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Just Shapes & Beats Review
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Posted: 8 weeks ago, last updated 7 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer.


Just Shapes & Beats 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.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/06/2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Stadia and Switch

Genres: Action, Rhythm and Simulation

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Shapes N Beats (@ShapesNBeats)


Duration: This game will take between 4 hours and 9 hours to complete. To perfect may players put in towards 50 hours.
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online. 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.


Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.  

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

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 Rating

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.


There's a casual mode that gives you double the number of lives before you die for Story mode only. There's a Hardcore mode that introduces more hazards. You can't use the casual mode in challenge mode.

There is a One-Hand mode that lets you use the Right Stick for movement and triggers for dashing. You can also navigate menus in One-hand mode using triggers and stick clicks.

For practice you can play in Playlist mode with the songs you have already unlocked. To play for fun only, Party mode lets you play without consequences for dying.
Our Just Shapes & Beats Accessibility Report documents 25 accessibility features:

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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