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 (53 reviews) - 86% of the 53 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (5,089 reviews) - 95% of the 5,089 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 15, 2010

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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 (53 reviews)
Overall:
Overwhelmingly Positive (5,089 reviews)
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Scrumplex
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Very nice game.
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gette
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
better visuals than windows movie maker
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Desert Fox
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Epilepsy simulator 2016. 10/10
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H3xx[giving up]
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Beat Hazard is a very cool arcade game based off of the older game "Asteroids" but there is one very good reason why I do not recommend this game.

In terms of graphics, performance, gameplay, and the DLC's such as "Shadow Operations Unit", the game is great. However, the one major flaw that gives me reason to not recommend this game is due to the repetition in the gameplay.

When I first got Beat Hazard, it was a very fun game. I spent a bit of time on it, leveled up a lot, and a few days later I bought the Shadow Operations Unit DLC. Now, a month or two after I initially downloaded Beat Hazard, I never open the game anymore because it plainly becomes boring-- the gameplay is always the same: shoot and survive. Yes, there's goals such as those with the Shadow Operations Unit, but that doesn't change how repetitive the gameplay gets after a very short time. The gameplay is designed well, but it needs more variety, options, gamemodes and so on to prevent it from getting old as quick as it did for me.

I personally find the game very boring now, due to how incredibly repetitive this game is. In my opinion, the $9.99 I spent on it was not well spent, and unfortunately due to my 3.7 hours on record I am unable to refund the game. If the developer were to add more gamemodes and variety to the gameplay so it isn't the same old thing, I would love to get back into this game again. I could also settle for a lower price assuming the repetition in the gameplay does not change. But until any of that happens, I probably won't be spending much if any time on Beat Hazard.

Thanks for reading my review and I hope any possible viewers take it into consideration before purchasing this game.

Ciao!
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tylersf22
( 8.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Great fun simple game, with awesome visuals.
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Weed Master
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Better than Audiosurf imo.
P.s: it was as if my eyes were on drugs.
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Blazingfire
( 7.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
Woah! Pure eyegasm! I do not reccomend to play this game if you have sezure attacks.

But! I reccomend to play this game with tubstep songs ;)
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Necromancy for your health
( 22.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
Destroy 1000s of enemies to the rhythm and ferocity of the best metal songs of all time! Or, you can kill spaceships to whatever crap you like to listen to.
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Novichok™
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
ЭПИЛЕПСИЯ ОВЕР ТУ ХАНДРЕД ЭНД ТВЕНТИ ЕЙТ ПЕРСЕНТ (Эпилептикам не играть)
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Freeman1255
( 10.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 19
This game reminds me of twin stick shooters (think of games like Total Carnage or Geometry Wars) but implements the aspect of being powered by your music.In short, imagine if Audiosurf and Geometry wars had a baby.

This game not only offers DLC that actually expands the game (offering the use of itunes tracks as well as extra challenges) but has plenty of replay value, a nice balance of challenge (difficulty ranges based on mode, intial difficulty and the song used) and very high replay value.

To ice the cake it's fun to just shoot away at junky asteroids and alien aircraft while listening to (in the context of music I use) video game OST. so this game is a game that is deffinately worth a buy.
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Foster
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 19
I had a seisure.



then i refunded the game
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Ben
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
It's basically just a modern twist on an old-school arcade shooter. Things will fly at you from all directions - blow them up before they destroy you. The innovative part is that you play levels backed by your personal music collection and (your) music affects the gameplay.

A total blast, easy to pick up and fun.
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Nulano
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 14
I can't stop seeing all the flashing before my eyes.

Half an hour after actually playing the game.
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raidyl828
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 13
dwsawdsawdsawdsawdsawdsadw
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Mad Miss Medic
( 35.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 13
I have spent way too much time on this game, and I just keep playing. It's addictive and difficult, and I love the flashy visuals and over the top nature of Beat Hazard. Plus, I've always loved games where you can import your own music! I would definitely reccommend this game (as long as you dont have epilepsy! You can turn the visual intensity down, but just be careful)
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Matrix
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 10
If you want to get blind soon - this game is for you.
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kaappi
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 8
Meh. Epilepsy with your choice of a background music, that's about it.
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Lunya
( 28.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 7
Made my music library alive and enjoyable again.
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Edtron
( 11.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 5
Beat Hazard
Pure eyegasm!

Pros:
Great DLC!
Amazing visuals!
Diverse game modes.
Easy 100% achievements.
Shoot 'em up powered by your own music.

