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.
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Very Positive (24 reviews) - 100% of the 24 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (5,185 reviews) - 95% of the 5,185 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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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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Mishiro Usui~
7.8 hrs
Posted: September 26
Its like watching firework
Very very close
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Verdantil
22.6 hrs
Posted: September 21
Tags : Casual - Twitch - Music Driven
Sidescroll ShootEmUp/Bullet Hell

Whenever I test out a ShootEmUp from some greenlit indie game, I always think... does this have anything to offer that Beat Hazard doesnt do better. 90% of the time at least the answer is no.

Beat Hazard is an excellent ShootEmUp, with the music driven twist that adjusts the number of ennemies as well as your rate of auto-fire to the rate of the music playing. Its not always perfectly spot on but for the mos part this feature works very well.

Being able to play with your own music is very enjoyable, and helps give each game its own tone and sense of progression which otherwise would sometimes be lacking certainly and become repetitive much quicker

I am not very good at ShootEmUps but there are a lot of game modes from just casually going through with fewer ennemies to rogue-like permadeath style games with much harsh victory conditions

I find not cranking the difficulty to the max is usually better as your own music can become distracting and this is not the kind of game that is forgiving at higher difficulties to distraction

A con is that the flashy effects are sometimes a little over the top and can obfuscate a lot of the screen and even daze you quite a bit especially on higher difficulties where you spam heavy bombs

I would recommend this game. I see it as one of the few references in the genre and I am glad it is in my collection
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chocopizza
3.4 hrs
Posted: September 18
One of the Best "Play your own Music"-Games I've ever playes. Kudos to the Game Designer. Its visually stunnig, Gameplay is quick to learn and motivating. The dlcs are also worth the money. Must have for Genre-Lovers!
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Kounoplay
1.1 hrs
Posted: September 16
It's really fun. I can play this game with my music. Awesome!
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🐾 LoveBadRabbit 🐾
0.4 hrs
Posted: September 11
10/9
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eLVaTed_AdRnLiN
0.4 hrs
Posted: September 10
Space Invaders on steroids when P A N T E R A tracks are playing!
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5 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
Product received for free
i can't see anymore
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
29.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
Absolutely re-gosh darn-diculous. Useful (and cheap) way to discover if you are prone to visual seizures
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
Great game if you have nothing else to do and just wanna chill, while listening to your favorite music.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
its like cocaine
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
Fun little retro-ish game. Dubstep seems to be insane for scores
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
Best PC music game I have ever played
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
I have always been told by people, even doctors, say people who lose an eye obtain more strength in the other one. I have never found anything to test this out...until I got this game. And I can assure you...


They lied



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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
Fun little time waster. Also the shadow missions are a really nice addition!
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328 of 376 people (87%) found this review helpful
283 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 125 people (96%) 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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