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[[caption-width-right:300:[[VideoGame/RevolutionX Music is the Weapon!]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin No, really.]]]]
->"''Beat Hazard'' is designed to overload the senses and batter your eyes from start to finish."
-->--'''[[WordOfGod Starg]]''', confirming our suspicions

'''''Beat Hazard''''' is an indie twin-stick ShootEmUp created by Cold Beam Games debuting on [[XboxLiveArcade Xbox LIVE Indie Games]] and later released on {{PlayStation Network}}, {{Steam}}, {{DESURA}}, [=GamersGate=], the Apple App Store, and Android smart phones and tablets. The premise is simple: choose a song, which in this case is a level, and shoot stuff up. The things you'll battle against consists of [[AsteroidsMonster space junk of varying sizes]], [[MookMobile small]] {{space plane}}s, [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs big space planes, smarter space planes, bigger AND smarter space planes]], [[DualBoss two big star-fighters]] armed with [[WaveMotionGun laser cannons]] and {{homing projectile}}s, [[LargeAndInCharge gigantic battleships]] armed to the teeth with weapons, and then some. In other words: [[TriggerHappy shoot anything that moves]].

Ever played ''VideoGame/{{Asteroids}}''? This game should look visually familiar. That is, until the space behind [[SpaceFighter your ship]] suddenly becomes a psychedelic audio visualization. Your small fighter craft appears in the middle of the screen, things fly in from all sides, and you gotta dodge 'em and shoot 'em. Now, here's the catch: the game's difficulty level is also controlled by your choice of music, not unlike in ''VideoGame/{{Audiosurf}}''. Survive the whole song and you complete the level -- which means that EpicRocking equals MarathonLevel. Your spaceship's guns shoot faster and harder the faster and louder your chosen song is. And, on top of that, there are {{power|Up}}-ups that make the music even louder and, of course, increase the power of your guns. If you need a breather, there's a SmartBomb that harms everything around your ship's surroundings.

In Standard Mode, you choose a song and play through it, and you're done. Pick a new song, shoot some more bad guys, rinse and repeat. If you prefer, you can engage in [[EndlessGame Survival Mode]] and see how many songs you can get through before you lose all your lives. With the addition of ''Beat Hazard Ultra'', the game adds a new variety of enemies (like the Mini-Serpents and [[TakingYouWithMe Reapers]]), new game modes like a BossRush and the aforementioned Survival Mode, new special weapons to play around with, an even ''[[NintendoHard HARDER]]'' difficulty level, and more.

Note that because of the way the game works, relevant music tropes often get paired with a video game trope. A sequel is currently in the works.

