From gameplay to visuals to music and imagination, BIT.TRIP BEAT is inspired by classic games in every way. Get sucked into a whole new world of sight and sound as you juggle beats and ride the vibe in this modern look at the beginning of it all. BIT.
User reviews: Very Positive (548 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 2, 2010

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Includes 15 items: BIT.TRIP BEAT, BIT.TRIP RUNNER, Bit.Trip Runner Soundtrack, Bit.Trip Beat Soundtrack, BIT.TRIP CORE, BIT.TRIP.CORE Soundtrack, BIT.TRIP VOID, BIT.TRIP.VOID Soundtrack, BIT.TRIP FATE, BIT.TRIP.FATE Soundtrack, BIT.TRIP FLUX, BIT.TRIP FLUX Soundtrack, BIT.TRIP Presents... Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien, BIT.TRIP Presents... Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien Soundtrack, Runner2 - Good Friends Character Pack

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From gameplay to visuals to music and imagination, BIT.TRIP BEAT is inspired by classic games in every way. Get sucked into a whole new world of sight and sound as you juggle beats and ride the vibe in this modern look at the beginning of it all.

BIT.TRIP BEAT for Steam is a brand-new version of the critically adored console game and it marks the beginning of CommanderVideo's epic journey of the soul with:

  • Classic Gameplay!
  • Brain-Melting Visuals!
  • Crazy Boss Battles!
  • Intriguing Cutscenes!
  • A Rockin’ Chiptune-Inspired Soundtrack!
  • Special Chiptune Guest Star Bit Shifter!

Download BIT.TRIP BEAT and start your own BIT.TRIP today!

Key features:

  • Leaderboards!
  • Achievements!
  • Brand New Easy Mode!
  • Ultra-Precise Razer Sixense Controller Motion Controls!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3
    • Processor: 2.0+ GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB
    • DirectX®: DirectX® 9.0c and shader model 3 with 128 MB of memory
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB
    • Sound: Any sound card capable of stereo output
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X version Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
    • Processor: 2.0+ GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1 and shader model 3 with 128 MB of memory
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB
    • Sound: Any sound card capable of stereo output
Helpful customer reviews
21 of 26 people (81%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
what the ♥♥♥♥ is going on simulator
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2014
BIT.TRIP BEAT is a very well-made rhythm game, which downsides are the hugely frustrating difficulty and the little content. If you buy this on Steam, I dare you to try receiving a 'perfect' score on all levels or even just one level on easy and if you succeed, be very, very proud of yourself, as you'll be part of the 0.4% of people (as of now) who have accomplished this on Steam. Yeah, the game is hard and also tough on the eyes by the way, because of the vibrant moving graphics. It can be quite fun but it also doesn't have that much to offer.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2014
BIT. TRIP BEAT is just one of those games you need to play.
Not only is it extremely pleasing to the ear, has a nice challenge, but it and the rest of the games are a work of art with their story.
Unlike many games nowadays, this game and the rest of the games in the BIT. TRIP SAGA do not tell their story through lengthy exposition that bores you or dumbass cutscenes that attempt to attach you to these meaningless characters. The way the BIT TRIP games handle it is by the level backgrounds and not really revealing cutscenes. You have to look for the story in these games and interpret it as you will. And when you do discover it, it's a work of art, it's beautiful, and all of the BIT. TRIP games deserve your money.
...I actually cried at the games but that's irrelevant.
All in all, I really, REALLY recommend this game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
29.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
This is a great little game for the price. Very retro feeling and fun to stick on and play. I'm finding the achievements pretty difficult to achieve but it's fun trying! Can be a little sore on the eyes though! :)
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
WARNING: This game is hard. Hope you have great mouse skills!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
When I got this game from the Bit.trip Collection which was £2.99 on sale, I was not expecting much. But this game is absolutely amazing and I would call it my favourite Indie Game of all time. The concept is simple. You control a paddle and are tasked with repelling beats coming from the right side of the screen. Seems easy right? Well the game is far from it. It took me around 15 tries to complete the 3rd and last level Growth. The 2 main things I find good about this game is the astounding soundtrack which makes me glad the soundtrack was included in the collection. From the slow beautiful rhythm of Transition to the fast and epic music of Descent to the final climatic music of Growth, this game had me listening to the songs over and over again. In fact I am listening to the soundtrack right now. The other thing is the fair but tough difficulty of the game. Usually I get frustrated at hard games but this one just made me feel more determined to win next time every time I lost. My favourite part of this game is one of the parts which is most criticized. The end game boss. When I first saw the last boss I thought it was just a simple game of Pong and would be easy. Yet again the game proved me wrong with a tough as nails last boss that showed no mercy. I lost again and again and again but I just kept coming back to the fight determined to see this game through to the end. Imagine it like this. You are at the bottom of a deep well, so deep not even the smallest ray of light can be seen. Somehow you just know there is a climbable path to the top, almost impossible to traverse but that small glimmer of hope keeps you determined. You traverse the path cautiously almost falling several times but somehow managing to regain balance. As you climb up the well becomes more illuminated and more hope fills you until you reach the top. But standing there is another person who's only objective is to push you back down to the bottom. You underestimate the person and after a brief struggle you fall all the way to the bottom. Determined not to give up you yet again start climbing up the well. Eventually like before you reach the top but this time you put as much effort as you can to escaping the well and defeating that person. You fight with all your might and a fiery fury and eventually...lose. You fall back to the bottom but no way are you just going to stay here wallowing in self pity forever. You furiously climb the well again and again and again but fall back down again and again and again despite your best efforts. Then after many attempts just as you are about to fall during a battle with the person you give one last push and emerge victorious. You feel like you just won an impossible battle and won despite impossible odds. There is no feeling greater than the feeling of success you felt at that moment. That is the best way I can describe winning Bit.trip Beat. I hope the rest of the games in the series are just as brilliant as this one. I highly reccomend this and assure you it is definitely worth it to feel these amazing feelings.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
BIT.TRIP Beat is so far my favorite entry in this BIT.TRIP series.
It has some great control, though it can be hard to find where you are among a sea of beats, and a good soundtrack.
The Portal level introduced in the Potato-Sack event was fantastic, and a great addition to the tiny amount of levels present in the game.

