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 (15 reviews) - 93% of the 15 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overwhelmingly Positive (5,205 reviews) - 95% of the 5,205 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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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

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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
Love your shmups? Love your music? Now you can love them even more. B)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
44.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Beat Hazard… What can I say about it? This game for those moments when you want to listen to music but also you want to do something else or for moments when you want an epileptic seizure.

Beat Hazard is a great scroll-shooter, which gameplay bases on a track you choose. Then louder track than more enemies you have (basically).

There are many perks which increase your survivability or score.

But honestly, I don’t recommend to buy this game without DLC. BH Ultra gives you tons of new enemies, perks, co-op, PvP and other cool stuff. Shadow Operation Unit allows you to change ships. 9 new ships + workshop with community ships. SOU opens rank system. With every new rank, you open new, more powerful, ships (obviously).

As a result, we have another great indie project which is like to people who like hardcore and music
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119 of 124 people (96%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
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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200 of 240 people (83%) found this review helpful
289 people found this review funny
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
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484 of 631 people (77%) found this review helpful
27 people found this review funny
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 11, 2014
Game froze while my controller was vibrating. It never stopped vibrating.
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112 of 125 people (90%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2013
One of the most overdosed games my eyes have ever melted on. Pretty fun if you really enjoy your music but it is pretty tiring with all those pixel flashes every milisecond.

If you can handle it you'll get a kick out of it.
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98 of 119 people (82%) found this review helpful
170 people found this review funny
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
Any game with a seizure warning is good in my book.
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57 of 62 people (92%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
41.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
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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60 of 67 people (90%) found this review helpful
30.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 22, 2014
Beat Hazard (along with the DLC) is one of the few games that I fully appreciate. It's definitely up there as far as quality twin-stick shooters go. There are just so many things that make this game good.

Play your own music - This was the very first 'play your own music' game that I got on Steam. It's not the most special feature on Beat Hazard but it's the main reason I enjoyed it as a twin-stick shooter. I don't have a lot of experience in the genre so being able to play on my own pace depending on the song used was a major positive factor for me.

Difficulty Adjustment - The difficulty is easily adjustable in a multitude of ways. You have your conventional difficulty settings (easy, etc, etc). Then you have visual intensity which to me is somewhat of a visual handicap (with benefits of course). Two other ways to adjust difficulty would be by picking songs with varied intensities or by playing with the new DLC content which adds ship customization complete with stats. In a game with this many options, it won't matter what skill level you are within the genre. It's still very possible to feel a small sense of accomplishment even as a casual player.

Music Discovery - In this day and age, I no longer listen to the radio unless I'm really bored while driving from location A to B. Beat Hazard allows you to play while listening to various radio stations (custom or default added). In all honesty, I have discovered a ♥♥♥♥ ton of music during the few months that I have been really into Beat Hazard.

There's a lot more things that make Beat Hazard a wonderful game. For the sake of simplicity, I merely listed 3 of my favorite reasons.


It's nearly impossible to get bored in this game.
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80 of 98 people (82%) found this review helpful
51 people found this review funny
28.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
Turning your plain boring playlist into a visual explosion that will burn your eyes
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0.7 hrs
Posted: October 27
My eyes turned sunny-side up. In a good way.

On the flip side, my ears ♥♥♥♥♥♥'d from my own music.
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2.0 hrs
Posted: October 24
Oh my gosh! The galaxy is NOT at peace! There is space debris everywhere! Asteroids are flying every which way. Oh, and don't forget all the unfriendly space craft viciously patroling! Darn those giant space battleship behemoths!

Yeah, sounds like a horrible situation, right? Well it is time to save the galaxy. How can you survive such odds? Easy. One-man army the fight while jamming out to your favorite tunes! Don't let the enemy take advantage of the beats, you're the one that know every note! Let the music channel your inner pilot and blast everything out of the sky... blast it into stardust!

Oh yeah, don't mind the psychedelic colors. You are not hallucinating, you are just the most awesome pilot ever!
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1.7 hrs
Posted: October 23
Like asteroids, but on acid, and possibly crack...
Not that I've done either of those but from what I've heard about them...

4/5 - Music, disco, bullet-hell
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52.1 hrs
Posted: October 23
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12.3 hrs
Posted: October 13
This is one of my favourite games to play. I love how everything goes to the beat of your own music. It is absouletly fantastic!
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4.3 hrs
Posted: October 10
Good Game, Extremely Fun and Entertaining, Although can be stressful it is the first game I got on Steam and still enjoy it! Customizing the game of which you can, Makes the game 10000000000000000000% better! Thanks! <3
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9.3 hrs
Posted: October 9
"Survive" your wildest music! A really cool game!
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9.1 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: October 3
A good time-killer, especially if you're into progressive metal.
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30.1 hrs
Posted: October 3
Do you like asteroids?
Do you like to simulatenously simulate an epileptic seizure and an LSD trip?
Do you like music?
Do you want to blind yourself?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, this game is for you.
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