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: Mostly Positive (385 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 20, 2014
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"Kroz dvadeset četiri pesme zastupljeni su drum’n’bass, nu metal i hip-hop, sa licenciranim pesmama od Pendulum, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Celldweller."
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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

    Minimum:
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX® compatible sound card
    Recommended:
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX® compatible sound card
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
this game reminds me of the Keep the beat like games like Parapa the rappa back on the PS1 ah good times any way this game ROCKS the story is decent with nice art work the gameplay is solid with flashy graphics and simple and easy to understand controls and the Music just so Awesome

HOWEVER this game has a rather high difficulty curve and the turtoral won't really help out much as this game has very fast pace gameplay

and sadly it has some rather nasty Bugs one being and this is also a Recomendation to players DISABLE the Steam Overlay for this game unless you like the frame rate to drop every time you get an achevment

and i also like to say something about the mode not fetured in other versions of this game the game mode where you can make your own stages up to me this is what i would call an expiermental add on simply due to the fact it would never ever reach the same qauality as the games main playlist

but all in all if you like to kick some minion butt to the sounds of music this game is SO for you

plus it has Massive Replay value



Ups

graphics
story
gameplay
soundtrack
replay value rewards

mehs

leader board
expiremental game mode

bads

steam overlay bug
no multi player game mode
rather high difficulti curve



final verdict

an awsome keep the beat Kung-Fu game
if you like Gitar Hero or some other kind of keep the beat play style games this is on i highly recomdend for you

i give this game

9/10
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17 of 28 people (61%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
It's a rhythm based game that doesn't follow the rhythm very well. Sometimes it will do the drum beat, sometimes it will do the guitar beat. Sometimes it will throw the enemies faster, sometimes slower(during the same sequence).

Combine this with changing enemy positions meaning the same beat/riff/whatever changes required keys to press, add horrible camera placement, and you've got a recipe for a game that you will play for 40 minutes and get frustrated with it
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12 of 21 people (57%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
The rythm of the gameplay rarely match rythm of the music.
It's a rythm game in which having any sense of rythm is actually a handicap.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Wow I really don't get the naysayers... maybe some people have sync issues? It seems perfectly synced to me, once I got into it I got lots of perfects. Yes, it's not all on the beat but it even tells you this during the tutorial/training, it's not exclusively using the drumbeats, it's more about the feel of the song I'd say.
I got it in the humble bundle as well and didn't expect too much of it, but I have to say it's really fun. It seems really hard at first, but I got the hang of it in my first hour of playing and it feels awesome when you do get it and start pummeling strings of baddies in a row.
I can't play it too long at once though, playing on a keyboard works fine but after a little over an hour my hand starts aching. It's a great game for a few quick rounds though, and the advantage over something like guitar hero seems to be that the action continues very quickly, 10 seconds or so after a song ends a new one can be starting if you want.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Not your standard rhythym game, but its fun so far. Good soundtrack too.
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
It's just not a fun game. Plus the timing is all messed up. There are very few graphics options. The female character is locked at the start. I got it as part of a bundle so thats the only reason I even tried it. I wont even bother playing it again.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
This game is unplayable and the video options dont help. This game lacks a frame limiter or lower end limiter or even lower graphics settings. My computer way exceeds the recomended and I still get random slowdowns and speed ups of frame rate, something which makes rythme games unplayable.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
horrible, you can't see what the ♥♥♥♥ is going on.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
It's literally just DDR, only now you can't tell what the hell is happening and the music is poorly synced to the gameplay.


How the hell did they get Pendulum to sign onto this garbage?
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6 of 12 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Sometimes, I wish Steam didn't ask whether or not you recommend a game. I can't get into this one, but I imagine a lot of people could like it. The fighting system is decent - hit enemies to the rhythm, with different patterns that are discernible by colors, and with powerups that can be unlocked as you go.

The problem I have is it's hard, right from the start. They throw a lot at you and you don't get time to warm up. I like the idea plenty, but it just frustrates, right from the beginning ... so, with that in mind, I can't honestly recommend this, even though I wouldn't try to push anyone away from it, either.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Good game actually, WHEN ITS NOT CRASHING.
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6 of 14 people (43%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
The beats in the campaign aren't on time making the game nigh on impossible
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
It's alright. It's kinda cool and what not but the rhythm part feels all over the place. Sometimes it's matching the vocals sometimes it's not and sometimes it feels like the bad guys are marching to the beat of their own drum. The first boss fight was aight. Probably won't play again. Give it a try if you got it in humble bumble otherwise maybe pick it up on a sale.

5/10 rhythm wasnt on point son
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5 of 14 people (36%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
The Dark Souls of Rhythm games.
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1 of 7 people (14%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Thsi game is seriously fantastic. I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of rhytym games
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0 of 5 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Addictive and stragely satisfying. Would highly reccomend!
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0 of 8 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
I dance-fought a barrage of missiles. 11/10, game of the year.
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2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Constant crashing. Hard to give a proper recommendation when the game constantly crashes. The game looks good, and runs well for a few minutes at a time, then crashes suddenly.
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2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
I haven't experienced crashes, but the beats don't sync with the attacks perfectly(defeating the purpose of this game imo), attacks with beats are inconsistant. Usually when you play a rythm game you expect the same thing to happen when certain parts of a song repeat. No, not in this. Muscle memory is only useful if you can memorize the entire songs that consist of inconsistant random attacks.

Example. (assuming the attacks are actually synced with the beat)
123 = beat, wasd = attacks
123 > was 123 >das 123 > dda
When it should be, atleast in my opinion along the lines of...
123 > was 123 > was 321 >saw 231 > aws etc

As far as performance issues go, I have an I5 4690, and a GTX 760. This game will randomly freeze every now and then for about 5 seconds. After these 5 seconds my character gets pummeled by every single enemy i missed while the game catches up with itself in less than a single second, instantly losing, especially on harder difficulties.
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8.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Kung-Fu DDR.. who would've thought. Very nice graphics.. cheesy storyline :) Great music and the ability to add your own music is very nice but required a bit of tweaking to get it right. Lots of fun overall tho. Going to give this 9/10 simply because there was NO OBLIGATORY "Kung-Fu Fighting" music (that I unlocked yet anyways).. for shame!
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