APE OUT Reviews

APE OUT is ranked in the 90th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
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Feb 28, 2019
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62 / 100
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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9 / 10.0
Feb 28, 2019

The gameplay is a big enough draw on its own, but when combined with the art direction and audio, Ape Out becomes near impossible to put down

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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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8 / 10.0
Feb 28, 2019

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

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Wccftech
Top Critic
8 / 10.0
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.

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8.3 / 10.0
Feb 28, 2019

Ape Out is a wickedly inventive, ultra-violent romp that doesn't overstay its welcome

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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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9 / 10.0
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.

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8 / 10.0
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.

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Metro GameCentral
Top Critic
8 / 10
Feb 28, 2019

A fantastically entertaining action game that combines gameplay, visuals, and audio into an irresistible orgy of violence and… improvisational jazz.

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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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8.5 / 10.0
Feb 28, 2019

Throwing an enemy against a wall will decimate them. And decimating an enemy has never felt so good as it does in Ape Out.

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80 / 100
Feb 28, 2019

Ape Out breaks its cage with an amusing aesthetics and a wonderful and jazzy soundtrack, both of them procedural generated. In some way, it plays like Hotline Miami, with its own ideas, and a constant feeling of urgency. A game with an owerhelming personality, that even shows up when our ape dies, in a memorable and stilysh death recap screen.

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8.5 / 10.0
Feb 28, 2019

The Arcade Mode and harder difficulty will test even the best of players and provide a decent incentive to come back. The sheer enjoyment of flinging guards into each other or through a high-rise window to their doom doesn't really get old, but the striking use of color and perspective truly set this game apart. If you don't mind the gratuitous body count and related blood splatter, Ape Out is a funky and fresh take on the top-down action genre. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to rock out with my Ape Out.

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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

Whilst the concept is there in the title, the intricacies of Ape Out's are revealed the more you play. Every aspect creates a dazzling jazz mixtape that reverberates from eyes, to ears, to thumbs.  And you're an ape. Which is great.

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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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GameSpew
Top Critic
8 / 10.0
Feb 28, 2019

Ape Out isn’t for the faint-hearted, but if you enjoy Hotline Miami-style gameplay, I urge you to give it a go.

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10 / 10
Feb 28, 2019

Ape Out is persistently challenging, completely bonkers and deliriously entertaining.

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