Fret Nice Review
Fret Nice box art
System: PS3 (PSN), X360 (XBLA) Review Rating Legend
Dev: Pieces Interactive 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Tecmo 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Feb. 4, 2010 (XBLA-TBA) 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

The unique control scheme might seem like a nice break from the typical control style. However, the novelty wears off fast, and in fact, it might wear you out too! Having to tilt the guitar every few seconds is very tiring and, if you're not careful, it will make you sore. The developers have thought of that, and you can override the tilt via menu options or just use a standard PS3 controller to beat the game. Phew! This will take some weight off your shoulders! My guess is most players will turn away from the game's intended controller and the developers will have to live with it. It's a good thing that they compromised, as it gives the game an extra chance to be successful.

Fret Nice screenshot

Whether you use the guitar or the Sixaxis controller, you'll notice that oftentimes, when you think you're strumming notes to defeat the enemies, you won't hear any guitar riffs. That's because you need to be near the enemy; then, a thin blue line will connect you, and that's when you're supposed to rock 'n roll. At first I thought my guitar was broken, and then I realized you have to keep your cool and do it at the right time, when you're actually connected. Even still, the guitar riff controls seemed questionable, which was somewhat of a disappointment. Luckily, things are more accurate with the Sixaxis, so that should be everyone's controller of choice from the start if you want to actually enjoy the game.

As it should always be with music-centric games, Fret Nice offers an amusing soundtrack full of funky sounds, guitar riffs, and other acoustic combinations. These original tunes help to complement the unique levels found in the game, often encompassing the numerous back-and-forths, jumps, enemy encounters, climbing, vehicle scenes, etc. It's probably the best part about the game, though the visuals are definitely the most appealing of the whole package.

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Though Fret Nice is not ideal and it's far from perfect, you should keep in mind the gameplay is actually fun when played with the PS3 controller, the presentation is cool and original, and the music will just get you going. Plus, if your friend is hanging out, you can also have fun together with the local co-op, unlocking trophies, opening up new levels, and so forth. I say let's leave the plastic guitar for the games for which it was made, grab your Sixaxis, and take this game for a spin! At $14.99, it's not a very cheap PSN option, but it's entertaining and will last you a while.

By Maria Montoro
CCC Site Director

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.3
Graphics
Fret Nice features original visuals, with cutout shapes, lifelike textures, and funny characters. Think South Park meets LocoRoco.
2.9
Control
Guitar controls cause pain and are inaccurate. Sixaxis alternative is the way to go, and even though it's not perfect, it gets the job done.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
One of the most enjoyable aspects of the game, with original tunes, funky gameplay-activated sounds, and guitar riffs.
3.7
Play Value
If you enjoy platformers and want to go on the cheap, this is a game packed-full of original levels and fun gameplay. Plus, it offers co-op.
3.3
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Rock on and harmonize the unity between music and 2D platformer! As you control your character through the artful stages, you play the game as if it was a jammin' rock song.
  • Blast your enemies with riff combos and create your own soundtracks with each "strum" of a chord. You will have an ever-changing experience each time a stage is repeated.


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