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Ape Escape: Pumped & Primed™
Ape Escape Pumped & Primed
Full name

ガチャメカスタジアム サルバト〜レ(Gachameka Stadium Sarubato~re)


PS2 MiniIcon


SCE Japan



Release Date(s)

Japan July 1, 2004
America October 20, 2004

Ape Escape: Pumped & Primed, known in Japan as Gacha Mecha Stadium Saru Battle (ガチャメカスタジアム サルバト~レ) is a spin-off party game based on Ape Escape. The game was released in Japan and America for the PlayStation 2 in 2004. The game consists of a series of minigames. It is the prequel to Ape Escape: Million Monkeys.


Spike, Natalie, Casi and the Professor join a High-Tech Tournament held inside a virtual world. Helga, the previous champion, is on an important mission to find a disk based on her father's research hidden in the prize trophy. Pipo Monkeys also join the duel to win the tournament under Specter's command. Mysterious Pipotrons join the tournament as well, looking for the same disk.

The contestants find Jake, who promised to join the tournament with Spike but went under Specter's control. Jake then battles against the other characters three times in different styles on his motorbike, the last battle being against Dark Jake. Specter fights the heroes in his Goliath-robot, also three times. On the third battle against Dark Specter, the Goliath is fused to a battleship.

At the end of the tournament, the Pipotrons either steal the trophy or win it fairly and discover the disk. The Pipotrons then give it to a super computer virus called Grid Core who plans to conquer the world. Once he has the disk, the villain decided that the regular three Pipotrons were useless and left them on their own. Grid Core introduces the new Virus-Tech Tournament, where the characters are fighting for their very lives while getting closer to Grid Core. Along the way they go against Super Pipotrons who are 100 times more powerful than the original ones as well as metallic copies of themselves and the Pipotrons. When the heroes reach Grid Core, they defeat him, and the virtual world turns back to normal.


Unlike previous Ape Escape games, Pumped & Primed is a multiplayer party game with up to four players competing in various minigames. The games include arena battling with either melee- or ranged weapons, foot racing while using Sky Fliers and collecting coins, underwater battles using submersibles, tank fights, racing R.C. cars to collect the most coins, boat racing, and boss battles. Every character has their own equivalent to the usual gadgets.

You cannot play against bosses or in the Virus-tech World in Versus mode, and you can only use up to four gadgets in mini-games that allow them.

Doing exceptionally well in mini-games wins prizes from fans, which are monkeys from previous Ape Escape games. 3rd place prizes are Fan IDs which tell you about the monkey sending the prize for that mini-game. 2nd Place gets a fan letter from the monkey. 1st Place prizes are presents that can contain new outfits, gadgets, vehicles, and the monkey who sent it as a Summon. These can be equipped in the Customization Mode for every character excluding Jake, but are separated per character. Gaining the prizes for one character does not unlock them for every character.

The Summons are used to help you win battle mini-games and use up some of the special bar when activated. They can do things like heal you, cause a sandstorm, attack the opponent directly, and more. Most summonings can only do one thing and you can only have one summon at once. Some of the summons include the Freaky Monkey Five as well.

After the Subfinals, you can use Special Attacks by combining buttons next to each other. Each character has different specials depending on what gadgets are equipped. For example, the Pipo Monkey gets help from other Yellow Monkeys, Team Monkey can summon a Monkey UFO, Casi places status effects on opponents and can stop time, and Spike uses various Stun Club techniques.

After beating Story Mode once, you can use any gadget in minigames where you would normally be forced to use a specific gadget.


The characters that the player starts with at the beginning of the Game.




The Professor


Monkey (Yellow)

Team Monkey (Red, Black, Blue, Aqua, Green)

The Pipotrons (Pipotron Red, Pipotron Blue, and Pipotron Yellow)

These characters are unlockable. They cannot be played during Story Mode and can only be played in VS mode.

