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"APE ESCAPE" BREAKS NEW GROUND IN 3D PLATFORM GAMING.

Sony Computer Entertainment America, Foster City, Calif., has introduced "Ape Escape," a groundbreaking original 3D action/platform title, available exclusively for the PlayStation(R) game console.

Developed by Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., "Ape Escape" is the first and only game specifically designed to allow players full use of the DUAL SHOCK(TM) analog controller(a), elevating the PlayStation gaming experience to an entirely new level.

"Ape Escape" sets a new gameplay standard by challenging players to utilize both controller sticks to simultaneously maneuver character movements and control their gadgets and vehicles.

Players will use their skills and intuition to control movement and activate an arsenal of unique gadgets including a Stun Club, Time Net, Sky Flyer (propeller), Slingback Shooter (slingshot), Super Dash Hoop, Monkey Radar, a Remote Control Car and Water Net, all while enjoying fast-paced, innovative gameplay and exploring massive 3D environments.

Additional key game features include the following:

-- Vehicles including a tank and a row boat (players must maneuver vehicles using both sticks of the DUAL SHOCK analog controller);

-- Mind-twisting mini-games including skiing, boxing rounds and a monkey galaxy shooting gallery;

-- Clock racing time attacks;

-- More than 25 levels spanning eight unique worlds; and

-- Training rooms to learn how to use each unique gadget.

"Ape Escape" clearly pushes the boundaries of the PlayStation gaming experience by offering players refreshing, original and innovative gameplay, including full use of both controller sticks," said Ami Blaire, director, product marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America.

"The game is a fast moving adventure that is challenging and entertaining for gamers of all ages -- we predict consumers will go completely ape over 'Ape Escape'!"

In the game, Specter and his boisterous band of apes have invaded the professor's laboratory at the zoo, stolen intelligence enhancing helmets and activated the time machine to transport themselves back in time in an attempt to make monkeys the new rulers of the world. Spike, a fearless young boy, arrives at the lab with his friend, Jake, just as Specter and his monkey minions are being transported back in time.

Now it is up to Spike to capture all of the monkeys and save the world.

Sony Computer Entertainment America, a division of Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc., markets the PlayStation game console for distribution in North America, develops and publishes software for the PlayStation game console, and manages the U.S. third party licensing program.

Based in Foster City, Calif., Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Visit Sony Computer Entertainment on the Web at http://www.playstation.com

(a) This game requires the DUAL SHOCK analog controller or other official PlayStation brand or licensed controllers featuring the "Analog Control" icon. Analog mode only. May not function or performance may vary with other controllers.

For more information, call 650/655-5538.
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