From indie pioneers Zen Studios (makers of Pinball FX2 and CastleStorm) comes KickBeat, an innovative rhythm game with a Kung Fu theme, featuring fully 3D characters and high-energy music! You can use your own music to create custom KickBeat tracks, allowing you ultimate replayability!
User reviews: Mixed (649 reviews) - 65% of the 649 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 20, 2014

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"Fighting game but with a twist, think of guitar hero but miles better. Fight your enemies to the beat of some awesome music and a whacky story."
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Includes songs from Electronic Super Joy

Six exclusive tracks from the Electronic Super Joy OST, by indie electronic artist enV, have been added to the single player campaign. If you enjoyed the Kickbeat soundtrack, be sure to check out Electronic Super Joy, by Michael Todd Games.

About This Game

From indie pioneers Zen Studios (makers of Pinball FX2 and CastleStorm) comes KickBeat, an innovative rhythm game with a Kung Fu theme, featuring fully 3D characters and high-energy music! You can use your own music to create custom KickBeat tracks, allowing you ultimate replayability!

New Additions for KickBeat Steam Edition:

  • Six exclusive tracks from the Electronic Super Joy OST by indie electronic artist enV have been added to the single player campaign. There are now 24 tracks in the campaign!
  • Advanced difficulty is now available in Free Play
  • Beat Your Music mode is available much earlier in the campaign, allowing you to create your own custom tracks without having to complete the single player campaign
  • Adjustments have been made to the difficulty progression, helping players adjust to higher levels of play on a better curve
  • Enhanced graphics
  • Customizable keyboard controls + full X input controller support.
  • 42 Steam Achievements
  • Stream Trading Cards
  • Steam Cloud Support

The KickBeat Steam Edition Soundtrack features tracks from a diverse lineup of artists from well known bands such as Pendulum and Marilyn Manson, to indie musicians Celldweller and Blue Stahli, to hidden talents like electronic music producer Voicians and Taiwanese rapper Shen Yi.

KickBeat Steam Edition Soundtrack
Pendulum - Self vs. Self, Propane Nightmares (Celldweller Remix)
Celldweller – Switchback, I Can’t Wait
Marilyn Manson – The Beautiful People
Shen Yi – War Dance
POD – Boom
Papa Roach – Last Resort
Blue Stahli – Takedown, Scrape, Ultranumb
Southpaw Swagger – It’s Showtime
Pre-Fight Hype – It’s Goin Down
Voicians – Fighters, The Construct
Rob Zombie – Scum of the Earth
Styles Beyond – Nine Thou (Grant Mohrman “Superstar’ Remix)
Pre-Fight Hype & Southpaw Swagger – Tug-O-War
enV – Destination
enV – RPM
enV – Vee
enV – Shakestopper
enV – OCP
enV - Bloom

Beat Your Music mode features a set of tools allowing players to use their own music to create custom KickBeat tracks. Experiment with different types of music to create different types of fights!

We got rid of the bars, arrows, button icons, etc. that other music games rely on as action cues and replaced them with fully 3D animated characters. Instead of just seeing characters in the background moving to a preset script as eye candy while the actual gameplay takes place in an abstract 2D interface, you actually control and react to those 3D characters. That means you actually get to focus your attention on what those characters are doing! As you play the game, you're creating your own fight sequence with your button presses. We also let you get rid of all the other interface parts (such as score) if you like, so that there are no distractions from the action.

KickBeat features a full length single player campaign with beautifully hand drawn animations and a unique art style.

Media Quotes

  • “KickBeat succeeds as both a rhythm game and a fighting one” – JoyStiq
  • “Combining slick combat with finely tuned rhythm-action fare, KickBeat was so frenetic it even managed to stir me from my early-morning half-awake sate.” – Pocket Gamer
  • “The hand-drawn animation really stands out in this regard and I found myself getting absorbed by the hypnotic flow of the figures moving in and out of the combat area.” – Destructoid

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU @ 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ]Geforce 8600 GT (GDDR2, 512MB) / Radeon HD 2600 Pro (512 MB) category, DirectX® 10 compatible video card
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX® compatible sound card
    • OS: Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU @ 2.40 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce 8600 GT (GDDR3, 512 MB) / Radeon HD 3670 (512 MB) category, DirectX® 10 compatible video card
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX® compatible sound card
Helpful customer reviews
4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
Fun ♥♥♥ game. Never before have I fought off a swarm of Turkish men in a public bath house to P.O.D. Now I can finally cross that off my bucket list.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
KickBeat has the makings of something great, take the first level of Parappa the Rapper on PS1 and flesh that out as a game. Unfortunately it's not as great as what I just described. Instead Kickbeat is too complex to be casual and too simple to be hard core. Trying to ride the fence did this game no favors. Not to mention it's lack luster soundtrack. Having the ability to import your own music is no excuse not to spring for something more than mediocre when it comes to your own set list. Easy to learn, difficult to master should have been the mantra for this games development. Instead it's convoluted and frustrating until you figure out what it wants you to do, then it's just kind of meh; not giving you any sense of having done something cool . And to the bottom line: 10 bucks is way too much to pay for this. There are a lot better rythym games out there and there certainly a lot better martial arts games as well. And for 10 dollars, you can probably get two of them. If you insist on giving this a look, try to get it on sale.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
When you like rhytm games you seek two things - a challenge and good music. Story just doesn't cut it even if it's good.

