Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Sep 14, 2020
    90
    It's not a forgiving experience, and though it's difficult to master, BPM proves surprisingly easy to pick up and play. If you're prepared to die a lot, you'll find an incredible game within, and it's one title rhythm fans would do well to put on their playlist.
  2. Sep 14, 2020
    90
    BPM: Bullets Per Minute is an addictive, innovative, and punishingly hard roguelite shooter-slash-rhythm game - and it's great.
  3. Sep 14, 2020
    90
    The bastard child of DOOM, Devil Daggers and Tetris Effect, BPM: Bullets Per Minute is one of the most pleasant surprises of the year and a game I’d thoroughly recommend to anyone with a hankering for something different in the FPS genre. Just don’t expect an easy ride. Even on Easy.
  4. Sep 14, 2020
    90
    If heavy metal has you running for the hills, then BPM: Bullets Per Minute won’t convert you. But for everyone else, this is an adrenaline fuelled heavy-metal ride that you’d be daft to miss.
  5. 80
    Bullets Per Minute has an interesting foundation without bringing anything too complex, and then gives you just enough tools to mess around with it. Even if you’re not a big rhythm game player, it’ll keep you at your own pace, and you’ll get better and better as you go. This subgenre is barely starting, and whilst it is early to tell how it will evolve from here, others would do well in taking cues from this experience, where simplicity behind the premise and a set of rules is enough to hit the right notes.
  6. Sep 16, 2020
    75
    An unrefined rogue-like, but a hell of a rhythm shooter. A killer soundtrack and some striking visuals blend beautifully with frenetic shooting to produce pure adrenaline.
  7. Sep 14, 2020
    75
    BPM: Bullets Per Minute is an old-school shooter with a twist, adding in roguelike mechanics as well as rhythm-based gameplay. Jump, dash, shoot and reload to the beat to advance through a host of monster-filled levels, collecting keys, coins, equipment, and stats to try and get through the seven stages that constitute each playthrough. The gameplay is fun, fast, and frantic, it looks good and sounds great, with a perfect heavy-metal soundtrack, though there are a few flaws. A lack of enemy variety, particularly bosses, as well as level variety starts to show quickly.
  8. Sep 14, 2020
    70
    BPM is a well-executed, unique take on the rhythm-roguelite genre that has a lot to offer – if you can get accustomed to its demanding gameplay hook.
  9. Edge Magazine
    Sep 10, 2020
    70
    This is a fine calling card for the Derbyshire developer: far from flawless, but clear proof that this new hybrid has a bright future ahead. [Issue#350, p.102]
  10. Sep 18, 2020
    68
    BPM is a great concept somewhat fumbled, redeemed when it breaks its own rules.
  11. Sep 15, 2020
    60
    BPM is a difficult game to recommend because it is just too damn difficult! There isn’t so much a difficulty curve as a brick wall, and the resultant over-reliance on RNG can make for a frustrating experience. The core game is brilliantly inventive and it feels fantastic when you get in the flow, but there are just too many obstacles in the way. Hopefully Awe Interactive will patch things to make the game more accessible as there is the basis for an indie gem here.
  12. Sep 14, 2020
    30
    The few times that the RNG in BPM: Bullets Per Minute actually managed to put together a set of weapons and abilities that allowed for significant progress, the game shined, but it's just not worth the hours of suffering failed runs and mistimed shots. To borrow the game's own 90s shooter comparisons, playing BPM is like diving into Doom on Ultra Nightmare before learning how to play an FPS. The fun is still there, but it's buried under so many roadblocks and complications. The frustrating end result is a game with a great idea that bungles just about every part of the execution.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Sep 18, 2020
    10
    I'm not a fan of the art style at all, but regardless, the gameplay is extremely rewarding to learn and very fun, the game is somewhat simple,I'm not a fan of the art style at all, but regardless, the gameplay is extremely rewarding to learn and very fun, the game is somewhat simple, but worth a try nonetheless. Full Review »
  2. Sep 17, 2020
    8
    It is really good shooter version of "Crypt of the Necrodancer". Highly recommended!
  3. Sep 16, 2020
    9
    This is a love me or hate me game. If the soundtrack and gameplay clicks for you, you will have a great time and the flaws wont bother soThis is a love me or hate me game. If the soundtrack and gameplay clicks for you, you will have a great time and the flaws wont bother so much. Hopefully overtime the devs can update the ui and balancing so the game feel better balanced and polished. I am having a blast playing it!! Its been awhile since I had so much fun. Also, its a rather cheap game so you can easily give it a chance. Full Review »