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35 Great Games Like Ape Out

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Ape Out and have found the following:

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.

Unfortunately, Ape Out is not available on Android, Mac, PS4, PS5 or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme, and at a lower age rating:

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 28/02/2019

Price: 75% off

Platforms: PC, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Rhythm

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Gabe Cuzzillo (@GabeCuzzillo)

Players: 1

Costs: Purchase cost

34 Hand Picked Video Games Like Ape Out

These are our hand-picked Video Game games similar to Ape Out. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Ape Out, or as younger rated alternatives for players not ready for PEGI 16 or ESRB TEEN games. These selections also include Video Game games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Marvel's Spider-Man (Series)

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 07/09/2018

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

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.

Castle Crashers

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 08/09/2015, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

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...

Gang Beasts

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 12/12/2017, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

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...

Lego Vidiyo

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/03/2021

Platforms: Android and iOS

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Disc Room

Release Date: 22/10/2020

Platforms: PC, Switch and Xbox One

Disc Room is an action survival game set in a sprawling intergalactic slaughterhouse. You are a scientist from the future exploring the facility and must get through each room that is filled with sharp discs by running and dodging. You have special...

Thumper

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 10/10/2016, updated in 2019

Platforms: Android, PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Thumper is a rhythm game where you guide a beetle-like creature through music track by pressing buttons in time. Unlike other music games, the focus is on impact and combat rather than soaring tunes. It's described by the developer as a rhythm-violence...

We Are OFK

Release Date: 18/08/2022

Platforms: PC and Switch

We Are OFK is a narrative game about the indie band OFK. Reminiscent of Gorilla's virtual personas, it's part video game drama and part music video. You play four friends, who are releasing their debut EP. You make choices about their relationships and...

A Way To Slay

Release Date: 07/08/2018

Platforms: Android and iOS

A Way To Slay is a fighting game that channels bloody battles from brutal action movies. You play a sword-wielding hero outnumbered by enemies trying to kill you. So far, so video game. Here though, the game waits for your input so you can tap the next...

Ghostrunner

Release Date: 27/10/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Ghostrunner is a challenging, fast-paced fighting game with a puzzle solving element. Played from a first-person perspective, you navigate the world using parkour-like skills, running on walls, sliding through gaps or jumping and swinging over them....

Rez Infinite (Series)

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/01/2002, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Oculus, PC, PS2, PS4 and Xbox 360

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Rhythm Paradise

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 31/07/2008, updated in 2016

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GBA, Wii and Wii U

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Catlateral Damage: Remeowstered

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 13/01/2014, updated in 2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Catlateral Damage is a running, jumping and knocking-things-over game where you play a mischievous cat who wants to knock its owner's belongings onto the floor. "Bother that cat," as one children's book puts it.

Eloh

Release Date: 11/10/2018

Platforms: Android and iOS

Eloh is a puzzle game with an unusual dual focus. You may start playing to solve the puzzles, but it soon draws you in to appreciate and take time over the rhythms you create in doing so. It creates a low pressure puzzle with a meditative feel.

Gibbon: Beyond The Trees

Release Date: 25/02/2022

Platforms: iPhone, iPad

Gibbon: Beyond The Trees is a swinging, sliding and somersaulting adventure that tells an ecological story about freedom and survival. You explore hand-painted jungle in a parkour style and slowly uncover the story of a lost gibbon searching for home...

Omensight

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Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Switch

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140

Release Date: 16/10/2013, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch, Wii U and Xbox One

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Aaero

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/04/2017, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

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Fights in Tight Spaces

Release Date: 01/09/2020

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Pieces: Cards

Fights in Tight Spaces is a turn based fighting game where you use your deck of cards to win combat battles in small rooms and other locations. As you progress you gain more cards and build a deck tailored to each battle.

Impossible Bottles

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Android and iOS

Impossible Bottles is a rhythm game where you control mechanical robots. You create musical loops with each robot and solve puzzle to get them in harmony. It's a game about the global energy crisis and a scientist’s effort to provide an...

