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  • Summary: Ape Out is a wildly intense and colorfully stylized smash ‘em up about primal escape, rhythmic violence, and frenetic jazz.

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Ape Out Gameplay - 7 Minutes Of Mayhem & Destruction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Mar 20, 2019
    95
    Honestly, I adore Ape Out. Visually it seems very uncomplicated, but step into the shoes of this gorilla and you will find that its simplicity belies a very considered approach to game design.
  2. Mar 4, 2019
    90
    An addictive riot of a video game, and an essential purchase.
  3. Mar 11, 2019
    90
    Ape Out is the embodiment of video game perfection. A clear artistic direction perfectly marries and compliments a simple, yet challenging, gameplay hook that keeps you coming back time after time. Additional challenging modes provide further replayability, and any excuse to keep playing is a good one in my books.
  4. Mar 4, 2019
    85
    Ape Out grabs you by the bananas and doesn't let go. A glorious combination of cathartic action, addictive gameplay and a rousing jazz backing.
  5. Mar 14, 2019
    80
    Not only is Ape Out primed to be one of the most stylish games of the year, but it’s a strong argument for how far style can elevate material.
  6. Mar 2, 2019
    80
    Ape Out has some underwhelming shortcomings that keep it from true masterpiece status. Thankfully the good far outweighs the bad. The boring level design can be ignored in the face of the pulse pounding soundtrack.
  7. Feb 28, 2019
    70
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Mar 13, 2019
    10
    This is simply one of the best under $20 games I have bought. I got about 10-15 hours of grinning and laughing gameplay out of it, and IThis is simply one of the best under $20 games I have bought. I got about 10-15 hours of grinning and laughing gameplay out of it, and I really enjoyed the unique aspects of the game, and it's simplicity. I've read several of the negative reviews and I simply cannot understand where the hate is coming from. No this isn't a game you will be playing solid for months to come. And no it's not as good as BOTW or Mario Odyssey. But it is a very unique and enjoyable experience with some fun charm and discoveries to be had. Expand
  2. Apr 3, 2019
    10
    Great game. Intriguing artistic style. Simple yet exciting gameplay. Levels become increasingly challenging but you can always overcome them.
  3. Mar 19, 2019
    9
    At about the half-way point of this game, I feel like it is time to review it. The high points of this game are that it is an absoluteAt about the half-way point of this game, I feel like it is time to review it. The high points of this game are that it is an absolute beautiful game. I've seen plenty of topdown video games but the art style is totally fresh. It feels outside of the genre. The soundtrack is on another level, and gives the game so much value. The controls are as simple as they need to be: two analog sticks and two shoulder buttons. You have complete control of the ape avatar. The only gripe that one could pick with this game is that the first run through of the entire game could probably be completed in 2-3 hours, depending on how quickly you pick up on it. If you are not interested in replaying for a higher score or new experience, this game may not feel worth the price. For one who values a tight audio-visual experience or wants to embrace a futuristic arcade-esque game, you will find plenty of enjoyment in this game. Bottom line is that it is not part of the trash heap that fills most of the e-shop store. It is a quality video game. Expand
  4. Mar 1, 2019
    9
    This game is a fast paced, jazzy, people smashing good time! If you're looking for a game under $25 that gives you nothing but pure fun withThis game is a fast paced, jazzy, people smashing good time! If you're looking for a game under $25 that gives you nothing but pure fun with an artistic jazz filled direction then this is the game. Story is not the selling point of this game, it is arcade, action packed nonsense where you control an ape, literally trying to get out. How you do it is a simple mix of Hotline Miami and old classic Rampage that takes nothing but 2 buttons and a joystick to complete. Starts out simple and fun and slowly ramps up to exhilarating and difficult. If you want handheld, goofy and quick action to kill some time in your days this game is a must buy and will keep you with a smile glued to your face for hours! Expand
  5. Apr 9, 2020
    8
    A work of art, both visually and aurally. Short-lived, but engrossing all the way through.
  6. Oct 2, 2020
    7
    It was fun but there's not much to it in my opinion. Good for a few hours of fun but i don't have any reason to come back and the main draw ofIt was fun but there's not much to it in my opinion. Good for a few hours of fun but i don't have any reason to come back and the main draw of the game are the artsy visuals and music that responds to the situation. These are novel ideas and make for a fun few hours. Expand
  7. Apr 7, 2019
    6
    Ape Out is one of the most stylish games I've evere played, and an amazing visual and auditory experience. Pity that it's not much of a game.Ape Out is one of the most stylish games I've evere played, and an amazing visual and auditory experience. Pity that it's not much of a game.

    What really makes the game, fron an aesthetic point of view, is its uncompromising consistency. The design team clearly loves and understands that jazz-infused Soul Bass style of graphics. Their love shines through in everything, from the menus to the closing soundtrack. The fantastic dynamically generated jazz percussions don't miss a beat, and they propel the action forward better than any other game soundtrack I've ever experienced. The album covers that mark the chapters are so beautiful, I wish I had real albums based on them.

    When it comes down to playability, however, Ape Out is a disappointment. The gameplay is almost skeletal: you run, you grab, you smash. The randomly generated environments are consistent with the theme of jazz improvisation, but they result in wildly different runs, where you often feel like your success or failure come down to luck more than skill. The difficulty of levels has much more to do with their length than anything else, as it's just harder to survive a longer level by relying on one lucky sequence. Even though the game does its best to introduce new elements in most levels, the basic run/grab/smash gameplay loop is just too wiry not to give a feeling of repetition.

    Ape Out makes you want to keep playing thanks to its beautiful style, but you don't always have fun while doing so.
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