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Anything that is the least bit popular can wind up as a cameo, including Ape Escape. This page shall detail every Ape Escape-related cameo that arises.

Please feel free to add more if you spot one.

Flipnic: Ultimate Pinball[]

(aka Flipnic in Europe and フリップニック in Japan)

Release Dates:
JP: August 7, 2003[1]
EU: January 23, 2004[2]
NA: July 12, 2005[3]

In the jungle-themed "Biology" level, a UFO will appear and abduct a pinball with its claw. A newspaper spins into view with the headline "MISSING! MISSING!" to which the announcer responds "Oh my god!". The front page also features a side story with images of Specter and the Pipotrons. Much of the text is illegible even in HD resolutions.

The game was developed by Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and predates Ape Escape: Pumped & Primed by almost a year (July 1, 2004).

Monster Rancher 4[]

Release Dates:
JP: August 14, 2003
NA: November 13, 2003

Monster Rancher is a series where you as the main character take care of, raise, and possibly breed monsters to form stronger, better ones. IN MR4, having/using an Ape Escape disk upon entering the "Make a monster" shrine will form an Ape with Red Shorts holding a boxing glove.

For more information, click one of the following images:

Hot Shots Golf Fore!/Everybody's Golf 4![]

Release Dates:
JP: November 27, 2003
NA: August 17, 2004
EU: September 23 2005

In the Japanese and European versions you can have a plain yellow Pipo Monkey as a caddy.

Pipo Get!

Taiko no Tatsujin: Atsumare! Matsuri da!! Yondaime[]

(aka 太鼓の達人 あつまれ!祭りだ!!四代目 in Japan)

Release Date:
JP: July 22, 2004[4]

In this Taiko no Tatsujin game, the song Yappari Saru Get You from the Ape Escape series is available as a playable song in the variety genre. This was done as a tie-in with Ape Escape: Pumped & Primed which also released earlier that month.[5] Pipo Monkeys and The Pipotrons appear on screen as the song plays.

Metal Gear Solid 3[]

Release Dates:
NA: November 17, 2004
JP: December 16, 2004
EU: March 4, 2005

Pipo Monkeys appears in a minigame from MGS3 called Snake vs. Monkey:

Ratchet and Clank: Up your Arsenal[]

Release Dates:
NA: November 2, 2004
EU: November 12, 2004
JP: November 25, 2004

In the Japanese and International HD version of Up your Arsenal, by entering a code in the pause menu of the game you can unlock a wearable Pipo Suit for Ratchet to wear. It is a monkey with blue pants and a sad expression. Clank remains virtually unchanged. The code needed is: Up, Down, Up, Down, Left, Left, Right, Right, Square, Square, Square.[6]

Ratchet: Deadlocked[]

Release Dates:
NA: October 25, 2005
EU: November 23, 2005
JP: November 23, 2005

In the Japanese version of Deadlocked exists a normal yellow pants monkey suit to wear that is aquired via inputting a code in the pause menu. The code is as follows: Up, Right, Down, Right, Left, Right.[7]

Doko Demo Issyo: Let's Gakkou![]

(aka どこでもいっしょレッツ学校! in Japan)

Release Date:
JP: June 15, 2006

A game from the Doko Demo Issyo series starring Toro Inoue that only released in Japan. Three Pipo Monkeys appear in this game in the month of November, challenging Toro and his friends to a battle. Winning the battle rewards the player with Pipo Monkey costumes.[8]


Release Dates (LittleBigPlanet 1):
NA: October 27, 2008
JP: October 30, 2008
EU: November 5, 2008

The Ape Escape Costume is a downloadable outfit for LittleBigPlanet, LittleBigPlanet 2, LittleBigPlanet PS Vita, and LittleBigPlanet Karting.[9]

For more information, click one of the following images.

Tokyo Jungle[]

Release Dates:
JP: June 7, 2012
NA: September 25, 2012
EU: September 26, 2012

A Pipo Helmet appears as a free DLC in Tokyo Jungle. It has infinite durability and can only be equipped by the Chimpanzee.

