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Full name

Japan フリフリ! サルゲッチュ
Furi Furi! Sarugetchu


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SCE Japan



Release Date(s)

Japan December 9, 2010
America Ps store logo July 5, 2011
Europe June 22, 2011

This article is about the PlayStation 3 Reboot that is called Ape Escape in Europe. For other uses of Ape Escape, see Ape Escape (disambiguation).

PlayStation Move: Ape Escape (sometimes called Ape Escape Move), known in Asia as Ape Escape: On The Move, in Europe as Ape Escape, and in Japan as Furi Furi! Saru Get You! (フリフリ! サルゲッチュ) is a spin-off of the Ape Escape franchise and the only installment developed for the PlayStation 3. Unlike other games, it makes use of a motion controller peripheral, Sony's PlayStation Move.


Players view the game from a first-person perspective. The motion controller lets the player use Gadgets on-screen. The gadgets include a floating net, a slingshot and a harisen. Players cycle through their arsenal using the Move-button to utilize the gadget. For example, players swing the controller to catch monkeys, press the trigger button to fire slingshots, and wave the controller to use the fan.

Players traverse from area to area via an on-rails method. Each area is filled with monkeys, and players must ultimately catch all of them using the net. Each gadget is used for a different purpose: slingshots are used to annoy monkeys, destroy objects, and shoot banana power-ups, while the fan is used to blow away debris. To shift the camera players press either the "X" or "O" buttons to turn left or right respectively.


Unlike previous games, this game has a completely new cast of characters. The only character that returns from past installments is Specter.

  • Hero: The silent main protagonist.
  • Tohko: A perennial temp-employee and the older sister of Tsukushi.
  • Tsukushi: A huge science geek and the younger sister of Tohko.
  • Grandma Haru: A scientist who disappeared while searching for Specter, and the grandmother of Tohko and Tsukushi.
  • Specter: The leader of the Pipo Monkeys, sent to space by humans.
  • Pipo Monkeys: A group of space-dwelling monkeys under Specter's orders.


Unlike previous games, this game has a completely new set of Gadgets. The only Gadget that returns from past installments is the Monkey Net and the Slingshot.


# Name Normal Monkeys Hidden Monkeys Total Monkeys
1 Wobbly Home 20 0 20
2 Mysterious Ruins 37 2 39
3 Monkey Carousel 33 2 35
4 Monkey Road 32 2 34
5 The Hot Springs 44 2 46
6 Dinosaur Glacier 54 2 56
7 Haunted House 48 2 50
8 Asian Town 49 2 51
9 Spa Gardens 59 2 61
10 Food City 64 2 66
11 Skull Volcano 69 2 71
12 Monkeyland 69 2 71
13 Steam Castle 75 2 77
14 Battery Tower 96 3 99
15 Monkey Station 96 0 96


On September 24, 2009, at the Tokyo Game Show, an Ape Escape game for the PlayStation 3 ("Ape Escape, working title") was confirmed as a PlayStation Move title. Ape Club, the official website for the Ape Escape series in Europe, announced that the game would be released within the second to fourth quarter of 2010. They also stated that if players liked the Ape Escape game Ape Escape 2001, they would also love Move.

On May 14, 2010 the first official images of the game were finally released. These included a working logo for the game as well as a promotional gameplay images. They were part of a total of three clues given out to the public on that day, the other two being "Has something that no other Ape Escape games have," and that "It's a keeper."

On July 5, 2010 a trailer for PlayStation Move was released. It displayed a one second clip of the game, which involved the player catching monkeys with a net, using the Move controller in first-person view. Another image was released by Ape Club, not seen in the trailer on July 9. It contained a picture of the "Gadget Widget" displaying the gadgets and a new addition showing batteries. A full trailer for the game was finally released by Ape Club on September 3, 2010, which was shown at the Tokyo Game Show 2010 on September 16, 2010.

On January 31, 2011, an English version of the game was released in Asian countries like Singapore along with a PlayStation Move bundle. It was released under the name Ape Escape: On The Move. On March 10, 2011 the US PlayStation Blog announced that PlayStation Move: Ape Escape would be coming to the US PlayStation Store during the summer.








  • PlayStation Move: Ape Escape is the last Ape Escape game released as of 2023.
  • With 5 Gadgets, this game has the 2nd least amount of Gadgets in an Ape Escape game, the first being Ape Escape 2001.
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