Block the beats! Audioshield puts you at the point of impact for every hit in your songs. Block incoming orbs with your shields and feel the music. Works with any song file, plus online music streaming and Song of the Day.
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Very Positive (95 reviews) - 90% of the 95 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Release Date: Apr 5, 2016

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May 27

Updated - Song of the Day History

-- In the song browser, selecting Songs of the Day now shows a history so you can easily play previously featured music

-- Fixed a bug that could cause orb collisions to stop working. This bug also put skin error text on the desktop window.

-- Fixed logo not fading in correctly on desktop window

-- Fixed UI panels no longer rotating into place

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May 21

Updated - Fixed startup crash

The startup crash that some players have been running into is now fixed. Thanks for the reports!

Other changes:
-Fixed headset model sometimes showing where a controller should be
-Fixed VR keyboard coming up when entering text with mouse/keyboard
-Added bloom effect to the desktop window, to better match the in-game look

Older changes:
-Fixed memory leak that would cause a crash after playing long enough (fixed April 18th)

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About This Game

"AudioShield -- a rhythm game -- is HTC Vive's killer app" (Jeff Grubb, VentureBeat)

"Fighting Music in VR. This is the coolest sh** ever." (Jericho)

"Let's punch the hell out of music in virtual reality with Audioshield" (Polygon)

"Audioshield found some neuroreceptor in the deepest cavern of my brain—one that can only be stimulated by an incredible combination of sight, sound, and motion—and flooded it with a sensation that has left me reeling for days." (Ars Technica)

Experience your entire music collection in VR. Audioshield puts you at the point of impact for every hit in your music. Beats glide in slowly for mellow parts of songs, then ramp up for intense parts of songs with cross-body, double-shield, and high-altitude hits.

Audioshield uses an advanced version of Audiosurf 2's music analysis system to sync with any song from your collection - and also with online streaming from Soundcloud.

Every song has its own online leaderboard. Audioshield also supports local leaderboards to easily compete with friends during look-at-my-awesome-new-VR-system parties.

"VR Missile Command inside a neon rave, set to your own music." (PC Gamer)

"The physicality of standing in place to fend off incoming orbs feels powerful" (IGN)

"Audioshield: Feels like music-melee Missile Command-and we love it" (Ars Technica)

"...felt like we were being pulled into a futuristic trance-like state with sparks of orange and blue splattering about" (Maximum PC)

"...your music library comes to life as a fully immersive gaming experience" (UploadVR)

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 SP1 or newer
    • Processor: Intel® i5-4590 / AMD FX 8350 equivalent or greater
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 970 / AMD Radeon™ R9 290 equivalent or greater
    • Storage: 900 MB available space
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Very Positive (95 reviews)
Very Positive (1,024 reviews)
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11.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
Awesome game! My wife who has never had any interest in video games loves it. It's one of my most played VR games.
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1.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Fun game to come back to over and over for small game session. A must have for Vive owners.
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23.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
I like to call this White Boy Dance Trainer. Sick of your old white boy moves? Your sprinkler move not getting them wet? Baconator not getting the sizzle you want? Running man causing all the gals to run away? Well if you feel the need to be a "Jerk" because you have no rhythm and run away to find yourself joining the carnival and making it big inventing glasses handlebars then this is the game for you! Immerse yourself in the game until you come out a new man. Then you can go to your next block party with confidence! Pull out your best Audioshield AC/DC Thunderstruck moves and watch all the girls say that you are pretty fly. For a white guy.
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14.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
This is a great game! I have to play a song or two (or twenty) every time I put on the Vive. I've been re-discovering songs I haven't thought about in ages. I love that I can play any song in my collection and the vast majority work great. Put on a set of wrist weights and you've got a decent workout. It's been well worth the price.
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4.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Amazing game. Very physical and fun. Great way to enjoy new and unfamiliar music along with your favorite tunes. A must-own title for the VIVE!
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1.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
I can see myself playing this a lot. The concept is simple but effective and as long as I can finding music I enjoy this is an entertaining way to listen to it
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0.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
This game is a great addition to the "Audio" franchise.
It's extremely responsive and is very user friendly.

The only complaint I have is that the on-screen buttons where you select songs on your computer are a little slim so you may hit another folder that isn't the destination you were wanting.
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35.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
It is great and highly addictive. Very popular with non gamers as well so it is a good title to demo VR to new people.
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1.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
Wow! I usually don't spend much time on games other than shooters but audioshield is actually brilliant. I got into it very quickly and had great fun rocking to the beat of Iron Man by Black Sabbath whilst smacking the blue and orange orbs coming towards me. The iconic sustained notes of the song came in the form of long chains of orbs and I felt awesome sweeping my arm out along them during the note.

The one problem I have about this game is that I get very, very sweaty - but in reality, that just means I'm getting a lot of exercise... so it's really not that big of a con!
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32.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
Get the workout mod for this game!! (google "audioshield + rhythm + workout"). The first result is a post from reddit with very detailed instructions on how to install it. My favorite is replacing the hard difficulty with "Workout 2 mod". I can play the more difficult mods but workout 2 goes extremely well to the beat of songs and it moves at a nice smooth pace.

Note: not all songs go well to the algorithm that audioshield uses. Download a ton of music, try them once and sort your music into a good/bad folder. I've done this with a huge library of music and complied an extremely fun list of songs.

Hopefully the devs add more stages and shields in a future patch.

