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Bandapes (2019) 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?

Our examiner, Andrea Walney, first checked Bandapes (Sokpop) 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 16 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Battle and Rhythm game with Fighting elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


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


This game is good if you want to:

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 Level

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.



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There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 03/04/2019

Out Now: Mac and PC

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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