My only con, and a very minor one, is that the memorization is a little tedious. Memorizing patterns isn't bad, but can make for a lot of difficulty grabbing the achievements.
(There are, however, visual cues with some patterns, which will help you grasp them quickly)

One of the best in the series, if you pass on every other BIT.TRIP game, I would say grab this one.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 11, 2014
BIT.TRIP BEAT is a Pong pseudo rhythm game for players who prefer memorization and repetition, a niche I do not belong to. With only three levels (and a bonus level), the game is incredibly short and lacks of any kind of difficulty/learning cure as a result. If the flurry of erratic zigzagging bullets wasn't enough to give you a headache, the game attempts to distract you with a barrage of particle effects and objects in the background, many of whom are the same colors as the bullets. The music is underwhelming, especially after playing VVVVVV and Hotline Miami. Rarely does a game leave me as unsatisfied as this; if this game wasn't part of a bundle I would never own it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 31, 2014
Bit.TRIP is musical Pong on acid. I can see where some people compare it to Audiosurf, but only insofar as both are musical games that require movement along a fixed axis. Bit.TRIP BEAT is a fantastically engaging and challenging experience well worth its low cost, especially on its fequent sales. If this game is on sale, grab it and have a ball!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
BIT . TRIP BEAT a pretty simple game to stumble upon, at least when you first look at it. This game is another addition to the well known BIT . TRIP series and it keeps the series golden with its creation not disgracing the series at all, this game unlike previous BIT . TRIP games is a mimic of the Classic Game Pong however it adds a rythem mechanic to it, hence the addition of BEAT in the title. The first minute of the game you will be wondering why you had bought this game asking why you would waste even a penny to it however as the levels progress in the game you start to realize the game isn't a peice of cake as you had originally thought, as the game progressively gets harder each second. When I had first picked this game up I had enjoyed it to my hearts content although I have to admit I enjoy most rythem games but I am in no way musically talented meaning that anyone can pick up this game and be good at it. Although this game is fun, it does have a few problems, some of which could be annoying, problems include, having trouble keeping track of the bits coming to you due to the background or having bad sight this is probably the worst problem I had to deal with as it really becomes noticable as the level progresses and this could be a major problem for people who wish to obtain a perfect in the game and they ended up missing a bit because it was apart of the background, another problem can be that you feel that your mouse is too slow to keep up with the bits however this problem can be reduced with increasing mouse movement, the final problem I had noticed was that sometimes you felt that your "player" was going to hit a bit due to your preception however you will end up missing by a inch, this may be a personal problem for me and may not affect others. Even with all the problems I would still personally recommend this game because it is enjoyable to attempt to get that Perfect for the level and trying to master the game by doing so, it is also fun trying to beat others on the leaderboard as Highscores have always been my favorite setting for games, the game also has an awesome soundtrack and as I suggested before you don't have to be musically talented to be good at this game. I would recommend buying this game when it is on sale as it can cause anger with the problems I have stated above, however this game should not be ignored when it is on sale because it truely is a great game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
If you are really good with a mouse and are quick this if for you.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
Seizure Simulator 2009. Great game - addictive due to its simple mechanic and amazing OST, but is also pretty challenging to BEAT.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
have you ever wondered wanted to simulate insanity through extreme rage while having a seziure from rapid flashing lights all along with cool chiptunes until the images and sounds of the annoying little pixels are stuck in your brain forever? THEN HAVE WE GOT A GAME FOR YOU™
+Pong on Drugs
+Super Hard
+Awesome Soundtrack
9/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
This is the game where the wonderful Bit.Trip series started. Think of it as a pong game on steroids with an amazing soundtrack that interacts with events in the game. If this game looks difficult, it should, because it is. Many playthroughs will be needed to get through all three levels and great concentration will be needed to master all three. Normally games that have extremely high difficulty are plagued with being just that. A game that is extremely difficult but other than that there is no substance or goal to work toward. That is what separates this game from every home made game that is meant for nothing more than to test your patience. As difficult as the game is, there is so much charm that oozes out of this game to keep you coming back. The music like I said is absolutely amazing. It never gets old, and is always exciting when you progress to the next stage in the level, and the music gets more frantic. There's nothing more terrifying to let beats slip by you and hear that massive knock that lets you know you messed up. Miss too many and you get knocked down to a lower score multiplier. Miss even more and get knocked back into the 70's with a lifeless black and white screen with no other sounds than beeps. Fail to recover out of this will break you, then game over. Unlike most difficult games, this one gives you a chance to recover and stay in the game and it does it so well. Each level has an end boss and it is so satisfying to watch them blow up when you defeat them, because they are not easy either.

