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 (31 reviews) - 93% of the 31 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (5,138 reviews) - 95% of the 5,138 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
Customer reviews
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Recent:
Very Positive (31 reviews)
Overall:
Overwhelmingly Positive (5,138 reviews)
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Swarsie
( 13.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Great fun :)

Best game just to waste time with, easy to just pick up and some progression without being restrictive.
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Greninja
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Awesome game! Finally got a game my dad can play and enjoy! That aside, the game is great. A well made shoot em up with a good enemy generation system, definetly worth the money.
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Daxter the Arctic Fox
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
This is a better DLC Simulator than DLC Simulator
10/10 Would pay for extra bosses again
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NikSS
( 7.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Amazing game, love the fact that you can play your own music, this game is, as my friend put it, cheap LSD.
If you consider buying this buy the Ultra DLC, it just makes it SO much better. (I myself am considering buying the shadow operations DLC)
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I'm Serious
( 6.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Recommended songs:

Artist Track


Chad Vangaalen - Bare Feet On Wet Griptape

Postal Soundtrack - Menu

Doom Soundtrack - E1M1

Slipknot - Devil In I

Misfits - Astro Zombies

KMFDM - Anarchy


Now I wish I could write a lengthy review, but I have to get back to this awesome game.
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Zooper31
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
One of the best music games I've ever played. Reminds me of the classic arcade spaceship games except you get to play to the rythm of your own music.
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Nerkapike
( 26.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
Possibly the only procedurally generated rhythm game of true quality on Steam.
Beat Hazard is a twin-stick shooter that creates challenging, entrancing waves of mobs using your music library as a seed.
Score is awarded not only on difficulty and chain, but modules equipped and willingness to stare blind-eyed at a fluorescent cacaphony. No, really. You get a score multiplier based on the VFX slider.
The basic game has a good sense of progression and the DLC missions added a great deal of focused replayability.
The achievements include such things as marathon play of a Christmas-themed internet radio station, and by the end of your run you'll learn how to dodge like a zen master or spend 99% of the time that matters invulnerable.

More than anything else I've played through on Steam, this game was my pot of tea. If I could give it two thumbs up and pre-order the sequel, I would.
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Ishvii
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
The gameplay is decent, and it's a lot of fun blasting space baddies in time to your own music collection. Played this one along with the Anchorman soundtrack. Made much more enjoyable by Ron Burgundy's commentary.
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Dying Melochany
( 37.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 18
Love the battle system
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Woowoo678
( 55.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
Good clean fun, pretty ♥♥♥♥ed up that they make you pay more for the rest of the game, though..........
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
The pefect way to wreck your sight.
If you hate yourself and hate your own taste in music, this game isn't for you.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
37.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
Love the battle system
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
305 of 349 people (87%) found this review helpful
252 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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118 of 122 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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157 of 178 people (88%) found this review helpful
156 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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485 of 631 people (77%) found this review helpful
10 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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58 of 63 people (92%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
41.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
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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