Pipo Saru 2001

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Pipo Saru 2001 Cover.jpg
Cover art of Pipo Saru 2001
Developer(s)SCE Japan Studio
Publisher(s)Sony Computer Entertainment
SeriesApe Escape
Platform(s)PlayStation 2
ReleasePlayStation 2
  • JP: July 5, 2001

Pipo Saru 2001 (ピポサル2001, Pipo Saru Ni-sen Ichi) is an action video game in the Ape Escape series developed and published by SCEI for the PlayStation 2 video game console in Japan. A demo was released through McDonald's named the "Happy Disc". The levels were slightly altered to contain McDonald's logos, fries and burgers.[1]


Piposaru 2001's Gameplay differs from the original Ape Escape gameplay outline. The left analog stick on the DualShock controller is used to control Spike's movement, but unlike the original game, the right analog stick was unused and the Face buttons were used to attack. The goal of each level is to use a vacuum cleaner to remove a required amount of pants off of the apes and put them into an oversized washing machine, while preventing the monkeys from re-obtaining their shorts or attacking the player. While sucking the pants off a monkey, the monkey can be fired into other monkeys to knock them out. Bomb tokens can also be collected to attack monkeys and bosses. The graphics were slightly improved yet very similar to the original game, with the same symbols throughout the game (such as the stage cleared symbol)


The storyline is a simpler compared to the original game. Specter has made all the monkeys' pants dirty and Spike/ Kakeru has to wash them. It also featured many more levels than the original game. It has 36 stages while the original had only 19. Each level is timed. There are five stages to complete, with a boss battle in each level.


On release, Famitsu magazine scored the game a 31 out of 40.[2]


  1. ^ http://www.siliconera.com/2008/02/13/monkeys-sony-and-mcdonalds-mcdonald%E2%80%99s-happy-disc-part-1/
  2. ^ プレイステーション2 - ピポサル2001. Weekly Famitsu. No.915 Pt.2. Pg.88. 30 June 2006.

1. GameSpot.com. Pipo Saru 2001. [1]. Retrieved on 2009-09-11