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.
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Very Positive (677 reviews) - 80% of the 677 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 2, 2010

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About This Game

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
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Overall:
Very Positive (677 reviews)
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BlitzenJaeger
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Have you ever thought... "What if?"

Yeah me too.

Have you ever looked at Pong and thought... "Hey, this is great. But I think it needs some more... LSD."

Well, this is it. Yay!
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bluecuban
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I do recommend the game, but only if it's really cheap. The game is fun for a few quick plays but you will hate it if you play too long.

Sad to say the crazy colors and effects don't work as great here as they do in BIT-TRIP Runner. I personally love pixel-heavy games, but here it feels misused. Again, you won't care too much if you play in small bursts like a mobile game. It just made me want to go play a game that does it really great like Geometry Wars.
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The Benemy
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
The game has really nice mechanics but a poor level style. A game based solely on score and getting a great combo should not have ~20 minute long levels. It's just too frustrating when you miss a single ball in the end of the level and screw up your nice combo with that.

On the other hand the game has a fantastic athmosphere, great and fitting soundtrack and neat level design.
If you just wanna have some casual fun for some time, this game is absolutely something for you, but if you are a tryhard like me and want to achieve good results, you should really think about if buying this game is worth for you, since it's not suitable for this kind of audience in my opinion.
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ElQuebecois
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
it's like Arkanoid, without the fun.
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mohoyo01
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
When the beat drops out...
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Axelrad
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
Unique idea that leaves a lot to be desired. It's a decent pong-based rhythm game with a cool soundtrack, but it gets repetitive pretty quick. Worse, the screen is usually way too busy to tell what's going on with a high degree of accuracy and the game includes *way* too many bright flashing effects for anyone with even with the slightest light sensitivity to enjoy pain-free. I know that I had a lot of trouble playing it without getting migraines, and many friends I showed it to complained of similar issues. This ends up creating a game that isn't really based on skill so much as it's based on your eye's ability to not freak out when exposed to all the lights. Decent fun if you get a copy, but not really worth it unless this kind of thing is *really* your jam.
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Fern
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 17
This game is an oddly satisfying arcade game like guitar hero, you pick up streams of objects for points, occasionally those objects are bonuses and change the behaviour of your pickup paddle thing.

The game is built around music so it kind of gets all rythmic and hypnotic as you go, you wil find yourself nodding your head to the beats as you try to get through the game.

its a fun casual game,
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SomeOcto™
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 11
this game is a spiritual experience
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expcake
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 5
let's port a precision game to pc and force mouse acceleration
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johnsoma
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 27
Take a look at the first two reviews on the store page. One is positive, praising the simple retro style and the satisfaction of beating it. One is negative, noting how the visuals are a huge strain on the eyes. Both of these reviews are valid for this game. I cannot recommend this to just anyone, but the ones who would like it will love it. It's just too unforgiving for casual players.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
107 of 123 people (87%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: September 22, 2011
do pong paddles go to concerts? find out in this exciting 8 bit
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30 of 33 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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44 of 58 people (76%) found this review helpful
27 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
what the ♥♥♥♥ is going on simulator
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
It's a fun game which combines music and gameplay a lot better than other music games.
Sadly it's really, really short with only 3 levels (+1 bonus level). Also levels two and three require godlike reflexes and the ability to forsee the future (or you replay the level a 100 times until you memorize all those unpredictable bullet patterns)
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 17, 2013
I have had this game sitting "uncompleted" for almost 1.5 years now, and I'm now throwing in the towel.

Bit.Trip Beat is great fun, and I completed 4 out of 5 of it's levels (which amassed 4 hours of gameplay), but the last one is very tough. It's not tough because it's a challenge, which it is don't get me wrong, it's tough because it lacks any checkpoints, and is literally a 15-20 minute long level. When you reach the end, if you fail, it's over. Start again.

That, I couldn't abide by, as it isn't simply just the mark of a "hard game", it's just very badly designed, as it doesn't make you want to continue playing, it makes you just close the game and stop playing altogether.

A decent game, tricky in many ways, but with ultimately some flaws in it's design. Worth picking up if this is your kind of game, otherwise avoid, as it'll just enrage you!

Nilesy
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36 of 58 people (62%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 20, 2014
Underwhelming. It's basically just Pong set to music with annoying backgrounds that often hinder you from seeing the objects you're supposed to hit. If I didn't get this with other games in a bundle, I'd feel cheated.
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20 of 30 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 21, 2014
This game, as other said, is like pong with acid and rhythm. But there's one problem: the background. That's your main enemy. Sometimes it is even impossible to see the objects you're trying to hit!
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2015
It's fast, tight, engaging and fun. The simple graphics and aesthetics makes this game feel and play great along with the music. If you're one of those that like a challenge, and don't mind trying multiple times to learn how the levels are built up, this is probably a safe bet for you. I, however, am far too lacking in skills to play this. I almost managed to play an hour before I threw in the towel and had to focus on preserving my mental health.

Great game, but far too difficult for me.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 12, 2014
I'm recommending this, because I think everyone should play it at least once, but hear me out because I have a lot of issues with this one:

Basically, any time I play it, I have a bad time. The gameplay and the artistic style do not go well together. If you start screwing up, then you miss out on the cool sound effects and music, which are the reasons I play this game. However, the art/effects/music are super distracting and make it harder to play. I mean, fair enough, adds to the challenge. The part that gets me, though, is that the learning curve is extremely steep. When coupled with long stages, I just sit here going, yeah, I couldn't have learned how to do that in the time I was offered (because the game does a very bad job of teaching you of the upcoming mechanics), so I lose and then I have no interest to play again because the stages are so long. It's just a massive snowball effect.

It would help if the graphics weren't so distracting to the gameplay. Maybe I'm just getting old -- I mean, I am, so that's true -- but I have a really hard time following what the hell is going on. I can barely discern between incoming attacks and attacks I've already deflected, I can't see some of the blocks sometimes due to their color, and I have a pretty hard time discerning where the hell some of the attacks are going to land. There's a part in the second stage where many attacks come in, all of which are the same color, and they're bouncing off the sides. If it wasn't so late into the stage I could probably pick up on it, but I just lose interest. It's pretty poor design, in my opinion, and that just annoys me.

I boot it up every few months because I think it'll be different; I really do like the music, but I don't get to experience it because I suck.

So yeah, if you suck at this game you're just going to have a bad time lol. I totally dislike this one because Im not good at it and I'm not willing to try to get better. The flaws irritate me and turn me off.

But yeah, check it out.

Oh, but the menus in that game suck. Click and it sends a ball/block thing. Wait a fullish second for it to hit your paddle before the thing actually goes through! And if it misses then you don't go into whatever you selected. Glorious :)
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