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!!This game displays examples of:
* AchievementSystem: The Xbox 360 version of ''Beat Hazard'' has a psuedo-Achievement system for completing challenges (e.g. play the game over an hour or get a x100 multiplier) that adds up to 200 points as if they were Xbox LIVE Achievements. The Steam and [=PlayStation=] 3 versions of ''Beat Hazard'' have Achievements and Trophies on their respective systems.
* AbnormalAmmo:
** Your EnergyWeapon, which could only be called a [[{{Pun}} Rave Motion Gun]], shoots streams of technicolor ''awesome'', fueled by '''music'''.
** In ''Beat Hazard Ultra'', some of the bosses have guns that shoot smaller ships at you.
* AbsurdlyHighLevelCap: Once you max out at Elite rank, you can still level-up your rank to Elite 1, Elite 2, Elite 76, and so on until Starg knows how high you can go.
** There is no known rank limit. However, there is a point limit. Breech it and each time it goes to the [[BuffySpeak rank-point-adding-bar-thing]] it will start increasing rapidly... until you realize it's started from the lowest possible number (negative version of the highest) and is going from there, and is also stretching off of the screen. It doesn't actually break your total points or rank (you can go look at those elsewhere) but it is alarming to see at first.
* AsteroidsMonster: The obviously-named Asteroids, which consist of space debris and they break up into multiple smaller pieces upon destruction. In ''Beat Hazard Ultra'', there are also [[ChasingYourTail magnetic]] Asteroids floating around.
* AttackReflector: You can use a [[DeflectorShields Reflector Shield]] in ''Ultra'' that can send most of the projectiles right back into the enemies while protecting your ship from harm. It becomes especially handy when dealing with Reapers and bosses that fires homing weapons.
* BeamSpam: The deadly Tracker Cannon on boss ships. First, it uses a LaserSight to aim at you. Then, it launches a salvo of beams at the place it locked you at. Hope you managed to move out of the way...
* BlingBlingBang: The Golden Ship in ''Ultra''. Originally it was exclusive for those that purchased the Steam version during its annual Summer Sale years prior, but the Golden Ship will be included in an upcoming DLC pack; a mini-version of the Golden Ship can be unlocked by a set of collecting trading cards then "craft" them into a Level 1 badge. The Xbox 360 version of ''Beat Hazard Ultra'' can unlock the Golden Ship by reaching Elite rank.
* BossRush: A Boss Rush mode was added in ''Beat Hazard Ultra'', allowing you to fight against all the new bosses it has to offer.
* BossWarningSiren: A warning sound is played when a boss is about to enter the screen.
* BulletHell: You shoot a lot. The bosses shoot a lot too. Compounded by the fact the screen flashes and vibrates with the beat of the music, distorting the bullets. Some things you can shoot down, some you have to dodge. More pronounced on Hardcore and the [[SerialEscalation even harder modes]].
* ColorCodedMultiplayer: Player 1 is red, Player 2 is blue.
** CompetitiveMultiplayer: The Head-to-Head in ''Ultra'', where both players compete for the highest score.
** CoOpMultiplayer: The original game's multiplayer as well as in ''Ultra'' where players help each other survive through a song. Take heed as both players share the same lives and weapons stock.
* CollisionDamage: Just like in other shoot 'em ups, touching an enemy means death.
* CurbStompBattle: It's possible to destroy a boss ship before it can even fire. Doing so in nets you the "Brutal Boss Kill" Achievement.
* DestructibleProjectiles: You can shoot at and destroy mines and missiles. You can't do that to the red orbs, but [[PainfullySlowProjectile they're easy enough to dodge]].
* DownloadableContent: The Ultra and Shadow Operations Unit expansions, which dramatically expands the game. There's also a cheap codec pack that enables you to play music in iTunes, m4a, mp4 and other formats[[labelnote:*]](this is only required for Windows users as Macintosh computers already support these formats)[[/labelnote]].
* DualBoss:
** Sometimes instead of one bigger boss you have to deal with two smaller ones. They still pack some serious punch though.
** You can have at least four different bosses on-screen at the same time during the Boss Rush mode.
* DynamicDifficulty:
** Enemies fire more often as the music gets louder and faster.
** Your weapon's damage output is based on the music intensity. During a quiet bit your weapons do very little damage to enemies; you can slaughter by the dozen with a single sweep of fire when it's intense.
* EpicRocking: If you enjoy {{Marathon Level}}s, try it. It'll hurt, though.
* EpilepticFlashingLights: The game starts with a seizure warning. [[CassandraTruth Unfortunately, they made it skippable.]]
* ExpansionPack: ''Beat Hazard Ultra'', which caused a leaderboard and rank reset upon release due to changes in how quieter-but-still-intense sections of songs are handled (which is part of a free patch). There's enough new content in there to make it feel like a new game entirely.
** There's also another DLC add-on called Shadow Operations Unit that adds Steam Workshop support, a ship editor, 9 new ships and ship-specific achievements.
* HarderThanHard: Hardcore not hard enough for you? Give [[NintendoHard Insane]] a try. Still not hard enough? [[SchmuckBait Try]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Suicidal]].
* HomingProjectile: The enemies' Homing Missiles and Ring Mines. In ''Ultra'', you can unlock and equip your own homing missiles with the Micro-Missiles.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: The Dragon Ship, if you can get enough trading card sets and craft them into a Level 5 badge to earn one.
