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Start screen of game
Game No. 501
Voting 7.00 points, 3 votes
Company Megastyle
Publisher Bitmap Soft, Megastyle
Musician Magnar Harestad, Loader: LukHash
HVSC-File /MUSICIANS/L/LukHash/Proxima.sid
Release 2022
Platform C64, C128
Genre Arcade
Gamemode Single player
2 players (in turns)
Operation Port 2Joystick Keyboard
Media Diskette (.D64), Cartridge
Language Language:english
Information The latest version is the V1.01 bugfix release from 3 January 2022

Description[edit | edit source]

An fast action scene from Apeshit.

Apeshit, also Ape Shit, is a fast-paced game that is operated by just the fire button. The game belongs into the category that we would nowadays describe as casual game. At the same time, it is an entertaining "high score chaser" - i.e. a game where the main goal is to achieve a high score.

Game principle

You control a cute little monkey that loves bananas and fears insects. On the left tree it always climbs downwards, on the right tree trunk it always climbs upwards. The aim of the game is to avoid the insects by jumping back and forth. However, if you touch the ground or the top of the tree, the game is over. Each successful move to the other tree trunk brings one point, and catching a banana quickly brings extra points.

Design[edit | edit source]

The game is brightly coloured and implements the graphics in different modes.

The start screen...
ASCII titel with introduction.

The credits of Apeshit.
the game field of Apeshit.

Graphics[edit | edit source]

The game has brightly coloured, high-quality graphics in comic style. Different graphic formats are used in different parts of the game. The title picture as well as the background picture in the game consist of pretty multicolour-bitmap-graphicss. In the introductory sequence, the gaudy comic style was charmingly translated into edgy ASCII character set graphics, while the game's start screen uses Hi-Res graphics.

Sound[edit | edit source]

The game features a well-done in-game music by Magnar Harestad and a loading screen tune by LukHash, who are both musicians from the group Megastyle.

Hints[edit | edit source]

The game starts with four short instruction screens

The game - which is only operated with just the fire button - is about maximum high score hunting. Every jump to the other tree earns you points. Collecting the banana brings extra points.

Operation[edit | edit source]

After loading and setting up the intro screen with background music, the introduction (ASCII screen with 4 pages) can be displayed by pressing the space bar. The keys of the keyboard have the following functions here:

  • space  : Scroll forward.
  • CBM  : Scroll back.
  • RUN/STOP  : Cancel the introduction and start the game.

After the actual start screen appears, the F8  key can be used to activate (grey frame) or deactivate (black frame) the trainer function. Likewise, as is displayed at the bottom of the start screen with the texts "Cheats enabled" and "Cheats disabled". When playing with the trainer activated, the high score is not saved.

Controls[edit | edit source]

The game's controls are designed for maximum ease of use and are controlled entirely with the fire button (joystick in port 2). In the game description on the download platform itchi.io, the makers mention that they explicitly thought of the SIBUGA controller in the concept of the game.[1]

Button ! Action
Joystick forwards Jump to the opposite tree.
F8  Trainer on (grey frame)/off (black frame; only in the main menu).

Startmenu and start of the game without trainer
Startmenu and start of game with trainer activated

Solution[edit | edit source]

The last page of the introductory instructions
  • Jump back and forth as fast as you can, as well as avoiding the faster insects...
  • Catch bananas to get a maximum score...
  • Don't wait too long for the monkey to reach the ground or the top of the tree because then a crash is inevitable.
  • Touching the funny jungle insects (spider, ant, grasshopper or scorpion) will result in the monkey falling from the tree in terror
  • Some little animals have a camouflage mode...
  • And finally: play, play and play...

Cheats[edit | edit source]

The game has a built-in trainer that can be switched on and off in the start menu (with F8). If you play using the trainer mode, the high score is not saved.
In the CSDb there are also cracks with trainer function.

Voting[edit | edit source]

Voting of the C64-Wiki-User (10=the best vote):
7.00 points at 3 votes.
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CSDb 9,4 5. February 2022 - "Top" - 10 votes

Reviews[edit | edit source]

Zore: "Apeshit is a funny, entertaining party game for now and then, which is certainly great fun in a group. Graphically and technically, the game is flawlessly implemented."

Jodigi: "A nice, entertaining C64 game with great graphics and superb endless computer tune in the background."

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

Cover[edit | edit source]


Video[edit | edit source]

Video of the intro and gameplay

Bug fix[edit | edit source]

In January 2022, a few days after the initial release, version V01 patches or possible bugs of the game.

Highscore[edit | edit source]

Topscore of Ivanpaduano
  1. Ivanpaduano - 78 (06.02.2022)
  2. Jodigi - 68 (06.02.2022)
  3. Zore - 54 (04.02.2022)

#2 Jodigi #3 Zore
#2 Jodigi #3 Zore

Links[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. https://megastyle.itch.io/apeshit "This game is especially made to be used with the SIBUGA controller to get the ultimate one button experience."