Reviews for Beat Hazard

90

Asteroids on Steroids

BavarianGod | Nov. 4, 2013 | See all BavarianGod's reviews »

Chances are if you have a pulse you enjoy music. Music is one of the strongest means of expression the human race has and since recorded history man has invented new ways to make and enjoy music. So, what do music and twin stick shooters have in common? Well, nothing unless you are playing Beat Hazard Ultra. Beat Hazard allows you to use music from your library (or from the game's own soundtrack) to create the soundtrack for space ship genocide. Everything from the movements of your enemies to the power of your weapons depends on the scherzo of slaughter that you pluck from your music library. With plenty of twin stick shooters on the market one naturally wonders if the novelty of a game reacting to music that you choose from your own collection is enough to make it worth your time. Like a proper arcade twin stick shooter, Beat Hazard doesn't even attempt to tell a story. All you need to know if that there is a bunch of stuff somewhere in outer space that is trying to destroy your humble vessel and its up to you to survive. This is wise as any attempt to tell a story would betray the game's arcade roots and simply stand as an inhibiting influence between you and twin stick bliss. Gameplay comes in several flavors; standard arcade, survival, boss rush and chill out are all on the menu. After making your musical selection your ship is placed in the middle quiet and serene space. Things don't remain quiet for long however. Ships and asteroids glide in and shuffle to the sound of your chosen track. Every beat sends them dancing around the screen and hopefully, into your laser beams. Power ups and score multipliers are dropped by foes and risking destruction to scoop them up is as rewarding here as it has ever been. The greater the dynamic range of your musical selection the more difficult and interesting the game is. Having swarms of enemy ships on screen during a diminuendo is perilous as the loudness of your music determines your weapon strength. Your lasers of doom become pea shooters of personal peril once the music quiets. Should a boss enter the fray during one of these quiet moments you had best hope your bobbing and weaving skills are on par with Muhammad Ali. In this way, choosing the music that sets the tone for the action is more than a gimmick. Beat Hazard has a few tricks up its sleeve to ensure that you will remain fixated with it. In addition to powerups, enemies also drop money. Money can be used to purchase perks and upgrades for perks that have been purchased. Perks can be unlocked by leveling up. Every point you earn goes toward leveling up. The perks include things like starting with additional powerups at the beginning of a track, micro missiles, an energy beam and additional lives. Extra difficulties can be unlocked to keep very skilled players engaged as well. It must be said though that as a result of the perks the average player will struggle at the start. As you unlock more perks the game becomes much easier and most likely too easy for skilled twin stick shooter aficionados. For those that don't have a robust digital music collection the game also offers a suit of original music and there is also the option to stream music from internet radio. The internet radio option is a phenomenal addition for even those with a music stores worth of digital tracks to choose from by adding a element of unpredictability to the mix. It's also perfect for survival mode. Visually Beat Hazard is an ocular assault of colors, explosions and mayhem. The visual business can be cranked down or turned up based on your preferences. Ship design is clean and detailed though a bit unremarkable. Designs vary between human based designs an a few alien type enemies. The simple star filled back drop is rarely visible once the action picks up. The audio is minimal bringing your music to the forefront. It's a wise decision since the sound effects largely to inform you of things that you may not otherwise see among the visual chaos. Your enjoyment of Beat Hazard Ultra will largely depend on your affinity for music. If you enojoy music that appropriately sets the tone for destroying stuff than you should find that Beat Hazard offers hours of fun. If your muscial choices are overproduced and plagued by dynamic range compression than it is likely that you will find Beat Hazard too easy. For me, there isn't a better twin stick shooter on the market. Trying be complete a cut together 27 minute version of Pink Floyd's “Shine On you Crazy Diamond” or Liquid Tennsion Experiment's “When the Water Breaks” are challenges that will remain on my gaming bucket list for some time. Beat Hazard does everything it can to make the most of it's gameplay and mechanics by offering a solid leveling and perk system and an appeal that is lasts as long as your digital music library allows.

80

The best seizure you'll ever have

johnydorman | Oct. 28, 2013 | See all johnydorman's reviews »

Overall a great music driven game. It's both a great way to kill time and spend hours competing for the highest score. With 5 difficulty levels , and plenty of customization perks you will always be challenged and never bored. However, if you wish to fully enjoy this game you will definitely need to have a good variety of music available on your computer

85

Amazing visuals and good gameplay.

Lunarsilkdragon | Sept. 25, 2013 | See all Lunarsilkdragon's reviews »

This game is based on a pretty cool idea. You import your own music into the game, and the game changes depending on the song you're currently playing. The more upbeat the song, the more enemies attack you and the better weapons you get.

The gameplay itself is nothing groundbreaking - it plays similarily to your average shoot-'em-up. The primary thing about this game is the visuals. They are AMAZING. Bright colors, neon lights and laser-like effects. I recommend playing this game in a dark room to get the most of it.

80

An entertaining way to listen to music.

rydad | Sept. 18, 2013 | See all rydad's reviews »

A frantic and highly entertaining way to listen to your music. Similar to old school 'Asteroids' style arcade shooters, but powered by music of your choice. An excellent way to kill time.

85

Test your blasting skills!

Numbi | Sept. 14, 2013 | See all Numbi's reviews »

I have to admit that I am not very good at this game but it is definitely a very novel way to experience your music collection. Word of advice, if you are just starting out I recommend that you play a few slower tracks first just to get the hang of the controls. This is a game that I find myself firing up whenever I want to just sit back and listen to some tunes while blasting things.

85

Really funny

ReaperLON | Aug. 11, 2013 | See all ReaperLON's reviews »

this game is really funny even if you don t like the ships games(like me) i have played 3 or 4 hours the first time i played it, the time fly when i play this game. the posibility of play with you own music is awesom, because maybe you came from the school and say: i will listen some music. but with this game you can play some music :P just awesome and funny

85

So good!

Avesomeofthat13 | Aug. 8, 2013 | See all Avesomeofthat13's reviews »

Absolutely amazing, especially with the bonus exclusive 20-music track to enhance your game play! Its such a good game that uses your music collection to it's fullest. Worth buying - it's a good timewaster.

84

Getting more out of your music

ConorEngelb | Aug. 7, 2013 | See all ConorEngelb's reviews »

Listening to music is pretty cool. So is playing games. But playing games based on that music is even better. Definitely worth buying, and sinking many hours into.

85

Great New Way to Enjoy Music

NucularS | Aug. 4, 2013 | See all NucularS's reviews »

Beat Hazard is a great way to listen to your favorite music and scratch that itch for arcade gaming at the same time. Nail bitingly hard at times, the game never becomes frustrating, and blowing hundreds of enemies to bits with maxed out firepower to your favorite beats is pure bliss. Despite a limited number of enemy ships and bosses, the game never becomes repetitive enough to quit. Each soundtrack brings a random new encounter - great to blow steam and unwind when you just want to see things burn.

