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User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (3,809 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 15, 2010

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"Listen to your music while you shoot ships to it. Shiny visuals, pretty simple gameplay. Its a fun way to spend some time while you listen to music."

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August 22

Dirty Dozen Sale - 60% Off Beat Hazard Ultra

Hi all,

Get 60% off Beat Hazard Ultra in the Dirty Dozen sale! Plus discounts on 11 other cool games. http://www.showmethegames.com/dirtydozen.php

DRM free & Steam keys included of course.

Cheers,
Steve

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July 29

Interview about development, Beat Hazard & BH2

A few weeks ago I did a video interview I did with TMG about game development, Beat Hazard and Beat Hazard 2.

Here are the details: http://www.coldbeamgames.com/blog/youtube-interview-with-tmg-about-development-beat-hazard-and-beat-hazard-2
I hope there's something of interest there.

Cheers,
Steve

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About This Game

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
Helpful customer reviews
33 of 38 people (87%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
NOW I CAN PLAY MY WEEABOO MUSIC AND BURN MY RETINAS AT THE SAME TIME
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34 of 41 people (83%) found this review helpful
25.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Turning your plain boring playlist into a visual explosion that will burn your eyes
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
40.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Surprisingly entertaining and enchanting game! Also - it's one of the most beautiful games I've seen - in its own way. I absolutely love it! Consider it a creative way of listening to your music - or a way of falling into some sort of trance :P The shadow missions with the different ships are also loads of fun!

Only downside is that you can't connect it to your spotify account, so I had to download all the songs I wanted to play :)
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
114.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
This is a great little game. I love to listen to music and have a lot of great stuff on my PC. I don't listen to it as much as I would like as I am usually doing other things, frequently more than one thing at a time. When playing Beat Hazard I get to listen to my favorites songs while playing a truly fun top-down space shooter that reacts to the music itself. Wonderful experience. Highly recommended.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
This game is freakin' addictive. When you combine twin-stick shooter mechanics with intense music-driven gameplay, you get Beat Hazard. Everything from the explosions to the type of enemies you encounter are all affected by the beat of the music. There's more to it as well. You can collect power-ups, get multipliers to increase your score and, of course, you can use your own music (You have to buy iTunes support, but it's only a dollar, so literally a small price to pay). You can also rank up and get perks that can give you a leg-up to shooting up the leaderboards. And then there's the DLC (Ultra and Shadow Operations) which add new ships, enemies, missions (getting [x] amount of points or completing [x] amount of songs on a certain difficulty) and even Steam Workshop support, letting you download even more ships and missions. Pausing's a little weird, however; with an Xbox 360 controller you have to press both Start and Back to pause. Other than that, this is easily one of the best music-driven games I've played. If you're tired of Audiosurf and want something different, this is for you.

A word of warning, however: There are LOTS of flashing lights and visuals in this game (it even warns you when you start the game). So if you suffer for photosensitive seizures or the like, then you should avoid this game (Then again, if you suffer from such a condition, you shouldn't be playing games in the first place).
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 14
This game really lets you know how STRONK your music is.
I actually fell in love with it <3
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
38.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
I love this game, it combines two things I've always had a passion for, music and games. This is a space shooter that depends on the beats of your own songs. The enemies and your wepoans are either faster and stronger or slower and weaker completely dependng on the song you're playing. If you like dance / eletronic music you'll probably have a harder time playing it! I've had this on the Playstation 3 system and now own it on Steam, so it's safe to say I have around 50 hours in this.

I can only write about Beat Hazard Ultra, because I've only played that version so far. The Ultra DLC adds perks and weapons in which you can upgrade using in-game cash. Honestly, Beat Hazard must feel boring without the Ultra DLC, it breathes new life into the game, a damn good one!

Every DLC so far has not disappointed me (although there's only two o far), It just feels like a much better game if you have all the DLCs. Both will give you challenges and a ton of stuff to do. The new Shadow Operations Unit is also a great addition, introducing new ships and the ability of creating your own! Each ship will give you 3 challenges, in which some are actually pretty hard to complete! :D