Nour: Play With Your Food

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, PC and PS5

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Streets of Rage 4

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 30/04/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One

Streets of Rage 4 is a retro fighting game based on Sega's 1990's Streets of Rage trilogy. Up to four players brawl their way through waves of enemies with the help of disposable weapons. In recreating the sights and sounds of the classic game, it fills...

Test Tube Titans

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/05/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

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The Wonderful 101

Release Date: 23/08/2013

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Wii U

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)

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 07/10/2003

Platforms: DS, GameCube, PS Vita, PS2 and PSP

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Platforms: Mac and PC

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Nidhogg

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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.

Song of Iron

Release Date: 31/08/2021

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Song of Iron is a Norse fighting game where you explore an ancient, and mysterious homeland. Through forests, into caves and over mountains you seek vengeance. It's an unusual combination of side-on action and beautifully rendered visuals. You must keep...

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Release Date: 29/05/2019

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Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and Xbox One

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HarmoKnight

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/03/2013

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Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

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Everyday Shooter is a collection of shooting games presented as a music album. The shooting action is familiar but here the dissolute sounds of destruction are replaced with guitar riffs harmonizing over the soundtrack. The visuals join in the...

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Release Date: 18/04/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and Xbox One

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Killer 7

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1 Video Game Like Ape Out Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Ape Out. This includes games from the Fighting, Action and Rhythm genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

8 Video Games With More Documented Accessibility Features than Ape Out

If you like the sound of Ape Out but it doesn’t offer the accessibility you require, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with more Accessibility Features. You can view a full breakdown in our Ape Out Accessibility Report.
 

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:

Get Children Making Music

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 you 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.
 

Eggplant Podcast's Games of the Years

Eggplant: The Secret Lives of Games, is a podcast that offers a candid conversation with game creators that dives deep into the art, craft, and process of making games. It's an amazing insight into the mind of people who understand and highlight how game/play mechanics can do unexpected, magical and surprising things.

This is the list of games they have picked as their Game of the Year 2018-2021. These awards also include board games, escape rooms and game-like TV series. We have included video games here, where we have them on the database. (And in many cases have added video games to the database after listening to the show.)

It's hosted by:
  • Nick Suttner, an independent game writer/designer/consultant, who has worked on games like Celeste, Bloodroots, and Carto.
  • Andy Nealen, a game creator and scholar, artist and music maker, architect and structural engineer, and professor of cinematic arts and computer science at USC.
  • Sarah Elmaleh, actor, consultant and event organizer with a passion for collaborative creation - both as a seasoned performer and as an advocate for best practices in the games industry.
  • Zach Gage, who makes deep games that are easy to get into, like Really Bad Chess and SpellTower.
  • Douglas Wilson, who is a co-owner of Die Gute Fabrik, a games studio based in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has worked on Johann Sebastian Joust, Sportsfriends, and Mutazione.
  • Laura E. Hall, is an an artist, writer, puzzle-maker, immersive environment and narrative designer focusing on the playful intersections of arts, culture, and technology, especially in gaming.

The team is usually joined by Laura E. Hall for the game of the year episodes. She is an artist, writer, puzzle-maker, immersive environment and narrative designer who focuses on the playful intersections of arts, culture, and technology, especially in gaming.
 

Independent Games Festival Awards

Independent Games Festival (IGF) was founded in 1998 to promote independent video game developers, and innovation in video games. It cultivates innovation and artistry in all forms of interactive media. This aims to uncover how games are rich, diverse, artistic, and culturally significant.

It chooses games in a series of categories: Grand Prize, Innovation, Visual Art, Audio, Design, Technical Excellence, Best Mobile Game and Audience Award. This list highlights the games that were nominated and/or won.
 

Get Indie's Games of the Years

Get Indie is a YouTube channel that aims to aid discovery of really amazing independently made video games. Their approach shuns the common promotion-led cycle of new games, and instead digs deep to fund unusual and compelling games that adults as well as youngers will enjoy playing.

Each year they have selected 10-20 games as their recommended games of the year.
 

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:
 
Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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