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User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (3,534 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 15, 2010

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Includes 4 items: Beat Hazard, Beat Hazard – iTunes & m4a file support, Beat Hazard Ultra, Beat Hazard - Shadow Operations Unit

 

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"Seizure inducing SHMUP where your music influences the gameplay. Perfect if you have a sizeable music library to shoot up."

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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

PC
Mac
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
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.3 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Very good surprise. Good music, we can easily become addict. If you like dance/techno music, shoot'em up and fireworks, you may love this game.
Ps: It is better to not be epileptic ...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meEWbeptprU&list=UUlEQXLhTjlHIWkQNx_hj7Cg

Très bonne surprise. Bonne musique, nous pouvons facilement devenir accro. Si vous aimez la danse / musique techno, shoot'em up et feux d'artifice, vous pouvez aimer ce jeu.
Ps: Il vaut mieux éviter d'être épileptique...
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
best soundtrack ever.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.3 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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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
49.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Pick your favourite music track and blast away at the incoming spaceships that want to destroy yours. Depending on the music you play, bosses will spawn at different times, just like normal enemies. The louder and more powerful your music is, the better your weapons will get, but at the same time more enemies will spawn.

If you have the DLC which is really worth buying you can try a new experience by downloading one of the space ships from the community workshop or build your own.

A must-buy if you like flashy coulours and blowing up stuff to your favourite music.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
highly recommend this game, it's crazy fun, and if you've got an odd assortment of music it gets even better
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
It's like a rave, but with more seizures.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
one of the most original ideas for a game. got this 50% off on a sale and its well worth it.
your ship is literally powered by the music although sadly if you like slow and relaxing music you are gonna have a hell lot slower and weaker gameplay.

pop in some loud,pumpy songs and your screen will blast away with colours everywhere(might want to tone it down a bit for people that can get seizures and a little dizzy with too much flashes on screen like me, which thankfully they added the option to)

but lets be honest, this game is pretty much just 1 game with 1 area. yes there is randomized enemy and bosses but the level variations will only keep your attention for so long even when playing a cr@p ton of songs. which is why im not exactly willing to spend full price on this one and so is the dlc.
dlc seems to add a bit more in the game so if you like it, then getting the dlc is recommended since it adds a bunch of new stuff like bosses and etc. this game is also supported with staem workshop but for now there are only mods for your plane skin and such.

fun little game that can probably kill a few hours depending on your songs.

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Very fun game. Not exactly addicting, and wouldn't be playing it for hours on end. But it's simple, and sometimes it's nice to feel the action with your favorite songs.
Would def. recommend this game to anyone.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
I play on suicidal and win.
I'm not even good at this game.


10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
i werry recommend to buy this game :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
OMG THIS GAME IS THE MOST ♥♥♥♥♥ AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH NO WORDS MUSIC BASED ON A GAME <3333
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
53.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
I'm a huge fan of music in games or games that revolve around music. Recently i started to play Beat Hazard again and purchased the Shadow Operations Unit DLC.

Game
So what is this game about. You choose a spaceship, the basic one or the different ships from the Shadow Operations Unit DLC. Then you choose a song, either your own songs or the different ones from the radio stations provided by Beat Hazard.
The gameplays consists of you floating around, shooting different enemys to the beat of your favorite songs. There are four more different game modes.

Standart: you basically choose a song and play it.

Boss Rush: again you choose a song, but instead of normal enemys you fight only bosses. You have a timer for every boss, meaning if you take your time you can easily have up to 4-5 bosses on screen. Also dont worry the song isn't going to be repeated. You choose a song. From there every song in that folder will be played.

Survival: Choose a song where you start off from. After that you basically have to survive wave after wave, like the name of this game mode already suggest. Like in boss rush you start with the song you chose, after that every song in the same folder will be played.

Chill out: The same as survival but without lives and scores. You just keep playing until you have enough :D
Also like in boss rush you start with the song you chose, after that every song in the same folder will be played.

Perks: While playing songs you collect money that you can use to buy those perks. There are various perks to enhance your overall score for every song, perks for different weapons and shields. The last thing you can unlock with the money are 2 more difficulties.

Shadow Operations Unit DLC.

The DLC adds different spaceships to the game which all have their own missions. Per spaceship you have 3 missions. You rank up everytime you complete one of those missions.


Conclusion

Beat Hazard is a really fun game, gameplay is simple but entertaining. I spend 50 hours on this game, getting the achivements, play the different gamemodes, play multiplayer with friends. The only thing i would have to mention is the DLC. Personally i dont think its worth the 5€. You only get a few different spaceships which, lets be honest, all have the same missions: "collect this x times" "Kill x enemy x times" "get x points on x songs on x difficulty". The ships are kinda interesting and fun to play but i really don't think its worth 5€ considering that you can get spaceships from the steam workshop for free..
Nevertheless Beat Hazard is a really good game and will keep you entertained for lots of hours, even without the dlc.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Do you like your own music? Do you like shooting stuff? Hey! You just found your perfect game!
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
A different take on music games. Sometimes too flashy, but it's basically good fun and that's what games are about, amiright?:)
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
I love this game
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
There's no progression, hardly any upgrades, and no stage selection. The game is really fun to look at and make yourself blind but that's about it.

I feel like I get nowhere in the game and I don't feel accomplished any time I beat a song. Give me random events and different weapons.
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2 of 8 people (25%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
You get bombarded with so many vibrant colours at whirlwind pace that you start to question your sexual orientation. 4/10
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
This game, while it is quite enjoyable, is far from what I would expect to recieve for 10 dollars. The synchronization to the song is poor, the mechanics basic and predictable, and amount of content available without downloading Ultra disappointing. Perhaps if the price was lowered to 3-5 dollars, I would feel fairly treated.
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