Guitar Freaks

1998

Konami

Follow the Rhythm & Rock 'N Roll

GuitarFreaks (ギターフリークス) is a music video game series produced by Konami. It is a rhythm game where the player uses a controller to simulate the playing of an electric guitar. The game consists of music predominantly from the rock music, rock and roll and J-pop genres. It is considered one of the most influential video games of all time, for having laid the foundations for popular guitar-based rhythm games, such as the Guitar Hero series.

  • 2 Player
  • Music, Rhythm

Description

The gameplay is simple as the corresponding buttons would appear on the screen from left to right, and the user must hit the buttons at the correct time. Scoring is based on how closely the player's performance and timing matches the original song. Two players can play simultaneously and compete for higher scores.

Players select from a handful of songs and earn points across a session of songs. You can play up to one to five songs with a single session of gameplay, but also get access to extra songs by achieving a great score within the game.

How to Play

Two note scrolls—one for each player—are displayed at the left and right sides of the screen. Colorful animations for each song are displayed in the center of the screen. Each note scroll consists of four columns: one each for the red, green, and blue buttons, and a fourth column, known as the Wailing Bonus column. Individual notes and chords are represented by small colored bars that scroll upward in the columns. To play the correct note, the player must hold down the buttons corresponding to the colored bars, and move the fret lever when the bars reach the yellow fretting line. When a guitar icon is displayed in the Wailing Bonus column along with an associated note, the player can tilt the guitar upright while playing the note to receive bonus points.

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