Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Mar 4, 2019
    If you don’t mind a rather extreme challenge, I can’t recommend Ape Out enough, a perfect marriage of style and execution that’s difficult as hell while also managing to be an exciting power fantasy. Every step of the way is exciting and fun, and even when you’re running up against a wall, it has that “one more run!” power that gets you to keep trying, and then whoops, hours are gone. Ape Out is definitely worth checking out and returning to for a quick and excellent experience.
  2. Sep 3, 2019
    Ape Out is the kind of game that makes you glad the indie scene exists. It defines the type of game that is very easy to pick up, but it takes some real practice to conquer. It places pure action over story, with the reward for surviving every encounter being pure satisfaction. Failure is met with an immediate desire to try again instead of groaning in frustration. It's a gorgeous game, but more importantly, it ends way before the premise wears thin. In short, Ape Out easily goes on the list for one of the best titles of the year.
  3. Mar 26, 2019
    Ape Out is an incredible action game that succeeds in delivering a fresh and genuinely fun experience, wrapped in an aesthetic package so tight and well executed that makes it a game that everybody into videogames should try.
  4. Mar 14, 2019
    Ape Out plays like an underground cartoon caught on film stock set to percussion-driven jazz. I dug it so much I let loose an “Amen!” when the final credits splashed across the screen and the music crashed in with thunderous conviction.
  5. Mar 11, 2019
    Ape Out is that rare mix of great art, sound and game design. It’s a short but addictive experience with challenging, satisfying gameplay and an audiovisual style that instantly grabs your senses and doesn’t let go.
  6. Mar 11, 2019
    Cuzzillo, Foddy and Boch have torn the cage of the creative processes by creating a model of their own. Ape Out is pure jazz: overwhelming, defiant and free. The monkey has escaped, infuriated, and wants to sow panic on the gaming industry.
  7. Mar 3, 2019
    Ape Out is a brutal and primordial smash'em up, a gorilla race on a jazz base.
  8. Mar 1, 2019
    The four albums’ worth of content (plus bonus EP) offer a huge amount of ape action, tossing guards around like blood-filled dodge balls in one new scenario after another and ending with a perfectly-themed final level. Combine that with its unique, iconic art style and amazing soundtrack and Ape Out is simply the coolest game with the hippest tunes 1959 can supply.
  9. Feb 28, 2019
    Ape Out is a masterpiece of desperate, reactive play that not only gets you to behave like a rampaging gorilla, it forces you to adapt like one.
  10. Feb 28, 2019
    With a resoundingly evocative and cathartic ending, and with various, small secrets waiting to be unveiled by the community and by the players, Ape Out is already a classic of the genre, for its extraordinary aesthetic and sound style, and for the excellent quality of the its game design.
  11. Feb 28, 2019
    Ape Out is a marvelous example of what can be done with gaming when a handful of talent think outside the box. Challenging, occasionally annoying, but addictive gameplay, painted in gorgeous splashes of colour and quirky, attractive visuals, all backed with a breathless score. This odd release is proof positive that creativity in gaming remains alive and well. Go Ape.
  12. Mar 31, 2019
    Orthodox yet sophisticated action, a wacky art style, a crazy score and events that make great use of these characteristics make Ape Out a thrilling experience throughout.
  13. Feb 28, 2019
    Ape Out is an intoxicating fusion of percussion and destruction that oozes style from every angle.
  14. Mar 7, 2019
    Ape Out is a game that is entirely the sum of its parts. Whilst many indie games look stylish, or sound cool, or have a solid gameplay mechanic, rarely do all three coalesce into something so memorably original. Ape Out will surely be one of the most unique games of 2019 and whilst it’s short, it packs a knockout punch.
  15. Mar 7, 2019
    Ape Out is a pure adrenaline rush. A joy to play, to watch and to listen to, where game, graphics and sound design work to bring together a true synesthetic experience.
  16. Mar 11, 2019
    Ape Out is a fun and fast-paced action game with nary a dull moment. The brutal difficulty can go overboard at times, but even then it's never too daunting. This is one of the coolest games of 2019 so far, and any fan of slick, stylish action games should give it a go.
  17. Mar 22, 2019
    Quotation forthcoming.
  18. Apr 27, 2019
    Ape Out is grueling. Constantly, all in movement and speed, the game will make you live something very satisfying. It is like a little walk before turning into a jam-session that will seem very messy from a distance, for the uninitiated. You'll enjoy replaying it, in the manner of a single good vinyl.
  19. Mar 20, 2019
    Ape Out is a simple game, but one with the polish and charm to make it work. Perfectly embodying the mantra of “easy to learn, tough to master,” as the game’s significant difficulty attests too. It’s not a game that’ll you’ll want to play for hours straight, but it’s the perfect game to pop into now and again to harness your inner raging beast.
  20. Mar 11, 2019
    A game that manages to catch thanks to its fast paced and fantastic soundtrack.
