KickBeat

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation Vita
Genre: Rhythm
Developer: Zen Studios
Release Date: Sept. 3, 2013

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by Rainier on May 23, 2012 @ 4:37 p.m. PDT

KickBeat is an experimental rhythm game featuring fully 3D characters and combines beat-matching mechanics with an acrobatic style of martial arts, turning every song into a raucous battle.

KickBeat offers players several innovative ways to interact with music. The game combines beat-matching mechanics with an acrobatic style of martial arts, turning every song into a raucous battle. The game also features a music analyzer that allows players to create new tracks from their own music libraries.

 “Several years ago, we asked ourselves, 'What would happen if we took a beat-matching game,  replaced the abstract cues like bars, arrows, and button icons with kung fu fight scenes, and set it all to some incredibly intense music?'” said Neil Sorens, Creative Director for Zen Studios. "We spent three years turning that idea into in Kickbeat, and anyone looking for something fresh and exciting and the music genre is in for a treat."

The Kickbeat soundtrack hits hard; it’s comprised of licensed tracks from a diverse lineup of artists ranging from well-known bands such as Pendulum and Marilyn Manson, to indie pioneers Celldweller and Blue Stahli, to hidden talents like electronic music producer Voicians and Taiwanese rapper Shen Yi.


Kickbeat is a showcase example of passion, risk and creativity. Traditional publishers might shy away from this type of thinking, but we will embrace it.  After all, what's the point of working in video games if you just keep making the same one?" said Zsolt Kigyossy, Managing Director for Zen Studios.

Key Features

  • KickBeat offers players several innovative ways to interact with music!
  • Beat-matching mechanics with a Zen Studios original take on an acrobatic style of martial arts, turning every song into a raucous battle.
  • KickBeat features a music analyzer that allows players to create new tracks from their own music libraries.
  • A hard hitting soundtrack featuring licensed tracks from a diverse lineup of artists from well known bands such as Pendulum and Marilyn Manson, to indie pioneers Celldweller and Blue Stahli, to hidden talents like electronic music producer Voicians and Taiwanese rapper Shen Yi.
  • The first music game with fully 3D interactive characters!
  • Beautiful art style with animated cut scenes and an immersive story
  • Online multiplayer! Battle against other players in toe-to-toe fighting action. Collect orbs to power up and unleash powerful attacks against your opponent!
  • Compete with friends and post your scores to world-wide leaderboards

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