DubWars is a music game that combines the mechanics of a top-down shooter with the power of Dubstep and Electronica music. Your weapons are synced to the music creating times of intense weapon load outs and calm moments where your survival skills are tested.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (89 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 13, 2014
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We want to bring DubWars to the community and integrate player feedback. Early Access will allow us to build the game the community wants to play. By getting comments and suggestions early we can adapt and fine tune the final version.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Until the community approves it for final release. We are committed to bringing a well polished and tightly designed experience for each song.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Currently DubWars showcases 5 levels with basic gameplay elements. The full version will include 10 songs with upgrades, missions, and achievements. Each level is custom built around the music and the producers behind it. Easter eggs will be included that relate directly to your favorite producers.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“DubWars now has 5 playable levels.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“We plan to stay flexible.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We will be engaging the community throughout the Early Access builds to improve upon both gameplay and art direction.”
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April 13

Leviathan - New & Improved



We've been reworking the Leviathan level along with many other game updates and improvements. Here's a sneak peak of the new look and a first look at the level boss.

What do you think??

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March 9

Game Update & New Level Release

New level – MTRD by NGHTMRE, now available to play! We've been working really hard to accelerate game progress and we feel that things are coming together.

Check out the infographic below for all of the updates and changes in this release and what's coming up in the future. Be sure to play and fill out the feedback form we've linked in-game!

Also, don’t forget to support the artist, grab their new track on iTunes – geni.us/MTRDiTunes






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About This Game

DubWars is a music game that combines the mechanics of a top-down shooter with the power of Dubstep and Electronica music. Your weapons are synced to the music creating times of intense weapon load outs and calm moments where your survival skills are tested. Each level is custom built to bring the creativity of each musician into an audio/visual experience.
  • Minimum of 10 custom-built levels with amazing visuals and effects!
  • Discover and support both independent musicians, and your favorite established artists!
  • Weapon Upgrades - Upgrade your weapons using hard earned coins to take your weapons to the next level! Every weapon in the game will be upgradable.
  • Difficultly Modes - Play in Light, Medium, Hard or Endless!
  • Bosses - Selected stages will also have this "Difficulty Mode" where you will face off against a boss!
  • Missions, achievements, upgradables, unlockables, and MORE!

Each update will showcase a random set of 5 levels currently in progress.
Levels Currently Playable:

  • Omnivore - Urban Metaphor
  • Dubsective - Synergy
  • Minecraft Universe - Eclipse
  • Celldweller - Tough Guy (Tim Ismag Remix)
  • NGHTMRE - MTRD

Upcoming Levels:

  • Official Spock - Break It Up
  • Varien - Metalworks
  • Minesweepa - Leviathan
  • Nezzo & Summer School - Choose Your Weapon
  • Totally Sick - Distorted

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated Graphics (512)
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Hard Drive: 260 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Realtek High Definition Audio
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 / Windows 8
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Radeon HD 3600
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Realtek High Definition Audio
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X Lion
    • Processor: 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000
    • Hard Drive: 260 MB available space
    • Sound Card: High Definition Audio
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X Lion +
    • Processor: 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000 or better
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    • Sound Card: High Definition Audio
Helpful customer reviews
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Early Access Review
i love this game but one thing can you please bring back eclipse i love that song why did you take it out on the lastist update? i hope you guys keep updating and that you dont let this game down its amazing and it has alot of potential
(p.s. could you fix the menu please?)
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
Early Access Review
March 2015 Update:

Game Video is updated, as are the screenshots. Controllers work better. You can see an increase in clarity of the graphics; they're better but they're still pixellated on the parallax backgrounds ("Urban" level - perhaps by design) and overall have a flash game/amateur look to them. Again, perhaps this is by design and I just don't agree with the new direction/design of the graphics. Most important to me, however, is the incredible disconnect between what this game is and what it should be as far as gameplay goes.

