Ape Escape 3 Review
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. The shows are so bizarre and goofy that anyone who begins watching them falls into a mindless stupor and becomes a helpless couch potato. Luckily fourth graders Yumi and Kei are warned of the broadcasts and with the help of their mom set out to capture the monkeys and put an end to their careers in entertainment.
|Looks like an airplane adventure...|
Ape Escape 3 is a platform game, but there is a lot more strategy and puzzle-solving to the game than you’ll find in most games in the genre. Locating the escaped monkeys and getting to them is as much a part of the gameplay as is actually capturing them. There’s also a stealth element to the game in that sneaking up on monkeys and surprising them makes them a lot easier to catch than if they spot you and start running around like mad or worse, start attacking you. Each monkey in the game wears a little police siren on his or her head that will switch to yellow if they become suspicious that someone is near and will go red if you’re noticed. It’s a good visual aid when trying to sneak up on a monkey but it also adds to the feeling of pandemonium that ensues when several monkeys are running around with flashing red sirens going off full blast.
If you’ve played prior Ape Escape games then all this is pretty familiar to you. What will not be familiar is that Ape Escape 3 adds the ability to transform yourself into different types of characters. For example, you can transform into a cowboy and fire monkey nets with your guns or into a ninja and gain special moves. Personally I liked the genie master form’s power to unleash a dancing genie whose moves can mesmerize monkeys. Who’s the mindless drone now, monkey boy?