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Ape Escape 2™
Ape Escape 2 USA
Information
Platform

PS2 MiniIcon

Developer

SCE Japan

Publisher

SCE

Release Date(s)

Japan July 18, 2002
America June 30, 2003
Europe March 14, 2003

Ape Escape 2, known in Japan as Saru Get You 2 (サルゲッチュ 2) is the second installment of the Ape Escape franchise, and the direct sequel of Ape Escape. It was released on PlayStation 2.

Plot

This game takes place after the events in Ape Escape 2001, where Spike had stopped Specter from taking over the world. After some time had passed, the Professor had left for a vacation leaving his granddaughter, Natalie, and Spike's cousin, Jimmy, to watch over the laboratory. The Professor has left them with one task: deliver a load of monkey pants to the monkeys in Monkey Park. Jimmy accidentally sends not only the monkey pants, but some Monkey Helmets as well, wrecking the laboratory in the process. Specter gets a hold of one, and yet again makes an army of monkeys bent on ruling the world. Under Natalie's orders, Jimmy aims to capture all the monkeys and stop Specter (due to the mess-up from earlier). However, Specter has supplied five monkeys, The Freaky Monkey Five, with Vita-Z Bananas, making them stronger and more intelligent than the average monkeys.

Jimmy manages to capture all of the Freaky Monkey Five, except Yellow Monkey. Before his fight with White Monkey, Pipotchi, a baby monkey accompanying Jimmy, has been kidnapped, in order to transfer the data in his Monkey Helmet (a re-engineered model which makes Pipotchi friendly) into a device called the Lethargy Laser. Rescuing Pipotchi, Jimmy makes his way through a monkey controlled military base, and confronts Specter, who is waiting for him with a redesigned version of his battle cruiser from the first game. Before the two can battle, Yellow Monkey, now a giant monster thanks to an overdose of Vita-Z bananas attacks the facility. Specter flees, and Jimmy manages to downsize and capture Yellow.

Jimmy, the Professor and Natalie then discover the purpose of the Lethargy Laser. By firing it at the globe, all humans worldwide will lose the will to fight back, making it easier for Specter and the monkeys to take over the world. Jimmy confronts Specter at his moonbase, who attacks him with a giant robot. Once defeated, Specter attempts to fire the laser, but Jimmy states that humans will never give up, and captures him. Jimmy and Pipotchi then flee the exploding moonbase.

Shortly afterwards, Specter escapes and goes into hiding. Jimmy then proceeds to capture all the remaining monkeys before the Professor discovers Specter's hiding place. Jimmy warps there, encountering Specter, and the two of them battle again. Specter loses and is once again captured. The game ends with Spike visiting the laboratory, which is again destroyed when Jimmy accidentally crashes a spaceship into it.

Gameplay

Gameplay is similar to the first Ape Escape game. Jimmy can run, jump, climb, and swing on objects. Throughout the adventure, he gains several gadgets from the Professor in order to help in his monkey catching mission. Like before, Gadgets are used with the Right Analog Stick instead of the face buttons. There are also new techniques, such as a long jump.

When Entering a stage, the number of monkeys that should be captured in order to complete the stage will be displayed. However, more may be available in the stage than asked for, which means that you will need to return into the stage another time to finish it entirely. The bottom-right corner of the screen displays a group of icons indicating how many apes have been captured (a net icon) and how many must still be captured (an ape head icon). Jimmy's Health is shown by cookies, which he can gain from cookies that are dropped by enemies. His life icon is symbolized by his vest.

Coins are also different in this . Instead of the conventional 100 coins= 1 life, coins can now go over 100, and max out at 999. Coins also have a combo meter, where every 5 coins turns every coin in the stage into a 5x coin, and every 5 coins turns into a 10x coin.

Gadgets

There are now 12 Gadgets in Ape Escape 2. All of the previous Gadgets in Ape Escape return, and are given an updated look. 4 new gadgets appear, with one of them only appearing with a special disk. Like before, more Gadgets are given to Jimmy during various events.

Minigames

Like in the previous game, Ape Escape 2 features 3 minigames. But this time, instead of being unlocked only by collecting Specter Coins, the player has to pay for them with Gold Coins, collected throughout levels, via a vending machine called the Gotcha Box in the Travel Station. However, you still need to clear a specific level in order to make those available in the Gotcha Box.

