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Frets On Fire 1.2.512

by James 22 November 2009 3 Comments

I never reviewed a freeware game here and I think now is the right time to do that.

Frets On Fire is an open source game, similar to the very popular Guitar Hero. The aim of the game is to play the guitar with your keyboard.

I like rock music, electric guitars and all that. I used to say that a song that doesn’t have any guitar in it has nothing to do with music 🙂 I never learned to play the guitar, although I always wanted to.

I was curious to see if playing the guitar on my keyboard would give me the feeling that I was expecting. I was afraid that the whole thing would be too artificial, like playing a first person shooter.

But after playing Frets On Fire for a few minutes my fears were forgotten. It’s a great game! I actually got in the mood of every song that I was playing, felt the rhythm and the beat. Maybe you can’t picture that, so I’ll show you what it’s all about with a video that somebody posted on YouTube.


See what I mean? I must admit, now I’m a little bit addicted to Frets On Fire because it’s the perfect thing to do when I come home after a long stressful day. My skills are not very good though, I almost sprained my wrist while trying to play “Sultans Of Swing” 🙂 Yep, there are lots of songs that you can import into the game, just check out the fan forums and you’ll find hundreds of them, maybe thousands, I didn’t count. And as far as I know the game will work just fine with a guitar controller like those that Guitar Hero uses.

Version Tested


Game Design, Programming – Sami Kyöstilä

Music, Sound Effects – Tommi Inkilä

Graphics – Joonas Kerttula


Operating System 
Windows, Linux, Mac OS X

32.34 MB

Download link


Crystal_Clear_action_edit_add Good game play, funny and addictive

Crystal_Clear_action_edit_add Highly customizable, you can import the songs that you like

Crystal_Clear_action_edit_remove Sometimes crashes but fortunately never while playing a song (so far)




This has become one of my favorite games, I play a song or two every day. The fact that these people made it open source is simply amazing. I think that they should get a Nobel Prize or something!

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  • Daniel said:

    Omg what a awesome game! I’ve played it now for 6 hours 🙂


  • Johnny Karp said:

    It is an outstanding game, I’m glad you like it too. I played it for hours and hours too at the beginning, my girlfriend was beginning to worry that I might turn into a rock star 🙂

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