Experience your music collection like never before with this intense music driven arcade shooter. Each of your songs will have its own unique ebb and flow based on the music.
User reviews:
Recent:
Very Positive (55 reviews) - 87% of the 55 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Overwhelmingly Positive (5,200 reviews) - 95% of the 5,200 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 15, 2010

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Includes 4 items: Beat Hazard, Beat Hazard - Shadow Operations Unit, Beat Hazard Ultra, Beat Hazard – iTunes & m4a file support

 

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Workshop: Shadow Operations DLC is required create and access workshop content

Welcome to a new experience in gameplay mechanics: Beat Hazard Gameplay Powered by YOUR Music!

Experience your music collection like never before with this intense music driven arcade shooter. Each of your songs will have its own unique ebb and flow based on the music.

Power up your spaceship and watch as the music boosts your firepower. Unleash hell on the enemy ships when you max out with weapon pickups!

Beat Hazard seamlessly mixes the love of gaming and music. Together they become greater than the sum of their parts.

  • Unique music driven gameplay
  • Gameplay possibilities as vast as your music collection
  • Can you last a whole album in Survival Mode?
  • Go Head to Head in local 2 player mode
  • Or play local 2 player Co-op
  • 25 Steam achievements
  • Compete against friends on Steam leader boards
  • Get real time updates via the in game News System
  • Take on huge boss ships
  • Power up and unleash the deadly Beat Hazard weapon
  • Rank up to an Elite rated pilot and beyond (Can you survive Suicidal mode?)
  • Includes a kicking rock album to get you started
  • File types supported: mp3/wav/aiff/ogg/mwa/flac
  • iTunes, aac, mp4 and m4a support via a download for a small fee (to cover patented decoder licensing costs)
  • LastFM Scrobble support
  • Now also support Internet Radio in all modes, including online

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/Win 7
    • Processor: 2.0GHz processor
    • Memory: 512+MB of RAM
    • Hard Drive: 40+MB of free hard drive space
    • Graphics: 256MB of video memory
    • Sound: DirectX-compatible sound
    • DirectX®: 9 or later
    • OS: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
    • Processor: Intel
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 250mb HD space
    • OS: Ubuntu Linux 12.04 LTS or equivalent
    • Processor: x86 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 250mb HD space
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Recent:
Very Positive (55 reviews)
Overall:
Overwhelmingly Positive (5,200 reviews)
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cajack6256
( 19.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
This game is buitifull in its simplicity and yet delivers more action then many shoot em up games I have played. The graphics are fancy yet simple and it is a easy game to start and a hard game to master
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Lazerhawk
( 5.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
There's music, and there's gaming


And then there's Beat Hazard
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cyber thunder cider
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
worst game i have ever played
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ѠhiteѠolf
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
bought audio surf years ago and loved it so went looking for more games that use your music when playing found beat hazard loved it just as much would recommend again 10/10
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jarcher1991
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
An unbelievable way to enjoy your music. A very fun game in it's own right, however this title combines the twin-stick shooter feel with intense particle effects pulsing to your favorite music - which in essence become the game's levels. I know I'll be playing this game for years to come, enjoying some "Dragula," and other Rock/Metal titles in a whole new light.
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Razor Bonez
( 13.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
A tonne of fun!!

It was really easy learning the controls. It is good for low spec computers or laptops.
I like that you can even put or create your own ship to play with.
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Neowulf
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
Classic arcade Asteroid-type shooter. Nothing special, you've seen it all after an hour or two playing. Gamepad recommended.
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๖CHESHIRES͡H̶R̴̷O̶OM
( 11.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 11
Twin stick shooter reminiscent of Geometry Wars & Asteroids, fueled by your own music library. Visuals bloom and excite :D
Also recommended by Psychonautic Gaming Collective
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Just finished a "Survival" mode.

As a healthy 16 year old male, I can assure you that after a game of survival that is 51 minutes long, with loud dubstep and visual intensity at 100%, this game will make you feel like a 55 year old, overweight, brain dead, man with a Zweihander up his ♥♥♥.

Overall it's a really good game, Shadow Ops are highly recommended to keep the game interesting, although it is not necessary as long as you have some good music to listen to.

IMPORTANT: DO NOT PLAY IF YOU CANNOT HANDLE INTENSE FLASHING LIGHTS, YOU WILL BE SICK, AND YOU WILL *NOT* HAVE A GOOD TIME.



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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
you aint beatin' this game for its ♥♥♥♥ing awesomeness, never.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
There's music, and there's gaming


And then there's Beat Hazard
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
★★★★☆
Bullet-hell fireworks, but better, and synced to your music
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
317 of 363 people (87%) found this review helpful
268 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
NOW I CAN PLAY MY WEEABOO MUSIC AND BURN MY RETINAS AT THE SAME TIME
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119 of 123 people (97%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
33.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 23, 2014
Enjoy musical immersion like no other as your favorite artists attempt to murder you.

Beat Hazard is one of the better bullet hell space shooters I've played, with fluid controls that really need no explanation. Jumping right in, you'll probably die horribly right out of the gate, but the game has a perk and progression feature that allows you to enhance your abilities as you go along.

There are also in-game power-ups, which enhance the ever-important score multiplier, upgrade your weapons, and give you lovely bombs to destroy entire screens of swarming enemy ships. There's even a power-up that will increase the volume of the music you select.

And that, the music, is the real draw of games like this, that depends on your personal investment with your music library to add an additional level of investment on the part of the player. While this may feel somewhat emotionally manipulative at times, I'm not going to knock the game for tricking me into enjoying it.

Levels seem to match up to the music you're playing if you squint a bit. There's also a photosensitive seizure warning included at the start of the game, and with all the bright flashing colors and neon streaks of light firing everywhere, that's an appropriate warning. The visuals themselves may not be to your personal taste, though they're executed well, with a decent variety of different enemy types to shoot down.

Ultimately, Beat Hazard fulfills a need I didn't even know I had; the need to murder waves of enemies while Sara Bareilles croons at me to say I'm sorry for what I've done. I'm sorry, okay? I'm so sorry. Please stop sending these giant worm monsters after me.
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161 of 183 people (88%) found this review helpful
162 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
Any game with a seizure warning is good in my book.
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488 of 635 people (77%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 11, 2014
Game froze while my controller was vibrating. It never stopped vibrating.
10/10.
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112 of 124 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2013
One of the most overdosed games my eyes have ever melted on. Pretty fun if you really enjoy your music but it is pretty tiring with all those pixel flashes every milisecond.

If you can handle it you'll get a kick out of it.
Epilepsy/10
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106 of 124 people (85%) found this review helpful
48 people found this review funny
Recommended
28.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
Turning your plain boring playlist into a visual explosion that will burn your eyes
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