Name
Logo
How to unlock
Dance Monkey Dance Ape Escape 2 Dance Monkey Dance! Clear Ninja Hideout
Monkey Soccer Ape Escape 2 Monkey Soccer Clear Enter The Monkey
Monkey Climber Ape Escape 2 Monkey Climber Clear The Lost Valley

Characters

  • Jimmy: The main protagonist. He's out to catch all of the monkeys.
  • Pipotchi: Jimmy's partner and friend. He can help give hints on Gadgets.
  • Natalie: The Professor's granddaughter. She assist Jimmy on catching the monkeys.
  • Professor: An old man with a goofy personality. He's currently on vacation.
  • Specter: The main antagonist. This time, he's out to rule the world in Present Time.
  • Pipo Monkeys: The main enemies. There are 300 in total to catch.
  • Blue Monkey: The fastest member of the Freaky Monkey Five.
  • Yellow Monkey: The weirdest member of the Freaky Monkey Five.
  • Pink Monkey: The female member of the Freaky Monkey Five.
  • White Monkey: The smartest member of the Freaky Monkey Five.
  • Red Monkey: The leader member of the Freaky Monkey Five.
  • Spike: The protagonist of the first game. His current whereabouts are unknown.

Levels

Each of the game level's are connected through the Hub world, now the Travel Station. Jimmy now has to catch 300 monkeys.

Name Monkeys
Travel Station None
Liberty Island Harley Q. Win (Secret Monkey)

George

Libby

Chill

Henry

Tomkey Kruise

Breezy Village Dozy

Baboondini

Walter

Jon

Crusty

Balboa (Secret Monkey)

Port Calm Dannyboy

Seanyboy

Chili

Beday

Florence

Punto

Lilo

Manuel (Secret Monkey)

Viva Apespania Pogo

Slope

Billy

Ole

Chutney

Wiz

Birgit

Lily

Trip

Toro

Annie

Luis (Secret Monkey)

Blue Monkey Battle! Blue Monkey
Castle Frightmare! Arthur (Secret Monkey)

Virgil

The Invisible Monkey (Secret Monkey)

Monk Quixote

Van

Simon

Pierce

Jumpy

Viv

Count Monkula

Hyde

Stein

Nana

Vita-Z Factory Vic

Bob

Snap

Al

Chomp

Arnie (Secret Monkey)

Phil G.

Bobby

Skippy

Casino City Bubbles

Clint Apewood

Jackson

Jessica

Jester

Leo (Secret Monkey)

Oozy

Pelvis

Pierrot

Raymond

Shaft

Simian Seagal

Ulysses

Vincent

Vindy

Ninja Hideout Snooz

Twiggy

Harry Karry

Chan

Duncan

Somnia

Hideyoshi

Takashi

Rapido

Jim

Bon-o

Boxer (Secret Monkey)

Chuck

Shiho

Ledski

Harvey

Yellow Monkey Battle! Yellow Monkey
Snowball Mountain Bernie

Zebedee

Jibber

Threedee (Secret Monkey)

Monkey Claus

Chill

Parka

Raver

Elodie

Davee

Big Bopper

Jimmy

Eddie the Falcon

Zippy

Lookout Valley Ally

Chris

Gill

Gunn

Lily

Livingstone (Secret Monkey)

Louis

Olivia

Simian Tell

Ty

The Blue Baboon Helmut

Sandy

Gloria

Michelle

Erin (Secret Monkey)

Brad

Mulder (Moldy NTSC)

Rik

Montague

Shorty

Speedo (Speedy NTSC)

Sooz

Pink Monkey Battle! Pink Monkey
Enter the Monkey Jean Paul

Simeski

Barry

Chan (Monkie Chan NTSC)

Marshall

Wesley

Chaz

Daimion

Bruce Monkee (Secret Monkey)

Miyazaki (Tai Shing NTSC)

Johnny

Naseem

Ming

Ryan

Martin

Jools

James

John Ook (Monk NTSC)

Goku (Songokou NTSC) (Secret Monkey)

Daniel C. Ooke

Simian Citadel Sly

Norman

Alex

Jonah

Mermonkey

Colin

Nicky

Vaughan

Dave

Gonzales

Daley

Ollie

Dolph (Secret Monkey)

Tommy (Secret Monkey)

Grace

Jim

Rex

Brucie (Spruce NTSC)

Woody (Woodward NTSC)

Panic Pyramid Piz

Stu
Jimbo
Robert
Stevie
Eric
Becky
Gordon
Uri
Spud
Sphinx
Curley
Slim
Dane
Chimpette

Cleo (Secret Monkey)

Anthony (Secret Monkey)

White Monkey Battle! White Monkey
Pirate Isle Pugwash

Hawkins

Stephenson

Burt

Kelli

Mel

Bradley

Dick

Bonzo

Spicy

Captain Ook

Jeffrey

Freddie

Oliver

Denis

Bobby

Vic

Scratchy

Indy

Lee (Secret Monkey)

Land of the Apes Mona

Patrick

Stone

Torvill

Dean

Seb

Lars

Philippe

Robinson

Monkski

Linz

Murray

Craig

Mr. Frosty

Bonez

Lynn

Brian

Speak No Evil

Hear No Evil

Smell No Evil

Rupert (Secret Monkey)

