November 3, 2010 4:40 PM | Michael Rose
One of WiiWare's best titles has finally come to PC. Indeed, BIT.TRIP BEAT was released via Steam yesterday, and has 10% off the asking price up until November 9th. Should you partake in a little Bit Tripping? Why yes you should.
Here's the scoop for those not aware - BEAT is the first in the BIT.TRIP series, and plays out like a rhythm version of Pong, only far more insane. Over a few different levels, blocks fly at your paddle from the right-hand side of the screen, and your job is to simply hit them back. Every block that hits your paddle will make a noise like a bleep or a bloop, and always approaches you in time with the music. Note that the music is really awesome. Like, seriously awesome.
That's the general idea, although once you get fully going it is really difficult stuff. Hit enough blocks in a row and you'll enter Ultra mode, with spangely colourful exploding effects all over the screen - however, miss too many blocks and the level will reduce down to a retro Pong game, with a black background and white dots. It's a really lovely idea, although I found myself distracted every single time a transition happened.
It'll take you a while to beat the available levels as they are pretty damn hardcore, and there are leaderboards and achievements too. The amount of content available, however, is quite thin on the ground, with only a few different levels to play through - plus, the levels are a good ten minutes in length each, so if you're no good at keep complete focus while gaming, this may not be for you. There's no demo available at the moment which is a shame, but if you like the sound of it, make sure to head over to the Steam store.