There are many things that can make or break an app – ropey graphics, gameplay rougher than a badger’s bottom, and a soundtrack that makes the whole experience more jarring than working on a bottling production line are amongst the worst and most common offenders. So when it comes to that tricky latter problem, why take any chances?
Music, like art, is subjective and, let’s face it, you’re never going to be able to please all of the people all of the time; which is why Beat Hazard Ultra doesn’t try to. Basically a space-based shoot ’em up of dazzling, often almost epileptic fit inducing, colour and effects, the trick here is that you play solely to the sound of your own beat, pumped into and out of the app via either SD card or the internet radio station of your choice.
Now I know what you’re thinking: but, won’t that sit uncomfortably against the speed of the action? But that’s the clever bit – the arcade action of the app is altered to the tempo of your tunes, letting you rain down ferocious alien-away aggression to rock, bring devastating destruction to dubstep and/or grind to a confusing halt to Gregorian chants.
So that’s the music and the pace dealt with, now what about the action? Well, a stylish spaceship-shooting baddies then boss affair with slick graphics and gameplay, there are power ups and perks to unlock and a whole array of achievements to complete, so action excellence aplenty to keep any astro-audio app aficionado more than happy.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Not only addressing those opening aforementioned three cardinal sins of app development, but actually blasting them out of the sky, Beat Hazard Ultra is a cosmically cool slice of old school arcade-style action set to your own specified soundtrack. Beat that.