::Game Concept: Rhythm Game + Hacker Theme:: Play out your dangerous hacker fantasies with this clever rhythm game. Welcome, to the Hacker's World...
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Mostly Positive (25 reviews) - 76% of the 25 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 15, 2015

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June 19

Hacker's Beat Update!!

Hi all!

We have some great news for you today. Hacker's Beat has now gone through a major update!

We have added an Edit mode in Hacker's Beat as well as some new songs!!

Enjoy Hacker's Beat with 2 songs from Croixleur Sigma.
And a new song from Doodle Ninja! (←Sorry Japanese Link!)

You can now add and create your own challenges and levels.



To join in on the fun of making your own level, head over to the edit mode and select a song that is under 3 minutes long!

Then you can place different types of keys using your mouse or play the song and type to input where you want keys.



With the new edit mode, you can control just how hard or difficult you want your song to be. Kick up the bpm or lower it down for different experiences with different songs of your choice.



Once you have completed your level, make sure you save it! Then head over to play mode and select your song!

For more information, make sure you check the manual!

Are you ready to rock hack?

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About This Game

PLAYISM BLOG

Get fsck-ed with Hacker's Beat!

2016/Jun/17: EDIT mode fixed + New songs!

EDIT mode bug fix is done.
Also "Doodle Ninja" and "Croixleur Sigma" songs are added!

2016/May/24: EDIT mode!

We implemented an "EDIT mode" so that you can import your song and create your own game!

Also, a manual for the EDIT mode is available from "View the Manual" at the right of this store page, or from the Steam client.

Important notice:
  • Make sure to place your song file inside the "wav" folder of the local game folders:
    C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\Hacker's Beat\Edit\wav
  • Only wav format is usable
  • Only the songs shorter than 3mins are usable
Songs which fulfill above 3 will be loaded in your song list of the EDIT mode.

Once you place the song, there are two types to make you own game; place each notes one by one manually, and place the notes by typing while you play (You cannot place the long-notes in the latter method).
We recommend you to put the notes by typing at first, then edit them later to fix the position or add the long-notes.
You can change the position of those notes later.

Of course you can play your own song, but moreover, you can share your newly created songs with friends! (You cannot share the music data hoever)
To share, you need to save the project and EXPORT it.

Please see a manual for more information.

Game Concept: Rhythm Game + Hacker Theme


I'm sure you've experienced this at some point... You're tapping away at your keyboard at a blistering pace, the clattering of the regular keys intermittently interrupted by the nuanced sound of the Enter key.
Play out your dangerous hacker fantasies with this clever rhythm game.

It's easy enough to get the hang of. All you have to do is hit the "notes" that appear on-screen in the general area of the keyboard that it corresponds to.
Just in the general vicinity is close enough, so rhythm ends up being more important than accuracy.

Welcome, to the Hacker's World...


We started off by researching music games, and found the most important thing that makes music games fun is hitting the right button at the right time, timing your hits to the rhythm of the music.

Next, we went to Japanese video arcades and examined actual music game machines. A commonality between these games was that they came off as looking incredibly difficult, but as a result also really intriguing.

Timing your hits with the music's rhythm and the perceived difficulty level are the main attractors. We incorporated these two points into a "hacker" theme and made it so that the hits don't need to be as precise.
We combined "hacking" and "music" games into a single: Hacker's Beat.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz or higher
    • Memory: 1 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Direct X 9.0 compliant video card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: -
    • Additional Notes: -
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz or higher
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Direct X 9.0 compliant video card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: -
    • Additional Notes: -
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Overall:
Mostly Positive (25 reviews)
Recently Posted
skim57magnum
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
WOW, took about 178 screenshots in 15 minutes!!!!1 i highly recomend u use exernal keyboard cuz this game has some rage worthy moments, save ur computer, THIS GAME IS IMPOSSIBLY HARD!!! if you are looking for a chalenge then u found it, if u were looking for a gramaticley correct reveiw, keep lookning, very fun and very rage 8/10 would recomend to a
HAX0R l:)
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KCrola
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
Relatively cheap and fun, why not?