  21. Mar 5, 2019
    The game is a tight package that hits all the right notes when things are working well, though it can possibly push you into madness if you falter. 8/10 dismembered arms.
  22. Feb 28, 2019
    Ape Out parades the alliance between thunderous jazz and an irritated bloodthirsty gorilla. Two unrelated objects defined by being out of control are both under your control in the form of a violent top-down brawler. Symbols crash when gorillas and humans clash and the performance is beautiful and preposterous.
  23. Feb 28, 2019
    Ape Out is great if you've only got a few minutes or a few hours. Its simple design, constant excitement, and reward loop mean you can be satisfied with one turn or twenty.
  24. 80
    Ape Out delivers a deliciously impactful take on the frenetic twin-stick formula. It uses the closeness of its melee encounters and excellent sound design to create an atmosphere of pure, unstoppable tempo. Its style is undeniable, and the craft on display is well worth the short time it takes to play through each of the game's four acts.
  25. Feb 28, 2019
    Deceptively simple and undoubtedly original, Ape Out’s fast and frantic jazz infused gameplay never loses sight of what videogames are really all about: having fun.
  26. Feb 28, 2019
    While the procedural generation makes it slip on a banana peel somewhat, the rest of Ape Out is such a stylistic and hyperviolent joy that you can't but be charmed by it - even the jazz.
  27. Feb 28, 2019
    Be prepared to die and die some more, but Ape Out is a game that'll get into your psyche, and beg you to carry on. As you progress, your heart will likely be beating as fast as the music, but the adrenaline pumping around your system will only spur you on further. Each death is a tragedy, but each one only makes that eventual success ultimately more rewarding.
  28. Mar 2, 2019
    We’ve really enjoyed Ape Out, but its small randomization of stages creates a strange feeling, where luck seems to matter sometimes more than skill. Overall, it’s a very good experience for those looking for a fast-paced action game.
  29. Mar 9, 2019
    The rhythmic, cymbal-centric, jazz music is combined impeccably with the frenetic action of Ape Out. Taking a cue from the way the game categorizes its levels into vinyl disks we feel that we only received side A now and we still missing side B. Probably this shows how much we enjoyed the game (wanting more of it) but, nevertheless, it feels like it could benefit greatly from more content, at least in terms of levels.
  30. Mar 4, 2019
    Sometimes frustrating and too minimalist, Ape Out has a really good concept where music and action are linked. Here, you don't aim to kill, you try to escape by reducing the threat surrounding you, which is a really interesting gameplay philosophy.
  31. Feb 28, 2019
    Ape Out is an unusual action title with interesting visuals and an original sound approach. It’s fun to play, but it could have been deeper in his gaming structure.
  32. Mar 7, 2019
    A sensational audiovisual experience that starts to drag around halfway in.
  33. Feb 28, 2019
    Ape Out is a game that draws you in with its strong aesthetic style and flair, but it feels short on ideas. When you're barrelling through a room, knocking multiple enemies into walls and watching them explode into puddles of blood, it can be quite exciting. But the game never really rises above being a mild thrill, and a lack the variety means that it’s too repetitive to truly make a strong impact. Ape Out isn't as creative with its level designs and challenges as it is with its soundtrack and art, but as it stands it’s a pleasant, jazzy way to spend a few hours.
  34. Feb 28, 2019
    Mashing up unique aesthetics and gameplay doesn't always yield a perfect result, and Ape Out tries to fit together two disparate ideas without successfully navigating the challenges of such an endeavor. Too many elements just don't work at a fundamental level, making it an uneven effort at best.
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  1. If nothing else, this is a game where you, a gorilla, can punch a man so hard that he crumbles into his constituent parts, and then pick up his arse and hoof it at one of his mates. I don’t know what else to tell you.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 102 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 102
  2. Negative: 14 out of 102
  1. Jun 20, 2019
    4/10 because game have a good style (for someone) BUT game is becoming boring with the time like and style what can annoy you. As for me it's4/10 because game have a good style (for someone) BUT game is becoming boring with the time like and style what can annoy you. As for me it's the worst Devolver's game. Full Review »
  2. Mar 6, 2019
    All style, no substance. This would have been the 3rd coolest Flash game in 2005... maybe. There is no variety- you see about 80% of whatAll style, no substance. This would have been the 3rd coolest Flash game in 2005... maybe. There is no variety- you see about 80% of what this game has to offer in the first hour, about the same time the "oooh it looks and sounds neato" factor wears off.

    Skip this one until it's under $7.
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  3. Mar 7, 2019
    Meh. It's very flawed. All levels feel exactly like the first level and no new elements are introduced. It's supposed to be a Hotline MiamiMeh. It's very flawed. All levels feel exactly like the first level and no new elements are introduced. It's supposed to be a Hotline Miami clone but it fails at being fun and exciting like HM. Often induces game rage and it's one of the signs of a poor game design.

    Aesthetic and music is great though.
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