APE OUT Reviews

APE OUT is ranked in the 90th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
10 / 10
Feb 28, 2019

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

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Mar 6, 2019

With simple and clear rules, Ape Out manages to remove often hidden layers about action games, and how a player understands – and adapts to specific situations – giving new insights on how practice and learning works in games. All fueled by one of the best jazzy tunes I’ve heard in a game.

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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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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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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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9 / 10.0
Mar 11, 2019

Cuzzillo, Foddy and Boch have torn the cage of the creative processes by creating a model of their own. Ape Out is pure jazz: overwhelming, defiant and free. The monkey has escaped, infuriated, and wants to sow panic on the gaming industry.

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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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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

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

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9 / 10.0
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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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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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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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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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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9 / 10.0
Mar 4, 2019

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

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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 17, 2019

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

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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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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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90%
Mar 11, 2019

Ape Out is a stylized, adrenaline-filled action game that won't give you a single moment to breathe. If you're looking for a short, intense videogaming experience, the escaping gorilla won't let you down.

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