Cons:
Can strain eyes.
Multiplayer isn't active.

Overall Rating: 9/10
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
Beat Hazard
Pure eyegasm!

Pros:
Great DLC!
Amazing visuals!
Diverse game modes.
Easy 100% achievements.
Shoot 'em up powered by your own music.

Cons:
Can strain eyes.
Multiplayer isn't active.

Overall Rating: 9/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
It's basically just a modern twist on an old-school arcade shooter. Things will fly at you from all directions - blow them up before they destroy you. The innovative part is that you play levels backed by your personal music collection and (your) music affects the gameplay.

A total blast, easy to pick up and fun.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
This game reminds me of twin stick shooters (think of games like Total Carnage or Geometry Wars) but implements the aspect of being powered by your music.In short, imagine if Audiosurf and Geometry wars had a baby.

This game not only offers DLC that actually expands the game (offering the use of itunes tracks as well as extra challenges) but has plenty of replay value, a nice balance of challenge (difficulty ranges based on mode, intial difficulty and the song used) and very high replay value.

To ice the cake it's fun to just shoot away at junky asteroids and alien aircraft while listening to (in the context of music I use) video game OST. so this game is a game that is deffinately worth a buy.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
35.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
I have spent way too much time on this game, and I just keep playing. It's addictive and difficult, and I love the flashy visuals and over the top nature of Beat Hazard. Plus, I've always loved games where you can import your own music! I would definitely reccommend this game (as long as you dont have epilepsy! You can turn the visual intensity down, but just be careful)
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
Beat Hazard is a very cool arcade game based off of the older game "Asteroids" but there is one very good reason why I do not recommend this game.

In terms of graphics, performance, gameplay, and the DLC's such as "Shadow Operations Unit", the game is great. However, the one major flaw that gives me reason to not recommend this game is due to the repetition in the gameplay.

When I first got Beat Hazard, it was a very fun game. I spent a bit of time on it, leveled up a lot, and a few days later I bought the Shadow Operations Unit DLC. Now, a month or two after I initially downloaded Beat Hazard, I never open the game anymore because it plainly becomes boring-- the gameplay is always the same: shoot and survive. Yes, there's goals such as those with the Shadow Operations Unit, but that doesn't change how repetitive the gameplay gets after a very short time. The gameplay is designed well, but it needs more variety, options, gamemodes and so on to prevent it from getting old as quick as it did for me.

I personally find the game very boring now, due to how incredibly repetitive this game is. In my opinion, the $9.99 I spent on it was not well spent, and unfortunately due to my 3.7 hours on record I am unable to refund the game. If the developer were to add more gamemodes and variety to the gameplay so it isn't the same old thing, I would love to get back into this game again. I could also settle for a lower price assuming the repetition in the gameplay does not change. But until any of that happens, I probably won't be spending much if any time on Beat Hazard.

Thanks for reading my review and I hope any possible viewers take it into consideration before purchasing this game.

Ciao!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
54.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
I'm not much of an Audiosurf fan, but this game is awesome. I love shooter-sidescrolling games and survival challenges and music, so it's a lot of fun to play when you want to kill some time and listen to music before going to work. I love the bosses and the different enemy types. They really make you work hard when trying to survive, especially when you don't finish them off and your whole screen is covered in bosses trying to kill you. But, people with seizures and epilepsy and sensitive eyes- this game will definitely give you a headache. I've had to use motion sickness pills in order to play it. Worth it, though, to have something fun to do while listening to your favorite songs.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
if anyone wants free epilepsy this is the game for you!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
Incredibly addicting, incredibly fun. DLC is so worth it.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
While i may not get any seizure it still gives my eyes a acid trip.Astroids and music mashed into one,and your own tracks to boot or if you do not own a lot of music you can stream internet radio! Bonus if you love Christmas music they have achievements for that.

I love the game it is a good way to relax and listen to music at the same time without it getting annoying like in most games.You can also just let it play music and enjoy the visual if your into that sort of thing,i sometimes double it as a music player.

Pros for Beat Hazard classic

+Fast paced action with a old school feel for Astroid games
+Smooth game play and neat visual effects
+Ships to unlock or download from workshop
+It is a blast with a friend
+It gives you a reason to annoy your neighbors,crank it up!!

