XBLIG is home to more than its fair share of dual-stick shooters. You know, because Geometry Wars and its sequel weren’t enough. However, Beat Hazard by Cold Beam Games came with a gimmick. Your music became the levels. It’s amazing how this simple concept, really nothing more than an interactive music visualizer, took something tired and made it into something new. It was like Vib Ribbon, minus all the quirkiness.
If there was one thing that made me salty about Beat Hazard, it was that I wasn’t earning any achievements. It’s been a couple of years since I spent any serious time with Beat Hazard, one of the gems of the Xbox Live Indie Games channel, but there was little hesitation when I saw this port pop up in the App Store last week.