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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Just Shapes & Beats (2018) is a two player rhythm game where you dodge bullets in time with the music. As well as this unusual premise, play extends the novelty as you have to both avoid the various shapes and move to the Beats. It’s a new spin on the shoot 'em up arcade game. It's tough and you fail often but as you practice progress becomes more likely.

In story mode you learn the ropes with intermediate tracks and the optional Casual mode. Play focuses on your deft use of the movement stick and dash button to avoid the shapes and stay alive. Challenge Runs mode starts awarding a score for each run.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Just Shapes & Beats 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 22 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Rhythm game with Simulation elements. You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game. Play alone or with up to four players, local or online, through the game’s Story Mode or Challenge Runs. Players can join or leave during play. In multiplayer as long as all of you don't die, defeated players return at the next check point.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 4 hours and 9 hours to complete. To perfect may players put in towards 50 hours.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Mild Violence.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

In the US, ESRB state: As players progress through the story, they occasionally engage in boss battles, avoiding monsters made from geometric shapes. One cutscene depicts a monster punching a smaller creature; another sequence depicts a creature being struck by a triangular shape, resulting in pink blood stains.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need accuracy, good timing and perseverance to enjoy this, so it's suited to older children.

Account Rating

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.


Just Shapes & Beats usually costs £4.79 to £15.49.

Just Shapes & Beats

PlayStation Store PS4 £10.49
Steam Store PC £15.49
Steam Store Mac £15.49
Switch Store Switch -

Just Shapes & Beats - Monstercat Track Selection

Steam Store PC £4.79
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 21/06/2018

Out Now: PC, PS4, Stadia and Switch

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1-4 (4 online)

Genres: Action, Rhythm and Simulation

Accessibility: 25 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: Shapes N Beats (@ShapesNBeats)

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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