Ape Escape 3

Ape Escape 3

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.

Plot

It begins when Specter, the Pipo Monkey's Leader, finds a pipo helmet, and hires the human scientist Dr. Tomoki to aid him in his evil plans. They establish TV stations protected by the Freaky Monkey Five where they plan to broadcast TV shows worldwide. The television shows that are broadcast on every television put every human except the twins, Satoru and Sayaka (Kei and Yumi in the U.S. version), their aunt Aki, and Natsuki (Natalie) into a mindless trance. When Natalie informs Kei and Yumi that Spike, Jimmy and the Professor were all infected by the television show, Satoru and Sayaka go out to catch the monkeys and thwart Specter and Tomoki.

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.

Gameplay

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.

Forms

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.

Characters

Minigames

As in the first two games, Ape Escape 3 contains minigames. To get them, the player buys them from the Hobby Shop. The minigames are:

Monkey Throw Stadium/Monkey See, Monkey Throw

In this minigame the player chooses a primary and a secondary monkey from a list, the primary monkey then sees how far he can throw the secondary monkey. More monkeys will pop up when you capture them. At least 2 throwers and 2 hammer monkeys can be found from Space Station Saru 3/Cuz' you love it! Specter Tv/Space Tv Fortress stage.

Ultim-ape Fighter/Fists of Furry

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.

Mesal Gear Solid: Snake Escape

The mini-game Mesal Gear Solid: Snake Escape (the word "mesal" is a portmanteau of "metal" and "saru", the Japanese word for ape), a collaboration between Sony and Konami, is available at the Hobby Shop, after the main game has been completed once. It is the second crossover between the Ape Escape and Metal Gear Solid franchises, following the "Snake vs. Ape" mini-game in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. In Snake Escape, the player controls Pipo Snake, a monkey with the battle data of Solid Snake. Colonel Campbell contacts the Professor, telling him that Solid Snake has gone dark at a base housing the latest version of "Mesal Gear (which resembles the Shagohod in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater)." Monkeys are running the base. They have demanded ten billion bananas within 72 hours, or else they will fire Mesal Gear's "Lazy Cannon," a very sharp reference to the "Lethargy Laser." Spike, Jimmy, Kei, and Yumi are at summer camp, and the Monkey Net is broken. The Professor decides to download the battle data of Solid Snake into a monkey and send him to rescue Solid Snake. Pipo Snake is that monkey. The game is a hybrid of the stealth-based action of Metal Gear Solid with the humor of Ape Escape. Pipo Snake must get through several areas guarded by monkeys in order to reach Mesal Gear and save Solid Snake. Along the way, he can stun guards and take out cameras with his Banana Gun, attack bosses with Pineapple Grenades, and blow up computers with Watermelon Bombs. He can collect Monkey tags, rescue hostages, evade security systems, and wear a cardboard box. There are several boss battles that pay tribute to previous Ape Escape and MGS games.

Reception

  • X-Play gave it a 3/5.
  • Game Informer rated it 8.5/10

External links

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