Jake (unlock by completing story mode, multiplayer only)

Dark Jake (unlock by 100% completing story mode, multiplayer only)

Characters who aren't playable in any shape or form.

List of Gadgets[]

There are five gadgets available, each with a similar function to other entries. Each character uses all of them differently from design to unique tactics. The gadgets are:

All gadgets come with 3 different elemental versions to unlock: Ice, Fire, and Thunder. Ice stops enemies on hit, fire does extra damage and knockdown, and thunder disables opponents' use of gadgets.

List of Vehicles[]

For the first time in the series, vehicles are considered Gadgets. The Vehicle Gadgets are:

These Gadgets can only be used for their respective modes and only have one available element, ice.

List of Clothes[]

Players can equip new clothing onto characters. This only has an aesthetic change, and doesn't give you any status boosts. There are 20 different costumes for every character.

Spike Natalie Professor Casi Helga Pipo Monkey Team Monkey Pipotrons
Normal Wear Normal Wear Normal Wear Normal Wear Normal Wear Normal Wear Usual Pants Normal Wear
Doctor Set Festival Set Young Look Nurse Wear Street Set Laborer Set Hero Set Beast Set
Burning Set Trenchcoat Casual Suit Scorpion Penguin Suit Panda Suit Jersey Dark Eye
Jacket Set Royal Set Zebra Jacket Burning Red Ancient Set King Set Tiger Set Dark Circle
Pirate Set Cute Girl Set Vacation Set Pajamas Sailor Set Office Worker Rain Jacket Reggae Set
Role Play Set Cool Black King of Rock Plant Green Kitchen Wear Father Set Samurai Set Thunder Set
B-Ball Set Killer Yellow Pajamas Ocean Blue Pirate Set Dinosaur Set Robot Wear Racy Set
Blue Set Cider Blue Safari Set Cutie Set Santa Set Grind Set Marine Wear Space Soldier
Fairy Tale Set Office Lady Cider Blue Funky Set Pink Suit Aloha Set Basket Set Blue Snake
Pop Orange Set School Jersey Scary Set Pink Star Set Overalls Emperor Set Pirate Set Black Jersey
Aloha Set Samurai Set Tycoon Set Autumn Brown Tartan Jacket Heavy Metal Glamour Set Golem Set
Business Set Jockey Set Judo Set Stripe Suit Pajamas School Jersey Mystery Set Dark Flame
Ninja Set Nurse Wear Party Suit Rider Suit Raccoon Suit Army Set Almighty Look Ice Storm
Tiger Set Beauty Stripe Plate Armor Heroine Set Red Coat Octopus Suit Aladdin Look Kid's Set
Soccer Set Gorgeous Set Pirate Set Fairy Pink Police Set Boxer Wear Champion Look Ski Set
Alien Set Rider Set Festival Set Fitness Set Nurse Set Country Set Executive Business Set
Green Jersey Set Pajamas Ninja Suit Maid Set Maid Set Police Set Cowboy Set Supertron
Bronze Set Bronze Set Bronze Set Bronze Set Bronze Set Bronze Set Bronze Set Bronze Set
Silver Set Silver Set Silver Set Silver Set Silver Set Silver Set Silver Set Silver Set
Gold Set Gold Set Gold Set Gold Set Gold Set Gold Set Gold Set Gold Set


To access the password screen, press L1+L2+R1+R2 on the Main Menu.

Password (US) Password (JAP) Password (CH) Effect
NORMAL! ノーマルがいいよ!


NORMMODE Normal Mode


Go Wild! 全ガチャメカだぜ!


FREEMECH Choose Gadgets freely
Limited! ガチャメカノーマル


NORMMECH Gadget choice limited
Congrats クリアおめでとう!


HIROKI Unlock Jake
Warrior! さいきょうのせんし


BLKHIROKI Unlock Dark Jake
Outtakes 全部お見せします!