Fired projectiles are too slow, this is especially noticeably on the "Urban" level - but it'll frustrate you at some point on every level. Weapon and music sychronicity need work. I believe this should function like a reverse Rock Band. In that game, easy has very few fret colors to hit and those fret colors increase with more difficulty. Your game is a music/rhythm game, do it in reverse. On easy, fire weapons like crazy. As the difficulty is increased, lower the amount of weapons firing - or better yet leave them as is and either decrease their damage or increase the # or strength of the enemies.

This is a shoot'em up, there should be weapons and ships firing all over the place, but the weapons in this game, except during drops in the song, feel anemic for the most part There are also far more infrequent than they should be. There are litterally LULLS on every level, at least one, where no weapons are firing at all and there are usually still enemies around. So you're just running away from them until a part of the song comes up where you do have weapons. This isn't fun, its frustrating.

I'm not asking for a bullet hell update - but keep it interesting and the screen activity BUSY. And please give more attention to the projectile weapons. Speed them up and make them more frequent. I'm kiling most enemies with the side-firing immediate area weapons because they're more useful.

I don't know. You've made some progress, but I'm still left exasperated at this game. Eclipse and Tough Guy are the best levels out of the bunch, though.


Original Review:

I don't know what happened, but scrapping everything that everyone liked about the game, including some of the music, and starting over with "all new" everything was not a good move.

The original presentation, in fact even the current demo movie and screenshots on this store page, of Dubwars was essentially Geometry Wars played to Dubstep music where the music dictated what weapons fired and when. It was a neat idea, a gorgeous looking game, and a concept that I enjoyed - sort of a different take on Audiosurf but not with your music.

As of the Fall/Winter 2014 update - they completely redid everything - supposedly all better. But it's not all better. The entire look of the game has an amateurish look to it now. Like the original developer(s) left or Mura Interactive suffered an exodus of talent and that talent took their work with them. It looks and plays like a Adobe Flash game that someone made in high school before they got good at making anything.

Did the Geometry Wars guys threaten to sue Mura Interactive for copyright infringement? What happened? At this point, isn't this false advertising - it's nothing like what is represented above? I regret backing the Kickstarter for the amount that I did. I can't imagine I will see ANY of the tier rewards I pledged for; however, I will take my bitter medicine and make the first review I've ever put on Steam to say that, at this point, you should only get this game if it's free or gifted to you. It's not as bad as some of the "Early Access" trash that is out there, but it has definitely fallen victim to that curse.

Mah Dreams... :(
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
Early Access Review
You can see everything DubWars has to offer right now in about 20 minutes (that is, except the "old" game that they removed!). It's not bad, but it's not at all substantial. Really neat idea, really barebones right now. If Steam let me leave a neutral review I would. The price is way too high for what this is, even if it was a complete game, so I'll skew negative.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
Early Access Review
Dubwars is a game that is okay. Let's start with some pros:

Weapons: WOW, the weapons are extremely powerful and are different every level! They are in sync with the music, which is next.

Music: Well, it's Dubstep, but it's good. Even if you hate dubstep, you will like at least one. Mine is Eclipse, but the others are pretty good as well.

The Loading Screen: While loading, you get to hear another piece of music, which I have listened to fully, and it's not half bad.

Now with neutrals:

Enemies: They are pretty cool, but are easy to kill. For some of them, they have ranged, others charge. They're pretty generic.

The Radical Change: About a few months ago, DubWars changed drastically. Everything was different but the music. I like the new and fresh look, but hate that they took out features like a leaderboard, gems to continue, and a difficulty.
If you're new to this game, however, it won't really change anything.

Now the cons:

Enemies: There are some complaints I have, like when you press play again, the enemies still on the board from last game are not gone.

Locked Playing: If you decide to play a game, don't press cancel, cause you'll be stuck in limbo. :(

Varied difficulty: As I said, there is one difficulty now. On some levels, it's incredibly easy, but on others impossibly hard. Not good.

All in all, the pros weigh out the cons for this review. It's not complete, but it's worth a try.