88

Best of its kind

SuperNOVAfx | July 27, 2013 | See all SuperNOVAfx's reviews »

Beat Hazard is easily the best arcade/twin stick shooters I have ever played. The sheer amount of enemies thrown at you is astounding. If you don't plan ahead and don't act fast, this game will eat you alive. Playing a long high BPM track on suicidal difficulty will seem like an eternity if you are not prepared well enough. Once you progress through the game, you can unlock different perks that will make your life easier, but don't expect a walk through the park cause you won't get anything close to that. The game rewards quick reflexes and well controlled movements and can make you feel like god once you overcome certain obstacles.

82

Your Music Library Is Your Ammo

F4T4LV0iD | July 24, 2013 | See all F4T4LV0iD's reviews »

The amount of senseless fun I've had with Beat Hazard is nearly criminal. Picture the old Atari classic 'Asteroids', fuel the gameplay with your own music, add in a bunch AI enemies that fight back and even random boss fights and what you get is Beat Hazard. What makes this game truly unique is that your .mp3 library determines the intensity of the levels. So if you pick a leisurely slow tempo song, the ferocity of your enemies will be lowered drastically, but also the intensity of your gunfire will also be limited. If you have a fast-paced crazy song the intensity of the combat will be equally fast-paced.

The only difficulty I had with this game is the onslaught of flashing colors on the screen at any given time when you're blowing up space junk or enemy ships can at times be overwhelming, and you don't even know where to look and sometimes a stray bullet can nail you and you didn't even see it coming. But a keen eye and sharp reflexes will soon remedy this.

The laundry list of things I love about this game seems never-ending. You can't complain about the soundtrack because YOU provide the soundtrack! (though there are songs included with the game if you are perhaps lacking in .mp3's), the randomness of encounters to keep things fresh, the bright fun visuals, and what I think to be the first full utilization of Steam trading card badges. If you craft a level 5 badge from the Beat Hazard steam trading cards you unlock a Golden Ship, and if you craft a foil badge, you will unlock the Dragon Ship.

As you progress though the game, your score will tally up and improve your rank, which will allow you to unlock perks that range from new weapons, added powerups at the start of the game and extra lives, so there is plenty to keep you coming back for more.

This isn't a game you need to devote a lot of time to, it's more of a pick-up-and-play sort of game to burn away 30 minutes and have fun doing so. Highly recommended.

90

HERE COMES THE BOOM

TGAlan | July 7, 2013 | See all TGAlan's reviews »

Ever since I purchased and tried it, this game was very addictive. The two of its greatest features - costumizable tracks and visual effects / colours that actually change based on the music you play - can provide many hours as fun ; same thing goes for the Co-Op part. Overall, "Beat Hazard" is a pretty interesting one to play.

85

Amazing, that music.

drafek | July 4, 2013 | See all drafek's reviews »

Beat Hazard is a unique game, you have music and you'll have to shoot blocks in space, the music will go faster if you do it right, and if you die it will go really slow. The game is really fun, I couldn't get multiplayer to work but a friend could have it to work so maybe it's just me. You also can put your own music into the game, which is really fun. The game is worth full price. You'll get a few hours out of this game.

81

Music attack!

kkwikmick | June 27, 2013 | See all kkwikmick's reviews »

This is a great arcade game that works with your music. A genius invention and a very fun and addictive game.

95

Revolving Around Your Music!

thegaminglyfe | June 19, 2013 | See all thegaminglyfe's reviews »

Beat Hazard revolves around you importing your music (or using some of the music already in the game) to make enemies fight you to the beat of the song. For example, if you import a rock and roll song. The song might start small with drums slowly playing. The game will know this and will bring asteroids to come at you to the beat of the drums. And so on, they will keep sending different enemies at you depending on how intense and the beat of the song. The controls are very smooth and it's very easy to control your ship as you fly around shooting things. The Menu is simple so you can find your songs easily. The graphics are very nice looking and fit perfectly with the style of the game. And the sound, well you choose what you want. Highly recommended if you listen to music when you play games or if you like twin stick shooters.

86

One of the best music shooter

lok0812 | June 18, 2013 | See all lok0812's reviews »

This is one of the best music shooting game that actually changes based on the tempo of your musics. There are many of these games out there at the moment that doesn't have that feature but Beat Hazard have it. The game itself is similar to any top down shooter, you are only need to navigate in the space you begin, so no giant map to explore. Combat is also similar to any shoot'em up games in addition to upgrades and perks that you can get when you level up by gaining experience after you finished a song. YOu can use whatever song you have in your library but if you want to use any from your iTunes library you will need to get the cheap DLC in order for the game to support it. The game itself is also very flashy so it might be the best to turn them down to prevent seizures after a long play time. Must grab for anyone who love music genre.

81

great Game

KellinCore | June 11, 2013 | See all KellinCore's reviews »

besides compatibility play all your music, you can also play with friends, online is very complete, different game modes, different things in between, is a great game if you want a boring afternoon fun and colorful addition to the form, and extremely set, but always need a good folder by good music

75

When your favourite music attacks you... <3

Bynn | June 10, 2013 | See all Bynn's reviews »

Overal, most games that uses music as the core of it are far and few, left alon to the "big ones" such as Stepmania, DDR, and others, but Beat Hazard turns the tide, using your own music and using it against you, your music is your own challenge. Using some heavy rock and hard beats throws in a neat challenge with huge and fast waves of foes, while a gentle song gives you something to chill out; notice that the beat itself also afects your damage out put: yes, a nice calm serenata can be easy, but your damage will be pea-sized, works both ways though. An interesing game, fun enough to play with a friend, specially for those 1 hour long remixes of hell <3

82

An arcade game that works with your music

jazzelmejor | June 9, 2013 | See all jazzelmejor's reviews »

Remember the old games where you were a plane and the objetive was shoot things? This is something like that, but it works with your music, You need to survive waves of asteroids, enemies and bosses to survive, the music you choose decides the speed of your enemies, the difficult of the game and the lenght of the game. Also it have a multiplayer mode, so you can play with your friends with the music you like.

80

I like it!

CrysisX | June 8, 2013 | See all CrysisX's reviews »

The only reason why I got this game along with the DLC is cause it's great fun with friends though you both need to have the exact same song. The gameplay is simple yet fun although the light effects in game is a little too bright in my opinion even when I set it to the lowest. This game kept me entertained for quite a while and it's definitely worth buying.

100

Unique in its class

mutsuriini | June 7, 2013 | See all mutsuriini's reviews »

Beat Hazard is, at its heart, a simple game. It gives you control of a small ship whose goal is to continually dodge between and around various enemies, homing projectiles, and asteroids. In fact, it's very much like an updated version of the classic game, Asteroids, with your goal being to destroy as much as you can and accrue the maximum number of points possible without dying and seeing the game over screen. There are three major differences to set this game apart from its spritual predecessor, though, and really breathe new life into the old concept.

