Editor's Note:

Shadowrage is this version's developer. Removed the 'hardware' as that only applies to PC version. Removed other PC version references too.

Added on: April 16, 2010


[edit] Background

Think this is just another dual stick arcade shooter?

Think Again!

In Beat Hazard, you take your collection of music and turn it into stages that reflects the music being played. A game that changes along with the music!

[edit] Game Play

The game is simple to play, only 3 inputs (Using a 360 controller, Mouse control is also supported) are necessary to control the ship (Movement, Gun, and bomb), but don't let that fool you into thinking it's lacking immersion.

The 'levels' in this game are music tracks on your hard drive. You can either play one of the 10 tracks included with the game, or a song on your hard drive. The levels change along with the music. The more energetic and heavy the song gets, the more crazy the action becomes!

There are 4 Pickups:

  • Multiplier - A pickup which allow you to increase your score faster
  • Powerup - A Pickup which boosts the power of your weapon.
  • Volume Up - A pickup which increases the volume of the music, which boosts your ships power and the visuals on the screen.
  • Superbomb - A pickup which adds an extra superbomb for you to obliterate nearby enemies with!

[edit] Features

Main Features:

  • Virtually Endless selection of levels limited only by your music collection
  • Ranks - As you go up in the ranks, you earn bonuses like a multiplier boost when you start
  • Brilliant Visuals to stimulate your senses!
  • X-box 360 Controller support - Play it the way it was made to be played (Was an X-box 360 Indie Game)

Steam Features:

  • Online leaderboards - See how you stack up against other people around the world!
  • Steam Achievements - Try to get them all!
  • Steam Cloud - Uploads your saves to the server so you can continue on when you login from another computer.

[edit] Hardware Information

Taken from the Steam Page

OS: Windows XP/Vista/Win 7 Processor: 2.0GHz processor Memory: 512+MB of RAM Hard Drive: 40+MB of free hard drive space Graphics: 256MB of video memory Sound: DirectX-compatible sound DirectX®: 9 or later Controller: Xbox 360 controller

Forum Posts


Beat Hazard Ultra coming to iOS

Music-based shmup on your Apple devices

Jan 02, 2012, by Sean Ridgeley | 1 comment
Weekly PSN update debuts digital Alice: Madness Returns, King of Fighters XIII demo

Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood, Red Faction: Armageddon go digital

Dec 13, 2011, by Dany Argueta | 1 comment
Beat Hazard Ultra hitting PSN in October

Music-driven shmup on its way

Sep 19, 2011, by Sean Ridgeley | 0 comments
Last.FM, Internet radio support hit Beat Hazard Ultra

Stream all day, errrr'dayyy

Jul 19, 2011, by Sean Ridgeley | 6 comments
Beat Hazard Ultra coming 2011, $5 upgrade for previous owners

Music-based shoot-em-up getting a whole lot better

Nov 01, 2010, by Sean Ridgeley | 22 comments
PC demo released for music-powered shoot-em-up Beat Hazard

Pure retro joy available for trial

Apr 23, 2010, by Sean Ridgeley | 2 comments

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Oct 14, 11 8:10am
Just reached 13,694,894,080 points. Rank 47 for total score . Also, rank 74 on songs 5-6 minutes long. BeatHazard
Sep 16, 11 10:51am
Just reached 7,900,000,000 points. Rank 98 on the leaderboards for total score . Played the same song repeatedly to grind points lol. BeatHazard
Sep 06, 11 2:14pm
Just reached 5,000,000,000 points . Rank 180 on the leaderboards for total score. BeatHazard
Sep 03, 11 11:26am
Elite 398 with 4,009,112,064 points. Also I'm now Rank 15 on the Boss Rush leaderboards with 113,281,504 points at Wave 48. BeatHazard
Sep 01, 11 8:26am
Rank Elite 348 with 3,504,038,400! Also now rank 74 on the Boss Rush leaderboards with 80,282,096 points at Wave 36. BeatHazard
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Rank 298 with 3,000,974,080 points! BeatHazard
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Reached rank Elite 270. At time of update, I had 2,726,248,192 points. BeatHazard
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Release Dates
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    • Apr 15, 2010 (PC)
    • Oct 28, 2009 (XBOX360)
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