Ape Escape: Million Monkeys, known as Saru Get You Million Monkeys in Japan (サルゲッチュ ミリオンモンキーズ) is a platforming video game published and developed by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 2 video game console. It was released throughout Asia a year after the previous title Ape Escape 3. The game entered the "Best Of" franchise on March 15, 2007, which was less than a year after the original release date.
The game has two story plots to play. One is "Team Kakeru" referring to Spike and his friends, the other "Team Specter" which refers to Specter and his monkeys. Each "team" has their own plot, which involves the same gameplay, but the story has changed.
Episode Kakeru Edit
The story starts with Spike, Natalie, the Professor and Casi (who now has a human body) gathering in a city. The Professor's computer program in the form of the character "Charu", alerts them of the disaster happening in the city. A gigantic battleship appeared in the sky filled with Pipo Monkeys, armed with armor and guns. It is also shown that Specter has joined forces with a mysterious group of monkeys, to take over the world once more. Helga is also present when the attacks began.
Suddenly, a giant Goliath dropped down to terrorize civilians, until Spike and friend later toke it down. With the monkeys on the loose around the city, Spike and friends decides to catch them. They take down a truck carrying weapons provided by the monkeys.
The team later find out about their next target via NSB News that the monkeys have invaded over 30 world countries, an "Anti-Monkey World Defense" have been established with the help of over 43 countries, and that there are reports saying that monkeys are building a base which may diploid the same kind of laser beam cannon near an industrial complex by the coast. Spike and co head there and destroy it before the laser cannon is fired.
It's at this point in the game where the entire world is under siege of the monkey threat, as armored Pipo Monkeys have appeared, and people and armies have been combating against the monkeys, but to no avail. Along with this a battleship appeared over a stadium, with monkeys running loose there.
Eventually, Spike and co. were able to get on the battleship, and find Specter. Eventually they do reach Specter, and reveals that he previously fought and beaten Helga. This angers Spike and two proceed to battle.
Spike beats Specter, when all of a sudden, Pipotron G appears to fight Spike and co. After beating him, the ship starts to malfunction. Then it is revealed that the Mystery Man is the one behind the entirety of the game's events. The ship starts breaking apart, and Pipotrong G sacrifices himself to save Natalie and Casi from being crushed from falling debris.
While escaping, the team gets caught in a Virtual Space Trap, trapping them into a Virtual World. A Neo Pipotron named Pipotron Krack caught wind of this and created an army of Virus Casis. Since the real Casi is a robot, she is the only Casi not to be corrupted. After beating the Virus Casis and escaping a puzzle maze, Spike and co. were able to escape the Virtual World Trap. This angers the Mystery Man, and kills Pipotron Krack and turns him into a purple liquid as punishment. Due to Spike and Specter's meddling, his plan of world domination has been completely ruined. However, the liquid of Krack and Meta has been incorporated into a final back up plan, and he proceeds to blow up the battleship. However, when the countdown begins, Pipotron J, the leader of the Neo Pipotrons, comes up to him and strangle him, angered by the death of his brothers. The Mystery Man tries to electrocute him, but this not only electrocutes Pipotron J, but also himself. The battleship explodes and crashes in the ocean, with mysterious purple substances landing on the ground.
Meanwhile, humans all over the world have been torn into two sides; For the Monkeys, and Against the Monkeys.
Then, mysterious new lifeforms called Blobs have appeared all over the city, and are now invading with the monkeys. An injured Helga goes out to investigate, until Spike and co. arrive. Since Helga needs to be treated, but the Blobs need to be defeated, the team splits up. Spike goes on an escort mission to help Helga, and Natalie, Professor and Casi go out to fight the Blobs. A truck then appears the help Helga and Spike, and its revealed the drivers are the Pipotrons.
Helga revealed that the Blobs are invincible and can only be destroyed by a special Gadget. The Gadget is on the truck that the Pipotrons are driving. Spike and co help protect the truck the Pipotrons are driving. The Gadget in the truck is a Super Gadget called the Satellite Laser.
