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Beatstar Pro

title:Beatstar Pro
download page:link
genre:Rhythm action games
developer:Oriol gaming zone
platform:Windows, Mac
release:February 2015
last edit by:Dark


From the same Oriol gomez who's mushz pack has given so many people hours of fun on the alteraeon Mud, beatstar is proof that not everything needs to be as huge and complex as alter aeon to be a fun game.

Beatstar is based on the classic formula of bop it. Listen to the underlying music track, and hit the correct button in rhythm when you hear the sound associated with it, (keys include space, tab, enter or backspace or in some harder instances the arrows as well), the more in rhythm you are, and the longer you last without messing up the better you score. This is a style of audio game which likely everyone has played at some point, yet Beatstar has become hugely popular by adding various gameplay additions to the classic formula.

The first twist Beatstar adds is coins. Rather than just getting a high score, for correct button pushing and correct timing a player earns coins. These coins can either be used to buy safeguards which let you mess up and yet carry on playing, buy save points which let you save your progress in a pack and return later, , or to buy and unlock extra soundpacks and minigames.

That is right, rather than just having one default set of songs and beats to match rhythms with, you can run the pack creator and build your own packs with their own theme and sounds. New soundpacks can be downloaded within the game itself, and once downloaded a player can buy them with beatcoins. Thus, as well as the default light musical theme, you could find yourself getting funky with Starlordd's tape deck from Guardians of the galaxy, blasting Daleks to the epic Doctor who theme, bopping your way through Mario and other classic nintendo games, heading back to Alter aeon with some familiar sounds or even tangling with screen readers like Voiceover or eloquence, not to mention of course several packs devoted to various musical styles from Tirkish pop songs to hard rock, as well as packs which let you play a few other rhythm action games such as rhythm heaven or even good old bop it.

Once finished however, that isn't it, sinse once you have cleared all background tracks in a pack, you can play on random, an endless mode that alternates background music, or reverse mode, where the queues for which buttons to hit and the sounds when hitting them are reversed, (which can seriously mess with your brain).

The game also contains minigames, a set of little arcade style games to vary the action from the usual rhythm style, and another thing to spend your hard earned beat coins on. For instructions on any minigame just hit F1 in the menu. Minigames include:

  • evil slots: a slot machine where you bet your beat coins which uses the pack's sounds to indicate what the tumblers land on, with the chance of winning many beatcoins for getting it right or losing many more should fate turn against you.
  • Memory: Play the classic Simon memory game, using the sounds from your current pack and earning beat coins into the bargain.
  • Wealthy chance: A game similar to the game show Deal or no deal. There are 25 cases available with different amounts of beatcoins in each. The bank will make offers and you can choose to take the offer, open a case, or go on opening all cases until there is just the one left. Possible to win a massive 100000 beatcoins though obviously only if you gamble right.

  • Double or nothing: Bet all of your beat coins (though note you'll need at least 5000), and either get double what you bet, or nothing!

  • Beat the code: A mastermind type of game where you use the action buttons such as tab, backspace enter and space to guess a hidden code, though note some codes might involve repeated keys.

  • Higher or lower: The classic card game from casinos and the old quiz show play your cards right. Bet your money on whether the next card will be higher or lower than the previous one, with increasing amounts available for each correct guess.

  • Socker kick: Play a penalty shoot out by guessing whether the next kick will be left, centre or right, then trying to beat the oppositions goaly by choosing where to shoot. Earn coins and glory if you win, or the scorn of your team's fans if you lose.
  • Quick tap: Swap out hitting keys in rhythm, for hitting keys as fast as possible, using the keys of your current soundpack.

  • Pack quiz: A perfect game for those beatcoin millionaires who have all the things. Can you say which of your soundpacks contains a given background music track? Play pack quiz and find out.

  • Ready, set go: Can you time three seconds exactly? After the beep, hit a key when you think three seconds have passed, really quite a bit harder than it sounds
  • Dice of doom reloaded: A reboot of a minigame from an older version of beatstar. Start with 5000 beat coins, and roll a dice, 3 or 5 divides your total by that amount, 2 or 4 adds to it, and 1 means leaving with nothing. Unlike the other games, this one takes mission credits to play, so you'll need to be playing lots of packs and completing those missions.

The game also has achievements to earn, both for playing either the Beatstar game itself, or for achieving victories (or defeats)in the various minigames, all complete with crazy sounds and commentary from Oriol himself. Check the readme for a list of achievements and instructions on how to win them.

If all this wasn't enough, the most recent addition to the game is missions. Earn mission points for playing the game a certain number of times, earning a set amount of beatcoins, or even losing a lot. use these credits to play minigames or earn more unlockables further down the line.

The above link will download the windows version of the game, you can Find the Mac version here

With a large number of packs (literally hundreds) and more being added continually, not to mention the achievements, missions and various minigames, Beatstar despite such a wonderfully simple concept is a game that always offers something new.

The game is %100 free, however if you like the game, there is a suggested donation of ten dollars, which you can find a button for on Oriol's above website. It is planned eventually that donating will give a small reward such as a donator achievement or special soundpack, however even if you don't donate you are free to enjoy all of Beatstar's considerable features for as long as you like.

Beatstar is proof that really great game design can breathe life into even the most simple of concepts, and is highly worth a look, for experienced or novice gamers alike.

For more information about Oriol gaming zone, visit the page on The audiogames archive site


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