For one, your ship begins with a tiny cannon incapable of scratching the paint off most vessels, large or small, a situation quickly remedied by the collection of Power orbs which, if you collect enough of them, turn your plinger into an incredibly effective dealer of death. Also strewn about are Volume orbs, which serve the purpose of raising the volume of the game's music, which originally is quite muted, to a level that's satisfyingly loud, which unlocks other gameplay options as a result, and the visuals become more intense.

The second feature is the rank system which keeps you intrigued as you play through song after song. Starting as a lowly private, you eventually make your way, by collecting enough points, to the level of elite, and every rank you gain up to the final levels has a perk associated with it. Some rankings will keep you from losing volume and other powerups on death, others provide bonus powerups at the start of every level to give you an edge, and others unlock new difficulty levels.

Finally, the game's tagline is that it's "powered by your music," and the results are spectacular. Nothing gets you into Beat Hazard's colorful, explosive astral shootouts more than hearing your favorite songs playing in the background as your ship deals psychadelic death in all directions. To start, you direct the game to your music folder and select any song therein to begin. As soon as the music starts, the game, from the stars in the background to the nebulas all around, will begin to pulse in wild combinations of color. This depends on the track you selected, of course; the louder and more varied the track, the more interesting starbursts of color you will see on screen. Enemies will begin appearing in waves, but their configuration is usually methodic and structured and entirely controlled by the flow of the music. Slow points in the song will result in fewer enemies - the calm before the storm – but in the world of music, slow points usually precede fast, hectic ones. Just before the soft portion of the song ends, you receive a jarring warning on the screen and your ship takes off at lightspeed straight into a chaotic boss battle, with gunfire and explosions going off everywhere. Even the projectiles change color with the music, and your ship's cannons will sometimes fire in tight beams or wide, destructive rays depending on what the music is doing in the background. The game will also keep track of your performance on certain songs, reminding you how well you did and what difficulty you played at, or even if you failed a song and want to retry it to make it to 100% completion, which plays into the game's expansive list of achievements.

About the only thing wrong with Beat Hazard is that's it's a bit too simplistic, which becomes apparent after a short while. There are few enemy variations, from homing missile and torpedo launching ships to their countless unarmed counterparts which serve only to get in your path and cause a destructive explosion when you accidentally smash into them. Asteroids do appear, and once destroyed they shatter into dozens of smaller asteroids, which adds a layer of strategy when dodging them and your enemies at the same time. The boss battles are intense and invigorating, but there could have been more types of bosses to add variety and even a little mystery to the game's progression.

Despite this, the game's various difficulty levels, the reward system, and the fact your favorite songs make excellent combat music comprise a brilliant and refreshing side-scrolling / survival shooter, and I recommend it highly. It may not be the kind of game you would sit glued to for hours based on its content alone, but it will certainly keep you coming back for a song or two on a regular basis. I sometimes play it when I want to do a little more than just listen to my music, and it truly invokes the one-more-song mentality to keep you riveted because what Beat Hazard does, it does very well. The game is polished and plays like a charm, and the only thing I can compare it to is a constant battle amidst a 4th of July fireworks show, in space, to your most favorite songs. It's superbly excellent.

50

An amazingly fun game, but...

simpkinscm | May 15, 2013 | See all simpkinscm's reviews »

I love games that let you use your own music or content to power the game. As such I was very excited about this game and can now say that Beat Hazard is a very fun game. However there is one MAJOR problem with it. After only a few games/songs I quickly developed a headache from the shear barrage of flashing like. Even with the flashes turned down it is still a problem. I have tried playing this game 3 separate times and have been forced to stop each time. If you can handle the flashing lights, this game is A LOT of fun, however I feel I cannot play it anymore. For those that can’t handle the flashing, there is always AudioSurf or other similar games.

70

Good Colors is Not the Same as a Good Game

Onefatcow | May 2, 2013 | See all Onefatcow's reviews »

Although the game is interesting, it fails to produce an experience that makes you want more. This is the core problem of the game, it just isn't something you want to play more than once. The game feels like a cheap arcade shooter, and I don't mean that in a good way. The game is comically easy, even during the higher difficulty settings, which are supposedly a challenge, take nothing more than holding down the left mouse button and dodging the few bullets that would actually cause you damage. After playing a few games you'll quickly loose interest in this game, and it'll join your pile of unplayed indie games.

76

Play your music in a stunning way

mkolp0 | March 16, 2013 | See all mkolp0's reviews »

This game allows you to play your music in twin stick shooter style, much like geometry wars, but with your music. The visuals are stunning, though can cause a lot of eye strain. It is best to get the game with the dlc, as it adds a whole lot of content and makes it much more fun. But anyways, you're able to choose a song from your computer, and it will form a level based upon your song. It is pretty cool how it does this and it is great fun. Any song you want, it'll create a level for it. Plus, you can have local or online co-op, which adds a ton of fun. While you might tire of it after a while, it certainly is entertaining and a great deal of fun

75

Tripping balls, one ball at a time

Neohoodman | March 2, 2013 | See all Neohoodman's reviews »

Music is your power. That is the basic concept of the game. Beat Hazard received a lot of critique thanks to the unimaginative gameplay (standard twin stick shooter) combined with your own music library. The opposite is true. There is great fun to be had playing your favorite tracks from your personal music library. Music influences the strength of your weapon and the way the enemies behave. Combine that simple but effective gameplay with listening to your own music and you've got a great little indie game. Comparing this to AudioSurf, I much prefer Beat Hazard simply for having more fun gameplay. Definitely check this out sometime.

61

One ride you wont want to get off...

eMP3Danie | Jan. 29, 2013 | See all eMP3Danie's reviews »

One ride you wont want to get off... But never want to start again!

Its a fun game and its driven with your music. All the bells and whistles an arcade should have with some pretty amazing explosions.

Its mesmerizing and nausea inducing which I think will keep you entertained until you physically cannot go any further.

I have never wanted to start this game again since my first play.

100

Surprisingly addicting and fun little indie

MalekTaktak | Jan. 28, 2013 | See all MalekTaktak's reviews »

Beat Hazard isn't your average arcade shooter, but exactly what it says on the tin: powered by your music!

This innovative and original feature is the whole point of the game, you listen to your favourite tracks while shooting asteroids, spaceships, even bigger spaceships, or plain huge boss motherships or weird big alien abominations.

Although I have to warn you, if you play the game for a long period of time, you are very likely to experience epileptic seizures due to the extreme amount of lights and loads of glowing things on the screen at once, so you might want to turn the appropriate setting down, for your own good!

The speed of the gameplay, meaning the spawnrate of the enemies, the strength and fire rate of your projectiles depends solely on the music's frequency and loudness, and these are synchronized perfectly with your tracks (else what would be the point anyway?) This, funnily enough, also gives the game a good excuse to not have a soundtrack.