Spike, Natalie, Professor, and Casi all head out to fight the leader of the Blobs, the Mother Blob. Spike then uses the Satellite Laser to summon a laser in Tokyo, which fires a laser beam into space, bounce off a satellite back to Earth and deal the finishing blow on the Mother Blob.
With the Blobs destroyed, the Monkey Army retreats, and the world returns back to normal. Helga then mentions that the High-Tech Tournament is starting up again.
Episode Specter Edit
In "Team Specter", Specter is on vacation and is alerted by the Pipo Monkeys that the monkeys have started to take over the world, without his permission. He is shown that someone has created a Specter impostor, and Specter goes to save the world, before he is defeated. Once the impostor is defeated, it's revealed it was a Pipotron called "Meta" and it can take form of any living creature. The Pipotrons used Meta to take control of the monkeys, and now that he is gone, the monkeys have gone wild throughout Tokyo, and mutant creatures have taken over the city. It's now up to Specter and his team to save the world.
The gameplay uses the action based gameplay from the party title Ape Escape: Pumped & Primed, and mixes it with the platforming ape catching of the original title. Players use different weapons to destroy machines, and creatures lurking throughout the city. Players also use Gadgets to defeat monkeys, and use the "Monkey Net" to catch them. Each mission requires a different goal. Sometimes you will need to defeat a boss, other times you will need to defeat a set of Targets, defend certain characters or weapons that will help you throughout the game or sometimes you just need to capture a set of monkeys. Each mission containing monkeys has up to 100 monkeys available for capture. The more you capture, the more "Gotcha Points" get added to your total score, which helps you unlock certain items in various ways. Missions #18 and #19 differ from the rest of the game. It requires you to solve virtual puzzles within a time limit. This is the only occasion where Gadgets are no longer necessary to win the mission.
Playable Characters Edit
All of the playable characters from Ape Escape: Pumped & Primed return in this game. For the first time ever on the Ape Escape series, Specter is playable. Jake and Dark Specter are unlockable characters, but are only playable in Coliseum Mode and Multiplayer Mode. Four new characters, Pipotron G, Legend, Volcano, and Virus Casi are playable.
|Character Name||Obtained via|
|The Professor (Hakaze)||N/A|
|Pipotrons (Pipotron Red, Pipotron Blue
and Pipotron Yellow)
|Dark Jake (Dark Hiroki)||Code:
|Virus Casi (Virus Charu)||Code:
*Both Jake and Helga can be unlocked through other means, but they can also be unlocked through codes.
|Level Name||Monkey Book Monkeys||Total Monkeys||Pokepi Present|
(Tokyo Teleport Station)
- The game was planned to be released in the United Kingdom in late 2006, but the game was postponed and later canceled due to Ape Escape 3 coming out on the same year.
- With 15 characters, this game has the most playable characters in an Ape Escape game.
- This is the last Ape Escape game released on the PlayStation 2.
- Some of the cutscenes in the game have the film in live action.
- Despite Monkeys invading the entire world, the game most stays in one city.
|Characters||Casi · Jake · Natalie · Professor · Specter · Spike|
|Gadgets||Dash Hoop · Magic Punch · Monkey Radar · R.C. Car · Sky Flyer · Slingback Shooter · Stun Club · Time Net · Water Net|
| || |
|Prehistoric Era/ The Lost Land||Fossil Field · Primordial Ooze · Molten Lava|
|Cenozoic Era/ Mysterious Age||Thick Jungle · Dark Ruins · Cryptic Relics|
|Dimension/Dimension X||Stadium Attack|
|Primitive Age/Oceana||Crabby beach · Coral Cave · Dexter's Island|
|Ice age/New Freezeland||Snowy Mammoth · Frosty Retreat · Hot Springs|
|Dimension/Dimension X||Gladiator Attack|
|Recent Past/Medieval Mayhem||Sushi Temple · Wabi Sabi Wall · Crumbling Castle|
|Present-Day/Futurama||City Park · Specter's Factory · TV Tower|
|Present-Day 2/Specter Land||Monkey Madness|
|Dimension/Dimension X||Peak Point Matrix|