PlayStation Move Ape Escape may be a good game for young gamers in the six to eleven year-old age bracket, but for everyone else PlayStation Move Ape Escape is just going to be a disappointment. It’s nice to see Ape Escape pop up once again but the game doesn’t have an of the immediate hallmarks the series is known for and ultimately feels like it’s a mere hollow shell that is built around a motion mechanic that honestly doesn’t do anything new. Seeing as how the game lacks a ton of variety and can be finished in three hours, PlayStation Move Ape Escape isn’t worth picking up unless you either have cash to burn, love Ape Escape A LOT, or are in dire need to use your PlayStation Move with something.
+ The anime cutscenes that tell the story are well produced and are a high point for the production values of the game.
+ Tonally PlayStation Move Ape Escape stays true to the wacky monkeys we’ve seen in the prior games.
+ The PlayStation Move controls are responsive for what they require on the part of the player.
- Having the game be on-rails becomes boring over time and it doesn’t help that some of the levels are recycled.
- The lack of gameplay variety is really disheartening and at times is outright painful.
- There are only 16 levels and they can all be completed within three hours, even with some of the sporadic difficulty spikes that occur later on.
- The mini-games are completely pointless and offer nothing new to the core experience.
We may still be waiting for some classic PlayStation franchises to be resurrected on the PlayStation 3 such as Syphon Filter, but at least Ape Escape has made a return – this time with PlayStation Move support. I won’t kid myself in thinking that the Ape Escape franchise is something with a massive cult following since there are probably a good amount of gamers, specifically those born within the last ten years, who have no clue about what Ape Escape is.