APE OUT Reviews

APE OUT is ranked in the 90th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
8.3 / 10.0
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.

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9 / 10.0
Mar 1, 2019

Still, despite those issues, Ape Out is simply an outstanding and utterly enjoyable experience. The moment I became that big, angry monkey, I was glued to the screen and never wanted the action to end. The music dropped my jaw, the visuals made my eyes go wide, and the addictive gameplay kept me entranced until I reached the final level. The ape is truly out, my friends.

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9 / 10.0
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 his game design.

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Feb 28, 2019
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8 / 10
Feb 28, 2019

Ape Out is a clever mix somewhere between the twin stick shooter and the beat'em all genres, which rely on its colorful yet simple visuals and a fantastic sound design focus solely on the drums to deliver a violent and quite unique experience in a very, very difficult adventure to freedom. Those brave enough to fight hundreds of armed to the teeth guards will experience a tough but rewarding game will enjoy its beautiful artistic direction for sure.

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Feb 28, 2019

The game not only gets you to behave like a rampaging gorilla, it forces you to adapt like one.

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9 / 10
Feb 28, 2019

The Nintendo eShop would be a considerably more exciting and interesting place if it were packed full of games like Ape Out, it's a refreshingly original experience that more than deserves a place in any Switch owner's library. Difficult, frenetic gameplay, a strong art direction, and an even stronger jazz drum soundtrack make this the sort of memorable game that you'll likely keep coming back to over and over for another few runs at the arcade mode. We'd give Ape Out a strong recommendation to anyone looking for a distinct and unforgettable game for their Switch collection; it's a bit of an acquired taste, but this is well worth your time.

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Feb 28, 2019

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.

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8 / 10.0
Feb 28, 2019

Channel your inner Harambe in the very brutal and primal Ape Out.

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8 / 10.0
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.

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Pure Nintendo
David Temple
Top Critic
7.5 / 10.0
Apr 17, 2019

While it can be fun to run around smashing stuff and listening to a cool soundtrack, Ape Out is a bit of a one-trick pony. When you boil it down, it's a maze runner with a smash-the-bad-guys element. Don't get me wrong—the theme may be simple, but the game is fun to play. It's challenging enough to keep you entertained for several hours so go let your inner monkey run wild for a while.

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4.5 / 5.0
Mar 20, 2019

Still, if you are a fan of puzzlers and want something different, Ape Out is a terrific diversion. While you may only play it for a few weeks (it's not a very long game), you're going to have a blast doing it.

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9 / 10.0
Mar 4, 2019

An addictive riot of a video game, and an essential purchase.

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8.5 / 10.0
Mar 5, 2019

And it's here where once you understand the rhythm and feel of a level, the splashes of blood and primate rage truly becomes an instrument.

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9 / 10.0
Mar 3, 2019

Ape Out is a brutal and primordial smash'em up, a gorilla race on a jazz base.

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4.5 / 5.0
Feb 28, 2019

Ape Out is an absolutely fantastic action game with an incredible sense of style.

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CGMagazine
Harrison Dressler
Top Critic
8 / 10.0
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.

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TechRaptor
Brian Renadette
Top Critic
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 28, 2019

Short yet sweet, Ape Out combines a highly stylish aesthetic with enjoyable gameplay to make for an exciting experience.

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9 / 10.0
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.

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B
Apr 3, 2019

Between the game’s stylish presentation and unique use of music, Ape Out feels unlike much else on eShop. The game is very much an impressive achievement from developer Gabe Cuzzillo, and those who value quality over length will find a great option in Ape Out.

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