EASTEREGG Unlocks Hidden Tapes
Costumes ぴかぴか金色セット


GOLDCLOTH Unlock Gold Set
Power Up みんなパワーアップ


ENABLESP COM uses upgraded Gadgets
Be Normal みんなノーマル


DISABLESP COM uses normal Gadgets
Change みんな着がえろ


COMs have random Costumes
No Change みんな着がえるな


COMs have no costumes
VS Hard VSれんしう

(VS Renshiu)

Invincible in VS mode
VS Normal VSつうじょう

(VS Tsuujou)

Not Invincible in VS mode
Password (US) Password (JAP) Monkey (to get gift from)
Rockets 実は9人きょうだい

([Ji]ha 9 [ji]kyoudai)

Shuriken ただいまさんじょう


NINJAAPE Monzo Hattori
Father フルーツいっぱい! APEARCHER Simian Tell
Bullish あいつには負けない


Wanna-be まとめるのが好き


Rider 世界でいちばん速い NORIVALS Blue Monkey
Nobel 夢のノーベサル賞 WONPRIZE Nobel
Swimmer すもぐりNO1 GOODDIVER Richie
Master! そろそろ帰ってこい TANKMASTR Panzer
Glutton みんな歯をみがこう BADTEETH Yellow Monkey
Film Make 空想はむげんだい NIGHTMARE Chimp Burton
Pyramid めざめよ王家のサル


OLDPRINCE Tutanchimp
No1 Ninja しのび城のにんき者 SHINOBI Ookyo
Coward いつもわき役だけど 2NDBANANA Moy
Genius 法則を考えるのだ! EUREKA! Archimonkes
Diva! かわいさの裏には! POPICON Pink Monkey
Fastest! サルの中でー番速い IMFASTEST Imon Ape
Student ちょっと後悔してる TANKPUPIL Gepard
Home Run! いくぜホームラン! SLUGGER Samui
Adventure 冒険と発見の毎日 TRAVELER Monko Polo
Believe? 君もアレ信じるか? CANUSEEIT Adamonkey
Machine 実はヒロキより強い BLOODAPE Mambo
You too!! おまえもか!!!! YOUALSO Brutus
Astronaut 宇宙に行くのは大変 ASTROAPE Monki-san
Future サルは人から進化 FAMOUSAPE Cornelius
Goliath 決して時計を見るな GENIUSAPE Edison
Immortal 2番目に足が速い ATHLETE Oochilles
Phobia 黄金時代のメンバー MANMACHIN Wolfgang
Ace Pilot 普通のサルとは違う NEWTYPE Samuro
Leader 男はとにかく筋トレ MUSCLEAPE Red Monkey
Mystery アナタのうしろにも GHOST4U Lou
Truth 真実は変えられない ONETRUTH Galileo
Develop 物作りってたいへん TECHAPE White Monkey
Dinosaur カメラべんきょう中 CAMERAAPE Cordoba
Dream 夢はおおきく CHILDAPE Claris
Punk! おうえんがとくい VICIOUS Sid
Lonely すききらいはダメ! BOOGEYAPE Pumpkin
Simple! シンプルがいちばん NONSTOP Ralph
Legend いまや伝説のサル DRAGONAPE Bruce Monkee
Birthday やっと字を覚えた BABYAPE May
UFO バナナの味マニア COSMOAPE Gagarin
Duty&Love ウキレスといい勝負 RUNNING4U Merosu
Origin バナナをそだて中 FARMAPE Monpachi
Sword! のちにすごい本を! SWDMASTER Miyamoto
Snow Ride 今日もどこかで爆走 MORESPEED Monzawa
RedBanana 赤いものが好き REDCOMET Char
Friends サルキメデスの親友 MATHAPE Pythagoras
じつは自転車が好き KRAFTAPE Florian
Selfish いつも安物のバナナ GOMYWAY Monkberg
Robot ゴリアックせいび中 DOCTORAPE Wakkie
Nanogrid? キーを打つのおそい COMPUTAPE Newmon

Note: To input Kanji, go to the third tab of the password screen and search by the hiragana in [brackets].

