Ape Escape is back with its third game in the series. The evil monkey leader Specter has returned. Donning his helmet he has once again become the monkey mastermind bent on global conquest. This time around he has teamed up with the weird Dr.Tomoki and he has made a broadcast to all television sets rendering all who watch the crazy shows into mindless vegetables. The gravest news is that the Professor, Spike and Jimmy have watched the broadcast and are now incapacitated and it is now to Kei & Yumi, the nephew and niece of Aki, the Professer
Developer - SCIE
Publisher - SCEI
Memory card- 370KB
Ape Escape is back with its third game in the series. The evil monkey leader Specter has returned. Donning his helmet he has once again become the monkey mastermind bent on global conquest. This time around he has teamed up with the weird Dr.Tomoki and he has made a broadcast to all television sets rendering all who watch the crazy shows into mindless vegetables. The gravest news is that the Professor, Spike and Jimmy have watched the broadcast and are now incapacitated and it is now to Kei & Yumi, the nephew and niece of Aki, the Professer’s former student, to stop Specter and Dr.Tomoki from taking over the world.
As far as graphics go Ape Escape 3 has some pretty good animation. But compared to other PS2 games it’s nothing to brag about. However the graphics have a nice flow to them and pay a lot of attention to detail. Water, clothes and vehicle movement is finely done. The images and scenary are refreshing to look at and all the colors blend nicely, making the game so much more enjoyable to play. The great thing about Ape Escape 3 is the variety of scenery and the themes they use. You may find yourself in a dark castle, a Japanese hot spring, or even the Wild West. My personal favorite is the ‘Stealthy Simian Ninja’ stage, which reminds me about ‘Sly Cooper’.
The sounds of Ape Escape 3 are as numerous as the levels themselves and every level has it’s own personal theme song. While playing Ape Escape 3, the characters will be able to preform ‘morph’ techniques, each of which have their own unique theme song. The ‘Genie Dancer’ morph has two songs it can make, one is the main theme when you transform and the second is when you make your genie dance to a funky beat. Songs are not just avalible for the stages or morph modes however as you can buy CD’s at the virtual music store for one-hundered gotcha coins. The song can then be listened to in your virtual home theater area. On top of that you can watch movies which can be purchased for two-hundered gotcha coins. The general sound of Ape Escape 3 made this game natural enough to keep me interested and I wonder what crazy tune would pop-up next.
Like the first two games the objective is to capture all the Pipo monkeys and defeat Specter. So to keep players interested this time around the game has been given new heroes and a different genre of levels to make the third game different. In this game you can play as either Kei or the slightly older twin sister Yumi. Because Yumi is a big pop star she may have an easier time catching monkeys that have fallen for her talent. Being that the levels of Ape Escape 3 are television programs one must stop the broadcasting their evil shows, To do this Aki has invented a device to allow Kei & Yumi to travel through the television and to the various movie sets where the monkeys are. If you catch the required amount of monkeys the show will be cancelled and you eventually on to Specter.
Perhaps my favorite feature of the game was the wide variety of levels. It can range from a little red riding hood type show to a superchimp movie. I must admit that I love the way the creators set up the level design as it lets you experience so many different types of scenery in this one single game. It is easy to stay interested because you never know what kind of place the hero will go next. As mentioned earlier in this review one of my favorite levels is the “Stealthy Simian Ninja” show where you can do lots of neat stuff like walking on ropes, running on walls and moving at fast speeds. Overall I was very impressed with the variety and range of levels.
Like in the first two games Ape Escape 3 also has gotcha gadgets to help our heros capture those pesky pipo monkeys. There are a total of eight gotcha gadgets Aki will give to you. Some of these include the stun club, the gotcha net, the RC car and the sling shot to name a few. Along with the gotcha gadgets there is also a morph capability Kei & Yumi can use. The first morph you receive is the ‘fantasy knight’ morph which has powerful attacks and is a good ‘heavy duty’ type to use. My favorite morph is the ‘Miracle Ninja’ which allows Kei & Yumi to run fast, walk on ropes, run on walls, and summon clones to attack monkeys and teleborgs. There are a total of seven morphs in all.
Finally, there are many vehicles Aki has put throughout the stages to assist Kei & Yumi to progress and fight powered up monkeys. These vehicles are boats, robots, tanks and racecars. Most if not all of these vehicles are quite difficult to operate but if you have some difficulties on piloting them one need to just hit the blue cell phone and Aki will fill you in.
Ape Escape 3 is a fun game to play. It may not be everyone’s game of choice but for me I enjoyed the vast level types and the actual storyline isn’t half bad either. To those Ape Escape fans out there you will not be disappointed with Ape Escape 3.