Excerpt: So I got my copy of this game named “Ape Escape 2”. Erm, I wasn’t really excited by hearing the name, in fact I have to admit I had never heard of the original Ape Escape. So after some background searching, I found out the game was quite a success. So I wiped that arrogant smirk off my face (I was still thinking about the name) and started to approach the game seriously.
Excerpt: It's been some time since the last Ape Escape was released (with the intention of making full use of the Dual Shock controller)...unless you lived in Japan, where a semi-sequel dedicated to simian nudity was released between then and now (oh those crazy Japanese). Why SCEA decided to pass up the sequel to one of its PSOne Greatest Hits titles is beyond anyone. But you have to thank Ubi-Soft for giving the game a second chance.
Excerpt: The original Ape Escape managed to make full use of the Dual Shock controller for the Playstation by making players use both analog sticks to control the action. Even with this innovative element, the original game ended up a sleeper hit in the platformer genre. Subsequently, a semi-sequel was released in Japan in 2001 and Sony developed a true sequel in 2002.
Pros: Fun gadgets and gameplay, Monkeys are pretty funny, Familiar voice cast
Cons: Graphics could be better, Too easy, Some pretty lame prizes to be earned
Conclusion: All of this leads to a lighthearted, silly story that is a fun little romp, if a little overly cutesy. The monkeys are adorable in their idiosyncrasies and the bosses often times are very funny in what their priorities are, like a very effeminate overweight sumo monkey dripping with narcissism that simply wants to be adored by the masses for his “beauty”, or the little pink monkey who just wants to be a pop star.
Summary: A few years ago Sony introduced a device called the Dual Shock. Life before Dual Shock was horrible; thumbs became sore as a result of holding down the d-pad for hours on end. Precise movements and commands weren’t possible because control was limited to eight directions, causing a hindrance on the budding 3D platformer genre. Indeed, life before Dual Shock was bad, controls bad. Then one day everything changed.
Excerpt: To say the least, Ape Escape on the PSone was a hidden gem that truly had an impact on the console by taking a new concept on the controls of the game, as well as for being a fine platformer. As you may or may not know, Ape Escape pulled this off by becoming the first PlayStation game to make full use of the Dual Shock analog controller. Unique? Yes. Innovative? You bet.
Excerpt: There's no doubt about it, Super Mario 64 paved the way for all 3D platform titles some 8 years ago. There have been dozens and dozens of half-assed clones, and there have also been a few 3D platformers that in many ways outdid Super Mario 64 in various categories. One of the most notable of the elite few is Ape Escape. It's perhaps one of the best platform titles I've ever played.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: A great platformer peppered with wacky boss encounters, engaging scenarios and solid gameplay. It can get tiresome, but the same can be said of many titles in this day and age.