, 2005)
The original Ape Escape was an amazing game, and it's a shame that some aspects of it haven't translated to the PSP too well. Still, even with the control and camera being an occasional chore, there's enough good old-fashioned platforming here to please fans of the genre.
Game Chronicles (Apr 16, 2005)
Personally, I had a blast with Ape Escape: On the Loose, but then again, I never played the original so this was a great way to catch up on a missed game from the past. Sony has done an admirable job of working around (or perhaps I should say “with”) the PSP control scheme, so while it’s not entirely true to the original, it does offer a great deal of fun once you get past the 15-30 minute learning curve. The bright colors and cheery graphics design make this platform title as much fun to look at as it is to play. Kids and adults will find the gameplay addictively fun, and with relatively no competition in the genre at this time, I can safely recommend this title to any PSP owner who enjoys catching mischievous monkeys in a net.
Gamesmania.de (Jul 13, 2006)
Ein wenig böswillig ausgedrückt versteckt sich auf der Ape Escape UMD nicht viel mehr als ein ganz gewöhnlicher 3D-Plattformer, wie es ihn schon zu Ur-Playstation Tagen gab. Ein wenig Hüpfen, ein wenig Kämpfen und ein wenig mit der störrischen Kamera kämpfen – das übliche Programm eben. Dank eines soliden Levelaufbaus, dem frechen „Fang-das-Äffchen“ –Szenario und jeder Menge Minispiele werden vor allem Fans der Vorgänger aber sicher nicht enttäuscht werden.
Diehard GameFan (Apr 11, 2005)
The monkeys will draw you in and you will find it hard to tear yourself anyway from the game. Ape Escape does a good job of mixing up gameplay as the game moves along to keep the game fresh, as well as providing a wide variety of monkeys to keep an otherwise mundane-seeming task of monkey collecting fresh and fun. Plus, the multiplayer party games are extremely fun and add life to the game even after the main quest is completed and all 200 monkeys are captured. In particular the monkey Ping Pong is great.
GamePro (US) (Mar 21, 2005)
The best part of the game is the Wi-Fi multiplayer - there's a boxing game and a snowboarding game that are actually quite easy and fun. Unfortunately you can't unlock these until you've spent some time in dreary drudgery, cleaning up Spectre's mess and running after those monkeys. While it was a decent games for the PSOne, especially popular with the kiddies, it seems a waste of the PSP.
Extreme Gamer (Oct 29, 2005)
Aside from the camera issues Ape Escape is a fun and addictive, two important qualities to any game. Ape Escape is a great game for a quick romp and can provide a challenge for experienced gamers. Ape Escape from Sony is worth picking up especially if you can find it at a discount price. I would like to see a more updated version to come out for the PSP, after all everyone loves monkeys with lights.
Darkstation (Apr 19, 2005)
Ape Escape: On the Loose is still a good platforming game that does do well for the Ape Escape series. If you really need a platforming game for your PSP, then this game may be a great way to start. But just be prepared for some frustrating controls and a somewhat unforgiving camera. For those of you though who have already experienced the original game, you might be better off just replaying that.
IGN (Mar 24, 2005)
The original Ape Escape served up a mean dish of platform goodness. Its arrival on the PlayStation marked an upswing of innovation and finely-tuned game mechanics. But that was then, at a time when 3D platformers suffered from design malaise. Fast forward to present and the latest entry in the Ape Escape series has launched along with Sony's poppin' fresh handheld, the Sony PSP.
GameSpy (Mar 28, 2005)
Ape Escape: On the Loose does a good job of bringing the franchise to the PSP. Although it has a few noticeable flaws, there's nothing so bad that game stops being a lot of fun to play. At worst, it just gets a little frustrating at times. Even so, if you have a PSP, a love of platform games, and a little patience, you'll probably go bananas for it.
VGPub (2005)
If you have the original Ape Escape, stick with that. This game offers too little of new content to warrant a $40 investment. However, if you are a fan of the series and have a spare $40 to spend, you can send the money to?I mean, sure go ahead and buy this game.
MAN!AC (May, 2006)
Die träge Kamera und viele Ladepausen bremsen die ansonsten originelle Affenjagd.
