Also known as: Saru, Get You! (JP)
This game has unused code.
This game has a prototype article
Ape Escape is a wacky game featuring a 10-year-old catching monkeys using a net. It was the first PlayStation game to require the use of a dual analog controller to play.
- 1 Sub-Page
- 2 Debug Functions
- 3 Unused Graphics
- 4 Unused Sounds
- 5 Unused Behavior
- 6 Oddities
- 7 Regional Differences
- 8 Anti-Piracy
Debug menus are present in all regions. The following cheat codes change the behavior of the New Game and Load Game choices on the title screen.
|New Game||30137744 ????||30137734 ????||30137754 ????|
|Load Game||30137748 ????||30137738 ????||30137758 ????|
Where "????" is one of the below values:
301377?? 0098 sends you directly to the time station, skipping the intro movie and bypassing the first level.
301377?? 00B8 enables an unused option menu with light debug features.
The two boxes present at the top of the screen represent the Left Analog and Right Analog sticks. Rotating the right stick clockwise will cause the right box to flash green, while rotating counter-clockwise will cause it to flash blue.
Moving the right analog stick will cause red and blue waves to appear, flowing across the screen from right to left. The red wave represents the stick's raw Y-axis value, while the blue wave represents the stick's Y-axis velocity.
"Action Stick" relates to the right stick, and has two settings:
- Objective is the default behavior
- Subjective allows the player to hold a spinning motion without having to continuously rotate the stick, when using the relevant gadgets. For example: Spinning with the Stun Club. This functionality is imperfect and causes the camera to slowly turn with the player, with each rotation.
These settings can also be toggled in-game using one of the following codes:
|Objective||300E5100 0000||300E54E0 0000||300E55A0 0000|
|Subjective||300E5100 0001||300E54E0 0001||300E55A0 0001|
Stereo Type and Vibration are accessible in-game via the Pause menu.
Verify the purpose of Remote VIB - it appears to be an unused option.
301377?? 00C8 opens a debug menu where you can open mini games, though only Ski Kidz Racing and Specter Boxing can be selected from this menu - Galaxy Monkey is not present.
Quitting a mini-game will send you back to the title screen.
301377?? 00D0 opens an unused sound test. In the menu, press Start to open an option.
COMMON tests sound effects that are common for all levels.
Press the face buttons to play sound effects and Select to stop playback. Start exits back to the Sound Test menu.
SIGHT tests the background music for any given stage, and any sound effects that are unique to the selected stage.
Graphics of a spinning cookie (health) and T-shirt (1UP). It seems there were initially plans for these items to be flat sprites, but in the game they are 3D models.
If you look closely, you can see "KAKERU" spelled in the center of the cookie, which is Spike's Japanese name.
Also notice the shirt design is different from the one Spike wears in the game. This one has red and white horizontal stripes, while his final shirt is solid red with a single vertical white stripe.
Analog Controller Warning
While the Japanese version uses an audio clip informing the player to use a DualShock controller at the controller warning screen, the English version doesn't. Interestingly, there's an unused English audio clip informing the player to use a DualShock or Analog controller.
There are two possible lines Spike can say upon running out of health. There are two additional ones that are never heard in-game.
Two unused voice clips for Spike when beginning a stage can be found grouped with the ones heard in the final game.
If you use the Infinite Jump glitch to get to the normally-inaccessible street with the cars in TV Tower, and get hit by a car, you will instantly die. This behavior is not seen anywhere else in the game. Additionally, if you stand on top of a moving car, you will ride it until you reach the boundary, at which point you fall down.
The unused behavior can be seen at the end of the video.
The image of the Super Hoop in the training space has a different design than everywhere else in the game, with a set of dark green stripes instead of yellow.
The main characters had their names changed between the Japanese, US, and European versions. Spike, Katie, Buzz, and Casi's names would get reverted back to their Japanese names in the European version for all later Ape Escape games (except the remake, Ape Escape P - known in the US as Ape Escape: On The Loose - mixing Japanese and US names depending of the character), as the PAL region would end up using the Japanese names for the main characters starting from Ape Escape 2.
|Japanese||Literal Translation||US version||EU version|
Despite the later release date, the European version is likely an earlier build than the US version, as it is slightly less polished and bears some similarities to the demo.
DualShock Controller Required
The controller warning screens were rewritten in the US version to remove references to the original (pre-DualShock) Dual Analog controller, although the game does work with both. The US version also uses the same font for both screens.
The European title screen features a rather bland WordArt-inspired logo that is notably monkey-free.
The UK release features a completely separate voice cast from the US release, although they remain uncredited. This feature of having a UK dub would exist in all later UK versions of Ape Escape games.
- The Japanese version has PocketStation support that allows you to play "ホルゲッチュ" (Horugechu) from the Data Switch found in the Time Station room.
- In the Japanese version, cutscenes can only be skipped with Start. In the international versions, cutscenes can be skipped with Start, X, or O.
- Every gameplay demo in the US and European versions has a constant "DEMO" graphic flashing at the bottom-right of the screen. The "DEMO" graphic is missing in the Japanese version.
American Version Differences
In later editions of the game, an ape named Freeto with the description "Needs clean underwear" is changed to Quiff with the description "Bad fur day."
The Japanese and European versions use different methods of anti-piracy measures. While the Japanese version uses anti-modchip protection and displays the standard "software terminated" screen, the European version instead uses LibCrypt protection, and disables controller input on the main menu. The player may only skip the intro and view the title screen.
This unfortunately prevents the European version from being played on a PlayStation 3 due to the software emulation setting off this measure.
The Ape Escape series
|PlayStation||Ape Escape (Demo)|
|PlayStation 2||Ape Escape 2 • Ape Escape: Pumped & Primed • Ape Escape 3|