Transform your keyboard into an instrument and play along to the melody of catchy chiptunes in this challenging rhythm game. Now with tap mode!
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Release Date: Jan 8, 2016

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“You know you craved the moment where you stand before your friends and blast them with music from your keyboard.”

“The music is on point and often had me humming along before the songs were even over.”

About This Game

Transform your keyboard into an instrument and play along to the melody of catchy chiptunes in this challenging rhythm game.

  • Two game modes - strum and tap
  • Three difficulty levels from rookie to expert
  • Weekly and all-time leaderboards
  • 40 official songs to choose from
  • Track your own custom songs
  • Share them with the community via the steam workshop
  • Earn steam achievements
  • Customise your keys

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7+
    • Processor: 2Ghz+
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
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44 of 51 people (86%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
Very fun game with built in workshop and level editor support :thumbs: - I swapped the default note keys out from 1 2 3 4 5 to Z X C V B.

Oh and also awesome music :D
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41 of 48 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
As someone who has an MP3 player full of chiptunes, this game immediately grabbed my interest. After doing a little digging around (there are only like... 3 youtube reviews; the game released today), I decided to take the plunge and purchase the game.

So what is it?

Chiptune Champion is a Guitar Hero clone that exclusively uses chiptunes for the tracks you play to. Being a kid from the 80s, the music definitely brought back memories of summer vacations spent on the NES and Gameboy. There's a wide selection of music to choose from the outset, and the ability to create your own tracks in the track editor or download tracks from the Steam Workshop gives this game the huge potential for massive replayability.

So that's the good part.

The bad part is the control scheme. What Chiptune Champion wants you to do is take your keyboard and hold it like a guitar. The 1-5 buttons are used for the "strings" while the enter and shift are used for the strum bar. Holy smokes is that unintuitive.
It took my wife asking me what I was doing to the keyboard to convince me to go down into the basement looking for one of my old Guitar Hero controllers. And surprisingly, it worked.
While there is no ability to use a guitar controller from inside the game, downloading a free program like JoyToKey will allow you to map the game's controls to the buttons on your guitar, making the control scheme infinitely better and nearly identical to playing Guitar Hero or Rockband.

So do I recommend the game? Yeah, but only if you have a guitar controller that is compatible with your PC. The game is pretty fun and the music is great. The controls could use a little work and hopefully the game will eventually support an in-game guitar control scheme instead of players needing to use a third party.
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26 of 27 people (96%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
Note: The developer updated the game to address the two biggest complaints I had with this game. I have updated this review to reflect this.

I'll start off with the negative. Often when I read reviews about a game, I want to know what's wrong with it first and foremost, so that's what i'll provide.

This game has a few technical problems. There is only one lag compensation setting, forcing you to synch the game to line up visually or line up audibly, just like the original Guitar Hero game on the PS2. Guitar Hero 2, a game released in 2006, had a separate compensation value for the video and audio to account for each device having separate latencies. It's frustrating that a rhythm game released this year has overlooked a problem that its influences have already solved. Additionally, on Windows 10, closing the game crashes it. Some process related to the game remains open, causing steam to track additional playtime for it. If you're on the fence about keeping this game and are a part of the 30%+ people on Steam that use Windows 10, be aware that this bug may cause you to run over the 2 hour window for returns.

The interface isn't perfect. Many rhythm games will give you a preview of the song you've selected when you highlight it in the track list, but this game keeps playing the menu music for you. It can make it a little harder to find the songs you like.

On to what's good!

The developers read my review and took into consideration my feedback, as well as the feedback of others. A patch came out addressing some major issues within 36 hours of this review, which buys them a lot of respect in my book. It's a sign that they care and weren't just looking to dump a game on Steam and never touch it again, as some other Indie devs often do. To be perfectly honest, I am waiting for another patch or two before I personally re-invest in this title. But the soundtrack is quite nice (i've listened to it outside of the game), and reports from other users suggest that the changes to note timing have made the game much more fun to play. I think this warrants a purchase and would recommend this title if you like rhythm games and chiptunes.

I fully anticipate that i'll have to continue to update this review to reflect changes made by the developer. When I re-invest in the title myself, i'll be able to talk more objectively about what I enjoy in the game.
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23 of 27 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
A fun game with tons of great songs. I wish there was more rhythm based games on steam.

<<<the margin of error has now been fixed in a new update>>>

Something thats annoying is that the margin of error is so small, even if it looks like you are hitting the notes, you get a miss, there should be an option to change that margin but kick you from using the leaderboard.
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
Chiptune Champion is a rhythm game that fully takes gameplay from games like Guitar Hero, but has retro design and ubiquitous 8bit chiptunes.

There are two mods: Strum mode for those who want to experience it in Guitar Hero style, and tap mode for those who rather prefer the StepMania gameplay. Those two mods are further deepened by three difficulties, with rookie really friendly for new players without built reflexes - if you are new to the genre, you'll definitely have to start there. Other two difficulties expect some training from you, but beating songs on higher difficulty is mentally rewarding.

