BPM: Bullets Per Minute: Review


This game was reviewed on a Nintendo Switch OLED

Reviewed by: Ke'Juan Valentine

What would happen if you were to mashup three different game genres into one single game experience? Well, you would get a very interesting gaming experience. Alright, folks, let's talk about BPM: Bullets Per Minute, a game that's a bit of an oddball in the best way possible. It's a rhythm-action FPS rogue-like, which sounds like a lot, and honestly, it is. A game where you have aim and shoot at your enemies with this random gun you found AND you have to stay on beat does sound wild, so how I did fare against it? Stick with me as I dive into what this game has to offer.

To start, you play as a Valkyrie in this game, which is pretty epic. Your mission? To navigate through dungeons, shooting and dodging to the beat of a rock soundtrack that can only be described as face-melting. Every action is tied to the beat, turning each level into a dance of death where a missed note can be fatal.

Now, the gameplay is where BPM really shines. Each enemy has its own set of moves, all choreographed to the music. It's like they're part of the band, playing their part in this deadly concert. You've got to be on your toes, anticipating their moves while staying on beat. It's a challenge, but man, when you get into the groove, it feels amazing.

But here's the thing: BPM doesn't hold your hand. There's no tutorial, which was a bit of a letdown for me. You're thrown into the action with little more than your wits and reflexes. However, there's a practice mode where you can get the hang of things, which is a lifesaver.

The difficulty in BPM is no joke. With three levels—Easy, Hard, and Hellish—it offers a challenge for everyone. Some enemies are a breeze, while others will have you gritting your teeth in frustration. But that's the game, a roller coaster of highs and lows, all set to a killer soundtrack.

Speaking of visuals, BPM is a love letter to the 90s. The graphics are retro, giving off serious nostalgia vibes while perfectly complementing the fast-paced action. It's a visual style that knows what it is and owns it, creating an experience that's both familiar and fresh.

And I can't talk about BPM without mentioning the music. The soundtrack is a character in itself, driving the action with its pounding beats and epic crescendos. It's the kind of music that gets your blood pumping, making each battle feel larger than life. Plus, the option to add your own tracks? Genius.

However, BPM isn't perfect. The lack of a tutorial is a significant barrier, and the steep learning curve can be off-putting. It's not a game you can pick up and play casually; it demands your time and attention. But if you're willing to put in the effort, BPM offers a unique experience that's as rewarding as it is challenging.

So, where does that leave us? BPM is a wild, chaotic ride that blends genres in a way that's rarely seen. It's not a game for everyone, and it definitely has its flaws. But it's also bold, innovative, and downright fun when it clicks. After weighing everything, I'd give BPM a solid 6 out of 10. It didn't fully click with me, but that doesn't mean it won't with you. If you're into rhythm games, FPS, or rogue-likes, and you're up for a challenge, BPM: Bullets Per Minute is worth a shot. It's a game that dances to its own beat, offering a unique, engaging experience for those willing to step onto its dance floor.

Reviewed by: Ke'Juan Valentine