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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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Mar 4, 2019
    100
    If you don’t mind a rather extreme challenge, I can’t recommend Ape Out enough, a perfect marriage of style and execution that’s difficult as hell while also managing to be an exciting power fantasy. Every step of the way is exciting and fun, and even when you’re running up against a wall, it has that “one more run!” power that gets you to keep trying, and then whoops, hours are gone. Ape Out is definitely worth checking out and returning to for a quick and excellent experience.
  2. Feb 28, 2019
    90
    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 its game design.
  3. Mar 11, 2019
    90
    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.
  4. Feb 28, 2019
    80
    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.
  5. Apr 27, 2019
    80
    Ape Out is grueling. Constantly, all in movement and speed, the game will make you live something very satisfying. It is like a little walk before turning into a jam-session that will seem very messy from a distance, for the uninitiated. You'll enjoy replaying it, in the manner of a single good vinyl.
  6. Feb 28, 2019
    80
    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.
  7. Feb 28, 2019
    62
    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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  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. Mar 9, 2019
    10
    The perfect marriage, of jazz, visual arts and bananas. A peculiar style that creates a unique experience.

    The choppy, classical animation
    The perfect marriage, of jazz, visual arts and bananas. A peculiar style that creates a unique experience.

    The choppy, classical animation adds to the frantic nature of escape, where all your impacts are procedurally matched with a satisfying array of smashing cymbals. Creating an experience that feels improvised yet always in rhythm.

    Would sincerely recommend to those who are looking for something new.
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  3. Mar 1, 2019
    9
    Simple, but fun gameplay with a hook that will keep you coming back long after the main campaign has been beaten!
  4. Mar 16, 2019
    6
    Ape Out is a wildly intense and colorfully stylized smash ‘em up about primal escape, rhythmic violence, and frenetic jazz.
  5. Mar 7, 2019
    5
    Meh. It's very flawed. All levels feel exactly like the first level and no new elements are introduced. It's supposed to be a Hotline MiamiMeh. It's very flawed. All levels feel exactly like the first level and no new elements are introduced. It's supposed to be a Hotline Miami clone but it fails at being fun and exciting like HM. Often induces game rage and it's one of the signs of a poor game design.

    Aesthetic and music is great though.
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  6. Jun 20, 2019
    4
    4/10 because game have a good style (for someone) BUT game is becoming boring with the time like and style what can annoy you. As for me it's4/10 because game have a good style (for someone) BUT game is becoming boring with the time like and style what can annoy you. As for me it's the worst Devolver's game. Expand
  7. Mar 6, 2019
    4
    All style, no substance. This would have been the 3rd coolest Flash game in 2005... maybe. There is no variety- you see about 80% of whatAll style, no substance. This would have been the 3rd coolest Flash game in 2005... maybe. There is no variety- you see about 80% of what this game has to offer in the first hour, about the same time the "oooh it looks and sounds neato" factor wears off.

    Skip this one until it's under $7.
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