There are many 8bit chiptune songs (about 40) and if that's not enough for you, there is the track editor and Steam workshop support! You can already find there, for example, tracks from Sonic the Hedgehog, or for true internet connoisseurs there is John Cena's theme in 8bit ready. Due to possible copyright problems, you have to download the mp3 songs externally and then link them with proper note file in-game, but that small bother is worth for the result.

Only one thing I didn't like about Chiptune Champion is the resolution scaling. You can play only in windowed mode or on scaled fullscreen with black borders around. Otherwise it's definitely nice indie game that brought me many years back when I was playing Guitar Hero III and wanted to crush my keyboard.

Disclaimer: My copy of Chiptune Champion was obtained for free - I won the game in a giveaway that might have been sponsored by the developer. This fact hasn't changed my opinion about the game (and the review) in any way.
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27 of 35 people (77%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
If you like Guitar Hero or Frets on Fire but are annoyed by extremely bad music choices in the case of Guitar Hero or extremely crummy Python-coding in the case of Frets on Fire this is your game.
Obligatory gameplay video:

Seriously though, it is great. :)
The timing windows are a lot more punishing (shorter) than in GH/FoF, but that should be an encourangment for you to buy it, because it doesn't suffer from the classical Guitar Hero problem where you can basically play any note that is in the bottom third of the screen without following any rythm.
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
Note: I originally posted this review as "not recommended" but immediately decided that isn't fair to the developers. The game, for whatever reason, gave me a horrible headache and had the room literally spinning for about 20 minutes, after an hour of gameplay. This issue doesn't seem to be widespread, but keep it in mind if you have any motion sickness issues with games. Text review continues below:

This is basically Chiptune Guitar Hero, played with your keyboard. The music is great, and the interface (while extremely limited) works well. The controls are customizable, but on default you're using 1-5 (1-4 on easy) for what would be the colored buttons on the guitar if you were playing GH. It took some getting used to, and I found it difficult to get back on track when I flubbed once, but I don't think the controls could be any better. With more playtime I'm sure it would feel 100% natural.

Unfortunately I won't be playing the game anymore, but if you aren't sensitive to visual issues like I discussed in the opening, then give the game a shot.
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22 of 32 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
Full disclosure: A review copy of the game was provided by the developer.

-Competent guitar hero clone
-40 songs
-You can import any song to make a custom track

-Default control scheme is awkward.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
I always wanted a Guitar Hero game on PC, but we got something even better. The level editor and workshop support is great. I play with a 360 Guitar Hero controller using Xpadder and it works flawlessly.

If you like Guitar Hero, get this game. Even better if you have a Guitar Hero controller.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
Rhythm games were always a guilty pleasure of mine. The genre regained something of a small resurge thanks to Crypt of the Necrodancer and Chiptune Champion looks to open a new year in style with some toe tapping melodies. Chiptune Champion is a challenging rhythm game with an interesting control concept and the ability to create and add your own chiptune songs.

The game plays like a retro version of Guitar Hero, the only difference is that you hold your keyboard like a weird keytar (a guitar keyboard) as you time the buttons to the rhythm of the music to rack up score. The whole presentation is bare-bones, but it gets the job done. Notes come from the top of the screen and the appropriate number key needs to be held while pressing the enter key on time, very similar to how Guitar Hero and Rock Band are played.

Games like this live and die on their music. Chiptune Champion comes with 40 ‘official songs’ from artist like MegaWolf77, 8BitHeros and Rymdkraft. They cover a broad range of different types to chiptune and the majority of them are pretty great songs. Each song comes with 3 different difficulty levels that add an additional challenge to make the game harder to master. Of course, games like this wouldn’t be complete without leaderboards to compete against the world. Players who score high enough can get featured on one of the leaderboards, weekly or all time. Only your highest score on a song counts, so no worries about a single person holding multiple spots on the leader board like in an old style arcade game.

One the best parts about this Chiptune Champion isn’t its Guitar Hero style gameplay, but the fact that you can also create your own songs and then share them across the internet. On top of the included 40 songs the game also features the Track Editor which allows players to create their very own chiptunes songs and share them on the Steam Workshop. The tutorial for the game links over to YouTube. According to the developer Blake Garner the tutorial was so long that he found video to be a more appropriate medium than a giant wall of text. The tutorial video is clear and easy to follow. Everything is explained very well, allowing you to start making music in a matter of minutes.

The graphics are simple but fun. They fit the game perfectly and work wonderfully with the 40+ songs in game. Despite all of the songs being chiptunes, there is a surprising amount of range to the music included in the game. Some songs are very poppy and catchy, while others seem like they fell straight out of Castlevania. This does a great job of preventing the game from becoming stale or the songs from becoming annoying over time.

Chiptune Champion strips away a lot of the rubbish that other games have. No gimmicks, no cumbersome cross genre game play. Just good old fashion tap along to the beat. It’s hard, sure, but that means that when you eventually manage to get through a song it feels all the better. It’s something that steam until now surprisingly has seemed to have lacked.