I recommend this game. :)




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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
Early Access Review
ERPIC MUSIC
:D
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
Early Access Review
LOVE IT! mesmerizing gameplay while listening to awesome music!
Best arcade shooter I've ever played!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
Early Access Review
I love the idea of this game! There is a problem though. Please change it back to the way the kickstarter demo was. I felt it was better. Also I have no clue how to get the secret songs like Eclipse and Synergy because there is no code bar anymore. I feel like it has SO much potential but you do need to fix these things. Great idea and keep putting more songs on the game. PS. The price is too high right now. Make it $10 at the least until you include more songs into the game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
Early Access Review
I liked this game before, but with the new updates its awesome! Killer graphics and amazing music.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
Early Access Review
Let me start by saying I received this game during the holiday auction, I did not pay for it...That being said the amount of content that available for this game is NOT worth the $20 they are trying to charge people. At the time of this review there are currently five songs that are playable, which is HALF of what they're offering; Ten songs at completion. Now, if they went for a $10 Early access price, and then went up to $20... maybe.. but even then. There are similar audio based games that cost less. Soundodger+ is $9, Audiosurf is $10, these games have a LOT more content and also offer personal MP3 usage in some way. Then you add in the "Controller compatibility". I thought i'd give it a try, after finishing every song at least three times. The sensitivity was comparitive to a snail, on oil. i got about 20 seconds into a song (because i had to wait for the music to actually start for the weapons to fire) before i realized.. This is what their idea of hardmode must be. it was impossible to rotate fast enough for your weapons to destroy everything.

-10/10 Would not recommend.

As of now, I would not recommend this game to people unless it was free. When they add more than ten songs and an editor, or at least lower the price to something reasonable, then i might be willing to recommend this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
Early Access Review
i love the music, controls are good, the pauses in the some of the levels makes it really awkward to try and move around enemy cause it can go on for over 4-10 seconds which is a pain in the ♥♥♥♥. Also, please make it easier to get the settings to change audio settings is LOUD as all heck. Aside from that, if you like asriods on steroids with some amazing tracks. Buy it now!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
Early Access Review
I would Recommend DubWars for anyone whos into Dubstep and hard gameplay. - 7/10 ~Portal Master
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
Early Access Review
A simple game to pass some time. Gets progressively better with each iteration.

New tracks are added seldomly - but still better then nothing.

Not enough play time, unfortunately, if you are not into high score grabbing.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
Early Access Review
You see the pictures? Those are over a year old. BEFORE thegame breaking and game ruining update. This game is now just being false advertised and is ruined. Not worth $20. Not even worth $10. Do me a favor, report this, and then skip.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
Early Access Review
This game has been taking so long to actually put out a complete game that my taste in music has changed and I couldn't give two ♥♥♥♥♥ about what the developer has done with my backer money

Good job
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
Early Access Review
good game but its to easy
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
Early Access Review
just got the game and already like it hopping to see it better over time
better meaning full game with more Difficultly levels and songs
the songs they have now are really good one IMO
although reading some of the reviews......for what little bit they have in the game now I'd would have to say if the price where to be dropped down to about $15 normal price i could see the value in it
but if the game does go well and more featurers are added into it and more songs then i think it would be worth the full $20 for it
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
Early Access Review
Best DubStep simulator ever!!! Can't wait for more.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
Early Access Review
So most people quit playing this game just because of an update where the game starts over from scratch. But keep in mind, it is in early access. This game isnt finished and it is slowly getting better and better. It may eventually become as good as the old style dubwars and maybe better than the old one. I recommend this game.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
Early Access Review
this game is the ♥♥♥♥ing WASTE OF MONEY.
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
Early Access Review
Man, I've never seen a more riveting game that DubWars. This was so fun to play, and the music and art style were perfect. It never felt too easy, and it never got to a point where it was so hard you wanted to quit. This game was the bomb!

Notice those key words; Was. Were. Past-Tense Verbs. For those of you that don't know, they had an update, and it SUCKS. The game is way too easy now, the difficulty/endless modes are gone, the game is incredibly buggy, and the art style is totaly different. And, most important, the lasers and weapons are different. That was the main reason I got this game; because it looked so cool. Now, I regret buying it. It isn't worth the price (which was a problem from the begining. $20 for a game in BETA? Really?). If they could do one thing to make this game better, it's this: CHANGE IT BACK. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
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