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.
These characters are unlockable. They cannot be played during Story Mode and can only be played in VS mode.
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|
|ＦＲＥＥＭＥＣＨ||Choose Gadgets freely|
|ＮＯＲＭＭＥＣＨ||Gadget choice limited|
|ＢＬＫＨＩＲＯＫＩ||Unlock Dark Jake|
|ＥＡＳＴＥＲＥＧＧ||Unlocks Hidden Tapes|
|ＧＯＬＤＣＬＯＴＨ||Unlock Gold Set|
|ＥＮＡＢＬＥＳＰ||COM uses upgraded Gadgets|
|ＤＩＳＡＢＬＥＳＰ||COM uses normal Gadgets|
|COMs have random Costumes|
|COMs have no costumes|
|Invincible in VS mode|
|Not Invincible in VS mode|
|Password (US)||Password (JAP)||Monkey (to get gift from)|
([Ji]ha 9 [ji]kyoudai)
|Film Make||空想はむげんだい||ＮＩＧＨＴＭＡＲＥ||Chimp Burton|
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.
- 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.
- Stunclub is a remix of TV Tower.
- Dragonfly is a remix of Molten Lava.
- the select music is really funny
- Dash Hoop is a remix of Cryptic Relics and Dexter's Island (Inside Dexter's Body).
- WaterMech is a remix of Coral Cave.
- Spike's Theme is a remix of Fossil Field.
- Natalie's Theme is a remix of Ski Kidz Racing.
- The Pipo Monkeys' Theme is a remix of the normal Credits theme from Ape Escape.
- Helga's Theme is a remix of Dark Ruins.
- Jake's Theme is a remix of Stadium Attack.
- Pipotrons' Theme isn't based on any Ape Escape song, but contains lyrics from "Shudder", a game soundtrack from Einhänder.
- The Last Boss Theme is based on Specter's Theme.
- The Final Battle is based on Peak Point Matrix.
|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|
|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|
|Characters||Haru · Hero · Specter · Tohko · Tsukushi|
|Gadgets||Ape Vacuum · Banannerizer · Monkey Net · Slingback Shooter · Smasher|
|Levels||Wobbly Home · Mysterious Ruins · Monkey Carousel · Monkey Road · The Hot Springs · Dinosaur Glacier · Haunted House · Asian Town · Spa Gardens · Food City · Skull Volcano · Monkeyland · Steam Castle · Battery Tower · Monkey Station|