Ape Escape 3

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Ape Escape 3
Ape Escape 3 Coverart.png
North American box art
Game general and emulation properties:
CERO rating: A
ESRB rating: E10+ (Cartoon Violence, Crude Humor)
PEGI rating: 3+
GRB rating: ALL
Widescreen supported natively
Widescreen patch available
Languages supported:
English: SCES-53642 & SCUS-97501 & SCUS-97548
Japanese: SCPS-15096 &  SCPS-19311 &  SCPS-19327 & NPJC-00012
German: SCES-53642
French: SCES-53642
Spanish: SCES-53642
Italian: SCES-53642
Chinese: SCAJ-20144
Korean: SCKA-20062
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SCUS-97501
SCUS-97548 (Demo)
Release date: January 17, 2006
CRCs: 7571AAEE
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SCES-53642
Release date: May 5, 2006
CRCs: 53898FD0
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J:
Serial numbers: SCAJ-20138
SCPS-19311 (PlayStation 2 the Best)
SCPS-19327 (PlayStation 2 the Best Reprint)
SCAJ-20195 (PlayStation 2 the Best)
Release date: July 12, 2005 (Asia)
July 14, 2005
November 2, 2005 (PlayStation 2 the Best)
December 8, 2005 (Korea)
July 5, 2007 (PlayStation 2 the Best Reprint)
April 17, 2008 (PlayStation 2 the Best, Asia)
May 2, 2008 (BigHit Series, Korea)
November 19, 2014 (PS2 Classics)
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): SCE Japan Studio
Publisher(s): SCEI (AS, JP, KO), SCE Korea (KO), SCEA (US), SCEE (EU)
Genre: Action, Platformer
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: Metacritic77/100
Game description: In Ape Escape 3, you can try to thwart another attempt by Specter and his evil monkeys to rule the world. Take control of Kei, or his sister Yumi, and use nets and other weapons to capture the meddlesome monkeys. The game also features transformations, which allow you to morph into different characters to complete parts of the game or to defeat bosses. In addition to story mode, you can play multiplayer minigames or play "Mesal Gear Solid," a parody of the Metal Gear Solid franchise.

Winlogo.png Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i7 @ 3.4Ghz
  • Nvidia GTX 285 768MB
06 02 2013 1.1.0 r5546- GSdx 5542 SSE41 [03 02 2013]
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0 [05 02 2013]
  • LilyPad 0.11.0 [13 01 2013]
Status goes from ingame to playable. Runs at full speed.
NTSC-J Windows
  • Intel Core2 Duo E8500 @ 3.16Ghz
  • Nvidia GTS 250 512MB
17 01 2013 1.1.0 r5517- GSdx 5464 SSE41
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0 5478
  • LilyPad 0.11.0 5403
Playable & looking nice., Movies are broken on Hardware, Software is OK.
NTSC-U Windows 7
  • Intel T9600 Core 2 Duo @ 2.80 Ghz
  • GTX 260m
1.1 r5594 GSdx r5580
  • SPU2-X 2.0 r5559
  • LilyPad 0.11.0 r5403
Using EE Cyclerate and Cycle Stealing will cause false fps readings in larger areas, Loop detection, Spin detection, and mVU Flag hack used.

Frameskipping has been used. Up to stage 2 has been tested. DirectX 9 was used for GSdx., Much appreciated if the minigames are tested as well.

PAL Windows 7
  • Intel Core i7-3630QM @ 2.40 )
  • GTX 660m
1.1 r5628
  • GSdx r5632
  • SPU2-X 2.0 r5559
  • LilyPad 0.11.0 r5403
Game runs at 50 FPS most of the time (see known issues); Preset: Balanced; MTVU enabled; Direct3D11 Hardware and 1920x1080 was used. Rayout123


  • Original names: サルゲッチュ 3 (SCPS-15096) & (SCPS-19311) & (SCPS-19327), 捉猴啦3 (SCAJ-20144), 삐뽀사루 겟츄 3 (SCKA-20062)
  • Also known as Saru Get You 3 (JP, KO, AS), Zhuo Hou La 3 (AS), Pipo Sarugetchu 3

Known Issues

Random Cutscene Slowdown

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: Sometimes when a cutscene is shown, FPS drop significantly
  • Workaround: Skip cutscene, pausing and resuming emulation could work too

Monkey Radar

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: Game can slow down when a monkey is located with the Monkey Radar
  • Workaround: No known solution

Monkey Cinema Room

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: Games slows down when the black-and-white movie is visible in the cinema room at stage XX
  • Workaround: No known solution

Idle on title screen

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Serious
  • Description: Game crashes under certain circumstances when a gameplay video starts on the title screen
  • Workaround: Press a button to exit the title screen soon enough ;-)

Grid obscures FMV's

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: A grid appears over videos, obscuring and darkening the image when the resolution is set to anything higher than native.
  • Workaround: Go to Config > Video (GS) > Plugin Settings, click "Enable HW Hacks", go to Configure Hacks, and enable the "Unscale Point Line" hack. Or go to Config > Emulation Settings > Game Fixes tab, click "enable manual game fixes" and enable the "Switch to GSdx Software rendering when an FMV plays" fix.

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Public compatibility forum links