Beat Hazard is the game I'll always go back to it sometime because I'll miss its craziness and how good it feels to destroy enemy spaceships. It always feels different because everytime I go back to it, my musical taste has slightly changed. This game is cheap, and if you love music I think you'll like this game too, but be sure to, at least, get hte Ultra DLC, it will be a totally different experience. Beat Hazard (Ultra + Shadow Operations DLC) is an 8.5/10 for me, considering it an indie game and how cheap you can get it, the amount of hours you'll play this will surely not be wasted. :D
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
I know some people who really like this game, and I know some people who really don't. Personally, I enjoy Beat Hazard quite a bit. I've heard complaints of times during stages where it's completely empty, but honestly, play on a harder setting if you're not being challenged enough.
Personally, I would recommend Beat Hazard a lot. It's an incredibly fun shooter.
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26 of 45 people (58%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
I'm going to be straight forward with you. This is a really good game. It's algarythm is really solid, it's extremely easy to import your own songs, escpecially once you buy the itunes DLC, you have to pay because they had to buy the liscence to use itunes...

However I do not recomend this game. On this page, this store page, it advertises Steam Workshop support. That is a blatent lie and false advertisement. Yes this game has Steam Workshop, no it's not included in the base game. Instead the develop is attempting to gouge more money out of you by making you pay 4.99$ for Steam Workshop. Yes you get some crappy other ships, but no one buys that DLC for the ships, they buy it for the Steam Workshop.

The shear audacity of charging money for a feature that is FREE in every other game that supports it is incredibly daring and the Developer should not be rewarded for that. Because of this shady practice I honestly can't recomend this game to anyone, you should not be aloud to put a free feature behind a pay wall, especially when it's not even your work that your making people pay for. Sure make me pay for your ship designs, but dont' make me pay for other player's ship designs.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
17.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
I'm a little surprised I havent already reviewed this game, but simply put, this is one amazing gaming experience. Think of asteroids with modern graphics and visuals. The game adapts to and creates a new experience based on the music you play. You can use their in game radio station or use your own MP3's and other downloaded music files as well though. The game not only creates new levels based on the song being played, but it syncs to the dynamics of the songs as well. Truly an amazing experiencce that also capitalizes on RPG elements in the form of buffs/perks and upgrades to said buffs/perks, in addition to having various ships to choose from as you unlock them. The DLC gives you more missions and ships as well. there are points leaderboards, although I personally dont really look at those.
Overall, I dont think you can find a better Arcade experience from the comfort of your own computer.
10/10 and a must own, must play.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Lots of flashing lights. I had a seizure and I don't even have epilepsy. 10/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 18
If you don't play with Free Bird as the song and on the highest difficulty you're not playing it right.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
I can not play this game for more than 10 minutes without getting sick. But those 10 minutes are pretty good ones.
You pick a track, and start blasting. and that is pretty much it. 6/10
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
26.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Muy buen juego de naves y con musica, ideal para jugar con amigos, lastima que no tengo ninguno.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 6
This game broke the analog sticks on my controller, yet I'm not even mad.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
I CAN'T SEE ♥♥♥♥!!!
9/10
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
20.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
A game that actually makes eye bleeding enjoyable!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Amazing
Fun to play alone or with friends
Anyone hwo likes music and arcade games will truly love this
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 30
If you like Audiosurf and if you like Asteroids, Smash TV, or Geometry Wars, you'll like this game. The modes and powerups are very fun, and the way it plays with musical dynamics to formulate strategy is pretty cool.

That said, the game is very intense graphically. I recommend turning down the effect level (which they wisely allowed) if it makes you uncomfortable (and there's no shame in that. It takes it up to 11.)

That said, the song tends to have less of an effect on the gameplay than I would like.

If you like the idea of music fueling strategy for combat, I suggest Touhou Sky Arena as well.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
Want to interact with your music?

Want to fly around and shoot things in space?

Want to get a seizure and/or a migraine in just thirty seconds or less?

Look no further.

"Bullet Hell" themes are heavily layered on top of this shoot-em-up game, so if you are into constant panic and you have quick reflexes and good observation skills, this game will be just perfect for you.

I will be blunt with this next part. If you are epileptic or if bright and rapidly-flashing lights have any sort of negative effect on you, for the love of all that is pure, PLEASE stay the ♥♥♥♥ away from this game. There is almost never a single moment in the gameplay where some part of the screen is not rapidly flashing and changing colors. Luckily, I am not sensitive to rapid flashes or anything like that. But, seeing as how this explosion of lights and color was enough to make my left eye burn to the point of watering over and hurting really badly after playing through just two different songs, it will tear a [flashing] light-sensitive person to shreds in just a matter of seconds. Play carefully, people.

I give this fever dream a 10/10.
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