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Ape Escape 3

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Title Screen

Ape Escape 3

Developer: SCE Japan Studio
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Platform: PlayStation 2
Released in JP: July 14, 2005
Released in US: January 17, 2006
Released in EU: May 5, 2006

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Ape Escape 3 is the third game in the Ape Escape series (minus the various spin-offs). The game features two new characters Kei and Yumi, both of whom go through various movie-themed levels.

Unused Assets

Stage Names

In the USA version of the game, a texture file exists called "stage_name" and lists all of the level labels in the game, including one unused, simply called All Clear. It is believed the All Clear was likely going to be used instead of the Level Clear and Level Complete that appear in the final version of the game.

TV Station End Screen

In the USA version, a texture file can be found called "ui_clear_bg_zero" which depicts a seldom oddly colored monkey standing in a room of placeholder textures alongside 4 short cylinders. It can be inferred that this was meant to be shown to players after beating the TV Station stage at the very beginning of the game, as the final version just cuts straight to Aki. It is also in the same folder as all of the other level end screens, and guess that it was going to be the TV Station stage because of the short cylinders likely being weirdly textured tables, and the file named "zero", which is the common name for that the TV Station stage in other places in the files.

Simian Cinema Menu

In the USA version in files for the Simian Cinema movie maker, there are multiple unused files for UI designs. Some textures appear to have used the same style as the level names, others use the same font with a different palette. It is unknown for sure how much the UI changed but early designs seemed to be a lot less stylized.

Ape Escape 2 Leftovers

In the files for the simian cinema (along with other places as well), an Ape Escape 2 texture can be found which consists of Jimmy's life icon, a coin from that game, the Slingback Shooter reticle, and even menu icons.


Regional Differences

Japanese Version

  • In the Japanese version, there is a glitch in Airplane Squadron which makes it possible to go out of bounds.

European Version

  • The European version uses a completely different text font when compared to the US version.
  • The European version uses a completely different title logo when compared to the Japanese and US versions.

American Version

  • The American version replaces Ape Ratchet with a red version of SAL-1000 named SAL-3000.