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Title Screen

Ape Escape

Also known as: Saru, Get You! (JP)
Developer: SCE Japan Studio
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Platform: PlayStation
Released in JP: June 24, 1999
Released in US: May 31, 1999
Released in EU: July 2, 1999

CodeIcon.png This game has unused code.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
SoundIcon.png This game has unused sounds.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
SoundtestIcon.png This game has a hidden sound test.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.
PiracyIcon.png This game has anti-piracy features.

ProtoIcon.png This game has a prototype article

To do:
  • Elaborate on the Japanese PocketStation support
  • Name changes in the UK version (ex. Character names, monkey names)

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.

Debug Functions

In Japanese version, there are some codes that enable you to access several debug functions when you select "New game".

Skipping Intro Movie

30137744 0098 brings you directly to the first stage, skipping the intro movie. The other movies don't seem to be skipped.

Debugging Option


30137744 00B8 enables you to access an unused option. There are some options, some of which don't seem to be seen in-game.


When you move the right analog stick, red and blue waves will appear, going left.

Selecting Mini Game


30137744 00C8 can lead you to Mini-game select, but Galaxy Monkey is missing. When you choose one and quit the Mini-game, you will go back to the title screen.

Sound Test


30137744 00D0 calls unused sound test. In the menu, press Start to select and Select to cancel.


COMMON is the test of SEs used in many stages.


SIGHT is the test of BGM and SEs unique to each stage.

Unused Graphics


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.

Unused Sounds

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.

Unused Behavior

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.

Regional Differences

Name Changes

The main characters had their names changed between the Japanese, US, and European versions. Spike, Natalie, Jake, and Casi's names would get reverted back to their Japanese names in the European version for all later Ape Escape games as the European version would end up using the Japanese names for the main characters starting from Ape Escape 2.

Japanese Literal Translation US version EU version
カケル Kakeru Spike
ナツミ Natsumi Natalie Katie
ヒロキ Hiroki Jake Buzz
チャル Charu Casi

European 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

Europe US
ApeEscapeEU-DualShock.png ApeEscapeUS-DualShock.png
ApeEscapeEU-DualShock2.png ApeEscapeUS-DualShock2.png

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.

Title Screen

Europe US
Ape Escape (PlayStation)-title PAL.png Ape Escape (PlayStation)-title.png

The European title screen features a rather bland WordArt-inspired logo that is notably monkey-free.


The European version of the game disables controller input on the main menu if it detects itself to be a copy. The player may only skip the intro and view the title screen. The European version only recognizes the game to not be a copy if it is being played on an original PlayStation from the PAL region. This unfortunately prevents the European version from being played on a PlayStation 2 or 3 due to the software emulation setting off this measure.


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.

Japanese Version

  • 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.