  • KickBeat puts a little too much effort in the story with cutscenes which i simply skip and bossfights that play the same as a default round.

  • The challenge is there on the higher levels if you wish to train yourself for the game's leaderboard (yes there is one and it doesn't seem to have been tampered with, all scores look legit) but if you just wish to make a single playtrough to check the story and music, either on normal or hard, the game is blantly easy. I made it high on the board just for my normal playtrough points and some plays on hard.

  • When we come to the music is where you will be either sold on the game or look somewhere else. The game uses prebuild songs for the story mode - mainly from celldweller, blue stahli, ESJ soundtrack and other (amazing in my opinion) similar artists. This blend makes it so techno follows a strong vocal song which follows techno etc. For rhytm's sake the songs are great but not be up to everybody's taste. And you have to play them to unlock other features including...

  • Custom music. This is what a lot of want from a rhytm game. I know I do. And you can do it! But here's the catch - you need to set up the beat of the song manually. Unlike other popular games like Audiosurf where the game does it for you or osu! where someone else (more gifted in the ears) has done it for you, you need to synch the beat of the song with the game for every song you add. But if thats a piece of cake for you and you give the game a perfect bpm... the game is still not that good with the generation of the level. It just isn't.

Overall quite a mixed bag. I played it and I don't regret doing so as the idea of a rhytm based fighter (even if the fighting is just for show) is quite good and I had a lot of fun. But there are so much limitations (like window mode ffs) and untapped potential that I don't see myself playing it again after going trough the story songs once. Nor do I plan to add more of my music in the game as it is tedious and the end result is still laking. Thats why I don't plan on recommending it either.

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67 of 83 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
KickBeat is a rhythm game that's almost good, but doesn't quite hit the mark.

For starters there are only 24 tracks, and they're pretty much all either what wikipedia defines as 'Industrial Rock'/'NuMetal' or the 6 electronica/dance tracks from Electronic Super Joy. This ultimately leads to a pretty low amount of genres. There is an option to make custom tracks out of your own songs, and while you can set the BPM, you cannot add true custom tracking as far as I can tell, leading to a sub-par experience there.

As many other reviews have noted, the notes don't really match up with the rhythm that much, so you will primarily be relying on the visuals to know when to press buttons. This leads into another large flaw of the game - the visuals are incredibly noisy, often making it a strain to know when the 'enemies' are coming.

Another mechanical quirk of the game are the 'power up' orbs. These primarily just give you bonus points or multipliers. There's also a shockwave (clears nearby enemies) and a shield, but using those actually grants less points than not using them. The quirk is that you have to doubletap the button in order to pickup the orb. On the higher difficulties, missing an orb counts as getting hit. This is problematic because it can quickly grow incredibly tiresome to doubletap orb wielding enemies in succession.

The game was initially designed for consoles - as such I used a controller for it, but that brought its own slew of problems. On expert/master difficulty, there are often enemies coming from three directions. As almost anyone who plays on a controller is aware of, pressing an opposing pair of buttons (example: A+Y or X+B) on a controller is incredibly awkward. Combine this with needing to doubletap, and getting punished for hitting extra buttons, leads to a frustrating setup. I imagine this is much easier with a keyboard, but it does raise the question of why the game was designed this way to begin with since it initially launched on console.

Finally, I just wanted to point out the silly unlock system the game uses. You're stuck with playing as the male character until you complete the game's story as him - then you can use the female. Despite being given seperate 'stories' they both play the exact same songs, and have the same gameplay.

Oh - right, this game actually has a story. It's, as to be expected, absurdly terrible. This isn't a problem in itself, except for the fact that there are a couple brief unskippable cutscene parts associated with the 'boss battles' which are painful to sit through.

Anyway, despite all my whining, I did finish the game - which is saying something in itself. There is potential here, and if you picked this up in a bundle, it's worth giving a whirl. Ultimately however, I cannot recommend actually buying this game by itself.
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209 of 321 people (65%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 20, 2014
It's an interesting idea that feels incomplete. This is a standard push the buttons with the music rhythm game. instead of the note highway or scrolling indicators this title uses a radial format combined with a fighting game aesthetic. Fighters enter the combat zone and rotate around you until moving to strike from one of the four cardinal directions and you press the corisponding button to stop them. There are 3 enemy types, denoted by color, which indicate on or off beat and multi button attacks. That's all there is though, just press buttons with the beat. It can get quite challenging at the higher settings, but not in a enjoyable way, the complexity never evolves. You are able to import your own music into the game allowing for some customizable fun. The core soundtrack is a bit 10 years ago, and the story is a bit of goofy fun. For the asking price of $10 I feel like it's not a bad deal if you are looking for a simple rhythm game with a fun aesthetic. It does not stack up to the greats in this genre, so buyer beware.
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