Parents' Guide to

Beat Da Beat

By David Wolinsky, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Rhythm-based arcade game with lots of repetitive play.

Game Windows 2016
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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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