APE OUT Reviews

APE OUT is ranked in the 90th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
7 / 10.0
Aug 27, 2020

Despite a few missteps in level design, Ape Out delivers a solid beat 'em up experience with its aesthetic.

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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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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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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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7.5 / 10.0
Apr 1, 2019

Ape Out is a fantastic audiovisual experience with a gameplay which is easy to pick up and also enjoyable. However, while its length is perfect for a single playthrough, it doesn't offer much to encourage playing more. And the randomness, while offering a fresh & unique experience on each playthrough, sometimes paves the way for unfair situations & deaths

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GameSkinny
RobertPIngram
Top Critic
Mar 22, 2019

An Ape on the run looking for a way out is fierce to face, and fun to play as. Guide your ape to freedom, smashing any gun-wielding captors who get in your way!

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B
Mar 20, 2019

Ape Out is a rare breed. An arcade experience that both infuriates and ingratiates itself to you thanks to exciting, riveting mechanics and a wonderful sense of style that is only seriously held back by its brevity.

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GameSpace
Top Critic
9.5 / 10.0
Mar 20, 2019

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.

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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 19, 2019

The soundtrack, gameplay, and visuals all work together to provide a stellar experience that, to me, felt better in short bursts.

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9 / 10.0
Mar 17, 2019

Brilliant jazz improvisation in a game form. Fun, instinctive and harmonious.

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8 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2019

Ape Out is a really surprising indie gem based on a dynamic music system with jazz tunes. The game is pretty short though.

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Mar 13, 2019

Ape Out is a dynamo of a game, simultaneously stylish and meaty, that manages to succeed as both a technical demonstration of procedural generation – particularly that magical audio – and a bloody fun game to boot. Between this, Gris, and Pikuniku, Devolver Digital is absolutely crushing it right now.

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A-
Mar 13, 2019

Ape Out offers a simple, yet stylistic experience that will keep you occupied and entertained for hours. It stands out as a truly unique indie game that you don't want to miss. The challenge speaks for itself and is a real visual and audio treat.

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Unscored
Mar 13, 2019

Ape Out is a sort of a Beat'Em Up filled with some Jazz and a lot of Violence. For some people can be a little short but after using soldiers as human shields or just throwing them to the walls stays as a fun and quite interesting experience we don't see that often.

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Alan Bell
Top Critic
9 / 10.0
Mar 12, 2019

Ape Out's near-perfect procedural polyrhythmic gameplay and music stays fun and exciting throughout. The games unique art style lends itself perfectly to the chaos and murder carried out by the games titular ape. While it can be a bit on the challenging side at times, the tight gameplay and frantic action will keep you coming back for 'just one more run' long into the night.

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Mar 11, 2019

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.

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9 / 10.0
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.

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Mar 11, 2019

Ape Out is a beautiful game that is impossible to forget, yet finds itself with plenty of imperfections. The lengths the game goes to empower players in the world of a trapped gorilla are perfect and make the game easy enough to recommend. That said, some minor tweaks to the procedural level generation and more options to take out goons could have given Ape Out the tools to rise to the top. A sequel could do more to improve on the gameplay formula and should be on everyone’s radar, assuming Ape Out 2 is planned for the future, of course. Until then, Ape Out remains as an experience everyone should give a try, even if its gameplay does not quite meet the savory standards of its own presentation.

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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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