A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
No real discernable message -- just a simple action-arcade game where point is to survive, win.
Positive Role Models
No characters in this game, just ships, bullets.
Ease of Play
Simple controls; easy to learn.
Violence & Scariness
Ships will explode, but no blood, gore.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Beat Da Beat is a downloadable rhythm-based arcade-style space shooter, which means you can only play for as long as you can go on one life. The more bullets that hit you, the more damage you take, and the closer you'll get to a "game over." But as you play through each time, you're able to collect gold coins that let you unlock more components for your ship, allowing each playthrough to get progressively longer. The game is this cycle over and over again -- the further you get, the harder gameplay becomes. While bullets are fired at ships, and vessels will explode, no blood or gore is shown.
Is It Any Good?
This will sound counterintuitive, but this is a rhythm game that doesn't require you to have any rhythm at all. While you're flying around outer space, all the enemies and the lasers that zap at you are synced up to the rhythm of the background music on that level. The funkier or busier the song is, the more hectic the on-screen action will become. A little bit of strategy comes into play here, as you have power-ups to let you temporarily slow down time, or you can deploy a bomb to eradicate all the bullets whizzing past you. There's a fair bit of grinding you'll have to do to get better ships, which unfortunately means you'll be stuck playing the same few early parts of the early levels for quite a while -- so you can expect to get a little tired of those first few songs and inadvertently memorize the enemy patterns there.
As such, what's a neat idea can become fairly repetitive and predictable. Since you're free to do whatever you'd like regardless of the rhythm, there can be a lot of "hurry up and wait" as you fly around and shoot at enemies. But the idea is novel enough to warrant coming back again and again, albeit for slightly shorter sessions each time until you're finally able to unlock a new ship or do some more damage. But as it stands, don't expect to be logging hours and hours in one sitting; Beat Da Beat is really designed to be enjoyed in short bursts only.
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