The story begins when Specter, the leader of the Pipo Monkeys, allies himself with the human scientist Dr. Tomoki to aid him in his evil plans. They establish TV stations protected by the Freaky Monkey Five where they plan to broadcast Specter TV worldwide. The shows that are broadcasted put every human on the planet except for the twin protagonists Kei, Yumi, their aunt Aki, and Natalie into a mindless trance. When Natalie informs Kei and Yumi that Spike, Jimmy and the Professor were all infected by the TV show, they go out to catch the monkeys and thwart Specter and Dr. Tomoki.
Their mission is to go to every movie set, capture all the monkeys in it, and destroy the satellite there. Kei and Yumi easily capture White Monkey, Blue Monkey, and Yellow Monkey. When they reach the TV Station where Pink Monkey is, Kei and Yumi's attempts to capture her fail and she escapes. They manage to capture Red Monkey afterwards.
When they reach Tomoki City, Tomoki challenges them to a battle in his giant Tomo-King robot. Following his defeat by Kei and Yumi, and being humiliated by Specter and defended by the children, he changes alliances to help the heroes and takes them to space to defeat his former partner. Once they reach Specter's outer space base of operations, Space Station SARU-3, they capture all the monkeys and deactivate the movie sets on their way to Specter. When they reach Specter, he reveals his plan of "Twin Heavens." He plans to use the arm of his space station to chop the Earth in half and keep half of it for the monkeys. As the other half was originally meant for Dr. Tomoki, he's fine with leaving that for the humans to fight over. He refuses to accept this would also destroy the entire planet.
Specter activates his plan and gets into his new King Gorillac Mech for a boss battle. After Kei and Yumi defeat and capture Specter, Dr. Tomoki reminds the twins that the Chop Rocket is still on a crash course to Earth. Dr. Tomoki hurries Kei and Yumi to escape from the satellite, assuring he will follow after stopping Specter's plan. In truth, he knows the only way to stop "Twin Heavens" is to make the Space Station destroy itself. He activates the self destruction mechanism as the twins escape.
He survived, as shown in the end credits. He reveals himself to Kei, Yumi and Aki with a robot he saved from SARU-003.
Shortly after Specter is defeated, however, Pink Monkey rereleases him and the rest of the Freaky Monkey Five. Kei and Yumi then proceed to recapture the Freaky Monkey Five and all of the remaining monkeys they had missed before. After capturing them all, Aki discovers that the Space Station SARU-003 wasn't completely destroyed and that Specter is hiding there again.
Kei and Yumi arrive soon after to find Specter strangely turning himself in. Yumi falls for Specter's lie before Kei can warn her, which leads to them getting captured. They manage to escape from their capture, beat Specter, and catch him once and for all. Afterwards, they two twins go home and get ready to go to school.
- Kei/Satoru is one of the two main playable protagonists of Ape Escape 3. He is a typical overconfident hothead, and he wants to stop Specter. He is the younger twin.
- Yumi/Sayaka is the first and only playable heroine in the main series, and is one of the two characters you can pick to play as. She is a young idol and wants to stop Specter. She is the older twin.
- Aki is the aunt of Kei and Yumi and acts as a guide for them. She makes a futuristic bracelet, Morph Gear, that allows the twins to morph into seven different forms. She also has history with Dr. Tomoki, having worked with him and the Professor.
At the beginning of the game, you choose between Kei or Yumi to play as. Your choice only determines whether some monkeys are attracted to you or not, as some are in Yumi's "Fan club" and will be lovestruck at first sight. R1 and R2 are your jumping buttons, whereas the four face buttons are assigned gadgets and dictate which gadget you have equipped.
- Stun Club- "This gadget is used for standard attacks." Returning from previous games, this is one of the two gadgets you start out with, and one you will be using for the majority of your playthrough. You tilt the Right Joystick in a direction to hit there, and rotate it to spin around.
- Monkey Net- "This gadget is used for capturing monkeys." Also returning with a new name and being a starter gadget, the Monkey Net allows you to capture the cunniving monkeys and is probably the most used gadget of them all. You move the Right Joystick to swing the net.
- Monkey Radar- "This gadget is used for locating monkeys." As the first gadget you obtain upon entering a level, its two uses are to locate and give information on monkeys. It is obtained as you enter Hide-n-Seek Forest/Hide-and-Seek Forest. You move the Right Joystick to locate monkeys and press L2 to view more information.
- Super Hoop- "This gadget allows you to run quickly." The Super Hoop is one of the fastest ways to travel in Ape Escape 3, only being rivaled the Cyber Ace's mid-air dash. It is the most useful gadget when performing time trials. It is obtained as you enter The Big City/Life in the Big City. You spin the Right Joystick rapidly to activate the hoop and control with the Left stick when activated to move faster.
