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Frets on Fire is a GPL-licensed Guitar Hero clone for PCs. The point of the game is to emulate real guitar playing by rhythmically pressing down combinations of keys on the keyboard in time to music. The game encourages the player to pick up their keyboard and hold it upside down as if it were a guitar and use the F1 to F5 keys as the "frets" and the enter and right-shift keys for strumming. The game also supports guitar-controller input as well.

The game comes with three songs licensed for distribution with the game, but also includes the option of importing songs from the original Guitar Hero, and its sequel, Guitar Hero II for those who own them.


Frets on Fire Windows In-game track using the Alarian mod.
Frets on Fire Windows The main menu featuring the Frets on Fire mascot holding the keyboard in the recommended playing style
Frets on Fire Windows Higher difficulty levels means more notes and chords and more agile strumming
Frets on Fire Windows Holding down a note

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User Reviews

Who said PC gamers can’t be heroes of rock guitar? Windows St. Martyne (3655)

Critic Reviews

Softonic Windows May 16, 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Clubic Windows Dec 17, 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90 Windows Mar 31, 2009 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90 Windows Sep 30, 2006 85 out of 100 85
Linux For You Linux Sep 01, 2009 8 out of 10 80
CNET Windows Nov 24, 2009 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Meristation Windows Dec 10, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Jul 02, 2007 7 out of 10 70


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Related Web Sites

  • Frets On Fire (SourceForge page where you can download the game)
  • Frets On Fire -- official site (The official site of the game features downloads of all three platforms (Windows, Mac and Linux) and all the documentation one need for playing, modding or creating the new content for the game.)
  • Keyboards On Fire (The very first community site for Frets On Fire songs. The site is dedicated to user's original content created specifically for the game. It also holds Songmaking Contests, in which any user is free to participate.)
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