I own this game on the Wii where it was originally released, and while I love the Wii version, the PC version really has a huge advantage with the mouse controls vs. the Wiimote controls. The mouse control makes it much easier to keep your paddle steady and makes movements more precise. When playing on the Wii I can only make it through a quarter of the way through on level 3. On the PC version I almost made it to the boss. A bad thing about the PC version is that I have to run this game in windowed mode or else I get some mean lag in the controls when running full screen. Not sure why this is, but it's not a massive deal. Once you start playing the game, there won't be any time to look anywhere else on your computer.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
don't play if you have eplipepsi,
eye strain simulator 1945
4/20 it's okay
- IGN
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
Surprisingly addicting, but it's so complex, it makes Castlevania run off crying.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
10/10 Would play again
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91 of 101 people (90%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 22, 2011
do pong paddles go to concerts? find out in this exciting 8 bit
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21 of 23 people (91%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 20, 2014
This game is some kind of pong mixed with acid, all you have to do is repel the little squares to get points and form a rhythm while you do so, there's also a boss fight in each one of the 3 stages. It's very relaxing at first, but it gets really hard and frustrating as you progress.
Grab it when it's on sale.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 19, 2014
BIT.TRIP.BEAT is the offspring of one wild night between Pong and Super Breakout while they were both totally out of their minds on the wildest acid trip. Or at least that's how I imagine it, as I've never had a wild acid trip, and I'm not sure computer games can have sexual intercourse.

BIT.TRIP.BEAT is a rather simple idea, turned into chaos due to the frantic speeds and mindwarping backgrounds on the levels. It's simple - bat a pixel back from where it came from using your panel. Do it correctly and you'll add extra notes to the music. Miss too many times and you'll GAME OVER, YEAH!
Therein lies the appeal of the entire BIT.TRIP series; the concept is simple, but the frantic speeds and ramping difficulty can make for one of the most challenging, frustrating (and if you CAN succeed) rewarding experiences in gaming.

Coupled with a strangely cheerful 'chiptunes-esque' OST this game is a deceiving evil mastermind of pure puzzle pandomonium. If that's your thing, you're going to enjoy it big time.
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