- Slingback Shooter- "This gadget allows you to attack from far away." The slingback shooter is a slingshot that is used to either knock high-up monkeys down or as a long range weapon, along with being able to hit certain unreachable levers or switches. In the Shopping Area or from Specter TV boxes, you can obtain two other types of ammunition for it. It is obtained as you enter Specter TV Studio/Thrilling TV Studio. You pull back the Right Joystick and release to fire a shot.
- Water Net- The Water Net is a strange gadget, as it is not equipped, but deployed automatically when the player enters water. It is obtained as you enter Bootown/Little Shop of Horrors. You move with the Left Joystick and tilt the Right Joystick to deploy a net. Pressing the Left Joystick in will make you dive, and pressing R1 or R2 after that causes you to rise.
- R.C. Car- "This gadget can be remote-controlled." The R.C. Car can scare monkeys cowering in certain spots to move, collect coins from afar, activate floor switches, and deal damage to enemies. There are different styles for the R.C. Car in the Hobby Shop. It is obtained as you enter The Hot Springs/Hot Springs for Good Health
- Sky Flyer- "This gadget is used for high-flying." It is used to reach high or far away places that Kei and Yumi couldn't reach before. It is obtained as you enter Mount Amazing/Mishap Mountain.
A new arrival for the Ape Escape series, Morphs allow the player to change form and gain abilities not able to be gained via gadgets. These include stronger and more varied attacks, greater movement ability, and other, more specific abilities as well.
- Fantasy Knight- "This defensive morph has a powerful attack and wields a mighty shield."
- Wild West Kid- "This morph is good at long distance attacks."
- Miracle Ninja- "A nimble morph with a Doppelgànger ability."
- Genie Dancer- "This morph calls forth a dancing genie!"
- Dragon Kung Fu Fighter- "This morph is great for combo attacks."
- Cyber Ace- "This morph gives you an Electro-pulse Spark attack and a mid-air dash."
- Super Monkey- "This morph lets you befriend the monkeys and search for hidden rooms!"
|Mesal Gear Solid||Super Monkey Throw Stadium||Ultim-ape Fighter!|
| Name of Level
| Monkeys in Level (NTSC)
|TV Station||Ukki Pan|
|Seaside Resort||Nessal - Ukki Pia - Sarubo - Salurin - Ukkitan - Morella - Ukki Ben - Kankichi - Tomezo - Kamayan - Taizo|
|American : Hide-n-Seek Forest
European : Hide-and-Seek Forest
|Ukki Pon - Ukkian - Ukki Red - Rosalin - Salubon - Wolfmon - Ukiko - Lambymon - Kreemon - Ukkilei - Spork - King Goat - Marukichi - Kikimon - Kominato|
American : Saru-mon's Castle
European : Knight's Castle
|Ukkido - Pipo Guard - Monderella - Ukki~ichi - Ukkinee - Saru~mon - Monga - Ukkiton - King Leo - Ukkii - Saluto - King's Double - Mattsun - Miya - Mon~san - SAL~1000|
|Monkey White Battle!||Monkey White|
|American : The Big City
European : Life in the Big City
|Ukima - Monbolo - Pipo Mondy - Ukki Mattan - Bemucho - Ukki Nader - Sabu~sabu - Ginjiro - Kichiemon - Ukkilun - Bully~mon - Ukki Joe - Tamaki - Micky Oou - Sally Kokoroe - Monkey Manager - Supervisor Chimp - Boss Ape|
|American : Specter TV Studio European :Thrilling TV Studio||Ukki Yan - Ukkipuss - Minoh - Monta - Pipopam - Monpii Ukkichi - Gabimon - Bananamon - Mokinza - Ukki Lee Ukki - Ukkida Jiro - Sal Ukindo - Gimminey - Hant - Chippino - Ukki Paul - Sally Mon - Bonly - Monly|
|American : Bootown
European : Little Shop of Horrors
|Monkichiro - Leomon - Uikkun - Take Ukita - Bonbon - Chichi - Ukkisuke - Chibi Sally - Ukkison - Saruhotep - Ukkito - Monzally - Ukkiami - Monjan - Nattchan - Kabochin - Ukki Mon - Mumpkin|
