Alphabeats remixes spelling into a fast-paced action challenge, set to pulse-pounding tracks from exciting electronic artists. It's words and music, mashed up. Play custom songs from your hard drive, or thrill to included tracks by Disasterpeace, Big Giant Circles, and more.
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Release Date: Mar 7, 2016

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About This Game

Alphabeats is an action mashup of words and music. Rather than being a rhythm game, it's an evolving word puzzle that moves to the music, at speeds from "tranced out" to "twitch action nightmare."


1. Choose a song. Letters will fall to the beat.
2. Catch letters to make words, and deposit them to procure points.
3. Concoct bounteous magniloquent lexemes until the end of the song.


  • Twenty tracks – Featuring artists including Disasterpeace and Big Giant Circles.
  • Custom songs – Listen to tunes in a whole new way. Turn any music file into a visualization to captivate your dexterity and intellect.
  • Leaderboards – Compete with your friends, or ascend international echelons. Will you go for a high score, or construct a single legendary word?
  • Amplify your vocabulary – Instantly look up any word you spell, and gain bonuses for spelling words of the day (hand-curated for fun and obscurity).
  • Three difficulty modes – Enjoy a Zen chillout on Normal mode, or add limited lives to form a lexical bullet hell on Spellfire difficulty.


Q: Isn't this a mobile port? I have prepared a fusillade of rage pending your response.
A: The original Alphabeats was on mobile, but we've put a lot of effort into making this edition appropriately superior. To start, all traces of DLC and IAP have vanished. We've added custom songs (not possible on mobile). Controls can switch seamlessly between controller, mouse, keyboard, or any combination thereof, all reconfigurable. We've refined the UI to work better with larger screens, and added important usability options. But, of course, the most significant improvement is you, the noble (PC/Mac/Linux) gamer, who will shatter our fair game's records with aplomb and sophistication. To celebrate the preeminence of our new platform, there is no longer a "Casual" mode in Alphabeats. It has been replaced by "Normal" mode.

Q: How do the custom songs work?
A: Just select "Custom Song" from the song select wheel, then load in a file from your computer. You can then select a visual theme and difficulty level. All versions support .wav, .mp3, and .ogg files. Windows and OSX also support .m4a files. It doesn't even have to be a song; you could play a podcast, or the resting heartbeat of your pet.

Q: Has this game been tested for photosensitive effects?
A: Regrettably, I've been unable to test it thus far. The game's aesthetics entail some high contrast and occasional flashing lights, and the trailer should give a true indication of their style and pace. The options screen offers a low-contrast mode that may ameliorate these conditions for some individuals.

Q: This looks hard, any tips for beginners?
A: Start with lower-difficulty songs, and consider using the auto-deposit mode (in Options). Gradually work your way up to longer words, until you feel like you can get more points by depositing the words yourself. Try experimenting with different control schemes – my favorite is mouse and keyboard, using right-click to deposit. You'll be spelling out high-value arcane and Lovecraftian words in no time!

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP SP2
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • OS: OS X 10.8
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or Steam OS
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
Alphabeats is a combined word and rhythm game that was originally released as free game with pay-to-play levels on mobile platforms but was well reworked for PC, there is practically no trace of being a mobile game in the past.

You control a pointer that can horizontally move and collect letters from the board to form a word; those letters appear concurrently with the song rhythm. You have to make the best words you can, leading you to aim for the highest score (leaderboards are synchronised online). That might sound pretty easy but beware, as the song's speed gets higher and as you aim for longer words, you'll also have to keep in mind that you have to dodge the letters you don't want to use in a word which you plan to put together.

There are twenty levels (songs), all in electronic music genre. I'm not a music expert, but my wild genre guess would say to expect something between trance and dubstep. But even if you hate those music genres, you can still play your own songs! Though I feel this great function shares the same problem with all other rhythm games - the software can't recognize the beats from custom songs perfectly.

There are three difficulty levels, two aimed at casual players with low difficulty, and the third, spellfire difficulty, is aimed towards those who seek true word and rhythm challenge, as you'll have limited amount of lives, so you can't afford to do many mistakes.

While you'll be putting words together, there are three abilites that can help you once for each level. You can double up the points for the word you make next time (great for those who want to get as big as they can), you can destroy all the letters on the board and you can reduce the size of your word to one letter (that may sound like a nonsense but there's a column for every letter otherwise, so as you have bigger word, you also take more space from the board).

