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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!
Release Date: Jan 20, 2014
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Buy KickBeat Steam Edition

$9.99

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 the 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
205 of 313 people (65%) found this review helpful
173 products in account
6 reviews
5.8 hrs on record
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.
Posted: January 20th, 2014
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118 of 176 people (67%) found this review helpful
66 products in account
2 reviews
2.0 hrs on record
Full video review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hR8lEA9KPYc

KickBeat mixes ryhthm and martial arts to make a fun little music game experience. The tracklist is great, including both electronic music, and hard rock that has an electronic feel. The in-game notes are well done, and the ability to create your own track, although limited, is a nice touch. I wish there were more options for various difficulties as I found the differences of difficulties to be quite overwhelming, mostly because of the visuals and not the notes themselves.
Posted: January 13th, 2014
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27 of 37 people (73%) found this review helpful
376 products in account
73 reviews
15.8 hrs on record
If you're reading this you might be wondering: "What the hell is a Kickbeat?"

Kickbeat is a rythym game where you press keys, timed with the music, so your character kicks people in the face.

I like to call these games (FFR, Stepmania 1,2, Beatmanina) tap rythym games. Because there's no instrument or dance pad. It's meant to be played with a controller or keyboard.

I personally had been waiting for a game like this to come around for a long time, that is to say, a tap rythym game where there's something more interesting to look at than just arrows flying by the screen.

The production value feels very high to me for a $9.99 out of the gate priced game, it's really a big treat. It looks great, it sounds great, it plays tight and its got an interesting well written and well voiced storyline that plays out twice through the songs. It's got difficulty settings and customization options that allow you to jump right in but still eventually take off your training wheels as you go for huge scores on mind bendingly tough difficulties for rankings on the leaderboards, and achivements that actually mean something.

The playlist is 24 "get-your-blood-pumping" high b.p.m. songs ranging from Rap to Eletro to Nu Metal. Every single song is enjoyable and fun to play, there isn't a single one that I want to skip over and many that I want to play again and again.

While this isn't nessicarily a game for every rythym gamer out there, with its low cost and realitively easy learning curve, I recommend picking it up if your interest is sparkked at all. Is it hardcore? Yes. Will it probably make you frustrated? Yes. Will you continue to come back to play more and more eventually mastering each song and having a huge feeling of accomplishment? Most certainly yes.
Posted: January 21st, 2014
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
901 products in account
56 reviews
4.1 hrs on record
I do like rhythm games but havent played any in quite a while (GUITAR HERO ah such found memories) and just liked the look of this game "kung fu meets rhythm game sounds cool" (still cant get the image of JAKIE CHAN doing his moves to heavy meatl and rock out of my head HAHAHAHAHAHA).
And in my play time so far i havent been dissapointed,the graphics are good in game and are your standard hand drawn affair in between the levels and the track list is actually really good with diversity that this sort of game needs.The tracks range from music from the PC game Electronic Super Joy to tracks from rock and metal stars (ROB ZOMBIE thats what sold it to me this man is a GOD or DEMON depending on your view point,oh and the classic MARILYN MANSON track helped suck me in to),to indie musician CELL DWELLER and Taiwanese rapper SHEN YI (now that really is a diversity in music for a game like this).
The script is actually rather funny (JUSTIN BEIBER joke anyone HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA) and so far i have found it different enough that i actually want to keep playing to see were the story goes and then when i finish the game as the male charcter LEE will probablly instantly play it as the female character MEI.
So should you buy this game yet,well yes if you love rhythm games do so NOW if not well thats ok we dont all like the same thing,and if your sat on the fence about it wait for a sale or bundle deal.
But in my humble opinion this is a well written and produced game that should and hopefully will get a sequel as it is the sort of game that certainly deserves one.
Posted: June 26th, 2014
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16 of 23 people (70%) found this review helpful
458 products in account
37 reviews
1.9 hrs on record
if you've ever played with a hand-held game of Simon by milton bradley (and didn't rage afterwards), this game's for you.

i like the concept of adding rhythm to the old MB idea but its required REACTION time to press buttons is TOO rigid.

the slider on that built-in metronome doesn't allow you slack for syncopation either.

remember, we're human beings, not machine... our timing is NOT digital --- this game should allow for a bit of syncopation like most modern karaoke console does for singers.

i like it but I'm a bit torn.

for now, as it is --- it's not worth $9... maybe $5.
Posted: May 4th, 2014
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