|American : Wild West Town
European : Wild West Village
|Morrey - Jomi - Tammy - Ukki Gigolo - Monboron - West Ukki - Lucky Woo - Pamela - Ukki Monber - Gaukichi - Shaluron - <br /> Jay Mohn - Munkee Joe - Saru Chison - Jaja Jamo - Chammy Mo - Golon Moe - Golozo - Ukkia Munbo - Mon Johny|
|Monkey Blue Battle!||Monkey Blue|
|American : The Hot Springs
European : Hot Springs for Good Health
|Chabimon - Saru Sam - Kiichiro - Tome~san - Michiyan - Ukki~ichiro - Ukki~emon - Moki - Ukimi - Domobeh - Sam~san - Donkichi - Minokichi - Tatabo - Kimisan - Michiro - Gen~san - Mujakin - Mihachin|
| American : Winterville
European : Frozen Fun
|Kimisuke - Konzo - Saburota - Mitsuro - Takuo - Konkichi - Fumikichi - Pipotron Yellow - Tamubeh - Kimikichi - Gonbeh - Shimmy - Mako - Miko - Tamio - Jeitan - Ukki~jii - Akki~bon - Kimi~chan - Sae~chan - Tassan - Tomokun|
| American : The Emperor's Castle
European : Shogun's Castle
|Pipo Tobi - Masan - Mohachi - Mon Ninpo - Yosio - Fatty McFats - Kikimaru - Tomoku~chan - Uziko - GP - Walter - Monkibeth - Babuzo - Fishy Feet - Pipo Torin - Tomi - Master Pan - Monchin Chi - Masachi - Golota - Kinsuke|
|Monkey Yellow Battle!||Monkey Yellow|
| American : Mount Amazing
European : Mishap Mountain
|Ukkichi - Chomon - Ukkido - Kyamio - Talupon - Bokitan - Tami - Micchino - Talurin - Occhimon - Mikkurin - Kicchino - Kimurin - Sakkano - Camino - Valuccha - Pisuke - Kansuke - Pohta - Keisuke|
| American : Toytown
European: Apes in Toyland
|Pikkori - TalUkki - Pinkino - Bon Mota - Bon Verna - Bon Papa - Bon Mama - Kalkin - Pakun - Ukki X - Mon Gareji - Shouji - Woo Makka - Monto - Mokitani - Namigo - Pipotron Red - Master Loafy - Golonero - Kocho - Tam Konta - Tam Mimiko - Tam Papa - Tam Mama|
| American : Arctic Wonderland
European : Antarctic Apeland
|Bikupuri - Ukkisu - Ukki Ami - Balio - Kimkon - Ukkina - Kushachin - Malikko - Bolikko - Iceymon - Mokkidon - Jolly~mon - Hikkori - Rammy - Monkino - Kyam - Kappino - Kris Krimon|
|Mirage Town||Scorpi~mon - Minimon - Moontero - Ukki Son - Ukki Jeff - Saru Maru - Genghis Mon - Cup~o~mon - Nijal - Apey Jones - Ukki Mamba - Golden Mon - Crazy 'ol Mon - Shamila - Tamiyanya - Salteenz - Dancing Mia - Miccho - Kisha - Gimuccho - Wojin - Princess Judy|
|Monkey Pink Battle!||Monkey Pink|
| American : Eversummer Island
European : Summer Island
|Ukki Mat - Salumani - Salulu - Baku - Salunch - Pincher~mon - Mong Popo - Mohcha - Kamcha - Bimocha - Gimchin - Kamaccha - Gyamu - Takumon - Ukki Ether - Tartan - Molzone - Chappio - Pomoah - Gucchai - Makaccho - Larry|
| American : Airplane Squadron
European : Formidable Fleet
|Romo - Temko - Ukkigawa - Mokkido - Pont - Gamish - Prince Bertus - Takmon - Chai Bunny - Mukita - Tamrai - Kemunpa - Pipotron Blue - Mabaras - Tamoos - Kimoto - Octavian - Samuel - Coril - Bont - Delly - Jeloh - Bongo|
| American : Kung-Fu Alley
European : Kung fu Street
|Dally - Nak Nayo - Donto Koi - Po Kin Ki - Ukki Chan - Uki Uki - Muki Muki - Shinchi - Doh Tsuitaro - Hi Uchi Ishi - Gala Waruo - Bassili Ukki - Canchi - Pikon - Bankan - Sukei - Giyan - Muchaki - Yoh Kitana - Goshi Andos - Pukuman - Block master - Tompo Wootan - Chechin - Hapcho - Bonmos - Dark Master - Teh Isu - Ponja|
|Monkey Red Battle!||Monkey Red|
| American : Midnight Bay
European : Midnight Bayside
|Nadamon - Patoya - Gumbo - Pehyan - Mokito - Pipo Kate - Samtan - Pokkine - Daban - Shiny Pete - Keiichi - Landon - McBreezy - Ronson - Gimo - Hiroshi - Nakabi - Mibon - Bololon - Gimi Gimi - Doemos - Kazuo - Pokkini - Jimo - Bokino - Makidon - Dogy - Gibdon - Buligie|
| American : Tomoki City
European : Tomuki City
