Do you refuse to shell out for Guitar Hero gear and its related expansion packs ? Don't care to buy a game console system to play those oh-so-addictive music games that your friends have already mastered ? Embarrassed at the thought of carrying a dwarf-size toy guitar to your friend's house so you can play Rock Band with your crew ? If any of those apply, Frets on Fire may be perfect for you.
Frets on Fire is a video game that imitates the commercial game Guitar Hero. It is playable on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. The player presses buttons in time to coloured markers, which appear on-screen, the markers are matched with the rhythm of the music. Frets on Fire can be played by using a keyboard by pressing the fret buttons and pick buttons, although there is support for joysticks, meaning that with the appropriate adapter and/or software, various guitar-type controllers can be used as well.
Coloured square-shaped markers appear on the player's screen, synchronized with the song and are played by holding the fret buttons that correspond with the correct colour and pressing one of the pick button at the correct moment. Every ten correct hits increase the score multiplier, which multiplies the points for every hit by up to four times. The multiplier is reset when the player misses a note or strums at the wrong time.
Frets on Fire takes the fun of the console-based music games to rockin' piece of PC freeware. Playing the tutorial is recommended to get a handle on the controls; once you're in, you're greeted by the game's sarcastic-but-amusing narrator/guitar god Jurgen. No cheesy plastic axe is necessary: You use keys F1 throught F5 to hold down your guitar's string, and the Enter key to strum. That's all there is to it.
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