Review: Ape Out (Nintendo Switch)

APE OUT is a wildly intense and colorfully stylized smash ‘em up about primal escape, rhythmic violence, and frenetic jazz.

Pros:

  • Beautiful almost abstract like graphics, so vivid.
  • 3GB Download size.
  • Ongoing tutorials.
  • Gameplay- play as an Ape and escape!
  • Top down view perspective.
  • Gory deaths, limbs everywhere.
  • You can throw guards and even limbs at other guards.
  • Levels are sprawling, maze-like and have many many routes.
  • Death- shows the route you took and the whole map.
  • Very stylish.
  • Stellar Jazz soundtrack that is not only punchy and symbolic but also reacts to your actions.
  • Such a visceral powerful experience in that you feel every punch you deal, the glee emitted when smashing Windows, throwing doors.
  • Fun game.
  • A lot of trial and error.
  • Many ways to play the game, can go stealthy, speed runs it or even go full falling down.
  • Colour palette changes which amplify it even more. The highlight being the night sections where all you see is the torchlight.
  • So satisfying.
  • Arcade mode- counter with a kill counter that summarises your score between levels.
  • Levels are split into records (vinyl) and have an A and B side.
  • Unlock hard mode for completed levels.
  • Level select.
  • Can replay levels.
  • Engaging locations that mix up the whole formula.
  • The game just keeps delivering.
  • Easy to learn.
  • Simple controls.
  • Just love all the strategies and off the wall decision making.
  • That feeling you get when you finish a level.
  • Ripping doors off and killing a group of guards.

Cons:

  • No gore option.
  • Cannot rebind controls.
  • Long load times especially the initial boot up.
  • Little indication on hit points of yourself.
  • Cannot move the camera at all.
  • No checkpoints.
  • Have to unlock hard and arcade mode.
  • No online leaderboards.

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 10/10
    Sound - 10/10
  • 9/10
    Accessability - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
8.8/10

Summary

Ape out is such a shock to the system! It has you playing an Ape and basically going balls out to escape. You get to smash guards to pieces, throw carcasses and body parts. It all sounds grotesque and vile but in practice, it’s not that dark and instead satisfying and emits a strong game. For it is not all about taking out guards, going stealthy is perfectly acceptable, I personally love to almost speed run through using my wits to take out immediate threats. But let’s not get bogged down here, the art style is so well done and when the color palette changes (and it does a lot) it just flips it all over again giving a renewed sense of play. Course the absolute stand out, on a pillar of excellence feature is the soundtrack. Now I am no Jazzman but the music game is strong in Ape Out. The integration of the soundtrack is one where it reacts instantly to your actions, for this alone it’s worth mention. OK, you really need to just stop reading and get this game already. I would say the Nintendo Switch version would be the go-to just as having it all handheld makes it a more intimate and to cap it off headphone up! Ape out surprised me and satisfies me more than any banana could. All hail the hairy beast.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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