Monkey Fan Club[]

While you can't capture monkeys in this game, you can view monkeys in the style of a Monkey Book. Each monkey has certain requirements to unlock their photo, their letter, and their gift. Alternatively, every monkey has a password to get all of those without question.





Concept Art[]

Game Manuals[]


  • Pumped & Primed is the first Ape Escape game to be rated T in America.
  • It was not released in Europe at all.
  • There are stats in the games files for both Specter and Dark Specter, along with two unused password entries. It is possible that Specter and Dark Specter were intended to be playable and unlockable via password.
  • Some of the songs in the game are remixes of various Ape Escape tracks.
Ape Escape Franchise
Main Games Ape Escape ( On the Loose )  · Ape Escape 2  · Ape Escape 3
Spin-offs Ape Escape 2001  · Ape Escape Million Monkeys  · Saru Get You: Pipo Saru Racer  · Ape Escape SaruSaru Big Mission  · Ape Quest
Party games Ape Escape: Pumped & Primed  · EyeToy: Monkey Mania  · Ape Academy  · Ape Academy 2  · Ape Escape Move
Soundtracks Ape Escape Originape  · Ape Escape 3 Originape  · Ape Escape: Pumped & Primed ~Sound Tracks!!~
Other Media Anime  · Cartoon  · Shorts  · Comics  · Manga  · Cameos
Gameplay Chips  · Cookies  · Glitches  · Grid Core  · Peak Point Helmet  · Shirts  · Specter Coins
Minigames Galaxy Monkey  · Ski Kidz Racing  · Specter Boxing  · Ape Ping Pong  · Jake Attacks

Dance Monkey Dance  · Monkey Climber  · Monkey Soccer
Mesal Gear Solid  · Super Monkey Throw Stadium  · Ultim-ape Fighter!

Protagonists Spike  · Jimmy  · Kei  · Yumi  · Professor  · Casi  · Natalie  · Helga  · Aki  · Pipotchi  · Pipo Snake
Antagonists Specter (Dark Specter)  · Jake (Dark Jake) · Doctor Tomoki  · Monkeys  · Monkey Five ( Blue  · Pink  · Red  · White  · Yellow )  · Pipotrons (Pipotron J)  · Virus Casi
Enemies Ape Escape Enemies  · Ape Escape 2 Enemies  · Teleborgs
Gadgets Ape Vacuum  · Bananarang  · Banannerizer  · Dash Hoop  · Electro Magnet  · Magic Punch  · Monkey Radar  · R.C. Car  · Sky Flyer  · Slingback Shooter  · Smasher  · Stun Club  · Time Net  · Water Cannon  · Water Net
Vehicles Boat  · Pipobot  · Robot  · Snowmobile  · Sports Car  · Submarine  · Tank
ApeEscapeTemplate ApeEscapeOTLTemplate
Characters Casi  · Jake  · Natalie  · Professor  · Specter  · Spike
Gadgets Dash Hoop  · Magic Punch  · Monkey Radar  · R.C. Car  · Sky Flyer  · Slingback Shooter  · Stun Club  · Time Net  · Water Net
Levels (/ Apes/ Enemies)
Hub World
Time Station
Prehistoric Era/ The Lost Land Fossil Field  · Primordial Ooze  · Molten Lava
Cenozoic Era/ Mysterious Age Thick Jungle  · Dark Ruins  · Cryptic Relics
Dimension/Dimension X Stadium Attack
Primitive Age/Oceana Crabby beach  · Coral Cave  · Dexter's Island
Ice age/New Freezeland Snowy Mammoth  · Frosty Retreat  · Hot Springs
Dimension/Dimension X Gladiator Attack
Recent Past/Medieval Mayhem Sushi Temple  · Wabi Sabi Wall  · Crumbling Castle
Present-Day/Futurama City Park  · Specter's Factory  · TV Tower
Present-Day 2/Specter Land Monkey Madness
Dimension/Dimension X Peak Point Matrix