Super Bomberman R[]

Release Date (PS4, ver. 2.2):
All regions: September 19, 2018[10]

A yellow pants monkey called Pipo Monkey Bomber was added exclusively in the PS4 version of Super Bomberman R via version 2.2 patch.[11] Pipo Monkey Bomber is under "Unique" class and has a special ability called "Aping". Also included is Toro Inoue, who has been in many Ape Escape crossovers.[12]

Toro and Friends: Onsen Town[]

A puzzle game starring the character Toro Inoue (Japanese Name: トロとパズル, Puzzle with Toro). The game held a collaboration event with Ape Escape which spanned from September 18th, 2020 until September 30th 2020. This event included limited-time unlockable Pipo Monkey costumes and furniture, as well as a special loading screen containing Pipo Monkeys.[13]

Astro's Playroom[]

Release Dates:
JP: November 12, 2020[14]
NA: November 12, 2020[14]
EU: November 19, 2020[14]

In Gusty Gateway, the opening area of Memory Meadow, two Bots are acting out a scene from Ape Escape while another Bot films them. One is hiding in the bushes with a red siren light on his head, while the other pretends to look for them holding a large net.

Astro's Playroom has many references to other PlayStation games in a similar fashion, such as:

  • Robbit from Jumping Flash
  • Sir Daniel from MediEvil
  • Crash and Baku from Crash Bandicoot
  • Spyro from Spyro the Dragon
  • Snake from Metal Gear Solid
  • PaRappa the Rapper
  • Jak and Daxter
  • Toro and Kuro from Doko Demo Issyo
  • Ratchet and Clank
  • Sly Cooper
  • Helghast soldiers from Killzone
  • Sackboy from LittleBigPlanet
  • Kratos from God of War
  • and more.
AE3 Hide and Seek Forest - Red Riding Hood scene

The game was developed by Team Asobi, who originated from Sony's Japan Studio division, the developers of Ape Escape. Indeed, the style of parody at work here is not unlike the kind seen in Ape Escape 3, with monkeys filming for Specter TV.


  1. Flipnic (フリップニック), Japan release date [1] [2]
  2. Flipnic, Europe release date [3] [4] [5]
  3. Flipnic: Ultimate Pinball, North America release date [6]
  4. Taiko no Tatsujin: Atsumare! Matsuri da!! Yondaime - Japan release date https://www.amazon.co.jp/%E5%A4%AA%E9%BC%93%E3%81%AE%E9%81%94%E4%BA%BA-%E3%81%82%E3%81%A4%E3%81%BE%E3%82%8C-%E7%A5%AD%E3%82%8A%E3%81%A0-%E5%9B%9B%E4%BB%A3%E7%9B%AE-%E3%82%BD%E3%83%95%E3%83%88%E5%8D%98%E5%93%81/dp/B00027X8VY
  5. Bandai Namco Japanese website detailing the Ape Escape content in the 2004 Taiko no Tatsujin game https://www.bandainamcoent.co.jp/cs/list/taiko_yondaime/guest/guest01.html
  6. Up Your Arsenal Special Menu - Skins https://ratchetandclank.fandom.com/wiki/Up_Your_Arsenal_Special_menu#Skins
  7. Deadlocked Extras - Skins https://ratchetandclank.fandom.com/wiki/Deadlocked_Extras_menu#Skins
  8. Video of the section of the game that the Pipo Monkeys appear in (20:02) https://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm5429942
  9. PlayStation Store - Ape Escape Costume Game and Legal Info https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP9000-BCUS98148_00-IGCLBPSONYCO0003
  10. Konami Super Bomberman R News - Ver. 2.2 release date https://www.konami.com/games/bomberman/r/us/en/news/
  11. Konami Official Twitter - Version 2.2 Patch https://twitter.com/konami/status/1042437129983352832
  12. Konami - Super Bomberman R characters https://www.konami.com/games/bomberman/r/us/en/character/
  13. Toro mobile game collaboration announcement on Japanese Playstation blog https://blog.ja.playstation.com/2020/09/18/20200918-torotopuzzle/
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 PlayStation Blog - PlayStation 5 Launch Day Games from SIE Worldwide Studios https://blog.playstation.com/2020/09/16/playstation-5-launches-in-november-starting-at-399-for-ps5-digital-edition-and-499-for-ps5-with-ultra-hd-blu-ray-disc-drive/
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
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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