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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Very Positive (159 reviews) - 84% of the 159 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 8, 2016

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March 3

Update #4 - Song Previews and Improved Options

Hey everyone,

I have a bunch of new things for you in this update.

- Clicking on a song in the list now plays a preview of the audio.
- The options menu has been redesigned as it was becoming cluttered. It is now split into four sections - display, audio, gameplay and controls.
- Added an option in fullscreen mode to change the black borders to be colourful and more attractive.
- Added an option to turn off the sounds that are played when you miss a note or make a mistake.
- Added an option to reset your controls to the default.
- Fixed a bug where the taskbar icon would disappear.

Let me know what you think!


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January 21

Update #3 - 100% Tracking and Lefty Flip

Hey everyone,

This new update includes two new features.

The game now keeps track of which songs you have hit 100% of notes on and displays '100%' next to them.

There is also a left-handed mode in which the note chart is flipped, like other games.

Let me know what you think!


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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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Very Positive (159 reviews)
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( 30.0 hrs on record )
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 on record )
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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( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 9
Needs more songs and less of a gap between the quality of songs.
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weeding smokers
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5
Big ♥♥♥♥.
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( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 1
Guitar hero on steam 10/10
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( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
This game is not a champion.

Chiptune Champion has great chiptune music. It presents a five button rhythm game, and unfortunately kneecaps itself immediately, by having easy mode be only a four button game.

Rhythm games are always too easy on easy mod. As an experienced rythm gamer, I naturally want to double tap, and that's not a part of easy mode. Like in all rhythm games, easy mode is just too easy: it's not any fun! And when you can't even practice using five buttons, it means that there's no enty point into the real game.

Medium difficulty level, is just that. There is no "easy" song, to practice five notes on. With no way to turn off the life meter--that I can see--there is literally no way to practice five button mode. You actually have to go into, frankly a pretty difficult song, everytime, and grind out 45 second practice sessions until you make it through a whole song.

In my view, that is a critical mistake. Only a hardcore player will do that, and I expect that a hundred previous reviews of this game, are by hardcore players.

Yes, if you can play an entire five button song: it is fun!!! The visuals are great, and the music is fantastic! And there's a great number of songs, too! But unless you're already a hardcore rhythm game fanatic, then this game does not offer a learning curve that lets you have fun on the way to reaching that level.

Easy mode is too easy! And without some genuine "beginner five button stages," the experience is not fun, unless you're willing to put in the practice.

The music is really great. That works against this game, because being unable to hear ->any song<- to completion, is just unsatisfying. Yes, it's fun, if you can get there: and I believe a lot of players will not be willing to make that journey. And until they do, the game is not fun. I have a pretty good amount of practice, so I can learn this game and make it through a five button song, but it wasn't fun to reach that level. Without "fun" being easily reachable by many players, I do not think this is a game I can recommend for most players. I like the difficulty of these songs--as an experienced rhythm game player--but there needs to be some easier points of entry for new players; otherwise I'm recommending many people have a not-fun experience.

Can I recommend it to hardcore rhythm game fans: yes, absolutely, and I encourage you to play it.

Can I recommend it to beginner players -> or to intermediary players, of any type!! <- No. I can't. Easy mode is not well enough made to be fun. And there is no way to practice five button mode, so players can become better by practicing a song in a relaxed way. It's not a fun game for these players.

Can I recommend this game? No.
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( 8.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24

btw this game is great
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Alessio Scarlet
( 20.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
A nice rythm game.
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Annoying Dog
( 19.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
Overall, the game is really fun. Even if you don't have a wired keyboard and have a laptop like I do, there's still tap mode. What's better is that you can download custom songs / tracks to play! The developers listen to problems and such, so it's nice to know they care.
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You're Fired
( 12.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 9
I will get straight to the point. The game is very simplistic, but contains an incredible amount of potential for different situations.

Chiptune Champion creates such an interactive situation for itself where players can play along to 8-bit tracks designed for the game, it gives a gameplay experience that can leave players joyful, energetic, and humored. The tracks are very well-designed, and are so catchy that you'll want to replay quite a lot of them in order to get better high scores. Players will always feel challenged, and creates a situation that can motivate players to take on that challenge.

Among this is a great amount of customization, with the ability to download custom songs, or to make your own with quite a level of ease. If you are to grow bored of the songs that come with the game, or require a change of scenery, you can always search the workshop for the game and find custom songs created by other people. A downside to this, however, is that since this game is relatively new, not many songs have been created, and there isn't much of a dedicated community for this game. Hopefully in time that changes.

My only main criticism for this game is the bright backgrounds of the game. Playing this game for long periods of time can and will leave you nauseated and dizzy, and you are required to take frequent breaks from the game if you suffer from these effects, and if you're epileptic, it can cause some massive issues. I believe that there is a way to turn it off, but the only option is to turn the background into a solid black color, which can be quite demotivation, and takes away from the environment the game is trying to create.

That being said, I would still highly recommend this game if you have played StepMania, Guitar Hero, Rock Band, or DDR in the past, and are a fan of in any variety.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
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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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
Needs more songs and less of a gap between the quality of songs.
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46 of 53 people (87%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
3.2 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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35 of 42 people (83%) 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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24 of 25 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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28 of 35 people (80%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
8.5 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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22 of 26 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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16 of 17 people (94%) 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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15 of 17 people (88%) 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 31 people (71%) 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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