Cons for Beat Hazard Classic

- Can only select songs by folder or individual no options for custom play list
- Wish it had an option to customize what type of enimies you face
- Can be hard to keep track of things on screen when things get crazy
- Wish it had more play styles like Ultra does

Pros for Ulta

+Fast paced action with a old school feel for Astroid games
+Smooth game play and neat visual effects amped up even more
+Ships to unlock or download from workshop
+Perks system and a hanger to check out your ships with
+Last FM built into game
+Keyboard Configuration
+It is a blast with a friend
+Can play the same tracks with friends as long as you both have the same one
+It gives you a reason to annoy your neighbors,crank it up!!


Cons for Ulta

-Can be even harder to keep track of things going on screen even when you turn down visuals
-Can have issues with saves due to syncing with cloud issues,i had to delete my save to get it start after re-installing game to play it again,lost progress because of it.
- Level 5 badge to unlock a ship:ship is cosmetic but still have to spend money to reach level 5
- Can only select songs by folder or individual no options for custom play list
- Wish it had an option to customize what type of enimies you face would love to face different ships depening on song and so on but eh again a mior gripe.

Make sure you enable Steam cloud servies before launching Ultra or it will just loop at loading screen,why this is not fixed or an issue is beyound me but it is a minor gripe.

Over all i love the game and bought this game because i have to face the fact that i am terrible at music rhythm games and i tried Audio Surf and i just did not care for it,I checked this game out and watched the video and it reminded me of Retro Evovled only with my own music,so i bought it and do not regret it one bit.

Then Humble had a bundle that had the Ultra content and i had to buy it and love Ultra also.Though i do have issues at times of keeping track of everything going on screen and die because my ship blends in with everything else even with visual turned all the way down.I know this is not a issue for everyone but i did find a lot people did have the same issues and asked if more could be done,but nothing has and fell on deaf ears

That being siad that is a minor thing and does not take away from the fun but it can take away from the competitive side knowing you died not by your mistake but by merely losing track of your ship because to much visual effects.

In the end regardless if you like astroids or music i think you will love this game if you love music based games.Also if you love Retro Evolved and would love to play something akin to it with your own music then you must gets this!!


Anyhow i know i am not always the best at making reviews but i am trying to improve on that.I hope at least one person finds this helpful,Enjoy the game,have fun and stay safe!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 12
My eyes are already starting to burn
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
First I will say I enjoyed playing Beat Hazard, its fun with the right music. But I cannot support this game with a developer that act like a kid,

The developer keep banning people who ask questions, criticize him or anyone that agree with others while still refuse to speak about the fact he said Beat Hazard 2 was not going to take 3 years. He haven't even started on it and refuse to speak about it now after over 3 years. So no you cant trust this developer or think he will act like a adult.

Is it so hard to tell the truth and why without looking like a smeaghead you now look like?

I wont buy a game from you in the future and so wont any company I work with. Grow up or stop being a developer as you sure ain't good at it.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
It's hard to imagine a time when this game might have been cool. This is because it would never have been cool. It's the sort of game an audio programmer would make in the hope they could unshackle themselves from the AAA industry and live out their days alone in the mountains perfecting Steve Vai passages on their electric yellow Ibanez guitars and working out whether it's possible to milk a cat.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1,247.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2015
I like it more than Audiosurf. It's awesome.

Pro tip: Buy Ultra + Shadow Operation DLC too. It'll rock you.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2015
best seizure simulator/10 of whenever this game came out, also i love this concept of music controls gameplay
also dlc makes the game really harder, so yeah
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
26.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2015
Are you a fan of arcade action games like Asteroids? Do you like music? Then this is just for you!

Beat Hazard combines the basic gameplay elements of the old classic arcade game Asteroids and mixes it with different kind of enemy types and your own choice of music. Every song has different kind of enemy waves so each song feels a completely unique experience and doesn't get boring after a song or two. Because the game is just pure arcade action the game never really lose any of it's replayability and feels fresh every time you launch up a new song in Beat Hazard.

Consider picking up the DLCs! Enchants the gameplay and adds hours of content into the game.
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30 of 54 people (56%) found this review helpful
36 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2015
This game gave me an irrational fear of corn.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
If you still have music downloaded on your computer, you wont regret buying this. I had my fun with it over the years, but i'm 100% digital streaming now. I really wish it had Spotify support.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
I tried a 15 minute loop.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2015
As soon as I saw Beat Hazard I knew I would like it. A top-down space ship shooter that will play whatever music you want and give you a different experience with each track? Sweet! The graphics/visuals are great, it works great with the right music, and it's a lot of fun.
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