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User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (3,503 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.

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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.

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I hope there's something of interest there.


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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

    • 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
481 of 626 people (77%) found this review helpful
12.4 hrs on record
Game froze while my controller was vibrating. It never stopped vibrating.
Posted: May 11
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33 of 41 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Love old school shooters like asteroids where all the action takes place on one screen,then you will REALLY like this one.
Start playing and you realise that when you play your own tracks the ebb and flow that the game follows behaves differently every time.
As you play and blow up more ships you get power ups such as bombs,more fire power ect,but i found myself heading straight for the "VOLUME UP" power up as soon as it appeared.Now i know exactally why this is,you get to play to your own music and boy oh boy it makes the game all the better for it.
Finding yourself listening along to your favoriote songs and completely anihilating the enemy is rather exiting and extremely entertaining to the point that you just want to play along to your own music.
The graphics and adequate for this type of game,there is no story at all (DOESNT NEED ONE) but its the music that will keep you playing as you destroy things to the sound of your own music and its that-that will cause you to become addicted to this simple yet great little shooter.
Would reccomend to anyone that wants to shoot things and blow stuff up to their own music if thats not you then i wouldent buy this game,if it is welcome to the "SOUNDS OF YOUR OWN DESTRUCTION" (well it will feel that way when you get outnumbered and die enough anyway).
Posted: May 26
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Overall this is a colorful and trippy side-scrolling shooter. I really enjoyed how you can synch your own music in this game. This is basically like Audiosurf, except as a side-scroller shooter. I recommend it to anyone looking for a good game to listen to their music with.
Posted: April 24
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
111.0 hrs on record
This is a great little game. I love to listen to music and have a lot of great stuff on my PC. I don't listen to it as much as I would like as I am usually doing other things, frequently more than one thing at a time. When playing Beat Hazard I get to listen to my favorites songs while playing a truly fun top-down space shooter that reacts to the music itself. Wonderful experience. Highly recommended.
Posted: August 16
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
38.2 hrs on record
I love this game, it combines two things I've always had a passion for, music and games. This is a space shooter that depends on the beats of your own songs. The enemies and your wepoans are either faster and stronger or slower and weaker completely dependng on the song you're playing. If you like dance / eletronic music you'll probably have a harder time playing it! I've had this on the Playstation 3 system and now own it on Steam, so it's safe to say I have around 50 hours in this.

I can only write about Beat Hazard Ultra, because I've only played that version so far. The Ultra DLC adds perks and weapons in which you can upgrade using in-game cash. Honestly, Beat Hazard must feel boring without the Ultra DLC, it breathes new life into the game, a damn good one!

Every DLC so far has not disappointed me (although there's only two o far), It just feels like a much better game if you have all the DLCs. Both will give you challenges and a ton of stuff to do. The new Shadow Operations Unit is also a great addition, introducing new ships and the ability of creating your own! Each ship will give you 3 challenges, in which some are actually pretty hard to complete! :D

Beat Hazard is the game I'll always go back to it sometime because I'll miss its craziness and how good it feels to destroy enemy spaceships. It always feels different because everytime I go back to it, my musical taste has slightly changed. This game is cheap, and if you love music I think you'll like this game too, but be sure to, at least, get hte Ultra DLC, it will be a totally different experience. Beat Hazard (Ultra + Shadow Operations DLC) is an 8.5/10 for me, considering it an indie game and how cheap you can get it, the amount of hours you'll play this will surely not be wasted. :D
Posted: June 25
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113 of 117 people (97%) found this review helpful
33.7 hrs on record
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.
Posted: March 23
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