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User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (3,641 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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"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

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
8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.9 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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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
25.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Turning your plain boring playlist into a visual explosion that will burn your eyes
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
40.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
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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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
1.7 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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
I'm a little surprised I havent already reviewed this game, but simply put, this is one amazing gaming experience. Think of asteroids with modern graphics and visuals. The game adapts to and creates a new experience based on the music you play. You can use their in game radio station or use your own MP3's and other downloaded music files as well though. The game not only creates new levels based on the song being played, but it syncs to the dynamics of the songs as well. Truly an amazing experiencce that also capitalizes on RPG elements in the form of buffs/perks and upgrades to said buffs/perks, in addition to having various ships to choose from as you unlock them. The DLC gives you more missions and ships as well. there are points leaderboards, although I personally dont really look at those.
Overall, I dont think you can find a better Arcade experience from the comfort of your own computer.
10/10 and a must own, must play.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
11.0 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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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
I'm going to be straight forward with you. This is a really good game. It's algarythm is really solid, it's extremely easy to import your own songs, escpecially once you buy the itunes DLC, you have to pay because they had to buy the liscence to use itunes...

However I do not recomend this game. On this page, this store page, it advertises Steam Workshop support. That is a blatent lie and false advertisement. Yes this game has Steam Workshop, no it's not included in the base game. Instead the develop is attempting to gouge more money out of you by making you pay 4.99$ for Steam Workshop. Yes you get some crappy other ships, but no one buys that DLC for the ships, they buy it for the Steam Workshop.

The shear audacity of charging money for a feature that is FREE in every other game that supports it is incredibly daring and the Developer should not be rewarded for that. Because of this shady practice I honestly can't recomend this game to anyone, you should not be aloud to put a free feature behind a pay wall, especially when it's not even your work that your making people pay for. Sure make me pay for your ship designs, but dont' make me pay for other player's ship designs.
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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Lots of flashing lights. I had a seizure and I don't even have epilepsy. 10/10
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
pew pew pew
wub wub wub
MY EYES!!!!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Want an arcade style game with your favorite music as the power source? This game is for you!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
76.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Awesome game for people who love to play games that use their music as input. This is one of those Indie games that is really underated. In essance you fly around in a ship, and shoot other ships, and asteroids. The fun thing about it, is that it is randomized based on your music. So if you play a fast song your experience with that level is going to be very different than it would be if you played a slower song. The fact that your music is in essence your randomizer makes this game very replayable.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Not only is this game fun to play, it's also great for visualizing the music, and also has great choices and ability to traverse your library.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Colors, explosions, and kick-♥♥♥ music of your own choosing. What else could you want?
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
This is Game!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
21.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
gj
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
more like feet hazard bc i'm groovin so hard rn
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
20.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
A game that actually makes eye bleeding enjoyable!
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
My friend had a seizure... twice lol. best game ever 10/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
i werry recommend to buy this game :)
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