Excerpt: Minigames zijn helemaal in op dit moment, niet in het minst dankzij de Nintendo DS en spelletjes zoals WarioWare. Apen zijn altijd al cool geweest, denk maar aan Monkey Island, King Kong of zelfs Donkey Kong. De mensen bij Sony moesten dan ook niet te lang brainstormen om met het volgende briljante idee op de proppen te komen: neem een hoop aapjes, zoek een vijftigtal minigames, plak er een naam op en breng het uit op de PSP.
Excerpt: What happens when you put addictively cute monkeys, a plot to take over the world and ridiculous gadgets together? Ape Escape, easily one of the kookiest series produced by Sony. But now, instead of taking over every PS2, Specter and his gang of simians are now branching out to PSPs everywhere. What’s more, they’re looking for a couple new recruits to monkey around with.
Excerpt: Last year’s Ape Escape: On The Loose for the PSP introduced a few mini-game challenges fit for up to two-players. While the main game was a passable experience, it was fun diving into such mini-games like simian boxing, ping-pong and snowboarding. Ape Escape Academy, though, is all about the mini-games so if you’re expecting to see the usual monkey-catching antics of Spike you’re in for quite a surprise.
Pros: Good Graphics, nice effects.
Cons: Voice acting weak at best, not enough addictive games.
Excerpt: Much like the genius who realized that donut holes were as good or better than the actual donut, the rise of "mini-game games" was a great moment in gaming. Mini-games went from being loadtime time-killers to being a game form in their own right. Ape Escape Academy uses a host of mini-games to tell the story of an aspiring rampant monkey who needs to sharpen his skills.
Excerpt: Making a name for itself by being the first game designed for use with the then-new concept of dual analog sticks, Ape Escape has never truly been at the forefront of platforming action. Take away the newness of its features (or just take away the dual sticks, as the PSP re-release of Ape Escape has) and what's left is an uninspired effort that can't hang with the big boys of the genre.
Excerpt: Developer – Shift Publisher – Sony Computer Entertainment Features 1-4 Players Multiplayer on one PSP Wi-Fi Compatible (Ad-Hoc)(1-4 Players) The name Ape Escape is quite synomous with the Playstation Brand, and it only makes sense to continue to publish this legacy on the PSP. This time around the latest version in this franchise tries something different.
Excerpt: Ape Escape Academy is a bit of a departure for the Ape Escape series. To date all of the Ape Escape games have been platform games with a puzzle emphasis as you worked to capture a bunch of clever little monkeys. Ape Escape Academy shows you how these monkeys learned their escape skills in the first place, in an academy for monkeys in which the students are forced to play seemingly endless series of mini games.
Excerpt: Ape Escape Academy totally sullies the franchise's reputation for great ape escapism by blatantly suckering you into thinking you're getting another portable knock-off of a good console game for your personal bus-riding pleasure, except you're so not.