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Play OverviewPlay Overview

BPM: Bullets Per Minute (2020) is a shooting game where shots and attacks must be timed to the beat of the music. The gameplay is focused on motion and shooting, like the Doom games, only here you can only shoot, dodge and reload on the beat. It's repetitive and requires considerable practice - not unlike learning a real instrument.

You play the game through in a run at each series of levels. You progress by clearing areas of enemies and then taking on the boss creatures. It's designed to be difficult, but as you grow to understand the rhythm and weapon system, things become more achievable.

As you play, enemies perform a dance-like sequence of attacks in time with an epic rock opera. You can choose different characters with different stats, abilities and items. These combine with the weapons you find in the game to add another layer of variety. These characters can be upgraded by completing runs with them.

Like the motion-shooting game of the 90s, you need to learn the movement as much as the shooting. Things are fast and frantic. You can double jump, dash, rocket jump and bunny hop to evade your opponents.

Where BPM comes into its own is as you become an expert at the levels and weapons. This enables you to work on perfecting scores, and creating character builds that suit your style of play. It takes the shooting genre in a new direction -- or maybe it's the rhythm-action genre it innovates.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked BPM: Bullets Per Minute 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 12 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Rhythm and Shooting game with Action and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 45 minutes and 1 hour to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Moderate Violence.

Skill Level

12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.


BPM: Bullets Per Minute usually costs £16.75 to £19.99. 

BPM: Bullets Per Minute

Switch StoreSALE Switch £19.99 £9.99 until 20/07/2024
Steam Store PC £16.75
XBox Store Xbox One -
PlayStation Store PS4 -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
The console version of the game offers new content added since the launch. This includes five brand-new characters that let you play in a new unique way, three new weapons to increase the tempo, a brand-new chapter with its own unique enemies, two new difficulties, and a mixture of brand-new items, achievements, and tweaks. 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 15/09/2020, updated in 2021

Price: 50% off

Out Now: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Rhythm, Shooting (Action and Traversal)

Accessibility: 15 features

Components: 3D First-Person

Developer: Playtonic Games (@PlaytonicGames)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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