|Kichibeh - Bonchicchi - Mikibon - DJ Tamo - Ukkinaka - Ukkine - Pon Jiro - Chimpy - Kajitan - Uka Uka - Mil Mil - Taimon - Goro~san - Reiji - Ponta - Tomio - Gario - DJ Pari - Mitsuo - Riley - Pipo Ron - Mikita - SAL~13 - SAL~12 - Tomu - Breadacus - Ukkigoro - Ukiji - Tomimon|
|American : Dr. Tomoki Battle
European : Dr. Tomuki Battle
| American : Space-TV Fortress
European : TV Space Station
|Poko - Gamuo - Mukikko - Moto Ukki - Jimi Jami - Genbo - Twin Mitty - Uttey - Emma - Dokicchi - Kamicchi - Ukki Monda - Porokko - Zonelin - Tamano - Nelson - Koloneh - Miluchy - Robert - Fronson - Demekin - Kikuyoshi - Freet - Chico - Gamurin - Pipo Mon - Gam Gam - Doronbo - Benja - Macchan - Rokkun - Ukki Love - Momongo - Moepi - Pumon - Makiban - Upis - Mondatta - Gicchom - Barire - SAL~10 - SAL~11 - SAL~3000|
|Specter's Final Battle!||Specter|
In Ape Escape 3's main menu, if the player holds down L1, L2, R1, and R2 and presses start, a secret password menu appears which allows players to input passwords for rewards. On the Japanese version, all passwords must be input in Hiragana, even if the words they spell are meant to be written with Katakana or Kanji.
|00798001||urasgrobyc||SAL-1000 (in Saru-mon's Castle)|
|33483264||bkvisitor||Dark Master (in Kung-Fu Alley)|
|83005415||redenigma||Pipotron Red (in Toytown)|
|23509391||bluecool||Pipotron Blue (in Airplane Squadron)|
|11228368||secrety||Pipotron Yellow (in Winterville)|
|2nd man||2nd man||ふたりめのおとこ
|34076466||2ndman||Shimmy (in Winterville)|
|37459551||urasekips||Spork (in Hide-n-Seek Forest)|
|50462522||galaxyman||SAL-3000 / Ape Ratchet
(in Space-TV Fortress)
|04077472||dreamcoact||Mesal Gear Solid|
|72396504||saruthrow||Super Monkey Throw Stadium|
|2 snakes||2 snakes||ふたりのすねーく
|87797030||snakex2||Tape "The Two Snakes" and Files "At
Fort Alaska" + "Sons of Liberty"
|64061629||newclank||Tape 30 "Special Movie!"|
|99876650||pipoagain||Tape 29 "Mystery Movie"|
|47411515||lottorich||9999 Gotcha Coins|
|48690278||mecameca||All 8 Gadgets|
|89770823||drchange||All 7 Morphs|
Voice Actors Edit
|Role||American Voice Actor||European Voice Actor||Japanese Voice Actor|
|Kei||Hope Levy||Richard Pearce||Junko Takeuchi|
|Yumi||Anndi McAfee||Maria Darling||Ai Nonaka|
|Aki||Julie Nathanson||Maria Darling||Sayaka Ohara|
|Natalie||Amber Hood||Rachel Preece||Tomoko Kawami|
|Specter||Charlie Schlatter||Mark Silk||Chika Sakamoto|
|Dr. Tomoki||Nolan North||Keith Wickham||Keiji Fujiwara|
|Monkey White||Phil Proctor||Mark Silk||Kenichi Ogata|
|Monkey Blue||Michael Gough||Simon Greenall||Takahiro Sakurai|
|Monkey Yellow||Steven Jay Blum||David Holt||Shoto Kashii|
|Monkey Pink||Debi Derryberry||Rachel Preece||Miyuki Matsushita|
|Monkey Red||Greg Berger||Jonathan Keeble||Daisuke Gori|
Names in Other Languages Edit
|Saru Get You 3|
|Piposaru Get You 3|
Zhuō hóu la
|Catching a Monkey 3|
- This is the first main Ape Escape title where no new Gadgets appear.
- This is also the first main Ape Escape title where the Magic Punch is missing.
- The passwords "grobyc" and "るさぐーぼいさ" are both Cyborg backwards. (さいぼーぐさる "saibōgu saru" translates to "Cyborg Monkey"). Along with this, "krops", "urekak", and "るさるけか" are the names of the monkey they spawn, also written backwards. (かけるさる "kakeru saru" translates to "Kakeru monkey")
- Tape 29, "Mystery Movie" is obtainable through the Music Shop and a password, but Tape 30, "Special Movie!" is only unlockable via password.
- In the Japanese version, almost every piece of concept art has Japanese text on it. All of the text present was removed in localization.
- This is the last main title Ape Escape game on the PlayStation 2.
|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|