Replay Value: 9.5
When Sony revealed their new platformer entitled Ape Escape, everybody thought it was a Donkey Kong killer. After Sony explained the plot, which was to catch crazy monkeys, the title DK killer disappeared. 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.
Sony's platform games have always been known to have great graphics and Ape Escape is no exception. Ape Escapes bright and colorful graphics give the game a lot more character. Spike who is the main character looks very nicely detailed, the backgrounds look pretty good, the monkeys and special effects also look very nice.
Originality is also what makes the gameplay more stimulating and Ape Escape is one of the most enjoyable and original games out there on the market right now. While trying to catch all 204 monkeys you might run across a few Specter Coins, which if a certain number is collected you open up a very entertaining bonus game. There are 3 mini-games in all, the first one which is a Skiing game, which features 5 characters, 3 stages to ski on, and a few more things. There is a boxing game with 6 characters, a championship, two-player, and training mode. Then there is the king of all of the mini games the Galaga type shooter, which is called Galaxy Monkey.
What happened with Spikes voice, in the demo version it sounded like a 10 year olds voice, but in the complete version, it's like the kid had went through puberty all of a sudden. He sounds like a 16 year old now for some reason. Now why don't we look at the positive side of things for a while, the songs are very good and sound clear, the speeches sound great, and the voice acting is superb.
The very first game to fully utilize the Dual Shocks L3 and R3 buttons in the US is Ape Escape. Ape Escape can only be played with an Analog Controller, because you move Spike with the left analog stick, and you use the gadgets with right stick. The L3 button is used to sneak up on monkeys, and while doing that press R3 to hide. Control in Ape Escape is very innovative and probably the most innovative we here at PSX Extreme have ever seen.
Ape Escape should keep you going for about a month or two. Since there are over 200 monkeys to catch, three very cool mini games to open, as well as having the ability to ride in a tank, using a sling shot, controlling an RC car, and so, so much more.