Gameswelt (Mar 03, 2006)
Die PSP-Variante von 'Ape Escape' punktet durch die zauberhafte Optik, sowie dem ungebrochenen Charme des Originals. Leider fällt beim Affenabenteuer das Fehlen eines zweiten Analogsticks bei der PSP besonders negativ auf. Die träge Steuerung kratzt einfach zu stark am ansonsten hervorragenden Gameplay.
Imperium Gier (May 14, 2006)
Ape Escape P jest sympatyczną grą, ale bez żadnych rewelacji. Jest uboższa niż oryginał wydany na PlayStation 2, jednak nie jest aż tak źle, by nie warto było jej kupować. Przyjemnie się z nią spędza czas, a byłoby jeszcze lepiej, gdyby bardziej dopracowano kamerę.
Gamer Within (May 13, 2006)
While fans of the series and straightforward platformers in general may enjoy Ape Escape: On the Loose on the PSP, many other gamers may likely tire of the repetitive and basic gameplay after only a few short hours of gameplay. The game is long enough to keep most fans pleased, with the small multiplayer mode adding some additional lifespan if you have a friend who also owns a copy of the game. If you’ve never held any interest in previous Ape Escape games, you’re better off steering clear of this familiar outing.
Retro Gamer (May 25, 2006)
Sure the visuals are great, and the gameplay is mostly intact, but Ape Escape P is ruined by its clumsy interface and frustratingly long loading times. Try before you buy.
Simply, the game was built around a (for its day) unique dual-analog control scheme. Since this isn't possible on the PSP, what's left is merely a slightly annoying, if charming, run-of-the-mill platformer.
4Players.de (May 25, 2006)
Ja, Ende der Neunziger war Ape Escape auf der PSone sicher ein unterhaltsamer Titel mit einem innovativen Ansatz, der für einige vergnügliche Stunden an der Konsole gesorgt hat. Heute, auf der PSP und ohne zweiten Analogstick, macht die Affenjagd dagegen längst nicht mehr so viel Spaß und leidet neben dem Steuerungsdefizit an langen Ladezeiten, einer verkorksten Kamera sowie der altbackenen Präsentation. Außerdem stellt sich die Frage, warum ich mir ein Spiel kaufen soll, das praktisch 1:1 dem PlayStation-Original entspricht? Zumal es bald im Rahmen des angekündigten PlayStation-Emulators auf der PSP lauffähig sein und mit Sicherheit deutlich günstiger seind wird? Nein, wenn ich Ape Escape spielen will, hole ich doch lieber noch mal meine alte PlayStation vom Speicher oder lege gleich den dritten Teil der affigen Serie ins Laufwerk der PS2. Da freue ich mich wenigstens über einen griffigen Controller mit zwei Analogsticks.
Games TM (May 19, 2005)
The core game is as playable and entertaining as any platformer to have been released since the original Ape Escape, and despite control issues there's still a whole lot of monkeys to be caught and a whole lot of fun to be had doing it. With its new-found sheen and untouched gameplay, On The Loose is a fundamentally great game - it's just a pity it sometimes feels like you're playing it with a busted old third-party controller.
Gameplanet (Jul 13, 2006)
Aside from the rather small matter of difficult camera angles and perhaps a little too much of the same old same old, On the Loose is definitely the kind of game you'd love to buy your kids. With around 20-plus levels of non-stop action and fun, this game is great for keeping the younger members of your family occupied for hours.
Jeuxvideo.com (May 08, 2006)
Sentant quelque peu le réchauffé, cette version PSP du légendaire Ape Escape promettait grandement sur le papier, mais se révèle sans véritable saveur une fois dans l'arène. Réutilisant mot pour mot les rouages de son ancêtre, le titre de Sony ne parvient pas à innover et se contente d'arranger quelque peu sa forme. Possédant également de cruelles lacunes de gameplay, le soft n'en est pas mauvais pour autant. Exposant un univers enchanteur, des phases variées et une vraie inventivité dans la progression, cette version rappellera des bons souvenirs aux habitués, mais n'ira pas plus loin.
GameDaily (Dec 14, 2006)
Whatever group you belong to, know that Sony did a great job converting this game to the PSP. It's not the greatest game ever. In fact, it's not even the best PSP launch title, but it is a cool game that will boost your library. When you're through with Untold Legends, Metal Gear Acid, and most importantly Lumines, be sure to give On the Loose a serious look. You're just monkeying around if you don't.
