On the Venn diagram of gaming genres, shooters and rhythm games rarely intersect, with the exception of some oddball titles like Space Channel 5. But with Beat Hazard Ultra, shooter fans and music junkies now have something that they can agree on. With success on iOS, Steam, Xbox, and PS3, developer Cold Beam has created a game with stunning visuals and an impressive tie to music that everyone will love - their own. The beta/demo version for Android is available from Cold Beam's website now in a free APK file.

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Most "bullet hell" 2D shooters look fairly similar, but Beat Hazard is nothing less than stunning. Screenshots really don't do the motion, lighting and colors of this game justice - push the Play button below to see what I'm talking about. There's a seizure warning before the game starts, like many similar Japanese shooters, and it's no idle boast. Epileptics should stay away. Controls come in two varieties: a simple one-stick configuration with auto-aiming, guns, where your only real challenge is to avoid enemies and asteroids, and a more traditional dual-stick configuration a la Geometry Wars.

Of course, the visuals are only half the story. Every element of Beat Hazard is tied to your own music: everything from the frequency of the enemies and their movements to the firing rate of your own guns. Destructive power is tied to volume (which you can increase with pickups) and other assorted extras. Slow tracks will make for a leisurely experience, fast tracks will fill the screen with enemies, power-ups, and bullets, bullets, bullets.

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The "beta" version is more of a demo than anything else. It will probably become the free version of Beat Hazard Ultra when the game is ready for the Play Store. You can "upgrade" to the full version with a non-existent (and free) in-app purchase for now. Aside from some control glitches, it feels pretty complete. Try it out if you want to give your thumbs a workout... and your retinas a traumatic experience.

Cold Beam Games - Beat Hazard Ultra for Android BETA

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • http://twitter.com/TheGermian Roberto Giunta

    Wow, only 9 month since the iOS version is out. Not that bad, I guess.

  • Jays2Kings

    Man I wanna try this on my 8GB Nexus 7, but 8GB... Man Google hurry up with the GMusic APIs.

  • Ralph1001

    Very nice!

  • Chris Jackson

    I have this on my PC, problem with my phone - I stream everything, so no music on it.

    see my old pc video here:


    • Paul_Werner

      Same here... stream everything, only my PC has all my music. Too large a collection for Google Music so I use AudioGalaxy

    • http://blog.firstdove.com/ Christian M. Z.

      And that's why having a huge SD card works wonders sometimes.

  • Tim Kermode

    loving the game so far but it feels like my S2 is going to melt!

  • Pkmmte

    Is it just Google Music or is this game not showing my music?

    • Jeremiah Rice

      Yeah, you need to have local music (SD card or internal storage) for the game to scan. Google Music won't work, even if you download it.

  • Quartx

    Oh my god.... been waiting for this ever since the PC version was out, the game is darn awesome

  • http://twitter.com/CDeviant Conventional Deviant

    This is way cool! I'm super stoked to play this, I've been thinking of this port ever since I first played it on PC.

  • Cenarl

    This game is excellent on PC, one of my favorite games.

  • Cheeseball

    Man, this is a blast on the PC. I play it randomly off of Steam. Load it up with some Arch Enemy or Mudvayne and you're gonna have a hard time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aron.sinclair.14 Alan Smithee

    this game is awesome on the PC. cant wait for my nexus 7 to arrive to play it.

  • http://twitter.com/Darkmyth_pt Darkmyth PT

    i would only play this with norah jones... :)

  • Nicholaus Zamparello

    I tested it on my nexus 7 16 gig model and it works like a dream. Works fine with Amazon's service if you download the music to your device because amazon stores their music in MP3 format. :-)