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Frets on Fire

CNET Editors' review

Frets on Fire is a basic but fun music game that's similar to Guitar Hero. Although users seeking a full-featured guitar game will likely find this one lacking, we thought it was very good for what it is.

The program's interface is attractive but simple. There are no fancy graphics to be found here; users see the frets with the notes coming at them, and that's about it. A brief tutorial explains how the game is played and gives a few practice exercises. The game supports the use of guitar-style controllers, but we just used our keyboard. The default controls are arranged in such a way that users can hold the keyboard upside down like a guitar, which is fun, but the game can also be played using the keyboard in the standard position (good news for laptop users). We suspect that the thing about Frets on Fire that users are most likely to be disappointed in is the song selection. The game only comes with three songs, and while they're good, it didn't take long before we wanted others. The game allows users to import Guitar Hero songs, which is great if you already have that game, and users with an adventurous, do-it-yourself streak won't mind digging through the various Frets on Fire message boards to find additional songs. The game also includes a song editor for those who want to create their own. But users who just want to sit down and play a variety of songs are going to find Frets on Fire more trouble than they bargained for.

Frets on Fire is free. It installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program to all users.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.5 stars

    out of 81 votes

    • 5 star: 33
    • 4 star: 19
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 7
    • 1 star: 19
  • Current version:

    3.2 stars

    out of 24 votes

    • 5 star: 8
    • 4 star: 7
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 8
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Cool Game for guitar players"

    January 5, 2012  |   By mammy2921

    Version: Frets on Fire 1.3.110

    Pros

    Great sound, great for people who love to play a guitar.

    Cons

    Freezes up my computer some times.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "very good"

    July 11, 2010  |   By mugenfan99

    Version: Frets on Fire 1.3.110

    Pros

    fun, HUGE database of songs

    Cons

    none at all

    Summary

    this is worth the download, if you like guitar hero or rock band you will like this

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Guitar Hero Clone!"

    January 1, 2010  |   By Surefireshred3

    Version: Frets on Fire 1.3.110

    Pros

    The game is good for a guitar hero clone, the ability to create your own songs and download and import them is great, and able to mod aswell? perfect!

    Cons

    It's a clone, it's not what you would expect for a guitar hero clone, sorta stinks, but overall is great

    Summary

    You should be able to practice in this version and have failing and blah, it works well but can lag

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  • 4.0 stars

    "pretty cool"

    December 1, 2009  |   By geekyboyz

    Version: Frets on Fire 1.3.110

    Pros

    generaly awsome, funny tutorial

    Cons

    takes power to start, has trouble loading song some times

    Summary

    better than buying gautar hero for pc for $40 + controler

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The crowned jewel of the freeware empire!"

    March 26, 2009  |   By brianbdm

    Version: Frets on Fire 1.3.110

    Pros

    Free play for people without Guitar Hero or Rock Band. The Pros are too numerous to count.

    Cons

    The origonal version crashes on ocasion and you can't use all the key combinations.

    Summary

    If you like this game, make sure you get:
    Frets on Fire X which is available from www.geetarfreaks.net
    Frets on Fire X (or FoFiX for short) has all the features of the origonal open-sourse Frets on Fire, and also has support for drums, multiplayer, training mode, career mode, different themes and much more!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Fun & Expandable - Good for players without Guitar Hero"

    March 26, 2009  |   By FU5I0N

    Version: Frets on Fire 1.3.110

    Pros

    * Fast loading
    * Extra user-made songs can be downloaded
    * Mods can be downloaded
    * Song builder included
    * Keys can be re-mapped
    * Playstation USB connected Guitar Hero guitars compatible
    * Great fun to play with multiple players simultaneously!

    Cons

    * Crashes/hangs on Windows XP
    * Long songs - long to load
    * Songs are in OGG format
    * Laptop keyboards prevent some 3-button combinations (but that is not a fault of the game)
    * Online highscores didn't work for me =(

    Summary

    PROS:
    * Fast loading
    * Extra user-made songs available for download from external sites (http://www.fretsonfire.net/forums/)
    * Mods available for download which change the look of the game
    * Song builder included
    * Keys can be re-mapped
    * Playstation USB connected Guitar Hero guitars compatible
    * Great fun to play with multiple players simultaneously!

    CONS:
    * Regular occurance of crashing/hanging on Windows XP (haven't tried Vista)
    * Long songs take long to load
    * Songs are in OGG format, a converter is needed if the user wishes to make their own songs which could be in .mp3 for example
    * Laptop keyboards prevent some 3-button combinations (but that is not a fault of the game)
    * Online highscores didn't work for me =(

    [had to put PROs and CONs here because the other sections only allow for 500 characters]

    I really enjoyed playing FOF. When I finally found out that you could download more songs this made it a whole lot better. All the popular songs that you wanted are there! You could literally have all the GH playlists on FOF and for FREE!!

    I would (and have to my friends) recommend this game to you. If you don't like it, that's okay, you haven't payed anything to use it, but I'm sure that no matter whether you have played GH before, you will enjoy it!! (oh and... don't worry if you are really bad to start off with, you get better :D)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The new Guitar Hero"

    March 10, 2009  |   By allendemelon

    Version: Frets on Fire 1.3.110

    Pros

    Good music
    Very fun
    Hours of entertainment
    A good way to waste time
    Funny in game dialogues in the tutorial

    Cons

    An extremely limited range of music

    Summary

    Overall, a wonderful simulation game, that just might be the next Guitar Hero

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great Game"

    February 7, 2009  |   By ResourcesOnline

    Version: Frets on Fire 1.3.110

    Pros

    Just like the real thing

    Cons

    Nothing Much

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good Game, Especially With Mods"

    January 17, 2009  |   By dragpyre

    Version: Frets on Fire 1.3.110

    Pros

    Good Game, great emulation of Guitar Hero style gameplay on PC. Especially like the fact that you can create your own songs, and download other peoples to test yourself

    Cons

    Does have some compatibility issues and occasionally crashes, but Mods on the Frets on Fire Forums fixes most of these, and also enhances Gameplay.

    Summary

    This game is brilliant once you stabilise it with a mod or your own programming.
    Its also great that you can use GH controllers with it, despite the stability and compatibility issues.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "this program is ****!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    December 8, 2008  |   By Vostro_1000

    Version: Frets on Fire 1.3.110

    Pros

    fun for a few min.

    Cons

    the program kept freezing up and wouldn't let me do any thing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Summary

    DO NOT BOTHER DOWNLOADING THIS UNTIL A NEWER VERSION COMES OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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