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 (692 reviews) - 80% of the 692 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 2, 2010

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Includes 16 items: BIT.TRIP BEAT, Bit.Trip Beat Soundtrack, BIT.TRIP CORE, BIT.TRIP FATE, 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, BIT.TRIP RUNNER, Bit.Trip Runner Soundtrack, BIT.TRIP VOID, BIT.TRIP.CORE Soundtrack, BIT.TRIP.FATE Soundtrack, BIT.TRIP.VOID Soundtrack, Laserlife, Runner2 - Good Friends Character Pack

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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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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 (692 reviews)
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mirmiguel.ruiz
3.7 hrs
Posted: August 6
Good for trippin.
Gets harder because of all the visual noise.
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Lazerhawk
1.2 hrs
Posted: July 25
At the end of the day, Bit.Trip Beat taught me that I'm getting too old for this nonsense.
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Bbop800
1.7 hrs
Posted: July 16
Fun pong-inspired game. Really satisfying when you play consistently well.

Contains three intense 15-minute long levels and a bonus Portal level.

Highly recommended for those who like difficult, precision-based games (particularly with your mouse).
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Sir EarlGray
15.8 hrs
Posted: July 16
even if it seems like a simple mechanic, trying to catch every single beat can be tricky
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Luisfius
9.1 hrs
Posted: July 10
this really applies to all of the bit trip games but it is ♥♥♥♥ing hard and it is a well integrated audiovisual experience. I do not regret the time spent on it.
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«Joseph»
2.3 hrs
Posted: July 9
hard as ♥♥♥♥, addictive as ♥♥♥♥, and old school as hell, yet brilliant in several ways. also, potatos.
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Tessaract2
1.0 hrs
Posted: July 9
Start with the first level on Easy. Trust me. (Easy mode found in settings.)
How I Found The Game
Simple: WiiWare. I had the demo and would play it. It took you about 1/2 through the first level. Not much. Then much later I found the full version on Steam.
The Game
Get it. 3 4! full levels of singleplayer pong music thing. (I don't know.) Hit the pixels to get points and not die. There are several types of pixels, which you'll find out about on your own. It gets diffucult quick, with the first world boss being the first extreme thing you'll find. Achivements go from normal to "HOW THE F**K DO YOU GET THAT?!" Oh yeah, cutscenes are there for...some reason.
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SkyCommision #teamhoovy
9.4 hrs
Posted: July 8
BIT.TRIP BEAT is basically, easier said, pong on steroids.
You assume the role of Commander Video, a space alien created with nothing but dark matter and a series of beats. Once you're actually in a level, you play as a little yellow pong-board, and your goal is to block the "beats" that come toward you - they sort of look like little yellow squares. Different-colored beats have different behaviors, like bouncing off different materials ingame, the blue "beat", and coming back once you block it, making you have to hit it again, the orange "beat".

Now, that's just the main gameplay basis. This game would probably earn itself a positive view from me if it wasn't for a few key gameplay factors.
The first problem I have with this game, which a lot of other people have too, is the eye-burning graphics. The retro "feel" to the game could have been very good-looking, but blocking the "beats" were extremely hard due to so many things happening on-screen - like blinking beats, bouncing beats, and a whole lot of sparkles going around your pong-board every time you block a beat, although I feel that was the real challenge this game was presenting.

The second problem I had with BIT.TRIP BEAT is the hard-hitting learning curve. The first level (mind that there are only three) starts off easy, assuming the player knows what they need to do. Not too long later, the learning curve has such a sharp angle it's almost as if it's just a line. The game starts throwing different beats at you that you don't know about, and all too fast, too.

The final problem I have with this game is the lack of levels. Losing a level out of the three of them would be much less punishing if, let's say, there were 8 parts to a level. Selecting a level would let you select out of these 8, allowing you to go back to a place you messed up without having to play the parts before it.

Of course, there are positive things to this game.

If these main gameplay factors weren't so sketchy, I wouldn't have a problem with this game at all. The graphics, at times, are really attractive and nice-looking. The retro feel of the pong-board and the 3D graphics and the background allow for an astonishing feel while you're blocking beats. The gameplay itself, the idea of blocking beats, is also a nice concept to add to the game. The music, of course, is the best part of the BIT.TRIP series - after all, the things are called BEATS! The music is hella awesome and usually fits the setting and current situation of the player.


In conclusion, BIT.TRIP BEAT would have gotten a positive review out of me, but just couldn't block enough beats.
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GRUFFBEAR
1.9 hrs
Posted: July 3
I CANT write a review. my eyes are still bleeding....
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Davidc145
1.6 hrs
Posted: July 3
Another BitTrip game, it is fun if you like the series and you want to play another, but it's essentially the same mechanics and different maps. Which of course is great if that's what you want. Not too much to comment on here other than the sound track is great and I love the game because of that. But if you're looking for something that's different from previous BitTrip games, then it's not. Still fun to play and listen to though.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
108 of 124 people (87%) found this review helpful
19 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
28 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 59 people (61%) 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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21 of 32 people (66%) 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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