Devolver delays Ape Out but only to the end of Feb

Think Hotline Miami meets Jazz meets gorilla.

Very promising Hotline-Miami-meets-Jazz-and-apes game Ape Out has been delayed, but only slightly. Devolver will now release it 28th February rather than 7th February, and that's on PC and Switch.

Ape Out is a real head-turner. It's a top-down game in which you control an ape trying to escape a cage. You have to navigate your way through a level without being shot and stopped.

Being an ape, you're incredibly strong, and it shows. You can pulverize guards in a blink of an eye, with a feral energy which really comes across. You can even use enemies temporarily as shields to take enemy fire, and to shoot back at their own.

If you do get hit, and stopped, your go is over, and the camera zooms out to show the route you traced through the level and how far you got. Then, you try again. It's very pacey.

That's the set-up. The really eye-catching part is the execution. Ape Out is drawn in a fuzzy, stylised, frenetic way, with little actual discreet detail but a lot of broad shapes and colour. The gameplay is also fused to jazz, with music responding to everything you do - cymbals clashing as guards are flung like dolls, and snares rasping as you knuckle forwards.

It looks fantastic.

Ape Out is made by Gabe Cuzzillo, with musical input by Harmonix creative director Matt Boch, and art by the fabulous Bennett Foddy, of Getting Over It and QWOP fame.

Ape Out will be £11/€15/$15.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our policy.

Jump to comments (10)

About the author

Robert Purchese

Robert Purchese

Senior Staff Writer  |  Clert

Bertie is senior staff writer and Eurogamer's Poland-and-dragons correspondent. He's part of the furniture here, a friendly chair, and reports on all kinds of things, the stranger the better.


You may also enjoy...

Supporters only

Comments (10)

Comments for this article are now closed. Thanks for taking part!

Hide low-scoring comments

Buy things with globes on them

And other lovely Eurogamer merch in our official store!

Eurogamer Merch
Explore our store