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All Chips

Chips or Gold Coins are the primary currency in the Ape Escape series. They are little chunks of gold found inside of the levels either from an enemy or scattered around a stage. Usually they can be found in hidden groups or even occasionally underwater. Sometimes near bigger chips, or a Specter Coin.

The appearance and use of chips changes with each game.

In the original Ape Escape, chips are vital to collect for a player in order to gain extra lives. Collecting 100 grants one extra life, and the counter resets to zero.

In Ape Escape 2 and Ape Escape 3 they are instead used as currency to either receive random items from the Gotcha Box in Ape Escape 2, or purchase certain items at the Shopping District in Ape Escape 3.

Ape Escape/On the Loose[]

In Ape Escape, and Ape Escape: On the Loose they are simple hollowed out triangles shown to be upside down on a single point. Big ones are worth five small chips.

In Time Attack, these chips stop the timer for a while, in which small chips stop the timer for one second, while big ones stop the timer for five seconds.

Chip AE1

A standard chip

Larger Chip

A larger chip worth five chips

Ape Escape 2[]

In Ape Escape 2 as seen below, they are simple coin shapes, but upon collecting so many they turn into silver stars, which quintuples/increases by 5x the coins given for each picked up. Upon picking up enough of them they turn into golden double stars that are 10x the amount of a regular gold coin. However, these only stay for a few seconds and then revert to their previous stage if not collected quickly.

Gold Coin Silver Star Gold Star
A standard gold coin A silver star worth five coins A gold star worth ten coins

Ape Escape 3[]

In Ape Escape 3 the circles gain a Hexagon/pointed shape. They act the exact same way as in Ape Escape 2.


  • In Ape Escape 2 and 3 the chips can upgrade to silver and gold stars.
  • They are also referred to as Gold Coins in Ape Escape 2.
  • In Ape Escape 2, the player can't hold more than 999 Gold Coins.


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