This is by far my favorite game for the vive. Don't hesitate to buy this one!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
The game is so much fun! It is worth the 20 euros you pay no questions asked. There is one problem though. You get pretty good at the game very fast. I know many will see this as a big flaw. I see it only as a minor flaw though... I can have fun even if i hit every single note on the hardest difficulty. It would be nice if the developer added more features and harder difficulties though
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
I'm comparing this game / VR experince in contrast to others I have had, such as Minecraft in VR and The Lab. In comparison, the content of this VR experience is light for $20. The price is acceptable ONLY because the VR game market is so thin, and filled with so many pitfalls, that this game stands out as somewhat quality in comparison. That's not really a vote in the plus column for this game as it is a sigh of disappoint for the current state of VR as of writing this review, but there it is...

In my opinion, Audioshield is more striking just above what I'd consier a minimum bar of quality. A more fair price point for this game, based on it's mechanics and level of depth, would be about $5. If this game wasn't VR, and was a trypical "flat" game, you'd probably be some free bowser based game with a lot more depth. Just looking at the game from a mechanic standpoint, you will find it has trouble syncing with a lot of songs, and it's missing some cool obvious features such as letting users create their own modified song syncs to share with friends, etc.

The graphics are "ok", not great, definatley not polished like The Lab. There are only two scenes to listen / interact music with, when there could easily be more. There's no kind of actual progression, no co-op, it's really just a bare bones experince. In my time with the game, it also crahed often, sometimes forcing me to restart SteamVR.

Still, given the rough state of many VR titles, I'm going to thumb this game up. With all the negatives above, it is still immersive and fun. When you load up one your personal favorite music scores, and you get into that virutal world that doens't seem at all that interesting in flat videos on the store poge, you'll find a TOTALLY different world and expereince in VR. Then kicks in the highs and lows of yoru favorite song, and honestly, you could be in for a surprisingly emotional experience. It's prtobably just the music of your favorite track thundering in the background ...but either way, it's about that time you might think this game was maybe actually worth the $20.

It's also worth mentionging this is the kind of game tha draws in non-gamers, such as your mother in-law, etc. Just load up their favroite song, and watch them be wow'd to the immersion of VR. The clear excersize / activity you have to extert playing the game is also a fairly good ground for buying it, just for health. For these reasons, this game really is a worthwhile purchase even at $20. If you can get a gooc sale, pick it up absolutely.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
27.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
I lost 12 pounds in 4 weeks with these easy and simple steps!:

1. Purchase Audioshield (Vive not included).
2. Play Audioshield until you've mastered the hardest difficulty.
3. "Screw this, I'm getting a modded difficulty, I can totally handle it."
4. Cry in a corner after spectacularly failing the modded difficulty.
5. Make up an excuse to not use modded difficulties. "This isn't an official difficulty, bleh."
6. Play Audioshield while knowing you'll never be anything like a DDR professional, you pathetic pleb.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
I love the concept of Audio shield. I think it is ambitious, and has great potential. Before buying my vive, I greatly anticipated playing this title. It was one of my first purchases of vive software. My reference point is that of a musician. I'm a professional violinist, orchestra director and educator. Music is my life, and what I do for a living.

I quickly have become disilutioned with this title, for one main reason. I feel that the "punches and pulses" should be curated for the best rhythm punching experience possible, but they are not. From what I have read and experienced by playing, the punching of beats is generated randomly.

This makes for an often very bizzarre experience, that does not line up with the music very well.

I wish the developers of Audioshield would add a method for the community to custom make punches (Like the Bethesda community), or have the developers create a library of curated songs, the game is just not worth spending time with.

To recap:

The pros:
Great concept (if it worked)
Awesome visual effects
Cool left and right shields, feel great and look awesome

The cons:
-Most or all of the music is OUT OFSYNC with the beat puching
-Punching is generated randomly
-There is not currently a way for the community to create custom beat puches and movements

I would be one of the first people creating beats for the game, I'm sure the game would get much more popularity if the community could have a creative avenue with content generation for the game.

Until these issues are addressed, I suggest to save your money and wait for the updates.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
It's hard to think how a game with just 2 colors can be so immersive or hard as audioshield. Comparing it to Audiosurf I feel the ambient of Audiosurf is better. It has more colors and a more "beat" to it, but Audioshield is still amazing in its own way. There is something different when jumping from mouse movements to actual shields.

In the end, I really recommend it if you enjoy beat games.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
Love it! The videos and pics do not do this game justice. So much fun.
I almost didn’t buy this because it looked a bit naff in the videos, however, I am so glad I did. It’s like a cross between Guitar Hero and Audiosurf, but for VR. One of the things you can’t appreciate from the video is how cool it looks to have the coloured balls coming at you and how awesome it feels to pop them and get in a flow. Really easy to play, only takes 2 or 3 goes to really get in to it and then it becomes one of the best VR arcade style games out at the moment.
As always with music based games, it’s great to be able to play them to your own music too, though the tracks that appear in the game are awesome and suit the game anyway.
If you have every enjoyed a music game, give this a go and do not be put off by the videos, it’s way better than that.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
I love this game!
Both myself and my parents love the game! I can play it all day long!

A lot of songs available
Very good means of exercising
Good fun to play with friends/ family for best score

Difficulties changes the density of the notes, but lack of variations
The song selection interface should be more intrinsive,
More shield/ room options would be better
May get a bit bored after hours of gameplay due to lack of variation.

Can you add some special skills/ patterns into the gameplay?
Score Multiplier?
More Shield/ room option?
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
Very good, One of those quick pick up and play games, Gets a bit sweaty!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
So Awesome to see the music come towards you it makes the music seem much more engaging and it really does make you get involved in the music thats all i have to say but i highly recommend it. Currently at the time of wrighting this it is my favourite VR Game.
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