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: Overwhelmingly Positive (4,390 reviews)
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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"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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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
122 of 139 people (88%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
Any game with a seizure warning is good in my book.
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58 of 75 people (77%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
Best epilepsy simulator on the market
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41 of 54 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
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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24 of 28 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
How to get the best Beat Hazard experience:

1) Open the game.

2) Turn off the lights.

3) Next day go see your optician.
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
For those who want to kill time and aliens while listening to your favorite music! This is a must!
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
355.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
Awesome game, a must have for any fan of music or twin stick shooters. Lots of replayablity via unlocks, leaderboards and size of your playlist. Great price, awesome dev, support this classic game!
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17 of 24 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
This game broke the analog sticks on my controller, yet I'm not even mad.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
After an hour of this game:
1. I have headache.
2. Im Brain♥♥♥♥ed.
3. My eyes are ble... well after that my eyes exploded.
4. I died.

12/11,5 IGN would get Brain♥♥♥♥ed again.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
Imagine Asteroids but being able to move anywhere on the Screen, now feed it Pounds of LSD.
If you multiple the Square Root of that by Pi you have this Game
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Epilepsy simulator 2015, 10/10 would seizure again.

In all seriousness, as a bullethell-lover and a music-game-lover, this music-driven bullet-hell-ish twinstick shooter is the perfect game for me.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
its better when you play music with screaming. your ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ ambient ♥♥♥♥ing soundscape songs wont do ♥♥♥♥. just play nine inch nails.

8/10
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
[WARNING]

NOT FOR PEOPLE WITH EPILEPSY CONDITIONS NOR THOSE SENSITIVE TO STROBBING AND FLASHING LIGHTS! WHILE YOU CAN REDUCE THE INTENSITY IN THE SETTINGS IT IS STILL WAY LARGER THAN THE NORMAL AMOUNT!

[WARNING]

TL;DR: Spaceship, meets star arena meet asteroid with your music providing the tempo for the weapons and enemies! Enjoyable for those who like to challenge themselves since the INSANE difficiulity is definitely insane!


Review Starts Here
What is Beat Hazard?
Beat hazard is a 2D top down space shooter game in the veins of asteroid except you have enemies and boss fights. Pretty darn awesome. You have to supply it with your music though.

1:Graphics
Notice the [WARNING] thing above? well not kidding. Each effects is the same as a single flashbang and every shots and explosion from either you or the enemy will sear the screen as bright as the sun causing temperorary blindness and mania in the affected gamers. God forbid you crank up the effect to 200% like i did and played for 30 min straight.

The actual graphics themselves are very good as far as 2D spaceshooting game is concern. Sprite move, shoot and explode brilliantly when they die. Meanwhile the 3D effects zoom across the screen blinding you with their colourful effects. And they are bright.

2: Sound
Shooting sounds good, explosive sounds good.
For anything else music, you supply it yourself.

3:Gameplay
You get 2 meter, power and volume meter, collecting powerup increases either the bar game which in turn either increases your shot power or shot intensity respectively. Mostly you want the intensity though because depending on the music the AI can really prove to be a challenge with them swarming you on all side so breaking through will definitely help more.

At the start of the game you are provided with 3 bombs that clear HALF the map of enemies and not the whole map. If you die a bomb would automatically be used should one be in your possesion.

Perks can be purchase with cash you collect as you destroy craft but only a limited number can be activated at time, they provide in game benefits when you activate them.

As you play along the game sometimes boss can appear, these hulking monstrosity often has a gimmick behind thier sleeves that can prove to be rather challenging if you are terrible with them but killing them often provides money and powerups.

The game will continue till the song ends so if you pick a long and beaty song at hard or above, prepare for a beating.

4:Beat Hazard Ultra DLC
Currently there are 2 version on sale on steam, the normal edition and the one bundled with the DLC Beat Hazard Ultra. Genrally speaking, get the bundle. it includes even more bosses, more enemy types, more perk and generally more of everything that the classic beat hazard doesnt have! Also the effects are shinier in the DLC so yeah, poor retina.

Conclusion.
Great game with friends or by yourself. hopefully drunken friends that way you can play those super weird music as you blast spaceship in tune to the beat. Definitely a thumbs up.

[TIPS]
Cant find a hard enough music? Insane too easy? Go use white noises as the music. Dont say i didnt warn you.

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
33.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
One of my favorite games, quite simply. Combines your own music with amazing visuals and excellent and repeatable gameplay. The Ultra addon somehow made the game even better, once I got used to it, and I would so highly recommend this game to anyone who is a fan of music games.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
Awesome game. many adjustments, smooth controls, very satisfying gameplay and best of all, enjoying to play with your own music! Completely focussed on the music, the game can be easy or harder depending on what song you pick. And ofcourse there's a difficulty selection as well
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
Really just a nice little casual game where you can easily control the feel and mood of each individual play.

A 2D shoot ’em up game set in space. Choosing different tracks from your mp3 collection, you can decide how long you play, how intense the battle is and what is most important, the track you listen to (sorry for repeating that twice, but it’s kinda awesome). There is also some level-up aspect for this game where you gain ranks for score and upgrades for money. And visuals that can be tweaked from “shiny” to “my eyes are bleeding out!” is also a distinguishing feature.

So if you are looking for a shorter or longer decompressing play, you as well can take “Beat Hazard”.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
Music shmup with hella unlockables and hella points go blow things up to your music. A++ Seriously it's super fun.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
80.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
WARNING!!!
NOT FOR PEOPLE WITH EPILEPCY
super cool space shootr game
that addapts to the music you playing on
super cool and good music in its soundtrack
lot of upgrades in the game you can open up plus the option to build your own ship if you have the dlc
and with the second dlc you can suddenly use all kinds of music formats that you have o your pc like mp3and itunes format
i would advise if you take the game to take all dlc's for more fun and more options and more achievments
highly addictive and it has coop mode
pro's
you can set the visual efects lower if they anoy you or it so distracting
you can make your own ships(if you have the dlc)
you can use your own music(if you have the dlc)
you can publish self made ships
also cool option is playing and using a internet radio stasion (the audio dlc)

con's
visuals on high are some times distracting
in coop you share lifes
hard to coop with custom music from your pc
need somany dlc's to make a good geam great
not many online players
no dir with soundtracks

overal really good game that even if i have all achievments i will keep playing
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
where have my eyes gone
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
"ปวดตาอิ๊บอ๊าย" - คนเล่นเกมนี้ได้กล่าวใว้
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
Would New Year's Eve again 10/10
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