These are hard times for music games. In February, we learned of the sad ending of Guitar Hero, one of the music games icon. Before that, Viacom sold Rock Band, which marks an uncertain future for the franchise. And finally, last month JamLegend, one of the most famous music online games, was shut down for good. All of this left music game lovers with feeling of abandonment. If you’re among them, don’t worry: there are some other online games (and not online as well) that you can enjoy. Here are some ofthe best.
If you are tired of your old copies of Guitar Hero and you want for some similar challenge, this is the way to go. Frets on Fire has the same gameplay you come to know and love on the Activision smash hit and a wide selection of songs. But if this isn’t enough for you, you can always create your own tunes or download the ones created by the Frets on Fire community. This game runs on Windows, Mac and Linux and it supports your guitar-shaped controllers as well.
For all the singers out there, here’s a karaoke game that will surely entertain you for quite a while. With UltraStar Deluxe you’ll be able to gather a group of friends to test your singing abilities. You simply have to plug in your microphone and follow the on-screen lyrics. There are several artists to choose from and various songs to sing along to, and a lot of fun to be had with UltraStar Deluxe.
Like Rock Band? Then you’ll definitely love this open source version. In that sense, Performous will allow you to sing, play the guitar or the drums or even dance to the available music. Like Frets on Fire, this game lets you play with the specific controllers designed for titles like Guitar Hero or Rock Band. You can even import the songs from those games to enjoy them all the times you want on Performous.
This is one of the best Guitar Hero clones (you could have guessed that yourself if you’ve read the title’s previous name) and it’s very popular among music games lovers. It has great graphics and multiplayer capabilities. Although its song catalog isn’t as vast as some of the other options on this list, Frontman is a really funny game. If you want to try it, you’ll have to head to the official forum and register there to access the download link.
My personal favorite music game on this list and one of the most original too. With all the excitement surrounding the “building cities” titles, it’s not rare to find a an online game like Isle of Tune. The innovative twist included in this title is that, as you construct your town, each element you add is capable of adding music: houses are keyboard notes, streetlights are drum notes, trees and bushes are guitar and bass notes, streets are tracks and the three available cars are the ones that play the song. I know that with this explanation the game seems dull, but check it out, you’ll surely love it.
Music and games are a winning combination for almost any person in the world. These are a few great alternatives to have a good time while you listen to some great tunes. Hope you have fun!
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