The most recent Planet of the Apes movies are three of my favorite movies of all time - they're a strong contender for my favorite trilogy ever. This game intends to recreate the themes and action of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the first in the trilogy, and it does so with flying colors.
"APES TOGETHER STRONG"
The most important phrase in the movies, used to both bolster the bonds between the apes, and tug at heartstrings when the apes have conflict among each other. Here, the Strength and Bonds mechanics are genius and perfectly allow for not only the apes to gain power as the story moves forward, but also emulate humans' increased response to the growing ape threat.
The way character creation is handled is really cool and elegant in a way I haven't seen in other games. I love the way it emphasizes the frenetic movement of the film. During the first act, you only have attributes, because you're not doing refined and careful actions, you're frantically trying to escape captivity. During the second act, when you're trying to make your way through the city, your own personal skills come into play. And during the third act, when humanity bears down on you, your tactical prowess becomes important.
When I first saw this game, the cover pulled me in immediately, and the claim to emulate the feeling of Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a huge claim indeed. But lemme tell ya, WuDeRPG succeeded beautifully.
Oh and you bet your booty I'm gonna be making my own game using the RISE SRD. I've already got ideas.