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 (27 reviews) - 85% of the 27 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Overwhelmingly Positive (5,226 reviews) - 95% of the 5,226 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 (27 reviews)
Overall:
Overwhelmingly Positive (5,226 reviews)
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[AoH] igaborm
5.9 hrs
Posted: August 26
Picked this game up on a steam sale. I didnt have high expectations, and it seriously hit me with a surprise. See, when you turn Beat Hazard on to play a game of it, you shoudn't expect highly complex gameplay, or intense story. In fact it doesn't even have a story, you are controlling a spaceship, and you have to shoot asteroids and other spaceships from a top view perspective, just like the old arcade games. What makes Beat Hazard special is, all of this is happening to music. Your chosen music.

When you start up Beat Hazard, the thing you should expect is crazyness. You shouldn't search sense, just shoot and enjoy the music that you chose for your shooting. The visualizer really gives you that "crazyness" feeling, and the rate of the incoming enemies is also somewhat related to the tempo of your music.

I mean... This game has a powerup that literally just pumps your music volume up... What do you expect then?

And I recommend playing with maximum intensity visualizer for extreme "crazyness". Of course if you are sensitive for that kind of thing, be careful.

Overall:
Pros:
-FUN AS HELL
-works quite well as a rhythm game (kinda)
-really nice visualizer
-more fun

Cons:
-it can easily get repetitive after a while
-without the DLCs, it's basically an overpriced demo

Definitely recommend picking it up at least on a steam sale, but be sure to get the DLCs too.
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Xarthos
3.3 hrs
Posted: August 26
Music synchronized games are always really fun. Audiosurf got me into it, and beat hazard kept me wanting more. HOWEVER. I find it very sickening that they charge you money to have Itunes and M4a file support. I doubt they'll ever make it free, but if they do then I would change my overall rating for this.
The gameplay is simply Asteroids that gets more or less intense depending on the music you play.

I really recommend against playing this game if you have epilepsy. If you don't have epilepsy then I recommend playing this game with some of your favorite music.

I give this game a 6/10
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wigwam.0613
3.3 hrs
Posted: August 23
It's Awesome
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agc9001
259.2 hrs
Posted: August 22
Yes, I definitely recommend this game.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEEnFthCxL4
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Fender
6.9 hrs
Posted: August 20
Very good music driven shooter. I'd definitely recommend it. It's very cheap and loads of fun.
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Aquinas
0.9 hrs
Posted: August 20
3/10
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Zeamax
2.3 hrs
Posted: August 15
What if: AudioSurf and Space Asteroids had a child. This game would be wonderful result!
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ConflictedCelery
5.4 hrs
Posted: August 14
Before Beathazard: Not epileptic
After Beathazard: Epileptic
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lurking beyond the shadows
12.9 hrs
Posted: August 14
If you like listening to music and playing an asteroid/enemy ship shooter this game is for you,.
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Bloodsteel
21.1 hrs
Posted: August 14
The game is good and everything but...

Shadow Operations Unit DLC has literally NO new ships anymore, Steam Workshop's "most rated content in the week" doesn't put most rated content, instead it basically puts random usermade ships that are from 2014 and by far there's no 2016 usermade ship, which proves that people no longer play this game as much as before, which means also that no one makes ships in Beat Hazard anymore...

TL;DR

No one makes ships in Beat Hazard anymore
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
What if: AudioSurf and Space Asteroids had a child. This game would be wonderful result!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
If you like listening to music and playing an asteroid/enemy ship shooter this game is for you,.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
My doctor recommended this game for my epilepsy. Where'd he buy his license at, secondhand?
In all seriousness, a beautiful, adapting and intense shooter with MY FAVORITE ♥♥♥♥ING MUSIC ♥♥♥♥♥ES!!!! I like music based games anyway so this is a lil' one-sided.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
Nice game but it goes extream while playing fast beats xD
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
Picked this game up on a steam sale. I didnt have high expectations, and it seriously hit me with a surprise. See, when you turn Beat Hazard on to play a game of it, you shoudn't expect highly complex gameplay, or intense story. In fact it doesn't even have a story, you are controlling a spaceship, and you have to shoot asteroids and other spaceships from a top view perspective, just like the old arcade games. What makes Beat Hazard special is, all of this is happening to music. Your chosen music.

When you start up Beat Hazard, the thing you should expect is crazyness. You shouldn't search sense, just shoot and enjoy the music that you chose for your shooting. The visualizer really gives you that "crazyness" feeling, and the rate of the incoming enemies is also somewhat related to the tempo of your music.

I mean... This game has a powerup that literally just pumps your music volume up... What do you expect then?

And I recommend playing with maximum intensity visualizer for extreme "crazyness". Of course if you are sensitive for that kind of thing, be careful.

Overall:
Pros:
-FUN AS HELL
-works quite well as a rhythm game (kinda)
-really nice visualizer
-more fun

Cons:
-it can easily get repetitive after a while
-without the DLCs, it's basically an overpriced demo

Definitely recommend picking it up at least on a steam sale, but be sure to get the DLCs too.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
I recommend this video game.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
324 of 370 people (88%) found this review helpful
277 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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120 of 124 people (97%) found this review helpful
3 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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164 of 186 people (88%) found this review helpful
168 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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