You thought your school was tough? Think you've got too much homework? That's nothing compared to playing dodgeball over steaming hot lava... Or diving out of a plane without a parachute... Or standing in the street waving a flag at a bunch of raging mad bulls...
Truly, school in Ape Escape Academy would be more than most of us could bear. But for the Apes who hope to be part of the evil Specter's team, bear it they must. Like most evil geniuses, Specter blames his failings on incompetent minions, and decides to do something about all these poorly trained monkeys. You'll get a chance to work through six "years" or levels of training that cover games in multiple categories. Each category represents a different skill, and each new graduation brings harder games and more demanding teachers.
Offering some great multiplayer options, Ape Escape Academy can be a party game as much as a fun solo jaunt. Either in a shared multiplayer on the same PSP or through wireless networking, gamers can team up to play some of these great mini-games. Unlike a traditional game where the learning curve might be an hour or two, Ape Escape Academy gives you about 10 seconds to review the instructions, another few seconds to practice and then it's off to the races. Games are split between those that use your brain, those that require some special technique and those that are essentially twitch or arcade games.
Once you've taken a crack at a game in "Academy" mode, it becomes playable in a different interface. Win the round, and you may earn a figurine of a monkey you can save and look at later. Since you only get one shot to get it right in "Academy," the practice you do makes getting up in grades a whole lot easier.