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: Very Positive (75 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 13, 2014
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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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November 25

Now Featuring Minesweepa - Leviathan


Our latest update brings new music into the mix. The song has built in underwater sounds and was very fun to work with. Here you can also get a better look at the new art and effects style. Still plenty of work to do for polish, including making the background elements animated again.

This build includes 5 levels:
Omnivore - Urban Metaphor, Official Spock - Break It Up, MinecraftUniverse - Eclipse, Celldweller - Tough Guy (remix by Tim Ismag), and Minesweeper - Leviathan.

Dubsective - Synergy is getting an overhaul and being reworked. Between comments and internal testing we felt the level can be much better.

The main menu system is coming together. This update has new art for the level selection. We have modified the gameplay and worked on making some of the enemy attacks more readable.

Our Facebook page is now just /dubwars not /dubwarsgame. So if you are getting a broken link, we are still here.

We have incorporated a built in feedback option to help streamline comments, bug reports and suggestions. Thanks to everyone that continues to provide us with feedback.

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October 7

Controller Functionality

Only Xbox 360 controllers are mapped, but both wired and wireless should work. For the time being, you will need to press ctrl + t or cmd + t after starting a level. If you want to switch back to mouse and keyboard use ctrl + m or cmd + m. Smoother accessibility for controller support and the addition of more types will be included with the next update.

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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!

Levels Currently Playable:

  • Omnivore - Urban Metaphor
  • Dubsective - Synergy
  • Official Spock - Break It Up
  • MinecraftUniverse - Eclipse
  • Celldweller - Tough Guy (Tim Ismag Remix)

Upcoming Levels:

  • Varien - Metalworks
  • MineSweepa - Leviathan
  • Dani Deahl & Animale - Thunderbolt
  • Totally Sick - Distorted
  • Klaypex - Oil Spill

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
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
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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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
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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42 of 67 people (63%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Early Access Review
Wub wubwub wub, wub wubwubwubwub wub wubwubwubwubwub, duuuundundundunduuundun wub

420/10 WOULD BANG
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Early Access Review
Let's get this straight: Can I deinstall updates?

Pretty much every song except Omnivore - Urban Metaphor has a flaw that is completely inexcusable.

I miss the old version :(

At least I still have the original demo.

EDIT: I can't find the developer's Facebook anymore. ARE THEY TRYING TO HIDE FROM US? I know they don't like the feedback, but seriously, this is like a #1 rule for being a game developer: You don't hide when a majority complain; you fix the problem.

EDIT 2: If you see me playing something called DubWars, I'm probably playing the old demo I have that was given out during the Kickstarter. Good times :.- )
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Early Access Review
I am truly disappointed with the new update. I expected better from you guys! Is there a way to go back to the beta? Because honestly, the shape its in right now looks like a disgrace. Terrible Menu and animations, no new songs, and lifeless enemies. I really believed in this from the moment i got the demo. Oh well :/
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Early Access Review
It used to be a good game. I played for hours on the console they had when they first made it at my school. The new update ruined it so dont even bother. Buy a better game.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Early Access Review
It pains me to ride the update-hate bandwagon, but this update has made the game very bad. See those screenshots? Those were the glorious days of DubWars. Now it looks nothing like that.

I bought it for 5 dollars on sale, but this update makes the game worth less than that. 20 dollars? Skip it.
Honestly, this could very easily be a simple browser/flash game in its current graphics state.

Some pros and cons post-update 10/7/14

+ You can actually see where you are now (before the update, it was hard to see where the cursor was at)
+ A few weapons (very few) look better
+ Controller support. Even though I don't use it, controller users will have an easier time.

- Overall graphics are downgraded
- The game feels VERY slow now and is way too easy
- Main menu looks lame
- Main menu music is gone. You can only listen to it a few seconds at the loading screen
- Some random flying debris that looks like transparent PNG images
- Game looks a lot more 2D
- Game feels very unfinished, whereas before the update it actually felt quite finished except for the lack of songs
- Speaking of lack of songs, it's been forever since the game was released (on Ouya) and there's STILL ONLY 5 SONGS
- Some moving background parts look like they were made in MS Paint
- Some weapons feel off-sync with the beat
- For the most part, the backgrounds look like simple images, whereas before the background actually changed and moved a lot to make the game more exciting. For example, look at 0:20 of the trailer video. See how the brain wiggles? Well, now it's just a still image. Doesn't seem like a big deal, but when EVERYTHING becomes so still, the game just feels sooooooo slow.