This might be Sony’s idea of tiding platformer addicts until Ratchet, Sly, or Jak make their debut on the handheld, but it sure seems like a cheap attempt to do so. Ape Escape: On the Loose was fun back in the 32-bit/64-bit era when platformers were just emerging. But they have evolved so much since, and Ape Escape: On the Loose just feels plain stale.
Yahoo! Games (Apr 14, 2005)
Even if you do have a shiny new PSP to play with, you're better off picking up a copy of the original Ape Escape for the PlayStation. It'll control better, and be less than half the price. It's a shame that we have to mark down a remake of a classic favorite, but it just doesn't work well on the PSP. Pass it over in favor of one of the new handheld's better titles.
You may be among the adult human beings who still get a chuckle out of the concept of chasing and catching monkeys wearing flashing lights on their heads, but I have to think that even the party-game aspect of the Ape Escape titles is of much greater appeal to the 12-and-under set, the vast majority of whom will never own PSPs (thanks to the price of entry) unless their parents have lost their minds.
PlayLipse.fr (May 26, 2006)
On craignait de voir cet opus PSP reproduire tel quel le premier Ape Escape paru sur PSone : nos craintes s'avèrent fondées. Avec une réalisation technique ne faisant pas tout à fait honneur aux capacités de la nomade de Sony et des problèmes récurrents de gameplay, Ape Escape P déçoit là où on attendait une bonne surprise. Mais l'exercice de la capture des petits singes reste quelque chose de très amusant que l'on se délecte de faire tout au long des nombreux niveaux du soft. Les fans apprécieront alors que les autres se tourneront, à raison, vers d'autres softs du genre...
Game Revolution (Apr 14, 2005)
Unfortunately, Ape Escape's appeal pretty much begins and ends with the littlest chimps. While the puzzles and level design are as solid as any handheld platformer out there, the crazy camera, imprecise control and gorilla-sized load times keep his old silverback from evolving.
Gamestyle (2005)
Visually this is the most disappointing PSP title that Gamestyle has experienced to date. Ape Escape flatters to deceive, as with the time spent loading, you would have hoped for something marginally better than a PSone title with a varying frame rate and drab textures (perhaps highlighted by the higher resolution). It is colourful, in a primary school kind of way, and that's probably who will enjoy Ape Escape: On The Loose the most.
This game, while enjoyable, doesn't really need to be out there, especially at full price. You could find a used PS One and the original disc (a Greatest Hits entry) for less than what it would cost to buy this UMD. The only benefit here is portability. If that's important to you, then you'll be on the receiving end of an out-of-date, basically enjoyable title, that does what it needs to do and not much else.
GamingExcellence (Sep 20, 2005)
It’s truly a sad state of affairs when so much work has been put into porting such an archaic game to the PSP; especially one that could never have made the transition smoothly due to the control differences. If quality platformers were needed on launch day, the Spyro, Jak, Ratchet and Crash series should all have been considered before this abomination. As it stands, there is nothing to recommend Ape Escape to anyone but those sorry souls seeking self-punishment or the truly nostalgic out there who simply “must” have all things Ape Escape related. If you still doubt the level of wretchedness that Ape Escape reaches; my wife wanted to try it out because of the title. She played it for 15 minutes and started swearing like a sailor, and my wife doesn’t swear. Avoid this one at all cost. You’re welcome.
Fragland.net (Apr 14, 2006)
Want to get a crash course on how to piss a reviewer? Let him play Ape Escape P (and before you ask: I don't have a clue why that P is in there). Come on: did Sony actually expect us to like a castrated port of a 1999 PlayStation game that's being released in Europe a whole six months after its US release (as Ape Escape: On the Loose)?
G4 TV: X-Play (Mar 28, 2006)
This is all rather depressing, too, because the underlying game is so solid. Ape Escape's premise works so well, and this port of the original PlayStation game is so polished and fun to look at, you almost want to suffer through the horrible control scheme as you convince yourself it's all worth it. That is until you finally snap and send your expensive PSP hurtling toward a wall. It's great to see Sony still supporting this excellent franchise, but the PSP incarnation of Ape Escape does the series more harm than good.

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