Day 45: Beat Hazard

Posted: 2010/12/24 in Indie Games
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I’m purchasing an Xbox Live Indie Game every day, seeking out the quality titles that got lost in the shuffle and no longer appear in the top 50 downloads. Today is day #45, and today’s game is “Beat Hazard”.

Beat Hazard is in some ways the opposite of the game I reviewed back on day 20: “Groov”. With Groov your actions create a soundtrack. Beat Hazard, on the other hand, analyses the music you provide it and turns it into a chorus of destruction. Your weapons pulse to the beat, and whenever your music reaches a crescendo your power is increased. But there’s no free ride since your enemies are also empowered by it.

Consistent presentation and a guaranteed can’t miss soundtrack (since you’re providing the music you want to hear) makes for a 400 point shooter that’s one-part Asteroids, and one-part Rez’s evil twin.

  1. David Loves Sandy says:

    I absolutely love this game. It is like Asteroids on Steroids or Geometry Wars played to the rhythm of your own soundtrack. I found your blogs while searching for some information on an indie game I was thinking about buying and then I went back to Day One of your project and started reading up to here and love these blogs. I’ve been downloading some suggestions you’ve made and didn’t feel the need to say anything till I got to this wonderful game and saw you barely wrote one paragraph. Maybe this game can only be appreciated by those that love music and dual stick games. Or maybe you need to have a lot of music loaded on your Xbox 360 hard drive to really understand how much fun this game is. For only 400 points I have already spent well over 50 hours playing this game so for my money that is way past the amount of playing time I have gotten out of any other single Indie game I have bought. Maybe due to the fact that you only give each game one day of play you don’t understand how much fun this game is. There are some songs that I own that are more challenging then others to get 100% complete thanks to the pauses. Keep in mind I listen to mainly heavy metal music and some trance/industrial stuff.

    PS…if you haven’t done it yet why not try Retrofit – Overload…sorry if you already reviewed that one but I haven’t yet read all 200 or so that you have written.

    • Thanks for the detailed user review. You’ll see that as my blogging went on the average reviews have gotten significantly longer as well, so I think you’ll be happier with later reviews. You’re right that having to always press on and do another game the next day doesn’t allow me to revisit games as often as I’d like. I’ve actually begun the process of revisiting previously reviewed games and re-reviewing them. I did one for Arkedo: Pixel, and I’ll probably do the same for Beat Hazard when time allows.

      Thanks again for your interest, and I look forward to your thoughts on later reviews as you continue to plow through them.

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