Verdict is, Beat Hazard is an addictive, ridiculously time consuming litlle devil that is worth every penny you spend on it.

Be sure to get the Ultra DLC, it's an important part of the game that adds lots of modes including coop mode or boss rush, comes with new baddies and abilities, always handy to have.

70

Amazing game, but lacking vital DLC

Lunk | Jan. 22, 2013 | See all Lunk's reviews »

Beat Hazard is one of my favorite indie games ever, and its complete version would score at least a 95 from me. Unfortunately, GMG does not seem to carry the Ultra DLC, which adds a lot to the game, and after some searching it appears to be impossible to buy it without also re-buying the base game unless you have a Steam version (which this is not).

Don't get me wrong, the base game is still a nice twin-stick shooter that will give new life to your music collection and would definitely be worth playing if that's all there was. It's well made, the visuals are great if you're able to tolerate them, and it does a nice job of adjusting to subtle elements of the music you feed into it rather than falling into the trap that a lot of music-driven games do of "fast means hard, slow means easy. The end."

However, the Ultra DLC adds a ton of vital content including the perks system that lets you customize a number of elements to add replayability and challenge to tracks, a new game mode that's a lot of fun, online multiplayer, and perhaps most importantly, the ability to adjust the visual intensity for those who find the flashing lights to be a bit too much (or for the masochists who want to turn them up even further!).

This is a pretty good game, but with the DLC it's an incredible one, so I'd recommend waiting until GMG is able to offer the complete version or the Ultra DLC is available separately before purchasing it.

75

A new way to play music and game

MorphineBear | Dec. 23, 2012 | See all MorphineBear's reviews »

One of the comments above describes it as "not a ordinary Asteroids-like game." I agree fully.

The game runs primarily on your music choice so you can have many different choices for levels.

One problem that I really, really hate is the flashes. During the game and menu screens, all of that, you have the flashing and exploding in the background. You can lower the amount, but it's still blinding. After an hour or two of playing, I was forced to stop because it's hard on the eyes. Plus, this adds to the challenge of actually seeing where the other enemies are.

76

A very musical Journey

DonVercetti | Dec. 22, 2012 | See all DonVercetti's reviews »

Another game with a great concept. The gameplay is very arcady and lets you jump into it quite quickly and easily. The most enjoyable thing in this game is playing it with friends of mine, You take a song from your own library and invite your friends into a game. This feature however is only unlocked when getting the Beat Hazard Ultra DLC. But the title itself is amazing, In Single Player you can rock out to your own music while flying around, gunning down some enemies. The build in tracks deserve a listen aswell, they're quite enjoyable!

80

A fun, hectic shooter

KalebKJC | Dec. 7, 2012 | See all KalebKJC's reviews »

Beat Hazard is amazing fun for a couple minutes at a time, as long as you're not prone to seizures. The way the game reacts to your music is great and it has a fantastic, albeit seizure inducing, look.

93

One of my favourites indie games

oginer | Nov. 9, 2012 | See all oginer's reviews »

I purchased this game about 2 years ago and I still play occasionally. It's a very fun and challenging game. Gameplay varies according to the music (you can use your own music) although the volume is what matters more since that controls when your ship can shot and the amount of enemies that appear (this means that a song with high volume variation or with pauses can be very difficult to play since you get a lot of enemies when the music is intense, but the moment it stops you can barely shot).

Bear in mind, though, you'll really want the Ultra DLC, as it adds a lot to the game: new enemies and bosses, new perks, new game modes...

80

Probably my favorite music game

sweetcuppincake | Oct. 18, 2012 | See all sweetcuppincake's reviews »

I have played several games of the rhythm/music genre where you get to import your own music files into the game. This is my favorite. There's always a risk with this type of game that the song you choose isn't really suited for the action of the game. That is true for Beat Hazard, but less so than with other games. In this game, the volume of the music dictates the power of your weapons, so a quiet moment in a song has an effect, but the action stays alive. It's just more about you needing to survive. The game overall is better-suited for louder or heavier songs as a result, but aside from that, I don't find any flaws. It's a great way to enjoy your music and a fun game at the same time. There is plenty of variety in play modes to keep things interesting.

100

Really good Game

Sharptap | Oct. 5, 2012 | See all Sharptap's reviews »

This game is very good. It's not a ordinary Asteroids-like game , it´s a music-powered asteroid-like game with space ship fights , millions of lasers and i repeat again:powered by your music. What´s better than playing a game with your favorite music on? This game is better than that , because your msuic actually changes the game so it will be challenging everytime. I recommend the ultra dlc it adds lots of new power up and some new bosses so you can have the full beat hazard experience.

78

Music out in space

Adanos | Sept. 4, 2012 | See all Adanos's reviews »

This game has an interesting gameplay, that mostly working: using music to generate enemiewaves, the power of the laser and affect the backround. But sadly at some songs it isn't works.

This game is good in small doses because a too long gameplay can make it boring.

75

Fun space shooter

CJV | Sept. 1, 2012 | See all CJV's reviews »

As far as space shooting goes, this game does it's job. It is a fun and colorful shooter. Although in terms of music driven gameplay, I don't really feel it... the music mostly affects the visual effects, enemies and the actual gameplay most of the time don't actually follow the music.

79

One of my favourite indie game.

xboxer | Aug. 28, 2012 | See all xboxer's reviews »

I got this almost 2 years back and I must say it's a really enjoyable indie shooter.

It makes your music interesting and it's really rewarding to shoot spaceships to the beat of your music. The tempo of the game depends on the tempo of your music.

There is enough challenge and enemies to keep you entertained for a long time. This is a hard game. It requires intense focus and extremely nimble fingers. Enemies will come at you from all corners and many times you will find yourself swarmed by enemies but that is what makes this fun.

100

The space is really dangerous with music!

Raoin | Aug. 22, 2012 | See all Raoin's reviews »

Beat Hazard is an outstanding 2D shooter. The gameplay driven by music revives the old space shooters genre; further, the mechanic makes the replayability totally worth it. When I first saw the game, I thought that was really simple a really simples space shooter with a music driven mechanic attached to it. After I bought it and played it, I realized how interesting it really was. The modes, the bosses, the perks, the multiplayer and other features instantly made me love it. Also, the DLC, Ultra, gives good improves to the game adding new features and making it more fun. I highly recommend Beat Hazard. Even because, in this case, the beat just stops when you want to.

100

So much fun!

Rubin1993 | Aug. 21, 2012 | See all Rubin1993's reviews »

Beat Hazard is 2D game in which levels, enemies, distribution of bonuses are determined by your music. Fresh idea about gaming with your music make this game unique. Gameplay is a good return to arcade games. You steer spaceship and you must kill enemies such as another spaceships and bosses. Game is very dynamic and challenging. Graphic is also good (much visuals). If you want to have much more fun in Beat Hazard buy Beat Hazard : Ultra dlc. New enemies, new bosses and much more. Overall the game is very addicting also challenging. Must Have!

