The Time Station (タイムステーション), known in the Japanese version of Ape Escape and Ape Escape: On the Loose as the Time Machine (タイムマシン), is the main hub in Ape Escape and Ape Escape: On the Loose, where Spike can easily access to any stage. It's comprised of a hub area that contains access to the stage selection, a training room and minigame room.
The Time Station is where the whole story begins. The last invention from the Professor was finished, but he and Natalie were captured by Specter and his monkey army. The Time Station itself is divided into several areas:
- Warp Room: the main room of the Time Station.
- Stage Select Area : when Spike press the round switch, a select screen appears, where he can choose a level.
- Load/Save Data Area: The area where the player can save their game.
- Minigames Room: A room where Spike can play 3 (or 4 in Ape Escape: On the Loose) minigames from a giant arcade machine. He needs to jump on a green button in order to launch a minigame.
- Training Area: The area where the player can replay gadget tutorials.
Beta version Edit
In the Beta version (or the demo released in the Pizza Hut disc), the stage selection has its own room, the warp room. The reason why the development team removed this dark room is currently unknown.
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Edit
The Time Station appears as a stage in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. The appearance, however, is based off it's appearance in the Ape Escape cutscene, and not the hub world. In the background, Specter uses the time portal to summon various creatures, such as the Ciokina from Patapon, a Lurker Shark from the Jak and Daxter series, a Harpy from God of War III, a Vermin truck from Twisted Metal and a Warhawk ship from Warhawk. Pipo Monkeys were seen with every summoned creatures. Eventually, he summons the Satan Chimera from the Resistance franchise, which serves as the main stage hazard. It attacks the players by spewing green bile from its mouth as Specter laughs maniacally. Shortly before the end of the match, the Satan Chimera will be pulled back into the portal, and the Time Station malfunctions and eventually falls apart, leaving Specter to sit and mope over his failure.
Natalie and the Professor makes a cameo on the computer screen on the left of the stage.
Ape Escape Beta (Pizza Hut Demo Disc) Edit
Ape Escape Edit
Ape Escape: On the Loose Edit
|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|
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|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|