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An absolute classic!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Ape Escape - Platinum (PS) (Video Game)
Ape Escape is perhaps one of the best platformers ever! Largely underbought by the public because of the analogue-only controls, it's a crime to ignore this game at less than £20. It concerns Spike, who is entrusted with stopping (and capturing) an army of monkies from changing the past. All very well, you say, but these are no ordinary monkies. They are super-intelligent, and each has to be approached and caught in a different manner. Some will run away if they see you, some have machine guns and open fire on you, some trigger traps to get you, whilst others hoof it into their UFOs and circle overhead! What makes this game stand out most is perhaps it's excellent sense of humour. Both kids and adults can enjoy it, although it's colourful and childlike appearance belies some of it's jokes (such as a monkey called 'Spank'). Another brilliant feature of this game is the excellent gadgets you're given. Loads of bits from a radio-controlled car to an extendable boxing glove aid you in catching those monkies. My personal favourite, though, are the unlockable mini-games. Ski-ing, boxing, and a monkey version of Space Invaders all feature. You can spend hours in a boxing tournament, or try to get the fastest time at ski-ing. There are plenty of big, origional levels and mini sections to learn how to perfect each gadget. There's even a encyclopedia of all the monkies you've captured where you can view them and look at their statistics. One fault though - this game is too easy. You could have it completed in a few days realistically, but even when you've done that there's still stuff to go back for, and the high quality of the game more than makes up for it. If you like your games to have their tongue firmly in their cheek, then this game is for you. Infact if you like platform games then chances are you'll love Ape Escape. Buy this game today, you won't regret it.