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Mixed or average reviews- based on 86 Ratings

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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: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Apr 3, 2019
    10
    Great game. Intriguing artistic style. Simple yet exciting gameplay. Levels become increasingly challenging but you can always overcome them.
  2. Jan 1, 2021
    9
    5-10 hours of pure enjoyment! Don't expect a ton of depth to the game but enjoy it for what it is - an audiovisual masterpiece!
  3. 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
  4. Mar 25, 2021
    8
    Donkey Kong steht über allem, dann kommt diese Flucht. Ape Out ist kurzweilig schön, Affen die kritisieren haben keine Ahnung.
  5. 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
  6. Jun 18, 2019
    7
    Really fun game, good for something to switch on for a quick blast if you've only got half hour or so, or as a nice little palate cleanserReally fun game, good for something to switch on for a quick blast if you've only got half hour or so, or as a nice little palate cleanser between big games. Controls are tight and responsive, and procedurally-generated levels mean no two runs are the same, with new layouts and enemy placements every time.

    Ape Out has an excellent monochrome art style that cleverly changes during different parts of each level in ways that add to the atmosphere and frenetic pace of this game.

    It can quite simply be boiled down to 'get to the end of the level alive while smashing everything in your way', but sometimes being that simple is just what you need for some fun, and this game is definitely fun, however this can wear off after a while due to the simplicity and inevitable repetitive nature, and truthfully there is not much more to it than that.

    By far my favourite bit however is the soundtrack, full of frantic improvisational jazz-inspired drums which actually respond to the action on screen, such as adding cymbal crashes to your attacks and dynamically rolling along to accompany the animalistic movements of your ape.

    It's not a particularly long game, although it does have different difficulty modes etc to try, but it is definitely an enjoyable purchase while it lasts, even if it is not up there with the best on Switch.
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  7. Mar 5, 2021
    4
    10 out of 10 style
    2 out of 10 gameplay: overly simplistic; more reliant on luck than skill; randomized levels don't work for this game often
    10 out of 10 style
    2 out of 10 gameplay: overly simplistic; more reliant on luck than skill; randomized levels don't work for this game often ending in unfair, cheap deaths
    Really wanted to like this game but it was just a huge disappointment. Huge difficulty spikes at the end. I'm the type of guy who will finish almost any game or movie no matter how bad it is. I stopped playing on the 5th level, break out. Honestly don't think most reviewers made it that far.
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