Frets on Fire is an entertaining music game which is fairly similar to Guitar Hero, loved by millions of people all around the world. Users can choose a song that they like and then attempt to play along with it using their computer keyboard, trying to play along to the markers that appear on the screen in time to the song you’ve chosen. There are bonuses too, such as a high point multiplier when a certain number of notes have been hit correctly in a row. An overall score is calculated so that people can compare it with their friends and see who can be the very best player.
One thing that a lot of people don’t know is that this game was originally created for a competition, it was never intended to reach the stage that it’s at now. At the Assembly conference, game competitions are held every year to see who can produce the best end result in a very short amount of time. It takes a lot of effort but people have a lot of fun doing so and in 2006, the Finnish development team actually won it with this game. Because of this, they decided that other people might want to actually play it so they decided to do so and in August 2006, it was published onto the internet where anyone could download it as they wish to. It took off very quickly as you might have guessed.
There have been tons of changes since the first ever release, which has kept people coming back for more because the game just never gets old. Joysticks are something that aren’t used much these days but when it comes to playing computer games they’re essential, sometimes it can be much easier than just using your keyboard. This is something that was added in an update. When a few updates were released, people started taking note of it and were sharing it to their friends which made it one of the most popular of its kind, some users even preferred it to the original Guitar Hero. More and more songs were added too, even an importer so that you can download tracks from the internet and add them to the program. How much more freedom can they possibly give you?
Another thing that we haven’t mentioned yet is that Frets on Fire is completely free to use, something that you might be surprised to hear. It’s not very often that these types of products are released without any cost at all, especially considering how much others such as Guitar Hero and Rock Band retail for in stores. Never the less, the developers decided that they wanted everyone to enjoy it so that’s exactly what they did. They even made it open source too, which means that all of the backend is available to download too. This has led to something truly unique happening – despite the fact that the app hasn’t been updated for years, there are unofficial websites set up which are dedicated to keeping the project alive and to adding new things for gamers to enjoy. For this reason, we think it’ll keep active for many years to come so this is something that you should be playing on your computer.
Over the years the game has received a lot of reviews from many different critics, although it hasn’t reached the desks of the official rating agencies because of its small size. However, we can say that feedback of it has been incredibly positive. For example, Gamespot rated it at 8.1/10 in 2008, something that the developers should be very proud of especially because a large number of professional paid games have received lower ratings than that. It has gained support from a lot of Linux and Mac users too and has since been ported over to these operating systems, which means that no matter what you have installed, you’ll still be able to use it. It’s important to note that the file we offer is built for the Windows operating system though since it’s the most common, with over 80% market share in the industry today. This will only affect a small number of you so the others who aren’t on XP, Vista, 7 or 8 don’t have to panic, you’ll be able to enjoy this game to its fullest.