Alphabeats has a nice and original idea for casual genre mashup, good vocabulary and nice soundtrack. The game design is thought out pretty well and there isn't any element that would feel amateurish. The first Rad Dragon's Steam game is worth recommending.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
After playing Alphabeats for 5 minutes, I have officially learned that my vocabulary is very small, and that trying to spell while listening to Adele is not a good combo. 10/10 would cry and spell again.


It's not a bad game by any means; however, I do think it would be cool to add dictionaries so to speak, such as Steam workshop support so you can create and play custom dictionaries. The turnoff on this game for me is that there is only one dictionary, and so it's hard to actually guess what word the game is asking you to spell. However, if you're very wordy, you won't find any difficulty jumping right into this game (you don't actually have to follow the game's reccomendations, you just can't accidentally gather a letter that isn't going to spell a word). I do love that it works with any MP3 file, and the in-game songs aren't bad as well.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
Alphabeats: Master Edition:

Do you have rhythm in your blood? Do you have good reflexes? Are you good at spelling? Well, you had better have these qualities in abundance, because you are up for a challenge!

Alphabeats: Master Edition is a combination of a spelling / rhythm (music) game. As you launch the game, you will be presented with a comprehensive menu. In the middle of the screen you will be able to select from over 20 tracks to play – or you can upload your own favourite tracks. Also, you will have an option at the top “How to Play” (which is a good tutorial), an online leader board and the words you manage to spell correctly (the longest too).

At first you have to choose a song; it will be a good idea to begin with a slow tune to really get the feel of the game. On the screen you will see 12 vertical lines and the letters will descend from there. At the bottom of these lines, you will control a pointer. The pointer can only move horizontally in order to catch the letter and spell a word, but also to avoid the letters you don’t want. Let me tell you, it will get tricky when you reach a five or six-letter word, even on a slow tune. The length of the songs can vary from two to four minutes and you have to score the maximum number of points within that time. There are three power ups available per song: Double the points – If you managed to spell a rare or a long word click on this power up to double the points (I used this on the word “♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥” and scored 4000 points, not bad for a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥) – Shrink – this one will shrink your current longest word on your pointer, so you can try to make a longer one – Bomb – when you activate the bomb all letters on the vertical lines will disappear. Remember, you can only use one of each per song. Now that you a master of Alphabeat, get a song with a little bit more rhythm. . . Could I suggest Techno?! The faster the rhythm, the faster the letter will descend, and it will be a challenge to spell a long word. Hold on, all of that on the normal difficulty! You could give it a go on the tricky or spellfire difficulties. In the spellfire difficulty, you make three mistakes and its game over!

You can use either the keyboard or a gamepad for controls but I would recommend the gamepad as I find it easier myself. Great soundtrack with a good varieties of tunes.


- Great soundtrack
- Ability to load your own tunes
- Three level of difficulties
- Fun gameplay & re-playability
- Achievements


- Can be frustrating on the higher difficulty
- No trading cards

Alphabeats: Master Edition combines is a really fun game to play and it will give you plenty of re-playability, especially with the option of loading your own track into the game.


Key provided by developer/publisher for review purposes. Any opinions expressed are entirely my own!


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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: March 7
I have played this game on iOS, and I have played it on PC.

Both versions, iOS and PC/Mac, run very fluidly. I have never experienced either crash, and the controls are very intuitve.

Alphabeats is a great game to play when you have some time to kill. You can use your own music to play the game, and it also helps you figure out just how good your own vocabulary is. You can even have contests to see who has faster reflexes and thinking.

10/10 would recommend.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 29

Combining the joy of spelling with custom sound tracks turns out to be a game with one too many mechanics fighting for the player's focus.

The music's effect on the letters is minimal making it more of a distraction than an additive feature. Building words is incredibly difficult due to the lack of foresight of incoming letters combined with limited ways to deal with garbage letters breaking inprogress words.
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4 of 12 people (33%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
How is "Pluto" not a word?
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0.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
A very hard game. Especially for me as someone who doesn't speak english as a native language.

I can see this game becoming popular and maybe even really competitive if it just got the right kind of advertisement through Youtube, etc...

But instead of playing it competitively you can also just play it when scrabble is either too standard, you find no partner or you are sick of waiting for your online opponent to play back.

The only thing is that even with my small vocabulary I already found that some words are not available, apart from the standard curse words. e.g: English as a word, didn't work...
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