76

Very interesting SHMUP

ultrapwnd | Aug. 5, 2012 | See all ultrapwnd's reviews »

Beat hazard is a very interesting shoot em up in which you play to music, the gameplay is very nice, You can collect powerups to make yourself stronger and make yourself the "beat hazard" which is when there are a lot of flashing lights and sounds and when you are at your strongest(If you are susceptible to seizures this probably is not for you). It looks very pretty but can give you a headache if you look at it for a while. The gameplay can get repetitive as there is no difference in weapons ranging from song to song unless you get the dlc. Overall If you like rhythm games or shoot em up games I would recommend beat hazard, but if you get nauseas or get headaches or seizures I would look elsewhere.

95

Great game

satyakun | July 13, 2012 | See all satyakun's reviews »

This game is very colorful. And it's use our music library as part of its gameplay. The graphic itself is a combination between 2D and 3D effect. be careful about the light that sometimes too bright, make sure you adjust it before you play. the gameplay is very unique, offering you a new way to enjoy your music. This game is awesome!

90

Wonderfully colorful!!

PPG113 | June 13, 2012 | See all PPG113's reviews »

Bright flashes of colors dance across the screen as Beat Hazard starts up. Epileptics be warned, this game should be avoided at all costs. The bases of the game is, your music dictates the game's environment. Loud bass pumping music for a fast and hectic, though enjoyable, playthrough, or something a bit more deadly slow? Choice is yours as you pick the tracks from your collection. Be warned though, slower music like a symphony is often deadly with few able to survive. Overall the game is wonderful mix of audiosurf and old school asteroids. Even with the effects turned down all the way, its often distraction and can cause headaches for even the most avid gamer. The itunes file support is option, as is co-op/ "ULTRA" dlc. Ultra adds a lot of things to the game, but the base game is still fun without it.

80

A Mesmerizing Time Sink

Endyo | June 1, 2012 | See all Endyo's reviews »

Some time after the inital release of this game, it had an update that changed some of the core aspects of the game. This review will be of the game after those changes.

Beat Hazard is one of those games you have just sitting there ready to be launched at a moment's notice to fill in that 15 minute gap when you have nothing else you want to do. There are a lot of those around especially given the prominence of smart phone games, yet Beat Hazard does the same job with more style, entertainment value, and replayability.

The game, in all modes, plays generally like a cross between Asteroids and Galaga. A more modern comparison would be Geometry Wars without all of the Geometry. You're basically using a constant stream of firepower to blast away dozens of ships fand obstacles that for whatever reason want to see you obliterated. That, on its own, is midly entertaining at best. Yet what makes Beat Hazard a truly entertaining venture is that every enemy, every aspect of firepower you have, and most of the visuals on the screen coordinate precisely to a song you select before hand. Each song sort of works out to be a "level" in a loose sense. Though you still collect various powerups, your firepower is still pirmarily dependent on the status of the music as it currently plays. It's a bit difficult to explain in text, but think of your favorite song - it inevitably has slower and lower parts and faster and louder parts. Well the fast parts mean more damage and faster enemies, the slow parts mean the opposite. This can make for very dynamic gameplay while at the same time allowing you to listen to your favorite music in a game.

Beat Hazard delivers a fairly unique perspective on an old and tired concept. It's not quite enough to make it a game you drop everything else for, but it is certainly a fairly well crafted endeavor with a twist everyone can enjoy.

100

My eyes!!!!!

ViciousXUSMC | April 17, 2012 | See all ViciousXUSMC's reviews »

My eyes bleed with happiness as Beat Hazard is one of the best time killing games I have ever played.

When you're in that stasis mode where you're not quite feeling like doing much like playing a competitive game, and you dont want to be so lazy as to just sit still and listen to music.

Beat Hazard gives you the answer; listen to your music and interact with it at the same time. This way your not a total vegetable and you get to just kick back and enjoy your tunes.

They integrated online radio now too, so you can listen to music that you dont even know and maybe find stuff you like from it.

I have had many hours of fun with this game both single player and online vs a friend. For the money its not even a question if you should buy this game.

73

It's got pretty flashy lights :)

Dweezy | March 8, 2012 | See all Dweezy's reviews »

This is a game that is driven by your music. At first, it will take some getting use to the intense lights which make it hard to distinguish enemies and their fire. You'll soon find yourself immersed in the music and the more intense the music, the more powerful your ship's fire power! Don't worry if the only tracks you have on your computer are from Barney's Soundtrack (although the 'I Love You, You Love Me' song is surprisingly intense), Beat Hazard provides a nice sampling of music to play with.

There are survival and 'chillout' modes, in addition to track by track play. The game rewards you via a ranking system so the more you play, the more points you score, the higher up the ranks you'll go. Ranks earn you bonuses in-game, giving you better starting stats, better score multipliers and more ways to stay alive.

Putting all epilepsy jokes aside (no seriously, don't play if you are prone to seizures) this music+arcade shooter game will have you mesmerized from the start!

79

Amazing

vigotski | Sept. 6, 2011 | See all vigotski's reviews »

Beat Hazard gives what it promises: the ability to play your music. The modes are very interesting, although there aren't many of them. They are all very challenging, you'll need practice to finish those ultra-rapid songs you want to! The graphics are good, but take care, they're also a free epilepsy test. You can set the % of effects (I usually go with 50%, I don't wanna have a fit). This is a must buy, so do it right now!

94

Beat Hazard is Amazing

darkxl | Sept. 4, 2011 | See all darkxl's reviews »

Out of all the music game out there, Beat Hazard is my favorite music game so far! It's basically a twin stick shooter where it take place in Universe. The game is powered by your music so if your music is very active more enemies will attack you, all while you shoot and get power-ups to upgrade. At the same time the graphics changes and they look amazing! There's all kinds of perks and enemies and it's just awesome when you shoot them and see the game evolved with your music. I really love Beat Hazard so this review may be biased because I just love everything about this game and spent so many hours on it. The only thing i hate are that i have to pay extra for co-op and certain file support.

70

Epilepsy, the game

jojot | Sept. 2, 2011 | See all jojot's reviews »

Beat Hazard is probably my favorite music game out there. At it's heart it's the Basic Asteroids like SHMUP where you fly around the space given to you and shoot everything that isn't you or a power up. The twist is the level is generated based on the musical track you play (you can even use your own mp3's) and so is the power of your weapon. The other twist is that your weapon and everything that explodes on screen is made up of bright flashing particles that change color and brightness in time with the music. This creates an unprecedented amount of visual noise and makes it almost impossible to see what is going on, not to mention giving you photosensitive seizures if you aren't careful. The game is still a tonne of fun to play (as long as you aren't epileptic) and works especially well with dance/techno music and fast metal I have found.

