Musical games

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In musical games players create music or do actions based on played music.

List of Musical games[edit]

This is a list of free/libre musical games:

Game Screenshot Last Release Genres Description
Auralquiz Auralquiz.png 2017-05-11 Musical, memory
GenreMusical, memory
Latest release1.0.0  (Announcement)
Release dateMay 11th, 2017
DeveloperJan Kusanagi
Code licenseGNU GPL v2+ [1]
Media licenseGNU GPL v2+[1]
P. languageC++

Auralquiz is a music guessing game, which plays samples from the user’s sound file library, and lets the user guess (choose or type in) the artist or title from the file tags.

Frets on Fire Frets On Fire 4.jpg 2008-11-04 Musical
Frets on Fire
Frets On Fire 4.jpg
Latest release1.3.110  (Announcement)
Release dateNovember 4th, 2008
DevelopersJoonas Kerttula, Sami Kyöstilä, and Tommi Inkilä
Media licenseOfficial songs is non-free.
P. languagePython
LibrarySimple DirectMedia Layer, Pygame

Frets on Fire is a musical game where you must play a guitar as accurately as possible. The latest version of the game is 1.3.110 released on November 4, 2008.[2] It was created for the Assembly 2006 Game Development Competition; in which Frets on Fire won.[3] It used the SDL library and was written in the Python programming language.[4]

Performous Performous.png 2016-01-23 karaoke, guitar, bass, drums, dance
Genrekaraoke, guitar, bass, drums, dance
Latest release1.1  (Announcement)
Release dateJanuary 23rd, 2016
Developerssee article text
Code licenseGPL
Media licenseGPL
P. languageC++
LibrariesSDL; PortAudio

Performous (formerly UltraStar-NG) is a karaoke game released under the GNU GPL 2+. Version 0.4.0 introduced guitar, bass and drum features and 0.5.0 saw the addition of dance game component.

The game is written in the C++ programming language and from version 0.3.0 onwards uses OpenGL for graphics.

The main game package does not include any songs, like a player does not include any music, but there are various liberally licensed songs available from the homepage.

StepMania 128px 2015-10-30 Musical

Latest release5.0.10  (Announcement)
Release dateOctober 30th, 2015
Code licenseMIT[5]

StepMania is a dancing game. They do not host any songs but you can find many in the forums.

Transcend Transcend 0.3 shot small.png 2006-08-30 Arcade/shooter, music
Transcend 0.3 shot small.png
Level 1, in windowed mode.
(more screenshots)
GenresArcade/shooter, music
Latest release0.3  (Announcement)
Release dateAugust 30th, 2006
DeveloperJason Rohrer
Code licensesGPL, public domain
Media licenseGPL
P. languagesC++, Dia
LibrariesGLUT PortAudio, X

Transcend is an abstract 2D shooter game created by Jason Rohrer. The game's source is licensed mostly under the GPL, but with some public domain code as well.[6] The latest version is 0.3 released on August 30, 2005.[7] Rohrer was motivated to create the game out of frustration with the game industry's lack of creativity.

Its dynamic graphical engine can smoothly morph from one complex shape to another.