Ape Escape 3 PS2 Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 9.0
Graphics 8.2
Sound 8.0
Value 8.8
Distributor: Sony
Classification:
PG
Review Date:
April 2006
Reviewer:
Tory Favro

8.8

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Ape Escape 3

Part 3 of this strong franchise is here with some fantastic gameplay that all the kids will enjoy. Once again the naughty Specter and his monkeys are back to wreak havoc on the world, but playing as Kei or his sister Yumi, players will be able to  try and stop the monkey madness once and for all. 

Itís funny how in a lot of games that more of the same would make for a somewhat boring experience, however this has not been the case in any of the Ape series. Each time this title has surfaced, the time you spend with the game has been greatly rewarding, not to mention a heck of a lot of fun as well. 

The aim is simple enough: catch all the monkeys with the gadgets at your disposal before they take over all the airwaves with kooky shows designed to turn the human viewers into the couch potatoes that we are. Wait! Did I say that J The apes have help this time from the human Dr Tomoki that ends up with everyone but Yumi and Tomoki under itís thrall. 

There are a stack of levels in this game scattered with chimps throughout with their little flashing lights and this time you can count on a heightened aggression level with these guys as they are out to get you however they can with a whole host of weapons and.. the ability to steal your gadgets and even your net off you. Get caught with your own net and itís all over red rover. Be alert, not alarmed! 

Your own abilities this time are also heightened with the ability to morph into other characters during the game. This doesnít differ whether playing as either Kei or Yumi. You can play as a ninja, genie, or a knight, each with their own sweet points that will let you complete certain levels or beat end level bosses. 

Levels are designed upon certain themes and are all a pleasure to play your way through. One of the only things that annoyed me here was that once you catch your quota of apes, you get sent back out of that world, and have to go back again to get the rest of the stuff that you might have left behind that wasnít mission critical. 

Audio on the game is a barrel of laughs too with a lot of time and effort put into making the apes as funny as possible. Shrieks and other noises populate the game. At times the shrieking does get a bit over the top but what the heck, they are monkeys! They make noise! 

Finally there are a swag of mini games that populate the game, but as a long time fan of Metal Gear Solid, I was stoked to see a multi level Ape Escape version of the same game. Titled Mesal Gear Solid, it was actually contributed by Konami to the game and is stellar. There are a barrage of other competitions that take place in the mini titles that are a lot of fun as well. 

This is a game that really is a ton of fun. Sony develops some seriously good platforming titles and Ape Escape has always been the quieter of them all. Donít be fooled kids; this is a rock solid game that fans of the series really should be adding to their collections. 

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