85

Do you like music? You will like this game

Min0rThreat | Sept. 1, 2011 | See all Min0rThreat's reviews »

Im a big fan of music, I listen to music almost all the time. This game let me experience my music in ways I have never before. Its a simple top top asteroids-like shooter, but the levels are generated through your music. The beat and tempo will affect the speed and number of enemies and how powerful your shots are. Not to mention the flashing lights. It also scrobbles to last.fm if your into that (I know I am). From experience, I would say that most songs work very well, minus slow songs and vocal heavy songs. But, some nice DnB beats or an upbeat ska song, you'll have a great musical experiance. Did I mention its got a levelling system and perks?

80

Extra fun if you like top down shoot em up in the first place.

Xonus | Aug. 24, 2011 | See all Xonus's reviews »

This game, like Audiosurf, can turn listening to music you enjoy to become even more fun\intense\relaxing depending on what you chose to listen to. Although, sometimes it can just become tedious if you simply feel like hearing the song, but hey, don't play it in that situation.

The game itself can get extremely challenging on the harder difficulty settings, although the added perks in the DLC do make it a bit easier. The added setting that alters the visual intensity is great too, allowing you to control how much you want your eyes to hurt after playing the game.

Recommended if you like the general idea of games where levels are designed according to your music.

70

Play your Music, Literally

faraany3k | Aug. 24, 2011 | See all faraany3k's reviews »

Beat Hazard is a rhythm based shooter. Using rhythm as a source for the entire gameplay. Rhythm is powered by your own music. You are in control of a spaceship's fire power, and lets you shoot enemies built by the intensity of the music. By picking up many different kinds of power-ups, you can amplify your music which acts as combo multiplier and let you score more points. This makes the game a little more cerebral experience and not just mindless shooting frenzy in space.This Reward system is indefinitely fun and gives a lot of replaybilty . Enemies in beat hazard are of different sizes and shapes, with different weapons and there are even some boss fights, which make for some exciting encounters.Controls are a bit sluggish and controlling your ships seems a bit off. But all in all a great game that can make your music a lot more fun.

Game also supports iTunes, mp4 and other formats. There is an ULTRA version available too. Game gets repetitive rather quickly but every track that you play makes the gameplay unique everytime. A must buy for the lovers of music and some shooting fun.

50

Indie Quick Buck

GMGReviewer | Aug. 24, 2011 | See all GMGReviewer's reviews »

Beat Hazard is a horrible port. I can't believe PC gamers support such a bad port. It has no cursor for menu selection, huge mouse smoothing and menus like a bad port should.

This game isn't what you think it is, it's not powered by your music, but rather powered by the speed of your music. There's no rhythm to it at all, the spawn of enemies depends on the speed of your music.

It's just a normal twin stick shooter that has hideous sound, hideous menu layout and hideous graphic texture. But the background do have your music visualization which is nice. It also has different modes and perks you can play and use.

I also have to mention that the developers likes to nickel and dime their customer by charging for additional feature, not content.

95

Unreasonably Addictive

Endyo | Aug. 23, 2011 | See all Endyo's reviews »

For such a simple game, Beat Hazard will have you glued to your computer for hours if you're not careful. The lights and flashes hypnotize you while you get to listen to your favorite music and battle against foes generated by its rhythm and melody. All the while you unlock perks and bonuses that give you new and stronger weapons and better abilities. The glory of the game really comes in the fact that you get to decide what sort of game you're going to play. Since it's focused on the music, slower more mellow music will result in a slower and more mellow game experience. You can also vary the difficulty and intensity of the game manually through options, though changing it changes the amount of points you receive and thus the unlocks that you can accomplish. The core of the game is your average Asteroids-style gameplay that is more reasonably compared to the popular game Geometry Wars. I highly recommend this game not as something you play all the time every day, but a game that will please you at any point you decide to launch it.

90

The ultimate epilepsy test

Johnnsen | Aug. 23, 2011 | See all Johnnsen's reviews »

Beat Hazard was already good. Now with the update that accompanied the Ultra DLC it is even better. A more distinct look, better contrast, more effects, more enemies and boss types. A recent update brought support for Last.fm scrobbling, and the cheap Ultra DLC adds online multiplayer to the local multiplayer the basegame offers. It works with controllers as well, and automatically switches to Xbox 360 button graphics when you hook up a wired or wireless 360 controller. Local co-op or head to head on the songs you like is loads of fun, and if you like music driven games and space shooters, or just music and fun games, you should give this game a go, especially for this price.

98

Played since the first week

xorn000 | Aug. 22, 2011 | See all xorn000's reviews »

I am no stranger to this game. I bought it the week it was released and have played hundreds of tracks on it. It plays much better since the large patching in the past months. Online radio capability, can use multiple music formats, twitter integration, this game has some good features. My issue is that too long of play and I'll get a massive headache. Make sure if you play this game to have good lighting in your room or you will suffer. Even slow classical songs work well since the changes. I now play almost anything instead of just dubstep or metal. Thanks to their faster instrumentals they always were the best. Now anything is fair game. Coop can be a challenge if with less capable players. The perk system is massive and can greatly change the experience in any of the modes. As it stands, this was money well spent.

95

Beat Hazard: When Ships and Music Collide

TheTHing2010 | Aug. 20, 2011 | See all TheTHing2010's reviews »

Steam review:

Depending on how intense or soft your music collection is, Beat Hazard is one crazy game.

Intense music pushes the limit by adding fast-moving asteroids along with blood-thirsty ships out to destroy you.

You try to score as many points as possible while playing your song. If you make it through, you'll move on to the next. Score point and your rank will increase. Every time you reach a new level, there will be favorable bonuses which make you earn points in larger quantities much faster.

As your music gets more intense, so do your weapons nad the amount of enemies. The flashing lights may be disorienting after a while, but luckily there's a relax mode like in aaAAaa.

The powerups really help you, but I recommend that you clear out the enemies until you go for the powerups.

The boss battles are cool too. Depending on your tracks you're playing, it may produce two mini bosses or one big boss.

Whether this game and/or the addon goes on sale, I recommend this for everyone.

92

A shooter powered by music.

Rzepak01 | Aug. 19, 2011 | See all Rzepak01's reviews »

Beat Hazard is a music powered twin stick shooter with seizure inducing strobe like effects galore. This little title takes your music and uses it to generate enemy waves, which you take out with your stanard weapons, missles, shields, ultra beam and a screen clearing bomb. Not everything is available from the start. Missles, shields and bombs are pick ups, while the ultra beam is unlocked using one of the many perks. Perks are unlocked as you level up and bought with money picked up during the songs. During a song you also have to pick up multipliers, power and volume pickups that help you with destroying the waves of enemies. There are a few enemy types from the standard ships that hang around and make nuisence of themselves to larger ships that shoot homing missles. There are also quite a few boss types to make the game a bit more difficult. You can play Beat Hazard one song at a time or choose to play the survival mode which plays whole albums. With the cheap Ultra add on the Boss Rush mode opens up. Its like survival mode but with an endless wave of bosses instead of standard enemies. The graphics I believe are a love it or hate it. To some the screen may seem to busy and the chonstant flashing annoying so its a good thing that the game allows you to adjust the graphics intensity. This is a gem for any fan of music and time wasters.

