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BIT.TRIP BEAT is an arcade rhythm game developed by Gaijin Games.

Art style

The game is heavily inspired by the first games for the Atari 2600. It features the same blocky visuals, a pale color palette, and a large number of explosions.


BIT.TRIP BEAT is very similar to Pong and does not feature much plot. The players control a small platform that is used to kick off the beats that come from the right side of the screen. The game initially released for the Nintendo Wii, so its gameplay is well-adapted for Wii Remote. The players can control the platform by tilting the remote.

Each level consists of three phases: Transition, Descent, and Growth. Each of them has a difficulty increase, compared to the previous ones. There is a boss fight at the end of each phase. The only way to complete a level is to kill the boss or to get a game over.

The game's soundtrack is created by the noise that the beats make upon hitting the platform. Each deflected beat gets the player several points. The beats move in various patterns making it hard to hit them back. There are also several special types of beats present in the game, such as the beats that pause on the game field for several seconds.


BIT.TRIP BEAT features a multiplayer mode for two to four players. More platforms appear on the screen as more players jump into the game. In the four-player mode, the platform size gets a bit smaller to make the game less easy.

Release date
Choice Provisions
Gaijin Games
Aksys Games, Choice Provisions, Gaijin Games
Age rating
0+ Everyone

System requirements for Linux

Ubuntu 14.04, 16.04 or newer
Processor: 2.0+ GHz
Memory: 512 MB
Graphics: OpenGL 2.1 and shader model 3 with 128 MB of memory
Hard Drive: 100 MB
Sound: Any sound card capable of stereo output
Mouse, Keyboard

Requires the following packages to be installed: libsdl1.2debian

System requirements for PC

  • OS: Windows XP SP3
  • Processor: 2.0+ GHz
  • Memory: 512 MB
  • DirectX®: DirectX® 9.0c and shader model 3 with 128 MB of memory
  • Hard Drive: 100 MB
  • Sound: Any sound card capable of stereo output

System requirements for macOS

  • OS: OS X version Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
  • Processor: 2.0+ GHz
  • Memory: 512 MB
  • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1 and shader model 3 with 128 MB of memory
  • Hard Drive: 100 MB
  • Sound: Any sound card capable of stereo output
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Last Modified: Sep 17, 2019

Where to buy

Nintendo Store

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BIT.TRIP BEAT reviews and comments

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Microsoft from French
The slightest small obstacle on the desktop/mouse pad can push to the nerve crisis with this game... But otherwise it is good!
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Microsoft from Spain
A pretty cool and very innovative music game. Anyone who likes rhythm games should have this in their library.
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Microsoft from French
This game is much more interesting than to rip your eyes or stick the iron heated to white under the nails, that is to say!
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Microsoft from Spain
It's Not worth spending €8 in this game. It Is An attempt to renovate the classic Pong, but it results in a boring and repetitive game.
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Microsoft from French
+ Retro style icon Atari 2600 + excellent homage Pong + music catchy and rhythmic-very difficult-it borders epilepsy by moement-only 4 levels 7/10 nice!
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Microsoft from Spain
Another juegazo to be able to saver your great mental avilidad, recomendadisimo since it is one of those games that despite its difficulty is entertaining, power saver as is your Avilidad and Pasiencia, 9.5/10
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Microsoft from Spain
Both musically and visually, this game is a marvel. The music is catchy and as you play you will create great effects and sound combinations. You can Only have one thing on your face: Commander Video is barely seen! Xd
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Microsoft from Spain
The first title of the Bit trip saga is a tribute and reinvention of the concept of Pong but for a player. An intense and challenging rhythmic arcade where we stop waves of giant pixels of varied patterns not only visual but also musical. However the cursor's accuracy is not perfect and is not a game for everyone. I Advise this purchase only for Uncle Osu game enthusiasts or in times of sale. 70% recommended.
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Microsoft from French
Do you find that today's games are lacking in challenge? Do you have nostalgia for highscore paintings and a nerve crisis after your nth defeat? Do you like rhythmic 8-bit music and big pixels in high definition? Then this game is made for you! Bit. trip beat redefined the racket game and the puzzle to bring them back to the taste of the day with a biting dynamism, a full-bodied challenge and a big dose of inventiveness.
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Microsoft from Deutsch
Bit. TRIP BEAT is a very Colors forhes musical Skill Game. Every single world stage is under a different musical theme and all are Mistresses. Has been a good buy for me because the game can deal a long one, has no elaborate Stesting (anyone who has a bit of lard can move the mouse up and down ^ ^) and because the last BOSS is simply times Pong xD and without shelling is the most difficult of all. Mfg
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