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Ape Escape 2

Ape Escape 2 was released exclusively for PlayStation 2 in Japan July 18th, 2002 and a year later it made it's way to the EU and US. It was later ported to the PlayStation 4 in August of 2016 with updated visuals and trophy support. The soundtrack is composed by Koji Hayama. I been wanting to work on uploading this soundtrack for some time, I use to rent the first and second Ape Escape all the time back in the day and though the first game has an official soundtrack release—Ape Escape Originape Soundtrack—from 2011(over a decade after it's release) the second game has never received the same treatment.  I never played the third installment but it has an official soundtrack as well; Ape Escape 3 Originape Soundtrack. I labeled and number the tracks according to how they are placed on the in-game music menu, since they are the official title.

The music is similar to other platformers of it's time such as Banjo-Kazooie or Mario 64 because of it's focus on melody, with it's cheery/upbeat tracks. I haven't really listened to any of the music since I played Ape Escape 2 on the PS2 years ago but just like other chipper soundtracks of that time, I instantly remembered when I heard them again. I also picked up the upscaled version for PS4 about three weeks ago and I've already finished the darn thing. It helped that I remembered where most of the monkeys are but there were still a couple that are well hidden and drove me a little nuts. The controls are also a bit clunky and there are times when your clearly next to a ledge and Hikaru just won't grab on..  but it's still a fun, challenging game overall and there are tons of unlockables to keep you busy.  A few of my favorite tracks from the album are: Land of the Apes, Skyscaper City, Enter the Monkey, Monkey Chorus  and lastly Staff Credits.  Whenever I hear the Staff Credits song now, I think of my almost 20 year old cat. Over the years, no matter where I was gaming around my house, he'd always be there watching the screen, tracking the various things moving around and this PS4 port was the last game I finished with him by my side before he passed. It's hard to believe 20 years flying by like that but at least we all have good memories of him and he had a good life. The soundtrack is uploaded in both FLAC and MP3(320kbps) and you'll find it in the archive.

 

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