66

A decent game, made better through it's musical premice

pman | Aug. 16, 2011 | See all pman's reviews »

This game doesnt have too much going for it. It's controls, visuals and game-play can all be easily bested by other arcade shooters on the market. What really sets this game apart from the competition is the use of your own music library to aid in the creation of the levels. This opens up almost limitless game-play possibilities as there are as many unique levels as there are songs on your computer. So, if you are a fanatic of the arcade genre, or perhaps love using your music to craft gameplay experiences (ala audiosurf) then i strongly recommend this game for you. However, if you are new to the arcade shooter genre and are looking for the most intuitive controls and best graphics, i recommend you look elsewhere.

85

It's so pretty...

UltraJake | Aug. 11, 2011 | See all UltraJake's reviews »

The effects respond to your music and no round is exactly like another. With the ability to choose your difficulty and visual effect intensity you can start out easy and then fry your eyes and your fingers when you get better. When you finish a song your score adds up, leveling you up to allow you to purchase or upgrade perks. These help you get bigger combos, more bombs, a faster "Beat Hazard" and more. There is a leaderboard of scores with different ones for different song lengths. Eventually you may get bored of the game, but with the Beat Hazard Ultra DLC selling for only $1.25 on Steam you can get more bosses, more enemies and more perks. It's a great time waster and a lot of fun!

94

Indie Game at its finest

PANIC98 | Aug. 10, 2011 | See all PANIC98's reviews »

This game is basically Asteroids and Audiosurf combined into one big bundle of awesome. This game has 2 sides to it. Gameplay which is 4.5/5 and your music library which cant be rated as it differs from person to person. If you want to have a good 15 minute play session, then their is no reason you shouldnt own Beat Hazard

60

Colorful effects, not much other than that

t20k | Aug. 9, 2011 | See all t20k's reviews »

The gameplay is simple and fun. Too bad every song plays almost exactly the same; the only difference are the lights and effects you'll see. It's a good way to keep yourself busy while listening to music, but you could be doing anything else. The developers should have added the Ultra DLC for free, because it just feels like the original game but with boss and enemy variety.

85

Shooting your own music

Fl1pp13 | Aug. 3, 2011 | See all Fl1pp13's reviews »

While most games have a small amount of songs included, Beat Hazard offers you the opportunity to game with your own music on. However, this isn't the only catch. Music is an essential part of Beat Hazard, as the songs generate the enemies you're fighting against. With some pretty good, but epileptic graphics, Cold Beam Games offers us the chance to enjoy our own music to the most. Best of all, the entire concept works and doesn't have any flaws at all. Too bad it costs a dollar to include ITunes support, but it's worth it.

80

Mindless Fun

DarrellW94 | July 22, 2011 | See all DarrellW94's reviews »

This game adds a new dimension to your music library, and although not an original idea, this is great fun! I can play this for hours on end, listening to my favourite tracks and shooting everything that moves. But that is where it is poor. All you do is shoot everything, so can seem monotonous at times, but all of the special effects take your mind off the fact that this is all you are doing! Each level also varies so much, so this helps make the game seem fresh at every play.

60

Original but very Linear.

IganX | July 22, 2011 | See all IganX's reviews »

Beat Hazard introduces another aspect to space-ship arcade games, which is using your own music to determine the enemy strength and number. It is cool in first place, has great visual effects and a simple gameplay which makes it fun, but with time it can get boring, for it doesn't have any type of variation, its allways the same, just as in older arcade games but with your own music. I am not a big fan of this type of games, but if you appreciate arcade-like games and the music aspect gets your attention, go ahead and try it.

90

Just as good as Audiosurf!!

Xbomborz | July 21, 2011 | See all Xbomborz's reviews »

If you are a fan of Audiosurf, you would love this game! As you listen to your own music library, the game adapts and changes, becoming harder during more intense sequences and easier during slower parts of the song. Due to this mechanic, the gameplay really doesn't get old, partially because of the song variety of one's collection. If you are a fan of listening to your own music while playing a game, Beat Hazard is a must-own game.

59

Innovative

hotmando1 | July 19, 2011 | See all hotmando1's reviews »

I really like this because it uses your own soundtracks. but there are pros and cons to that too. I totally like the idea of using the player's soundtracks. But what if some people don't have music on their computer? So that is a letdowner. i recommend this to only people with a vast storage of music tracks. Since the music is the highlight of the game, it interrupts YOUR music pretty nicely. Enemies come and go and you'll still get a good feel. Visually speaking, it is over the top. It's really colorful. I wouldn't be surprised if anyone got headaches after playing for hours. The game at times can get boring because all you do is shoot and kill. Well that is the point int it? It's up to you to make the game more interesting. Anyway...if this type of genre/shooting doesn't interest you: why not try audiosurf? It seems that music is entering gaming these days tooo.

81

Shoot everything that moves

YSEByy | July 14, 2011 | See all YSEByy's reviews »

Firstly i must say you can spend a couple of hours on this game and not get bored. The reason why is that you can choose the music you want to ride. Depending on the music and the rythm the monster move more quickly, that makes the game even more fun and enjoyable. The colours are nice, though the graphics would be rated 7/10. I woundn't recommend playing it more than 2 hours straith because of the colours flashing all the time. The harder the difficult of song and ur choice, the harder the bosses and aliens are. It's still a very enjoyable game.

95

Highly Approved

Alixey | June 9, 2011 | See all Alixey's reviews »

Beat Hazard is a simple game, You strenght enemies and bosses come and go with you own music. And this simplicity is what makes the game so great. The visuals aren'r so good, on first look that is. But when you play the game, especially on higher difficulties, you'll see the great light effects the game gives when you shoot more and more of the spaceships. (And if you just want the light effects without shooting, they also made a great visualiser in game). So if you want a game on wich you can shoot spaceships on you own music, with great light effects. Then this is your game.

65

Not Really Fun

drakaenae | June 5, 2011 | See all drakaenae's reviews »

This game is like the asteroids arcade game but with music. The game gets harder at the intense parts of the music and easier towards the slow and less intense parts. This game is too repetitive. There is a limited number of enemies and after playing for a while, no matter what song your choose, the game is pretty much the same. Rather than playing this game, I would rather put some music on and play just any other less repetitive shooter.

If you want to play a game with music I would recommend Audiosurf. If you want a shooting game, I'm sure there's a lot of better ones out there. I wouldn't recommend this game.

