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8 Games Like Ape Out

Ape Out is a stylised fighting game where you control an ape trying to escape a facility. Although it's violent, the gameplay focuses on rhythm and style rather than just gore. As you move, grab and throw your attackers the soundtrack responds to create Jazz music with drums and cymbals.
 

These games offer a similar experience or are about a theme that Ape Out addresses. Also, if you want to play a game like Ape Out but don’t have PC, Switch or Xbox One, these are a good alternative.

 

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 28/02/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One.

Genres: Action, Fighting and Rhythm.

Developer: @GabeCuzzillo

 

 

Gang Beasts

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Simulation

Duration: Between 3 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 8 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Gang Beasts is an over the top brawling game where you play wobbly characters who kick, throw, push, pull and pummel up to seven other rivals to win. The game models real physics so you have to work with the grappling and jelly-like bodies to both get...


Nidhogg

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Action, Fighting, Rhythm and Shooting

Duration: Between 1 hour and 2 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Nidhogg is a fast two-player duelling game whose simple visuals belie the skill required to defeat your opponent. The novelty is that upon death you reappear in the next screen. The player to advance through the most screens wins.


The Wonderful 101

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Wii U, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure and Fighting

Duration: Between 17 hours and 25 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

The Wonderful 101 is an action game where you control not one but a huge horde of superheroes. Viewed from above, you work your way through levels defeating enemies. The group can "Unite Morph" into different shapes with specific powers.


Viewtiful Joe (Series)

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Duration: Between 8 hours and 10 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Viewtiful Joe is a side-on fighting game where you play a movie-lover whose girlfriend Silvia is kidnapped during a film starring your favorite superhero, Captain Blue. You enter the movie world, transformed into the tokusatsu-style persona "Viewtiful...


Omensight

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Fighting, Narrative and Strategy

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Omensight is a brawling adventure game where you play the role of Harbinger, a mythical warrior who only appears in times of crisis. As night falls, you witness this destruction of the world at the hands of a dark God but can relive this final day to...


Castle Crashers

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure and Fighting

Duration: Between 7 hours and 11 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Castle Crashers is a cartoon looking fighting game, like Golden Axe, The Simpsons or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade games, set in a medieval universe where a dark wizard steals a mystical gem and captures four princesses. Four knights are charged...


Marvel’s Spider-Man (Series)

Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Open World

Duration: Between 16 hours and 22 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Marvel's Spider-Man is a series of superhero adventures where you swing through an open-world city fighting crime and advancing a film-like story. There are also many side quests and missions you can take along the way.


Double Kick Heroes

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Creative, Fighting and Rhythm

Duration: Between 7 hours and 10 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Double Kick Heroes is a heavy metal rhythm game. You tap buttons in time to the music to lead your band through the zombie wasteland. It revolves around the "double kicking" drumming technique. When you get this right you can speed up the music.


 
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Ape Out is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Ape Out in the following lists:

Persevere After Losing

Video games where you adventure into a harsh setting, try your hardest to survive and slowly develop your abilities but then inevitably die are often called Rogue-likes. This is because one of the first games that offered this style of play was called Rogue.

These are interesting games for families, not only because their difficult nature leads to shorter sessions, but also because they foster perseverance and coping with losing. After dying you are sent back to some sort of central village where you can choose upgrades for your next attempt. The incentive to play again once you have been killed is usually that you start with some more equipment or skills.

In this way, by belligerence and a slowly learned understanding of how the game world works and how best to survive, you incrementally get a bit further each time you play. Here are some really good roguelike games for families:
 

Make Music While You Play

Many games use rhythm as a mechanic to involve the player. But this list is devoted to the games that go one step further, and make you feel like you are creating music while to interact with the game. This may be the singing to other characters in Wandersong or Fe, or be contributing to the orchestral soundtrack in games like Flower or LocoRoco.

These are games that almost feel like you are playing a music album. They invite you to spend time in a meditative musical state that leaves you with their songs and rhythms in your head for the rest of the day - Pata Pata Pata Pon.
 

Free With Xbox Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass is a subscription service that provides 100 top-tier games. Once subscribed you can download the game at no extra cost. Of the 100 games available the ones in our recommended database are listed below.

You cannot play games you install when your Xbox Game Pass expires, although you do keep any games you have purchased at a discount with your membership. You will need to purchase any in-game extra content in addition to the subscription, although some games include this content for free.
  • Xbox Game Pass £7.99/month
  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate including Xbox Live Gold for online play £10.99/month
  • Xbox Game Pass PC £7.99/month
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate also enables you to stream over 100 Xbox Game Pass titles, similar to the service offered by PlayStation Now, on mobile devices.

Xbox Live Gold usually costs £6.99/month and is the Xbox service that lets you play with others online. It also offers a few free games each month and substantial discounts.
 
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