Connect with us


How to unlock the ‘banana’ achievement in Ape Out

Here’s how you get the ‘banana’ achievement in Ape Out. Well, not you. Or us. Or 99.999% of the game’s other players, for that matter.



how to get the banana achievement in ape out

Here’s how you get the ‘banana’ achievement in Ape Out. Well, not you. Or us. Or 99.999% of the game’s other players, for that matter.

A few days on from its release – and with our review still on the way – the Steam forums for Gabe Cuzzillo’s Ape Out were burbling with players discussing how to obtain the ‘banana’ achievement. The top-secret achievement, with no obvious information on how to achieve it, was causing consternation. People do not like things they cannot achieve.

Bennett Foddy, however, who worked on Ape Out with Cuzzillo, likes making things difficult. He took to the forum post to confirm that, at the time of writing, nobody had yet achieved ‘banana’ in Ape Out:


“nobody has unlocked it so far.”

Foddy didn’t, however, offer any advice or guidance on how to reach the achievement. You could argue he was being deliberately obtuse. This wound people up more, especially when Bennett followed up with his opinion that it is “maybe the greatest Steam achievement of all time” and Gabe chipped in with “hey man, probably don’t try to get this achievement”.

In their defence, the developers were trying to advocate people not sinking huge amounts of time and effort into hunting for this achievement – “we’re not teasing! I think we just have mixed feelings about encouraging people to go for a hard achievement” – but the player they were engaging with, Horheristo, is something of an achievement hunter.

The crux of the ‘banana’ achievement is as follows:

  • You must collect a randomly placed banana on each stage.
  • There’s no guarantee the banana will be in your path – it might be boxed away down a dead end or behind a closed door.
  • Once you’ve collected the banana, you must get to the end of the stage without dying.
  • You must collect a banana on every stage.
  • You must collect a banana on every difficulty on every stage.

That’s it. It sounds so simple, but if you’ve played Ape Out, you’ll know how difficult the random generation in the game can be just to avoid dying, nevermind to collect a tiny item on the way.

And even Horheristo was struggling. In response to their frustration, Cuzzillo made a couple of tweaks to the game’s beta branch, including an extension to the timers on arcade mode, and fixing a possible bug that was causing guards to spawn too early (therefore allowing them to get shots on the player too quickly, leaving no chance to get to them in time).

The tweaks clearly helped, because a short while later, Horheristo posted the following video to YouTube:

That shows you the process of collecting the banana on all of Ape Out’s stages and difficulties – you can see it clutched in the ape’s hand after it’s been grabbed – and also the cute reward for completing it. Even Bennett is impressed.

bennett foddy comment

Horheristo’s video proves it can be done, but the chances of the average player completing it? Negligible at best.

How did we do?

We hope you found this article useful, or informative, or thought provoking, or maybe even a little entertaining. Perhaps it was a guide that helped you through a tricky bit, or we even saved you some money? Lovely stuff! If you'd like to say "thanks" you could always buy the team a cup of coffee.

Recommended for you

Tom is an itinerant freelance technology writer who found a home as an Editor with Thumbsticks. Powered by coffee, RPGs, and local co-op.


Latest from Thumbsticks

Rainbow Six Siege - Xbox Rainbow Six Siege - Xbox
News5 hours ago

Three great games are free to play on Xbox this weekend.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Live Gold members can play three new games for free until Sunday.

Xbox Games with Gold - Xbox Series X Xbox Games with Gold - Xbox Series X
News1 day ago

Here are the Xbox Games with Gold for December

In case you missed it, here are the four games available through Xbox Games with Gold in December 2021.

Pac-Man - Birth of an Icon cover Pac-Man - Birth of an Icon cover
Reviews2 days ago

Pac-Man – Birth of an Icon review

Pac-Man - Birth of an Icon details the meteoric rise of Namco's groundbreaking arcade game in glorious, vivid detail.

13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim
News2 days ago

13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim Nintendo Switch release date confirmed

13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, the critically acclaimed strategy adventure game from Vanillaware, will be released for Nintendo Switch in April...

Icarus - Dean Hall Icarus - Dean Hall
News3 days ago

Icarus from DayZ creator Dean Hall is out this week

Icarus is the latest title from Dean Hall's post-DayZ studio. Will it fly too close to the sun like DayZ...

New PlayStation Store releases - PS4 - PS5 New PlayStation Store releases - PS4 - PS5
News4 days ago

New PlayStation Store releases: November 29 – December 3, 2021

This week's lineup of new PlayStation Store releases for the PS4 and PS5 includes Evil Genius 2: World Domination and Solar...

New Nintendo Switch eShop releases New Nintendo Switch eShop releases
News5 days ago

New Nintendo Switch releases: November 29 – December 3, 2021

Big Brain Academy: Brain vs Brain and Danganronpa Decadence headline this week's lineup of new Nintendo Switch eShop releases.

New Xbox One game releases New Xbox One game releases
News6 days ago

New Xbox releases: November 29 – December 3, 2021

Upcoming Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One releases include Evil Genius 2: World Domination, Beyond a Steel Sky, and Chorus.