88

Really fun game to pick up and play

Lancelot652 | June 1, 2011 | See all Lancelot652's reviews »

This game is really fun and addicting that will keep you coming back to it. Music is the focus of this game it determines how powerful your weapons are going to be,how many enemy's are going to be on screen, and the intensity of the flashing strobe lights.Like other reviewers have said this game is not for people that contract seizures because of the flashing strobe lights. Sometimes it goes get very hard to see whats is going on because of these lights as well.In all this game is very addicting and worth every penny if you like music and or have a big collection of music and you want a fun game to jam to and shoot things with you should definitely pick this game up.

80

A game you'll find yourself coming back to

GAMERamble | May 26, 2011 | See all GAMERamble's reviews »

When I first laid eyes on Beat Hazard it looked like some glorified amalgamation of Asteroids and Geomatry Wars. Its gimmick of generating enemy patterns and firepower according to whatever song is playing sounded intriguing and the price reasonable so I decided to give this Indie title a shot.

Firstly those folks that are prone to seizures better heed the warning at the start of the game. This game takes full screen strobing effects to new levels and after playing for a while it will feel like you've been stabbed in the eyes with a rainbow. At times there's so much color and activity onscreen that it is virtually impossible to see what is going on. The game is a single screen shooter with swirling smoke and sparkling nebulas in the background while your ship mows down waves of foes through the power of music. Your weapon intensity (and enemy density) is linked to the song playing in the background so this is your excuse to break out some loud music. Slow, mellow songs will work too but you are just making life harder for yourself. The game has online leaderboards that record your score along with the song you got it on so if you are hell bent on playing at insane difficulty to the soothing strains of pan flutes it will be immortalized for other players to envy. For the sad few individuals that somehow have no audio ripped to their PC there is a few pack in tracks to play with.

What I like about Beat Hazard is that each track is unique but not random. Playing the same song again will result in the same experience so you can actually practice tracks and get better at them. A progress bar at the top of the screen shows the song length and you need to stay alive for its duration while racking up a highscore. Destroyed enemies drop power-ups like score multipliers, "volume" and weapon power. You'll also rank up while playing (according to your score) and these ranks are persistent along with their benefits so you'll have a reason to keep coming back for more. Survival mode lets you try your hand at playing through an entire album which is no mean feat considering you won't get any extra lives while playing. A limited amount of super bombs are your friend as triggering these will clear the screen of foes giving you some breathing room. While these replenish it is still a good idea to save them for desperate situations.

To make life even harder for you is the big motherships that sometimes make an appearance. They take a beating and can fill the screen with projectiles and laser beams but the bounty of power-ups revealed when you split them open like a piñata makes them welcome targets. Another nuisance is the junk asteroids floating around as they will break apart into millions of little pieces that further clutter up the screen. Enemy projectiles can also sometimes become lost in the psychedelic mess which further decreases your chances of survival.

If all of this sounds too exhausting you can always try the "Chillout" mode that gives you unlimited lives but don't expect to make it to the leaderboards. There's even a two player mode if you want a friend to join in on the carnage. If simply beating your own scores or making it to the leaderboards isn't enough there's a few Steam achievements to aim for as well.

Beat Hazard is perfectly playable with a keyboard and mouse but those that want the true "twin stick" shooter experience can play with a Xbox360 or compatible controller. Regardless of your preference everything controls very smoothly. The limited amount of enemy ship designs can lead to a feeling of repetitiveness and there's only a handful of mothership types as well. Until you reach high enough ranks where you start with full "volume" power-ups songs start out very soft and requires pickups to boost. This can be a bit annoying if you want to listen to your tunes at full blast.

The music is obviously the highlight of the game and only limited to your collection. The way the songs are analyzed and interpreted looked like it works perfectly to me and the action onscreen always matched what was coming through the speakers. You'll will come to dread the sudden lulls in loud songs especially if you hear the warning klaxon signifying the eminent appearance of a mothership (or two!)

I know some people are probably going to take one look at this game and declare it unplayable but it will be their loss. Beat Hazard is a challenging and addictive shooter albeit one that's a little punishing on the eyes. For the price it's being sold at you can't go wrong either.

88

Extremely addicting, apocalyptic, and also epileptic

Ichiro | May 10, 2011 | See all Ichiro's reviews »

First of all, if you suffer from epilepsy, DO NOT BUY THIS GAME. You have been warned.

Now away from that point, this game certainly has a ton of replayability, especially on the endless mode. Just load up a song that's part of a folder with a ton of other music, and expect yourself to be playing, forever.

Once you hit the millions in score, you really need to take a break, haha. Otherwise it'll get to you after a while.

This game is based in space, with ships and asteroids trying to kill you, but its the generation of the visual effects that make it extremely fun to play. Certainly a game that will appeal to most audiences, especially those really into music.

90

Possibly the best music game around.

Wolfear | April 9, 2011 | See all Wolfear's reviews »

Beat Hazard is a simple game, You strenght enemies and bosses come and go with you own music. And this simplicity is what makes the game so great. The visuals aren'r so good, on first look that is. But when you play the game, especially on higher difficulties, you'll see the great light effects the game gives when you shoot more and more of the spaceships. (And if you just want the light effects without shooting, they also made a great visualiser in game). So if you want a game on wich you can shoot spaceships on you own music, with great light effects. Then this is your game.

80

Great casual game

mitzager | April 7, 2011 | See all mitzager's reviews »

Beat Hazard is a game for everyone. Doesn't matter if you are a casual or hardcore gamer I think you will enjoy every track you play. The gameplay is very simple, inspired by Asteroids and the music affects the type of enemies that spawn and the power of your lasers. What bothers me if that you have to play a heavy metal songs to get higher scores, it's almost impossible to survive on a calm song (you can take it as a great challenge). Can't wait for the Beat Hazard Ultra DLC which promises a lot of new features, including co-op. Until then, buy this game, you won't be disappointed.

77

Asteroids powered with your music

tangoak | April 5, 2011 | See all tangoak's reviews »

Nice Asteroids clone with a twist of music. It is like playing asteroids but with Winamp visualization glued on. Visuals are great, like a disco in your room. Play with your own music and blast space rocks and enemy ships away. Different music generates different enemies and affects to the firepower your spaceship. If you want to score high you will have to pick right music and collect power ups. Game involves also some tactics as dodging bullets and asteroids instead of shooting around increases score multiplier. Beat hazard is a great game but lacks some variety.

50

Boring

mikim | April 4, 2011 | See all mikim's reviews »

I expected this game to be so much more. I wanted a nice music game which in I will be able to feel the actual RHYTM, like it is possible for example in Guitar Hero. But, if not the changing colours and music in the background, I wouldn't even know that it's a music game. Shooting is really boring. Graphics are average and eyes can get bored by them - many quickly changing colours. I don't recommend it, even if it's on sale.