7.5/10
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Dungasaur
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 3
Hacker's Beat succeeds at what it's trying to be; a cheap, unique rhythm game for rhythm game fans. The gameplay style is unique (hitting different sections of the keyboard, any key in that section will trigger the note), the music is pretty good, and they just updated with 3 new songs and an edit mode to make your own note tracks for .wav files on your computer!
It has a fairly low difficulty, which I consider a positive aspect, but hitting every note with the correct timing for a high combo chain is still very tricky.

The game feels great, and I don't think it would have been out of place next to REZ on the dreamcast. It has the same imprecise but satisfying feel, and if people make custom tracks for the game I think I'll be playing it for a long time.
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Genebris
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: February 13
I didn't really like the game because of the songs it has, but I anyway can't rate it down because of it's cool concept.
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Ethereal_Noob
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 29
The visual style is that of someone that wants to do 3d-cyber style and failing miserably. It makes my eyes bleed.

The concept was interesting and that is why I purchased this. I severely regret that decision. A halfbaked rythm game that falls short on every front. The music is terrible. I would say something akin to "Human Music" from Rick and Morty but that would be an affront to "Human Music". The controls are lazy and ill-defined, "Mash your keyboard on the left or right then hit enter" is hardly a control scheme for a good rythm game.

This game is hardly clever and the "Hacker Theme" is nonexistant. Terrible game, and I hate myself more every time I see this game in my inventory.
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theslicer7791
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: January 22
THIS GAME IS AWESOME! i have never been so proud nor effective to mash every butten on my key bord :D



i have been looking for something like this i actually tap my fegers to the music or song that im lisoning to just as much as this game does so it really fits. so awesome never been so in love with such a small game.
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leo3065
( 8.7 hrs on record )
Posted: January 7
I like the idea this game very much, but I think the devs havent discovered the potential possibilities of this concept.
And personally, I think some of the song deserves a better beatmap.

For these who have played, yes, I am refering FRAUD FUNCTIONS.
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Hulex Doggo
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: December 28, 2015
Let me start off by saying I was drawn in by the overall appeal of this cheap little title. Hacker aesthetics? Japanese rhythm game? Keyboard play? Sounds badass, wow, yeah?

Unfortunately, the magic ends there.

It's hard for me to reccomend this. I only played it for a few minutes but it's not really drawing me in. Rhythm games are supposed to draw you in. At the lower difficulties you get a feel for the pace and progression seems natural. Beyond the tutorial this game doesn't have that. You're supposed to get a feel for the rhythm of things on a basic starting level. This game doesn't have that.

A rhythm game should make you feel and look cool and badass at the higher difficulty levels. This does neither. I feel like a tool while playing this. And after just a few minutes I feel like progressing any further is literally gonna give me carpal tunnel. You're better off playing Stepmania or k-shoot mania (a free PC sim for Sound Voltex. It's like what Stepmania is for Dance Dance Revolution) KSM/SDVX especially has the tunnel effect/guitar hero notechart perspective that American players are more used to. Hell, take a book from Harmonix's Amplitude and Frequency. This? Eh.....

I wish this was better. I want it to be better. I want it to improve, but I don't think that's going to happen without a massive overhaul of the engine and retooling of gameplay and difficulty. Sorry guys.
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joksulainen
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: October 19, 2015
A very great rhythm game, but the game keeps freezing for some reason after the score and song. You guys should fix this!
But still, a great game.
Heres a screenshot for that http://prntscr.com/8szw2k
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androsslionheart
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: October 1, 2015
meh i played it not my type there's other games i have played that had more stuff then this.. i would recommend this for those who like soft rhythm games but nothing too exciting here
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
44 of 52 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2015
Interesting concept, but it lacks any real depth. I'm not a huge fan of the execution, the gimmick of button spamming wears off quickly and on some songs it can be frustrating when it registers something on the near opposite side of the keyboard against a single note that is happening simultaneously, giving you a bad rating. I would probably prefer a more specific input requirement and perhaps a cap on the sustains to discourage cheating/scripting for high scores. As it stands, the controls are too loose and while you are judged on timing, its just not as engaging as a standard beatmatching game like Beatmania, Osu, DDR, etc.