Early Access is no excuse for an update that degrades a game. I wish I could get the old version back.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Early Access Review
I LOVE this game, I donated to the Kickstarter and was givin pre-access to the game and was not able to stop playing!



Highly Reccomended for Dub-Lovers
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Early Access Review
TBH The old version was about 5 times better, and more accurate, meaning the weapons actually fired to the beat of the music. This is not the game I helped KickStart any more.
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16 of 24 people (67%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Early Access Review
I love the game BUT i was disappointed to find that after about 6 months all they i added was 1 new level and a difficulty setting and the price was a bit high $20? is a lot for the game but i got it because it was on sale for $5 i do have high hopes the game will be updated and will in time be worth the $20 tag


So in total would recommend but not at full price
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Update #1 : So with this new update I'm going to say everything I saw and I will do this for every update.

Menus: The menu load time has (at least for me) Increased by a lot , I'm not a fan of the new song selection and the way it looks I perfered it the way it used to be, I wish there was a way for people to toggle the way the levels look in case people liked the way it used to be better, theres also a glitch where if you click on a song then press back the arrow keys to select a song are gone

Urban metaphor: I'm a fan of the new look, this level was alway very easy but now it's borderline laughable, your main threat is these new turret like thing that set up shoot you with these purple lasers that are very hard to spot, besides this the song is a cake walk.


Synergy: I love this new look for the song I like how that light becomes a laser at points I like how the area at the bottom slows you down a bit because theres stuff down there, but this does lead to the bottom left/ center becoming no man's land because thats mainly where they spawn at but besides that like level has improved.

Break it up: This level I have a lot to say about it but first I will start with the good. This level has a amazing feature where theres 2 ships at the start and whichever ship you shoot at first your ship turns the color of the ship you didn't attack and the ship you did attack starts to aim after only you. But this system is broken because whenever you die your stuck on which ever side you choose your glitched on that side and you have to restart in order to be able to choose the other side, theres also another broken feature which would have allowed you to destory parts of the ships (doesn't matter which side your on you can destory both ships whenever you please), but this feature is broken because whenever you "destory" a part of a ship you see a little sqiggly line over the that part you "destoryed" the line looks like it was drawn in MS paint, there's also a glitch where your weapons remain firing for 8 seconds after you restart from dying.

Eclipse: So I didn't find any bugs with this level but there things I want to comment on.The creepers are finally killable. The new spawning system for this level is floating dungon at spawn in creepers and spiders, but I do wish there was a way to destory these dungon because they do tend to spam my screen. There also these astroids at are floating that can be broken into smaller pieces and smaller pieces and then destory cool system but theres no effect when breaking apart/destorying these astroids and I do hope that gets added in soon.

Tough Guy: This level should be re-named "Non stop lasers" because this level is full of the same laser spam before at least it was a lighting like effect but now it's just lasers. Also the laser in the center on the level just pops into view the first time it appear and doesn't fade it like it does all the other times

OVERALL: This update had lots of content but it seems rushed, unpolished, and untested and it seems as if they tried to do too much in such little time. But this does show this game has a lot of potential in the furture lets just hope the devs don't add in too much with out first making sure everything works first
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10 of 17 people (59%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Early Access Review
What started out as a kickstarter is now finally here on Steam!

I played through all the levels they currently have so far and I must say, even on easy mode for some levels it can get very intense and challenging. The dubstep they chose for each level fits very well. I hope to see more levels soon.

A few issues I had:

* Crosshairs can easily get lost in the chaos when there are a lot of enemies around. It blends with everything else around you so it can get confusing.

* I tried playing the game with an Xbox controller, but was only able to use the left thumbstick to move. I tried aiming with the right thumbstick but didn't work. I noticed the game was aiming for me. Not sure if this was intentional or I'm doing something wrong here.

* Just like the crosshairs, the ship doesn't stand out against the rest. It blends in easily when it gets chaotic. Took about a few seconds for me to spot it again.

* Enemies can spawn right on you giving you no time to dodge them. Especially the bombs which can hurt you pretty bad when in pairs.

