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Can you get First Class Honours at the new Ape Academy™

  • Train for the one metre sprint!
  • Monkey around with over 45 mad-cap mini-games
  • Snowboard and punch your way to the top of the class!

E3, LOS ANGELES, 17 May 2005 - Ever fancied yourself as a bit of a cheeky monkey? If so, now is your chance to perfect those skills and rise to the top of the class in Ape Academy coming soon to the PSPTM from Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE). Created by the team behind the critically acclaimed Ape EscapeTM series, Ape Academy sees those naughty monkeys compete in a huge variety of bite-sized, hysterical games.

With over 45 mini games to play, from monkey bowling to pot fighting, there are always exciting new ways to monkey around. Take control of your favourite chimp and work your way through the school years by winning these wacky mini-games! Here are but a few to whet your appetite...

One Meter Dash - It's all in the reflexes as up to four players compete to see who is quickest off the blocks. Ready! Steady! Wait for it... can you handle the tension or will it be a false start?

Dodge Ball - Normal dodge ball is too easy for these chimps: they have to play it over a pit of boiling lava! Watch out: those simian spinners throw a mean over-arm...

Scissors, Paper, Stone - A variation on the playground classic. But in space. With jet packs. And laser guns.

Geronimo - What kind of monkey would jump out of a plane without a parachute? These ones apparently! Chase them down and give them their 'chutes before they make a nasty mess on the beach below...

This is like no other school you've ever attended - Maths, Geography and Physics all go out the window. Instead you can earn your grades by fighting off zombies or become the teacher's pet by playing a mean game of Scissors, Paper, Stone! (Don't forget your space helmet).

These bite-sized games are perfect for fun on the run, each overflowing with zany monkey humour. Great new multiplayer options allow you to play up to four other would-be ape academics via the wireless compatible mode, or use the ingenious control system to simultaneously play against a friend using just one PSP, the ultimate in personal and portable entertainment.

If you want to escape into a world of crazy monkey humour and laugh out loud at the antics of these cheeky chimps, then Ape Academy is the game for you. Enrol now in this fun game for the young at heart, for those who love to misbehave or for those who just love monkeys!

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Notes to Editors

For more information about SCEE's PSP catalogue, please contact your local PR Manager.

About PSPTM (PlayStation® Portable)

PSP is a new personal portable entertainment system that allows users to enjoy 3D games, with high-quality full-motion video, and high-fidelity stereo audio. With graphics rendering capability comparable to that of PlayStation 2, PSP features a 4.3 inch widescreen, high-resolution TFT display. PSP also adopts a newly developed compact but high-capacity (1.8GB) optical disc, Universal Media Disc (UMD), as its storage medium. With a wide range of accessories and connectivity options, including Memory Stick, USB 2.0, IR port and WiFi wireless LAN, PSP is the new entertainment platform from PlayStation.

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd.

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, based in London, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and sales of PS one, PlayStation 2 and PSP software and hardware in 102 territories across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania. At the end of September 2004, over 39 million PlayStation units had been shipped across these PAL territories, over 100 million worldwide. Between its European debut on 24 November 2000 and the end of September 2004, over 25 million PlayStation 2 units have been shipped across the PAL territories, over 74 million world-wide, making it one of the most successful consumer electronic products in history.

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