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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: 25 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  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
    Ape Out is a masterpiece of desperate, reactive play that not only gets you to behave like a rampaging gorilla, it forces you to adapt like one.
  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
    Be prepared to die and die some more, but Ape Out is a game that'll get into your psyche, and beg you to carry on. As you progress, your heart will likely be beating as fast as the music, but the adrenaline pumping around your system will only spur you on further. Each death is a tragedy, but each one only makes that eventual success ultimately more rewarding.
  5. Mar 5, 2019
    80
    The game is a tight package that hits all the right notes when things are working well, though it can possibly push you into madness if you falter. 8/10 dismembered arms.
  6. 80
    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.
  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: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. 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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  2. Feb 28, 2019
    9
    Great style and dynamics,сontrol of the Gorilla is made fun!!!, i like it :)
  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. 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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