<Remember, this is Early Access so there's bound to be a few bugs here and there. Lots of room for improvements and overall a very fun, addicting game with great dubstep.>
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15 of 30 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
Early Access Review
Great Game with Intense levels, i did back it and play the demo a year ago and i am disappointed with the progress with only 1 new level and the graphics have not been improved noticeably. I do think this is a game suited for early access as the more people buy it the more time the developers can dedicate to improving existing levels and creating new ones.

There is only room for improvement.

Great game sober, Insanely fun game smashed.
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16 of 32 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
Early Access Review
As of 6/13/2014 It has 5 levels. I Donated to the Kickstarter, and the levels in the current version of the game, are the same as the ones shown in the Kickstarter Trailer. I Spoke to Ben Hale, one of the artists originally on the team, and these levels were completed over a year ago. Its still Early access, so a lot could change, but I'd wait till they have more content before buying it. I have high hopes for this game. Please don't let me down.

Issues I had while playing:

- The croshairs get easily lost when there a lot of enemies on the screen, as they blend into the background, and look quite similar to the enemies.
- The sheild ability, which you can pick up while playing various levels, will not always stop enemies from hitting you. Specifically the enemy that slows your movement. This does not always happen.
- You ship doesn't stand out very well from the enemies, and in some cases from the background. Occasionally, as with the crosshairs, I loose track of it for a second.
- It was hard to tell if I was actually getting hurt by anything, as there wasn't a clear indication of Health, however I did die a few times.
- Enemies sometimes seem to appear out of nowhere, giving you almost no time to react, or dodge them. In some cases they will literally spawn on top of you. This doesn't kill you, thankfully it takes a lot to kill you.
- Due to how different all of the weapons are, it is often hard to know how to orient yourself to actually do anything to the enemies. If I were to play enough, I'm sure I could figure it out, but the more I play a song, the more I want to play a different song.

(AGAIN, THIS IS EARLY ACCESS SO THESE ISSUE WILL HPEFULLY BE FIXED. THESE ARE MY FIRST IMPRESSIONS FTER PLAYNG FOR ABOUT AN HOUR.)
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29 of 59 people (49%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
Early Access Review
I have this on Kickstarter and OUYA and it's the exact same game as ouya one from over a YEAR ago. there are no new levels and not even the grpahics are updated for pc. where are the NEW LEVELS? where arE the NEW GRPAHICS?

u can just get the free demo and find the unlock passwords online real easy.


https://s3.amazonaws.com/cdn.dubwarsgame.com/freedemo/downloads/Mac.zip

https://s3.amazonaws.com/cdn.dubwarsgame.com/freedemo/downloads/32.zip
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10 of 21 people (48%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
Early Access Review
Right now it has one new one and the ones from the demo but is a very fun game.Right now i cant find the shop but i geuss it will be there in the future.If you like challenging games this game is for you
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8 of 17 people (47%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Early Access Review
PEOPLE THIS GAMES IS ABSOLOUTLY NUTS IN A VERY GOOD WAY!!! I know I always review games positively but seriously this music game is awesome, intense and fun oh and did I mention that it had DUBSTEP!!! buy this game on sale my friends on my friends list cus its $14.99c for now the prcie WILL RAISE

ok let me give my proper review on this game ok positives a very well made and synced audio shooter game FYI its top down
so if u dont like top down shooters the not your cup of tea what i mean by synced is the music isnt out of order so when u shoot the music plays another positive is thatt is has a well made techno graphics system WHICH MAKES SENSE CUS DUBSTEP IS TECHNO MUSIC!!

now for my negatives in fact only one negative u cant shoot manually by clicking your mouse u can only move around and aim but i guess if you were shooting yourself the music wouldnt sync properly riiiiight!

but if u dont believe me and wanna try the game out yourself go and download the demo and try it out see what ya think
I RECOMMEND THIS GAME TO ALL MY FRIENDS 10/10 over here.
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4 of 9 people (44%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
Early Access Review
Pro - Fun, casual twin-stick shooter with five great dubstep tracks
Con - Very short and low replayability, it really should be 99 cents
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Early Access Review
Really good music and super fun

8/10
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Early Access Review
You get to blast Dubstep AND explode stuff
13/10 would dub again
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Early Access Review
The songs are amazing, has a lot of potential but ATM it's not perfect
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