A downloadable game for Windows

A rhythm game platformer in which the platforms descend and you must keep moving, jumping and stomping to the beat in order to add more and more instruments to the backing music, until the song is complete - and then who knows what might happen? The third game in my 12 games in 12 months Dev Diary challenge.

Release date Jul 30, 2019
Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars
(3 total ratings)
AuthorYahtzee Croshaw
GenreRhythm, Platformer
Tags2D, dancing, dev-diary, Music, Pixel Art, Procedural Generation, vertical, yahtzee, zero-punctuation


Upbeat for Windows 10 MB

Install instructions

Unpack the zip file into the folder of your choice and run devdiary3.exe.

Development log


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This wasn't really a game I could play for long, but it's really nice visually, I love the character sprites, plus it's a really fun game to just get into the zone with, and the music is amazing

This might have been my least favorite, unfortunately. I like the idea of it, but I think it would be better suited for proper platforming levels rather than a randomly-generated elevator.

This style of constantly sinking platforms is also very stressful and frustrating for me, and one of my least favorite types of platform level. I think the need to keep up with the beat is enough incentive for forward motion, especially if you changed it so that missing the beat killed you.

I'm also not terribly good at platformers or rhythm games, so take everything I said with a grain of salt.

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Is there anywhere we can get the song used in Upbeat? Ian Dorsch doesn't seem to have it on his soundcloud


Super fun game, one of my favorites. Carried completely just by how good it feels to land on the beats when the music is bumping.  Tough to think of where it could go in terms of content though.

It works under linux via wine (use winetricks dxvk). I guess the game engine Yahtzee uses does, so I guess all dozen games will.