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User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (3,867 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 15, 2010

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"Listen to your music while you shoot ships to it. Shiny visuals, pretty simple gameplay. Its a fun way to spend some time while you listen to music."

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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

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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
60 of 66 people (91%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
NOW I CAN PLAY MY WEEABOO MUSIC AND BURN MY RETINAS AT THE SAME TIME
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37 of 44 people (84%) 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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18 of 20 people (90%) 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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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
114.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
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.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 18
If you don't play with Free Bird as the song and on the highest difficulty you're not playing it right.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
This game is freakin' addictive. When you combine twin-stick shooter mechanics with intense music-driven gameplay, you get Beat Hazard. Everything from the explosions to the type of enemies you encounter are all affected by the beat of the music. There's more to it as well. You can collect power-ups, get multipliers to increase your score and, of course, you can use your own music (You have to buy iTunes support, but it's only a dollar, so literally a small price to pay). You can also rank up and get perks that can give you a leg-up to shooting up the leaderboards. And then there's the DLC (Ultra and Shadow Operations) which add new ships, enemies, missions (getting [x] amount of points or completing [x] amount of songs on a certain difficulty) and even Steam Workshop support, letting you download even more ships and missions. Pausing's a little weird, however; with an Xbox 360 controller you have to press both Start and Back to pause. Other than that, this is easily one of the best music-driven games I've played. If you're tired of Audiosurf and want something different, this is for you.

A word of warning, however: There are LOTS of flashing lights and visuals in this game (it even warns you when you start the game). So if you suffer for photosensitive seizures or the like, then you should avoid this game (Then again, if you suffer from such a condition, you shouldn't be playing games in the first place).
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 14
This game really lets you know how STRONK your music is.
I actually fell in love with it <3
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9 of 12 people (75%) 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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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
14.7 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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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 6
This game broke the analog sticks on my controller, yet I'm not even mad.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
18.3 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 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 21
Any game with a seizure warning is good in my book.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 21
Best epilepsy simulator on the market
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
31.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
I like videogames. I like music. I like having my retinas assaulted by swirls of colorful space dust.

If you enjoy treating your brain to videogames and music like I do, and are enthralled with the amalgamation of the two, then there’s a good chance you’re going to enjoy Beat Hazard as well. The twist is that Beat Hazard uses your own music to create custom levels.

Beat Hazard uses songs from your computer, so you can choose which song you want to play and the game creates a level around it. Levels begin like the arcade classic, Asteroids, where you reduce large hunks of space rocks into smaller pieces with your lasers before some mean old spaceships arrive to provide put up a fight. The unique aspect of the game is that everything from the velocity of the asteroids to the quanity of boss ships you fight is dependent upon the music.

Blasting enemy ships into space rubble provides power-ups, which increase your firepower and the volume of the music. Your weapons are also influenced by the tune of the music, so when a song is softer or hits a quiet spot, your firepower is greatly reduced. It’s like the gunner on the ship is a little kid sucking down fistfulls of Pixie Sticks. He’s running around screaming with his hands in the air one minute and the instant the song tones it down a bit, he is lulled to sleep.

In addition to determining the patterns of the enemies, the game’s visuals are also greatly affected by the song selection. As the ship is upgraded, its firepower is transformed from simple white blips into a seizure-inducing kaleidoscope of doom. Spots in the background that initially appear nondescript also pulsate and swirl with colors to the song’s beat. It’s something straight out of a Hawkwind concert (or Pink Floyd, for those not in tune with their ’70s space rock). The background effects intensify the point where it can seem like you’re trying to play a game through a late-90s Windows Media Player visualizer.

Did you ever watch those visualizers and imagine playing a game through it? Me neither. That’s because while the visuals are quite impressive and make the game infinitely more compelling for onlookers, they are also a serious hindrance to actually playing the game. I frequently find myself dying thanks to something that I either didn’t see or assumed was just a part of the background. I suppose it could be argued that the visuals are a way of increasing the game’s difficulty, particularly for longer songs.

Crazy psychedelic visuals and customizable soundtracks are about as useful as a chainsaw to a beaver if the game feels like a chore to play, and thankfully the meat of Beat Hazard is excellent. I find twin-stick shooters to be stressful at times because of the never-ending onslaught of ever-increasing enemies, but Beat Hazard is refreshing because your targets appear in waves. Depending on the song, you tend to have a few seconds to catch your breath before preparing for the next attack.

One of the unintended benefits of the game is that it gives me an impetus to root through my music collection and dust off some tunes I have not heard in awhile. I love shuffling through my songs and thinking “Hmm, I wonder what this song will be like?” I find that in general, songs tend to work better if they are more dynamic and have a lot of changes in their volume or beats.

The game does a great job of tracking your progress and keeping a tally of how many songs you have beaten, or if you have finished an entire album. Even if you don’t complete a song, the game still awards experience and you can still gain levels which add bonuses and a feeling of persistence. Achievements would be a fantastic addition to this game, but unfortunately are absent through no fault of Cold Beam Games.

Despite it being a little too mesmerizing for its own good, Beat Hazard is an amazing experience and quite the technical accomplishment. It is easy to recommend laying down the $5 for gamers who are music enthusiasts. Outside of the allure of playing your own music, Beat Hazard is an exciting and unique shooter and a great addition to the Indie library.

8/10, Recommended

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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
“10/10 would seize again!” - The Joy of Stiqs

“A revolutionary tool.. [has been] invaluable in continued research” - National Epilepsy Diagnostics Foundation

“A true thriller that had me shaking in my boots.. and then in my chair.. followed shortly by the floor.” - PartialSandwich

Tasteless epileptic jokes aside, this game is fantastic. Beat Hazard is a twin-stick bullet-mayhem shooter very much akin to the Geometry Wars franchise. While the mechanics are quite similar, Beat Hazard makes the game your own by allowing your personal music collection to generate the levels you play.

The game comes with about 20 or 30 tracks (all of which are pretty awesome) but nothing quite compares to the screen going mental when the beat drops in your favorite song. Speaking of the screen going mental, I tend to be bemused by games that put the photo-sensitivity warning before the game begins. I don’t understand the mechanics by which a seizure is induced but typically games have that warning when the only light flickering is a lamp swinging and sparking from the ceiling. Beat Hazard on the other hand means business, I have never seen such chaos in all my life!

But here is the incredible part: the developers have masterfully balanced all the elements of the game so that even amidst all the chaos you know exactly what you’re doing. It was truly baffling to me when I played my very first game. I don’t know how they pulled it off but the design of this game is top notch. A must buy in my opinion!
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
Beat Hazard is a game that's primarily flash and relatively little substance. The main gimmick, the music detection, only really results in three distinct modes: During very quiet sections, very slow enemies pile up on the sides while you struggle to do any damage to them. Otherwise the various technicolor explosions, blur effects, and strobing lights constantly going off only range from "excessive" to "blinding", even with effects turned to the minimum setting. Enemy fire tries to stand out against the visual barrage, but mostly fails to do so. Smartbombs are used not when you are about to get hit, but instead when you can't tell if you're going to get hit or not. The game then follows this up by encouraging you to grind perks for more smartbombs to fight the Excessively Flashy Bright Menace with your own excessive flashy brightness.

I recommend Assault Android Cactus instead for your twinstick shooter fix.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
I can not play this game for more than 10 minutes without getting sick. But those 10 minutes are pretty good ones.
You pick a track, and start blasting. and that is pretty much it. 6/10
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
22.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
A game that actually makes eye bleeding enjoyable!
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28 of 52 people (54%) 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
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Amazing
Fun to play alone or with friends
Anyone hwo likes music and arcade games will truly love this
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