Overall, this is a really fun rhythm game with cheerful graphics and fun chiptunes that are guaranteed to trigger your nostalgia. With over 40 songs and latency adjustments to fit your device, this game is already a pretty good buy at $9.99, but the Track Editor is by far the biggest selling point to this game. The ability to easily create your own song and share it with players on the Steam Workshop is just amazing. I won’t at all be surprised to see this game stick around for a long time just for that aspect alone. If you are a fan of rhythm games, I definitely recommend checking out Chiptune Champion.
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16.7 hrs
Posted: September 15
If you like the chiptune genre, and you also like games such as Guitar Hero, I'd highly reccommend this game. I think my only issue would be the manual visual calibration.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: July 4
It's criminal that this doesn't just use a simple arrow key setup. StepMania fans steer clear imo.
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1.7 hrs
Posted: July 3
Love the music selection, just the game I needed that's similar to Guitar Hero/Rock Band or other rhythm games.

Though I've always had trouble fixing the audio calibration. I'm still having a bit of issues with it in this game, and the whole procedure of having to exit the game go settings then go back to the game then check if it worked is really annoying.

If there's a way to make it in a way that you can directly calibrate as you play that'd be great.
Other than that the game is 10/10 for me. Just what a chiptune/rhythm-game lover needs.
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0.9 hrs
Posted: June 30
Unfortunately I have just returned this game.
Chiptune Champion is indeed a different, colorful and pretty game, but for me, it was also very, very frustrating.

Tutorial: There is just text tutorial with pictures to learn how to play the game. For rookies like me, this didn't help much, and of course my first playthroughs were incredibly frustrating and no fun at all. The songs are long and fast, and the list is too big, so I have to skim through the whole list to find an easier song to train. I think it would be better to go from easy to hard instead of a random order. It would be better to have a playable tutorial to help.

Workshop: The workshop has very little songs to download, and still most of them are for intermediate/hardcore players. Installing them is troublesome (Every song you have to subscribe to them, then download the song from an external link (Or convert from youtube), put in a folder in your computer, open the game, go to the custom songs tab, click on the add song button (If I remember correctly), select the song you downloaded, then you have to say if you got the song from the workshop or if you created it yourself, then a list with all the songs you subcribed and you have to select the name of the one you're adding the file to the game, then you have to WRITE the name of the song AND the name of the author, and FINALLY you can play.
Also, not every creator put the link to the song in the workshop, so you have to find it somewhere else. But of course there are very good findings there (I personally recommend The Crystal Gems from Steven Universe, Over the Misty Mountains Cold from The Hobbit, and The Legend of Zelda main theme.)

Songs: The original songs are really cool... To listen. Playing them in rookie mode is no fun at all. The tabs sometimes doesn't fit the song and it's kinda annoying. And because of that the songs become too long and boring. If you're a intermediate/hardcore player, it may be more fun to play. I didn't even tried other levels because...

Controls: The controls are horrible. Just that.
The original setting is 12345, and this is actually more personal than a problem in the game per se, but for me this setting was terrible, so I had to change it in the settings. But like I said before, this is more personal, and at least the game has this option for you to change the controls as you like. But I hope there's a gamepad support in the future. I changed to Z, X, 1, 2 and 3 (NumPad) so I could play with both hands. But in any case, it was very hard to get used to the controls (Sometimes it wasn't very responsive either) and by the time I'm writing this review I was still doing really bad in this game, specially because the songs are very fast, there isn't enough time to press every button correctly if you're a beginner (Which is a thumbs up for the Workshop, songs that were optimized for the Rookie level had a slower speed).

In conclusion, for now I'm returning this game because it's very frustrating for me. But notice that I'm a beginner player, used to play using a gamepad, and looking for more known songs (But the original songs in the game are really good, so all the artists deserve a thumbs up! But it's easy to get lost playing them for the first/second time), so if you are an intermediate to hardcore player, you'll sure have fun with this game and everything it has to offer.
For beginners, I'm marking "Not recommended" because of the reasons above, but if you want to give it a try, go for it!! Always try! But I'd wait for when the price is cheapier.
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1.8 hrs
Posted: June 30
The game is very fun.
I like the "Tap Mode" for those who can't be ar$ed to strum, and the beatmap maker, while a bit too nerdy for me, is made very convenient for maximum construction speed.

I would suggest an "Easy Beat Making" mode, giving you ability to make beatmaps by listening to the song, tapping along to it, and then tweaking it later.
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32.6 hrs
Posted: June 18
If you can get a Guitar Hero controller working for this game, it becomes a great throwback to the days of PS2 rhythm gaming, with a chiptune twist. Also, online leaderboards and workshop support. This pretty much makes Chiptune Champion the best alternative to Guitar Hero on Steam.

However, it would be nice for the developers to add leaderboard support for Workshop songs, because there's only so much fun to be had with the leaderboards for the default songs.

Overall, a great rhythm game.
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Deejy Moon
12.7 hrs
Posted: June 15
A really great game if you are into top-down rhythm games and chiptunes. I'd recommend it to anyone wanting a quick and easy to get into alternative to GH for steam.
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4.6 hrs
Posted: June 9
Needs more songs and less of a gap between the quality of songs.
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god i fuckin love markiplier
0.6 hrs
Posted: June 5
Big ♥♥♥♥.
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6.6 hrs
Posted: June 1
Guitar hero on steam 10/10
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