* InterfaceScrew:
** When Volume and Weapon Power meters are full and the background visuals get going, it can be very hard to tell what's happening on screen. An intentional design decision as it changes with the difficulty and turning down the graphics intensity reduces your point harvest.
** Certain enemies in the ''Ultra'' expansion can mess with your ship. Stalkers and Repulsers use gravity beams to either pull your ship in or push it away, potentially into something you shouldn't hit. Bosses can sometimes have either type on some of their hardpoints. There's also an enemy that essentially amounts to a chain of glowing energy balls that, if it touches you, disables your weaponry momentarily; mines dropped from a Miner can also cripple your ship's ability to use anything.
* LaserSight: When you see a boss use one, avoid it. That's the Tracker Cannon.
* MacrossMissileMassacre:
** Homing Missile launchers on boss ships. Also, you can take it UpToEleven with weapon power upgrades and the song's tempo. Reapers in ''Beat Hazard Ultra'' unleashes one upon death.
** The Ring Mine launchers on Suicidal are slightly faster and fire in larger quantities per burst.
** The Micro-Missiles in ''Ultra'' gives you one of these. They prioritize the most threatening target on screen, totally bypassing other enemies to reach it. If some missiles are left over afterwards, they will automatically track the next most dangerous target and so on. The Reflector Shield can also turn enemy missiles and Ring Mines back at the enemies.
* MetaMultiplayer: Leaderboards.
* MusicalAssassin: You! Unfortunately, this also goes for the enemies and bosses, whose energy projectiles change color and pulsate in time with the music.
* MusicPlayerGame: The game's mechanics are centered around the music you play, where faster and louder beats means more firepower to you, faster enemy movement, and faster projectile speed, and vice-versa.
* NoDamageRun : Several of the Shadow Missions requires you to finish a certain number of entire tracks on a certain difficulty or harder without being killed or destroy a certain number of enemies without being killed. If you die, you either fail the current track or your kill count drops all the way to zero!
* NoPlotNoProblem: And who needs one to blast away an armada of space ships, asteroids, and robotic serpents while raving out to your favorite music anyway!
* OneHitPointWonder: You. One shot or wrong move into an enemy ship is all it takes to turn you into space dust.
* PainfullySlowProjectile: Orb Launcher. Unlike the Homing Missiles and Ring Mines, you can't shoot them down.
* ThePowerOfRock: Throw on your favorite rock song and go to town.
* PowerUp: The VOL and POW power-ups raises your ship's firepower and spread respectively, while the +1 (+5 in the other versions, and in ''Ultra'', +10) Multiplier Bonus ups your score multiplier. In ''Ultra'', you can also get ammo for your special weapons you've equipped.
* {{Roboteching}}: The homing projectiles as mentioned before.
* {{RPG Elements}}:
** The game remembers your scores from each song and treats them as experience points, with levels having the names of naval ranks such as Cadet and Commander. Prior to ''Beat Hazard Ultra'' each level afforded you a tangible bonus, such as extra starting lives or {{Smart Bomb}}s. Reaching max rank let you start off with the Beat Hazard at full power!
** ''Beat Hazard Ultra'' [[http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showpost.php?p=20586769&postcount=15 changed the always-enabled level-up awards into a perks system]] giving you 3 slots (which can be increased to 8 in ''Ultra'') to equip perks with, and you'll have to upgrade perks separately. Additionally, the expansion pack adds a handful of new perks, mostly pertaining to new weapons.
* ScoringPoints: What's it all about, dude.
* SelfImposedChallenge: The whole point.
* SerialEscalation: Cold Beam Games previously implemented a slider to turn down the intense visuals (with a decrease in point scoring to match). As of the ''Beat Hazard Ultra'' expansion, it can be turned [[UpToEleven up to 150% or even 200%]]. Some people '''''[[http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1229410 want it to go up to 500%]]'''''!
* SheatheYourSword: Wait a few seconds without shooting and you'll get a Dare Devil bonus which increases your multiplier. Holding fire for a minute gives an Achievement.
* ShoutOut:
** One of the perks is called [[Series/MythBusters Jamie Wants Big Boom]].
** Insane's difficulty is described as "For [[Franchise/StarWars Jedi]] only."
* SoundtrackDissonance: Try shooting ships to Creator/MichaelGiacchino's Married Life theme from ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' sometime. Can happen in itself - you can be calmly dodging asteroid fields as muted death metal murmurs in the background.
* SmartBomb: You can unleash an explosive blast that can clear some enemies on screen.
* SpaceFighter: You, and many of the enemies you face.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: Going from a soft section to a loud section of a song (or from a soft to loud song in Survival mode) results in this -- for you and the enemies!
* TakingYouWithMe: The Reapers in ''Beat Hazard Ultra''. They're harmless at first, but once destroyed, they release a barrage of homing missiles upon destruction.
* TitleDrop: The SuperMode caused by maxing out Volume and Weapon Power at the same time is called Beat Hazard.
* VideoGameLives: You have only three, so make them count. In ''Ultra'', there's a perk called Lifesaver that gives you two extra lives.
* WaveMotionGun: The Ultra Beam.
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