Conclusion: Relentlessly goofy, the 3D platformer Escape 3 has brains enough to parody classic actors and their works: a monkey prances in black-and-white as Charlie Chaplin, another sits on a huge bed and spins its head in homage to The Exorcist. The game also knows to keep things moving; simian targets are usually bunched together to prevent levels from becoming extended hide-and-seek sessions—and it’s all done with enough saccharine sweetness to give Cindy Brady diabetes.
Excerpt: For the past few years, the Ape Escape franchise has quietly built itself up to be one of the more original and entertaining platformers around. While it hasn’t received the same recognition as Jak & Daxter or Ratchet & Clank , the series has still managed to hold onto a sizeable cult following. Ape Escape 3 is the latest game in the series and once again puts together an offering that is the series’ strongest yet. Ape Escape has always been known for its unique visuals.
Conclusion: All in all, Ape Escape 3 has great but not groundbreaking graphics, a corny but cute sound quality, and a very well polished replay value compared to the last two titles. But with so much monkey mayhem taking place, and with so many ways to join in the fun, Ape Escape 3 is definitely one of the best ways to frivolously spend your time that we can think of!
Excerpt: Ape Capture 3 would be a more appropriate name for this game than Ape Escape 3, albeit not as poetic of one. After all, the goal of the game is to capture 400 trouble-causing monkeys with your butterfly, um, monkey net. So just why are you trying to capture these monkeys? Well the evil genius Specter has unleashed them upon the world to film bizarre parodies of movies and stereotypical movie genres for broadcast on the world’s TV stations.
Summary: Some franchises reinvent themselves with
every installment, while others like Ape Escape thrive on their
consistency. While the developers give players a host of new mini-games
and the ability to morph into different forms, most of the conventions and
style that made the previous titles so appealing is back this time around.
Excerpt: Developer - SCIE Publisher - SCEI Features: 1-player Memory card- 370KB Analog control Vibration function 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.
Excerpt: Somehow I managed to miss out on the whole Ape Escape thing. I was always aware that the series existed, but beyond that basic awareness, I didn't have any feelings towards it one way or the other. I wasn't even sure whether the fact that the titular apes were escaping was supposed to be a good or bad thing.