Ape Out

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Ape Out
At the top, the orange shade of a gorilla on a light green background and behind dark green horizontal bars. At the bottom the words "Ape" and "Out" in yellow, aligned vertically.
Ape Out's covert art, showing the game's player character
Developer(s)Gabe Cuzzillo
Publisher(s)Devolver Digital
Designer(s)Gabe Cuzzillo
Programmer(s)Gabe Cuzzillo
Composer(s)Matt Boch
ReleaseFebruary 28, 2019
Genre(s)Beat 'em up

Ape Out is a beat 'em up game developed by Gabe Cuzzillo and published by Devolver Digital. The game was released for Microsoft Windows and Nintendo Switch on February 28, 2019.


Ape Out is a beat 'em up game played from a top-down perspective.[1][2] The player controls a gorilla running through a maze killing the ape's "captors", gun-toting humans. The humans are easily killed with a single attack, but armed with guns they can quickly kill the player as well.


Ape Out was developed by Gabe Cuzzillo using the Unity game engine.[3] Ape Out was Cuzzillo's second game, after Foiled, which he developed with Aaron Taecker-Wyss and released in 2014.[3][4] Development on Ape Out began when Cuzzillo entered into game development courses at New York University (NYU), where he also worked on an independent study with Bennett Foddy.[3] Foddy contributed to Ape Out's art, while Matt Boch, an associate professor for NYU's Game Center, worked on the game's music system and sound design.[5] Ape Out was part of the NYU Game Center Incubator and partially financed by Indie Fund.[3][6] In 2016, Ape Out was a finalist for the Independent Games Festival's "Best Student Game" award, losing it to Beglitched.[7]

Publisher Devolver Digital announced their involvement in Ape Out in March 2017, when they released a playable trailer for the game and announced a projected release date of "summer 2017".[8] The publisher announced in December 2017 that Ape Out would be released on February 7, 2019, for Microsoft Windows and Nintendo Switch.[9] However, the game was delayed by three weeks and was released for both platforms on February 28, 2019.[1]


Aggregate score
MetacriticNS: 84/100[10]
PC: 83/100[11]
Review scores
Game Informer8.25/10[12]

Ape Out received "generally favorable" reviews on both platforms, according to review aggregator website Metacritic.[10][11]


  1. ^ a b Tucker, Kevin (February 28, 2019). "Ape Out now available on Switch and PC". Shacknews.
  2. ^ a b Reilly, Luke (February 28, 2019). "Ape Out Review". IGN.
  3. ^ a b c d Baker, Chris (February 1, 2016). "Road to the Student IGF: Gabe Cuzzillo's Ape Out". Gamasutra.
  4. ^ Polson, John (March 5, 2014). "Road to the Student IGF: Gabe Cuzzillo on Foiled". Gamasutra.
  5. ^ "Here are your juries for the IGF 2019 Nuovo, Visual Art, and Audio awards!". Independent Games Festival. November 19, 2016.
  6. ^ "Ape Out!". Indie Fund. March 9, 2017.
  7. ^ Smith, Adam (March 17, 2016). "Her Story Wins Big At IGF Awards". Rock, Paper, Shotgun.
  8. ^ O'Connor, Alice (March 9, 2017). "Ape Out demo samples Devolver's primate rampage". Rock, Paper, Shotgun.
  9. ^ Lemne, Bengt (December 6, 2018). "Ape Out finally escapes on February 7". Gamereactor.
  10. ^ a b "Ape Out for Switch Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  11. ^ a b "Ape Out for PC Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  12. ^ Gwaltney, Javy (February 28, 2019). "Ape Out Review – A New Kind Of Ape Escape". Game Informer.
  13. ^ O'Connor, James (February 28, 2019). "Ape Out Review – Monkey Business". GameSpot.

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