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 (48 reviews) - 91% of the 48 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (5,153 reviews) - 95% of the 5,153 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
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Recent:
Very Positive (48 reviews)
Overall:
Overwhelmingly Positive (5,153 reviews)
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alvaspirit
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
playing this after watch macross with macross song..what a good experience
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R.A.V.S.O.
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
This game is one of those hidden indie diamonds in the rough, how so?

the game is overall straightfowards, you have a ship versus a near infinite amount of enemy ships in fast paced laser-gun combat at the beat of whatever background music is playing.

while the above sentence could easily apply on many other twin-stick shooters out there, it stands out on this game in particular due to it's core mechanic:

Gameplay powered by YOUR Music.

there are many twin-stick shooters out there, but all restrict the player on whatever powerups you may pick what levels you play and at most provide you with a few catchy tunes along the way,
this game however manages to go the extra mile and provide support for your music and even better base it's entire core mechanic around it, how so?

the strength, intensity, speed and visuals of nearly all elements on the screen while you play are directly affected by the intensity of your music.
if your music library consists of heavy beats, then the game will crank enemy spawns and spazz-inducing visual effects like there's no tomorrow, the downside to this however is that having a mellow music library does the opposite, reduces enemy spawns, light intensity and overall speed of the game.
(which by itself, isn't so bad if you're looking for a break in the action or cannot handle strobing lights)

The fact that this game uses your very own music library is also it's best point, as if you're one of those guys that cannot help but have more than 20 GB of music stored on their hard drive, then you've basically given yourself hours and hours of free DLC, in the end, it's up to the player to decide how active or dull their experience with this game is.

moving on to the ships,

as of the last update (shadow operations DLC) the player can now change between different ships, now to be honest, this is merely just an extra for those who wish to give the default ship a break, these newer ships provide either greater mobility or firepower and sometimes even auto-fire or auto-pickup for items. all in all the extra ships are made for people who are either having a tough time on the regular game or want a self-imposed challenge by selecting (or creating) a weak. slow. ship. You're not missing out on much should you play with the regular ship.

which brings me to the next point. Ship Crafting.

If you're one of the players who just doesn't want to customize the music, but the ship as well, you now can with the previously mentioned DLC. you are given a set of "points" that you can use to spend on designing your ship.
you can go for heavy and strong or light and nimble. you're pretty much given a good set of options on how to build a ship, the kicker is, PNG support, what makes your ships unique is that you can in a way draw your own ship, customize it, THEN play with it, all in all, a pretty cool feature if you have the patience for it.

FINAL VERDICT: If you're into shoot-em-ups, and love music-based gameplay, this game is for you.

AS A BONUS: This is one of those games that actively benefits from soundtrack bought from other steam games such as TF2 or Half Life. if you by any chance have any game albums downloaded, give them a go with this game you might be surprised how some tracks play out.
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ViolentBoo (DJ)
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
It's like osu! but with spaceships.
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niknok
( 8.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
this game + any lapfox song + 200% visual intensity = the best epilepsy i have had in a while
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stoepegel
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I can play this while listening to Rick astley, it's the best!!
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IceWolf
( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Best epilepsy test I've ever see. Or trance club home simulator... Whatever, it's worth a shot.
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Impulsion
( 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
( 9.1 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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
6 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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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
this game + any lapfox song + 200% visual intensity = the best epilepsy i have had in a while
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
37.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
Love the battle system
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
I can play this while listening to Rick astley, it's the best!!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Best epilepsy test I've ever see. Or trance club home simulator... Whatever, it's worth a shot.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.4 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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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
312 of 357 people (87%) found this review helpful
260 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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119 of 123 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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