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Welcome to Accapella! When Joey and Gina arrive in the musically starved town that outlawed groovy tunes, a chance encounter with the music hating tyrannical ruler of the town (and local butcher) sends them flying.
Release Date: Feb 21, 2014
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“BeatBlasters III is unique enough that it's worth keeping an eye on even if you don't usually like rhythm games.”
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“I had a really good time with what I played of Beatblasters III.”
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About the Game

Welcome to Accapella!

When Joey and Gina arrive in the musically starved town that outlawed groovy tunes, a chance encounter with the music hating tyrannical ruler of the town (and local butcher) sends them flying. Now lost in the wilderness outside town, Joey and Gina have made it their mission to return to Accapella and put an end to The Butcher’s reign of silence. To make it back they’ll need to earn the trust and aid of the zany locals by helping them with all manner of chores and tasks. Armed only with the power of music and rhythm, Joey and Gina are in for the adventure of a lifetime!

Key Features

  • Combination rhythm game and action-platformer.
  • Strange world filled with fantastical, original creatures.
  • 3 music powered abilities : An attack power, a shield and a pair of rocket boots.
  • Refill your powers by tapping your fingers to the groovy beat.
  • An awesome electro soundtrack for each character.
  • Unlock new powers as you advance through the levels.
  • Unlock Insane mode for additional challenge.

PC System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.1 ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000
    • Hard Drive: 800 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.8 GHz / AMD Athlon II X2 @ 2.8 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 6800, ATI X1800 XT
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space

Mac System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.6
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.1 ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel GMA X3100
    • Hard Drive: 800 MB available space

Linux System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: AMD Athlon II X2 3800+ @ 2.1 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia Geforce 6600
    • Hard Drive: 800 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
671 products in account
88 reviews
1.5 hrs on record
I love music. It's always been a huge part of my life, whether that's listening to a fresh track or making my own, and I couldn't imagine a world without it. The citizens of BeatBlasters II aren't as big fans of it, in fact they've gone so far as to outlaw in and all music being played or listened to in their quaint little suburbia. Obviously this simply won't do, and thus you must liberate the town from itself...by escorting monkeys to choppers and protecting panda bears from giant gumdrops?

To try and make sense of BeatBlasters would be a foolish endeavor, as everything about it is as nonsensical and random as any game I've ever played. Putting you in the head bobbing, foot tapping shoes of the musically powered Gina and Joey, each level tasks you with a bizarre objective requiring you to utilize your three abilities: a shield, a plasma shot, and a hoverboot jump.

Where the musical aspect comes into play is recharging said abilities by tapping to the beat of the song. Keeping a steady rhythm forms combos which let you charge them faster, making getting into the groove a necessity as levels quickly become more challenging. It's a moderately interesting idea, but in practice only serves to frustrate.

Everything about BeatBlasters is slow and clunky, from your movements to character animations, to the awkward transitions between track layers which constantly skip and repeat themselves. It's frustrating to play even when it works, but during hectic moments requiring quick timing it's an abysmal mess of trying to charge your shots and complete your objective in time. The objectives themselves are of little consequence, as almost all fall into the same mold of protecting or escorting the dumbest NPCs to ever inhabit a game. You would be forgiven for mistaking them for being on deaths door for how sluggishly they move through levels, all but begging enemies to kill them and get it over with.

The artwork itself hovers from moderately interesting, too simplistic and unimaginative. Characters especially suffer from awkward transitions and an extremely limited move-set. I can appreciate the variety in locals, but even then there is little character in the backgrounds and no consistency with whatever theme the developers themed to be going for. As a musically themed game, the loop heavy tracks are uninspired and aggravating to hear continually repeat themselves off time as they unsuccessfully attempt to sync with your actions.

I'm not sure exactly what I expected from BeatBlasters III, but what I got was a dull, repetitive and unpolished experience that wouldn't cut it as a third-rate flash game. There's nothing I can recommend about it besides not being inherently broken from bugs, as the presentation, controls, and underlying mechanics all work against themselves to suck any fun that could have been had with the game.

And if King Banana wants anymore bananas he can bloody well get them himself!
Posted: April 22nd, 2014
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
199 products in account
12 reviews
0.6 hrs on record
game is pretty cool but the charging mechanic is probably annoying for people who dont have a sense of timing (in music)
Posted: April 6th, 2014
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
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1 review
8.6 hrs on record
I posted my initial impressions here if you would like to read: http://www.vgblogger.com/indie-quickie-beatblasters-3/25312/

Since then, I have gone on to play for almost 9 hours and reached 100% achievements, and my overall impression has not changed. (Going through all stages one time on easy or normal should take around three hours.) This is a really fun music-based platformer that is quite a bit different from any other platformer I've played. The rhythm element is tied to a meter for recharging powers so there is this tricky balance of mastering when to attack, when to defend, and when to pause for a moment to activate the charge tempo bar, all on the fly.

The controls definitely take getting used to, but it's rewarding when you finally master them and start taking on the unlockable insane difficulty level. Many of the achievements force you to complete stages in clever ways without being able to charge or only using a particular power. Once I began replaying levels I did encounter a number of bugs with achievements not popping after the requirements had been met, but after notifying the devs hot fixes were quickly patched in to address the problems and everything is now working as it should.
Posted: February 26th, 2014
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
881 products in account
75 reviews
1.2 hrs on record
BeatBlasters III is an interesting mix of platforming puzzle solving and rhythm gaming. The levels range from killing all enemies to escorting NPCs to a destination, defeating a giant cat while defending civilians to breaking ice off of pipes before the pipes fill up. The twist comes into play with the player's powers. Shooting, activating an energy shield, and using rocket boots consumes energy that is specific to each device. Recharging energy is done by entering charge mode and tapping the button for the device to the beat of the song. Keeping time increases a combo meter that, in turn, increases how fast the device charges. You are also graded on how close to the beat you hit the buttons(Perfect, good, ok, miss) and these help fill your energy faster as well. The highlight of the game is definitely the bosses, though that isn't to say the rest of the game is less than amazing either.

I would recommend this game to anyone who loves rhythm elements fused into other genres or any platformer fan in general.
Posted: March 18th, 2014
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
767 products in account
107 reviews
1.3 hrs on record
BeatBlasters III really surprised me. It features a great soundtrack along with good looking characters and backgrouns, these two come along pretty nicely with some really smooth animations. The art style might not appeal to everyone but I do certainly like it. While the story is quite weird, to say the least, it actually is kinda funny and everything looks pretty great. The core mechanics of the game are pretty simple and easy to learn. You have 3 abilities, one is an attack which launches balls of fire synced with the beat. The second ability is a flying ability which lets you fly and move faster and the last ability is a shield which you can use to protect yourself or others along with moving certain objects in a direction.

However, you can't just spam these abilities, for they have to be charged once their "energy" is depleted. To charge an ability you must sync your abilities with the beat, everytime you successfully sync the abilities with the beat, your energy for that ability charges up.

Other than that the game is pretty simple, and that is perhaps, along with the lack of a better storyline, what kept me from playing this game any longer, I lack the motivation to beat it. Still, I do think that BeatBlasters III is a good game and one that has the potential to provide fun to other people, I unfortunately I'm not one of those people but I did enjoyed quite alot the soundtrack.
Posted: April 20th, 2014
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