Rhythm games seem harmless, but they can push you to your limits even when compact like Neon Guitar. You are an aspiring rockstar and have saved up whatever money you have to purchase an electric guitar covered in neon lights. However, you need to learn how to play it if you're ever going to reach stardom. Luckily, the guitar is equipped with a device that links to whatever music surrounds you and sends you all the notes you need to know. Remember to hit them on time to keep the crowd happy and to make careful progress toward your goal.
About Neon Guitar
Not all of us are musically gifted or even musically literate, but that's okay since games operate on hand-eye coordination. This game shows us that playing an instrument has the potential to be as easy as pressing buttons on a screen to make something happen. Of course, you still need to put the time in and get a feel for the movements which is exactly what this game is doing. It's teaching you timing and combinations so that you don't just clear the levels, but so that you get an understanding of what it's like to play a guitar for real.
How to Play
Neon Guitar is a 2D rhythm game about hitting notes to play a song using the keyboard or an X-style controller. If playing on mobile, you'll have icons to tap coordinating with each of the notes. On the keyboard, the notes (from left to right) are assigned to the A, S, K, and L keys. On the controller, they're mapped to the LB, LT, RB, and RT buttons. The goal is to hit as many notes as you can as they correspond to the selected song from start to finish.
When you select a song, you'll be presented with several columns stretching out ahead of you. At the button of each column is a color-coded button representing a note. As the song plays, notes will fall toward these buttons. The moment they pass over them is when you have to press the corresponding keys or buttons to hit the note. Notes can come in groups, or solo, and will appear in various patterns. If you miss too many notes, you'll be booed off the stage and will have to try again. The more notes you hit in sequence, the higher your score, and the more your special meter will fill up. When it's full, all the notes will transform and be worth even more points.
Songs come with Easy, Normal, and Hard difficulty settings. The harder the difficulty, the more notes and combinations you'll have to hit.
Tips and Tricks
It's easy to lose your place in this game no matter what controller you're using. You really need to maintain awareness of where your fingers are in accordance with the notes. Play some songs on Easy to develop familiarity before trying some of the harder settings.
- Developer: Joffre Macedo Neto
- Platforms: Web Browser (PC and mobile) and Android
- Languages: English
Can I add my own songs to Neon Guitar?
Certain rhythm games will allow you to sync up your playlist to their gameplay, but this one currently doesn't have that feature.
Games similar to Neon Guitar
Considering how tricky it is to play a guitar, this game is sorted into the Skill and Music Games categories on GamePix. It's in a band with titles like Music Rush, Flip Bottle, Robot Band, and Super Friday Night Funkin'.