The Lost Valley Sam

Mervin

Grant

Des

Stanley

Baz

Christy

Stumpy

Lunch

Lewis

Ovett

Prince

Babe

Terry

Murdoch

Homey (Secret Monkey)

Monko Polo (Secret Monkey)

Emma (Secret Monkey)

Red Monkey Battle! Red Monkey
Skyscraper City Slider

Spank
Sue
Din
Dum Dum
Jitter
Lind
Tater
Robson
Slacker
Frank
Eubank
Miller
Ty
Spacey
Ivor
Cameron
Champ
Douglass
Brendan
Ricardo

Rory (Secret Monkey)

Dexter (Secret Monkey)

Code C.H.I.M.P. Tanjobi

Major

Cole

Kiki

Mimi

Ebiike

Sloth

Heston

Corporal

General

Laura

The Cleaner

Gaelle

Matt

Sinclair

Keebles

Sylvester

The Chimpinator

Sandra

Boots

Buzz (Secret Monkey)

Giant Yellow Monkey Battle! Giant Yellow Monkey
Moon Base Chelsea

Lardy
Ookas
Sulky
Ape-01
Chewmonkey
Quirk
Kai
Tom
Kenoape
Apester
Apewalker
Willie
Ham
Apestrong
Scotty
Neo
Bobo

Megamonkey (Secret Monkey)

Lester (Secret Monkey)

Showdown with Specter Symbol Crasher Monkey/Ultra Goliath
Final Showdown with Specter Specter

New Game+

If the player has successfully complete the game and catch all monkeys, Spike can be playable on a new file. Highlight the "New Game" option on the Main Menu, hold L1 and press Start to play as Spike. In this mode, all of the Monkeys become harder to catch, but all of the Gadgets in the game become available for you at the start. There are also no cutscenes in this mode.
Ape Escape 2 Spike

Development

The music of the game was composed by Koji Hayama, managed by Don Makkou and Bungo Fujiwara of Two Five and data programmed by Masaaki Kaneko of Procyon Studio. The game's sound effects were created by Takashi Kanai and Junko Sano. The voice acting of the American version was recorded by Dan Rich and Jeremy Blaustein. The voice acting of the European version was recorded at Side UK on Great Titchfield Street in London, with Andy Emery serving as the voice director.

Ape Escape 2 was re-released as a PSN title in 2016, featuring trophies and upscaled graphics.

Voice Actors

Voice Actors
Role American Voice Actor European Voice Actor Japanese Voice Actor
Jimmy/Hikaru Veronica Taylor David Holt Motoko Kumai
Pipotchi Tara Sands David Holt Omi Minami
Natalie/Natsumi Rachael Lillis Rachel Preece Jouji Yanami
Professor/Hakaze Dan Green Jonathan Keeble Tomoko Kawakami
Specter Gregory Abbey Marc Silk Chika Sakamoto
Blue Monkey/Ukki Blue Gregory Abbey Richard Pearce Takahiro Sakurai
Yellow Monkey/Ukki Yellow James Carter Cathcart David Holt Shoto Kashii
Pink Monkey/Ukki Pink Veronica Taylor Rachel Preece Miyuki Matsushita
White Monkey/Ukki White Gary Littman Marc Silk Kenichi Ogata
Red Monkey/Ukki Red Gregory Abbey Uncredited Daisuke Gori
Spike/Kakeru Dan Green Richard Pearce Fujiko Takimoto

Gallery

See Ape Escape 2/Gallery.

Trivia

  • There are 300 Monkeys to catch, which is 100 more than the previous game.
  • The PlayStation 4 re-release of Ape Escape 2 has the European voice actors in the US release. It is currently unknown why.
  • The Japanese release on Ape Escape 2 (Saru Get You 2) has a Quick Gadget Select, similar to Ape Escape 3. It was removed outside of Japan.
  • A bonus Gadget called the Salva Star was available in the Japanese version of Ape Escape 2 (Saru Get You 2) via a special disk called Saru Get You 2: Uki Uki Disk (サルゲッチュ2: ウッキウッキーディスク). Since the disk was never released outside of Japan, this Gadget is impossible to get for Jimmy.
    • Due to a potential oversight, Spike is able to use the Salva Star (Due to him having all the Gadgets at the start) in all versions by pressing L1 or R1 on the Monkey Net on the Gadget Select.
  • New Game+ is non-canon.
  • Jake and Casi were originally planned to appear in the game. It is unknown why they were removed.
  • Despite popular belief, Soichi Terada did not compose the Ape Escape 2 soundtrack. The composer for that game was Koji Hayama.
ApeEscapeTemplate ApeEscapeOTLTemplate
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
Levels (/ Apes/ Enemies)
Hub World
Time Station
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