Ape Escape 3 is a platforming video game published and developed by Sony for the PlayStation 2 video game console. It was first released in Japan on July 14, 2005, and was later released in North America on January 17, 2006, in Europe in May 5, 2006, and in Australia on May 18, 2006. It was re-released in Japan under the PlayStation 2 the Best on November 2, 2005.
Their mission was to go to every movie set and capture all the monkeys there and destroy the satellite there. Satoru and Sayaka easily capture Monkey White, Monkey Blue, and Monkey Yellow. When they reach the TV Station where Monkey Pink is, Satoru and Sayaka's attempts to capture her fail and she escapes. They manage to capture Monkey Red afterwards.
When they reach Tomuki City (Tomoki City), Tomuki challenges them to a battle in his giant robot. Tomuki, after being defeated by Satoru and Sayaka, and being humiliated by Specter, he lets them take his rocket to space to defeat his former partner. Once they reach Specter's Space Station, they capture all the monkeys and deactivate the movie sets on their way to specter. When they reach Specter, he tells them his plan about how he'll use his space station to cut the earth in half and keep half of it for the monkeys. Afterwards he gets in his new Goliath Mech and tries to activate his plan. After Specter is defeated, Monkey Pink releases him and the rest of the Freaky Monkey 5. To complete the game 100 percent, all the 442 monkeys have to be caught, all the time trials have to be completed with a gold time, and all the items, CDs, Video Tapes (except 28), Car Skins, Genie Dance tracks, books, etc. have to be bought. The game holds a total of 434 monkeys if the secret code monkeys are not caught.
Though its gameplay is similar to its predecessors, Ape Escape 3 features new changes to the series. The game allows the player to choose between a playable male character (Satoru) and a playable female character (Sayaka) at the beginning of the game (Though they have the same story and play the same). It centers on one of the two playable characters venturing throughout television programs to capture invading monkeys. There are now 400+ monkeys to capture in this game. A new feature in this game is the ability to morph into different outfits through a device built by Aki. Another addition to the game is "Monkey Steal!" If you attack a monkey too much not only will it try and face you head on, it may even steal a Gotcha Gadget. If that Gadget is the net, the player may get caught and will be brought back to the hub (The game treats you as though you had used Escape by letting you keep all the monkeys that were caught, returns any stolen items, and you do not lose a life from it). The stun club and the monkey net are the only gadgets that can get stolen.
Fantasy Knight - A Knight form for Satoru and Sayaka. Has very good defense and offense, but they can't catch monkeys from a distance.
Wild West Kid - Normal cowboy/girl abilities. Features chaps and hats. Can target monkeys to shoot and capture.
Miracle Ninja - Ninja outfit for Satoru and Sayaka. Can walk on walls. fly *to an extent* and dopplegang. They also become quicker and somewhat stronger in this form.
Genie Dancer (Genie Charmer in European version) - Character gains Arabian-esque outfit and the control of a genie who can teleport and make monkeys dance. In the game, Aki said she modeled the genie after Yellow Monkey.
Dragon Kung Fu Fighter (Kung Fu Master in European version) - Kung fu suit. Player can crash blocks, do high kicks, fast fury fire attack, and rapid strike catching ability.
Cyber Ace/Cyber Princess (Gotchaman Thunder/Fairy in European version) - The two have an attack called Pulse, can fly, and can also catch multiple monkeys. The strongest form for the two characters.
Super Monkey (Monkey in European version) - A giant Pipo Monkey suit. When worn, the characters can distract monkeys/make them dance, sniff bananas, and find secret rooms.
This game's story parodies Jackie Chan while the minigame's play parodies versus fighting games. The player is Ukki Chan/Jackie Chimp, who dedicates his life to finding his long lost parents by fighting against other monkeys.