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Video GameBandapes (Sokpop) Review
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Posted: 13 months ago, last updated 5 weeks ago.

Author: Andrea Walney, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Bandapes is a turn based fighting game where you gather a team of fighting apes who fight using musical note combinations in a turn-based battles with other ape squads. It's a wacky and unusual combination of rhythm and turn taking battle simulation.

The game has no instructions or tutorials to get you started, but is really simple to pick up with a little bit of trial and error. Battles are against computer controlled teams and you win by timing attacks with the music. Each ape has a specific note combination that triggers an attack or defence. Along the bottom of the screen are coloured drums that you click on with your mouse in time with the music. Get the correct note combination to attack the opposing team.

As you win battles your status changes from peasant to citizen all the way up to God. Fighting higher level squads can give you more points but they are harder to defeat. You work to build up your abilities and your squad by beating increasingly difficult opponents.

A very simple game, with hand drawn style graphics, that gets progressively harder as you level up, but you will keep at it so that you can get hats for your apes, and who doesn't like hats?

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 03/04/2019

Platforms: Mac and PC

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Battle, Rhythm and Fighting

Accessibility: 9 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made

Developer: Sock Pop Co (@SockPopCo)



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Play Time: It takes between 3 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round of this game.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 7.

Graphics are cartoon-like. Animals attack and kill each other.

Skill Rating

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Requires the ability to understand rhythm and battle tactics. Pressure mounts as you progress so being able to stay calm and focused is another important skill.


There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
You can purchase the Sokpop games in different ways:


Our Bandapes Accessibility Report documents 9 accessibility features:
The game has no specific accessibility settings and does rely on colour and sound.

Visual indicators: The notes you need to play are visual and rely on colour. When you play correct sequences the notes are displayed visually with an accompanying sound. The music that you have to keep time with has no visual equivalent.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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