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You are not very big, and you are not very strong. There are creatures in this world that tower over you, that could absolutely tear you asunder if you let your guard down.

But you are the apex predator. You will show them who is the hunter and who is the hunted.

Apex Predator is a single-player game inspired by Monster Hunter, in which you explore an ancient forest, tracking down and fighting titanic monsters. Along the way, you'll face peril and find that the natural world may just be on your side.

You will need:

  • 1 standard 52-card deck of playing cards
  • A 10-sided die
  • A pen or pencil
  • Paper or a journal
  • A marker, like a coin or small toy

Now available in German!

Thanks to the incredible Niels (@Niels_K on Twitter), Apex Predator is now available in German! 

CategoryPhysical game
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(28 total ratings)
AuthorPeach Garden Games
GenreAdventure, Role Playing
Tagsjournaling, Singleplayer, solo


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In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $6 USD. You will get access to the following files:

ApexPredatorPrint.pdf 533 kB
ApexPredator.pdf 3.3 MB
ApexPredator_DE.pdf 4.7 MB
ApexPredator_DE_Print.pdf 179 kB

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Fully Recommended!

Apex Predator promises a Monster-Hunter-esque game and delivers! It uses common game pieces (a deck of cards, a coin, a d10), but I was able to play with a random number generator and a site that drew cards for me - both of which were free! I drew the grid on my page and filled it in with the cards using the generator to determine which position the Monster Card was in. Then I used the random number generator to determine my path. I used arrows and circled face-up cards as I went.

It didn’t take long at all for me to blaze through a 4x4 grid, and the prompts made it easy to imagine my Hunter tracking down her prey to keep her village safe! When your hunter does find their quarry, after you’ve done all you can to add as much advantage as the map allows, it all comes down to the dice! Will you triumph over that towering creature, or will you, the apex predator, turn out to be prey all along?

Either way, no two playthroughs will be the same. Happy hunting!

Would love to try this game, but currently times are ridiculously tight! 😕... Are there likely to be any more Community Copies added in the near future? 


Thankyou so much! 🙏... It is massively appreciated!! I've been wanting to give this a go for a long time!! Looking forward to diving in and will throw up a review in these comments when I do! 😁

This game rocks!!! Unique and evocative, it really pulled me in. I like the randomized adventure and how it feels almost video-game like. Really cool 5 stars :)

Aww, thanks so much!


A Review, as promised!

Apex Predator is a wonder. You can really feel the tension building with each prompt and every fight. And use of the Carta system makes it compact and easy to play anytime you're bored! Do yourself a favor lads. Pick this one up if ya can!

I'm so glad you had fun! <3 


This looks like so much fun! Finances are kind of tight at present, but I'll gladly exchange a review for a Community Copy!

Thanks for the reminder! They're all topped up!

Awesome! Thank you!

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What do we do if we return to a turned over location card - resolve it again or ignore it?

And is there a benefit I am missing to 'move to an adjacent card' - aren't I doing this each turn anyway?


You only resolve a card when you turn it over, so the second time you ignore it.

As for the second one, that was a bit of an error on my part! Reminds me I'm due for an update...


Got this the other day in the Trans Rights in Florida bundle and fell in love as soon as I opened the PDF. It's straight forward, easy to set up and play, and can be customized in various ways. I'm already planning on playing it with my gaming group on my birthday next week. 10/10 must play


awesome game! I especially love the randomized landscape

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Claimed a community copy. Thank you so much!!! Trying it out now

Any chance of more community copies soon?


Thank you so much!! Very excited to play this


Me waiting on my next paycheck so i can play Solitaire level 2 lmao.

ALl joking aside, this looks fucking sick!

Looking forward to purchasing this in the Trans rights in Florida bundle!

Any chance I could get a community copy?

Thank you!!

Could I get a community copy for this game, by any chance? =)

Done and done. Thanks for the reminder to re-up them!

Thank you so much!

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I recently played this game and it was so much fun! The experience begins with the document itself. The graphics are very well laid out and formatted beautifully. The rules are very clear and easy on the eyes. (Though one section was a little unclear at first about an aspect of the monster card. It was confirmed that yes, you shuffle it in face down. If while exploring the forest and you come across the monster card without having found 4 monster tracks, you keep exploring the forest.)

As I explored the forest, the grid of cards, it felt very much like an adventure. The descriptions are very beautifully written and very immersive. The imagery made it super easy to envision the world that my hunter was in. I didn't read the descriptions before hand so it really did feel like I was exploring the board, or the forest. Though I'd imagine that reading them before hand wouldn't take away from the experience because it's the combination of the cards in the grid that makes each forest (grid) a brand new, exciting place to explore.

During my play through, I simultaneously felt as the hunter exploring and hunting, while also cheering on for the hunter as the player. I was excited to turn over each card to not only see what would happen to the hunter,  but to also see the world in which the hunter was operating in. It is very obvious that a lot of care and attention went into creating this world.

The final battle, though is only a serious of rolls, still provides enough tension to make it exciting. The description of the monster and it's lair or place it frequents, gives a lot of opportunity for the player to create a scene of the final battle.

My hunter barely made it out of the encounter, but victorious nonetheless! And what's great is that the game has a built in system for rewards for successful hunts.

At the start of my session, I had decided to write out my character’s thoughts in a log journal format. I'm so glad I did because this is a game I will definitely be replaying. I look forward to going on another monster hunt!!!


As a huge fan of both the Monster Hunter franchise and journaling games, I'm embarrassed about how long it took me to discover this game. I haven't played yet, but I am wildly impressed with how well Apex Hunter captures the spirit of MoHu in a compact, rules light format. I love that there are four different monsters in the book, as well as rules for making equipment from them. I see a huge and exciting potential to make additional "location" books, each with a host of new monsters. Highly recommended.


Honestly I haven't been able to forget this comment since you made it, so for Solo But Not Alone 3 I'm writing one.