I could accept it an an early access title but as a full release I'm just not seeing the value beyond the soundtrack. It also seems to crash after playing 2-3 songs, though I'm sure it will be fixed eventually.

Its also worth mentioning the resolution is severely limited to a maximum of 1280x960.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2015
Let me start off by saying I was drawn in by the overall appeal of this cheap little title. Hacker aesthetics? Japanese rhythm game? Keyboard play? Sounds badass, wow, yeah?

Unfortunately, the magic ends there.

It's hard for me to reccomend this. I only played it for a few minutes but it's not really drawing me in. Rhythm games are supposed to draw you in. At the lower difficulties you get a feel for the pace and progression seems natural. Beyond the tutorial this game doesn't have that. You're supposed to get a feel for the rhythm of things on a basic starting level. This game doesn't have that.

A rhythm game should make you feel and look cool and badass at the higher difficulty levels. This does neither. I feel like a tool while playing this. And after just a few minutes I feel like progressing any further is literally gonna give me carpal tunnel. You're better off playing Stepmania or k-shoot mania (a free PC sim for Sound Voltex. It's like what Stepmania is for Dance Dance Revolution) KSM/SDVX especially has the tunnel effect/guitar hero notechart perspective that American players are more used to. Hell, take a book from Harmonix's Amplitude and Frequency. This? Eh.....

I wish this was better. I want it to be better. I want it to improve, but I don't think that's going to happen without a massive overhaul of the engine and retooling of gameplay and difficulty. Sorry guys.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2015
Currently, as it stands, it's not exactly all that bad. The songs are full of life, albeit short, and the graphics are very reminiscent of games like Beatmania IIDX 15: DJ TROOPERS and Frequency. The real annoyances of the first release (as of this review's post date) is that there are only 16 playable tracks, and Edit Mode is still unavailable. I would still recommend this game to rhythm-enthusiastic testers that are willing to try something new. The only thing I'd ask is that you purchase this game a bit after it brings new updates.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
Hacker's Beat succeeds at what it's trying to be; a cheap, unique rhythm game for rhythm game fans. The gameplay style is unique (hitting different sections of the keyboard, any key in that section will trigger the note), the music is pretty good, and they just updated with 3 new songs and an edit mode to make your own note tracks for .wav files on your computer!
It has a fairly low difficulty, which I consider a positive aspect, but hitting every note with the correct timing for a high combo chain is still very tricky.

The game feels great, and I don't think it would have been out of place next to REZ on the dreamcast. It has the same imprecise but satisfying feel, and if people make custom tracks for the game I think I'll be playing it for a long time.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
The visual style is that of someone that wants to do 3d-cyber style and failing miserably. It makes my eyes bleed.

The concept was interesting and that is why I purchased this. I severely regret that decision. A halfbaked rythm game that falls short on every front. The music is terrible. I would say something akin to "Human Music" from Rick and Morty but that would be an affront to "Human Music". The controls are lazy and ill-defined, "Mash your keyboard on the left or right then hit enter" is hardly a control scheme for a good rythm game.

This game is hardly clever and the "Hacker Theme" is nonexistant. Terrible game, and I hate myself more every time I see this game in my inventory.
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7 of 14 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2015
Pretty fun game, but would appeal the most to people dipping their feet into the rhythm game genre rather than veterans in its current state.

Definitely a fun game in there though, music is good and presentation is slick.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
WOW, took about 178 screenshots in 15 minutes!!!!1 i highly recomend u use exernal keyboard cuz this game has some rage worthy moments, save ur computer, THIS GAME IS IMPOSSIBLY HARD!!! if you are looking for a chalenge then u found it, if u were looking for a gramaticley correct reveiw, keep lookning, very fun and very rage 8/10 would recomend to a
HAX0R l:)
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2015
meh i played it not my type there's other games i have played that had more stuff then this.. i would recommend this for those who like soft rhythm games but nothing too exciting here
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
Relatively cheap and fun, why not?


7.5/10
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
I like the idea this game very much, but I think the devs havent discovered the potential possibilities of this concept.
And personally, I think some of the song deserves a better beatmap.

For these who have played, yes, I am refering FRAUD FUNCTIONS.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny