Frederic Chopin – a long time deceased classical compositor – returns back from beyond the grave to fight intense musical duels. In his way stand some of the worlds greatest pop stars charmed with enormous profits that wild commercialization...
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Release Date: May 16, 2014
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“Insane personality and sly digs at pop culture, Rollingstone Magazine”
http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/blogs/gear-up/new-game-remixes-chopin-into-reggae-20120201

“It’s so well-done and engaging that it’s impossible not to recommend it.”
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Step into Frederic Chopin's shoes, and embark onto an one-of-a-kind adventure through musical genre in this remastered especially for Steam enhanced version.

Frederic Chopin – one of the world's most talented classical composers, is brought back from the afterlife and finds that he's an involuntary part of a treacherous plan. The world of music is at the edge of destruction. Soulless music labels and mass-produced popstars have hindered all creativity. And you're the only hope of bringing it back.

Accompany Chopin in his amazing journey full of quirky events. Battle your opponents in musical duels, intensity of which will make your palms sweat. Enjoy an hour of hand-drawn animated comic picturing the quirky story. Play through twelve catchy arrangements of Chopin's greatest classics, each in a different musical genre. Practice your skills until perfection and become the master of the piano.

Features

- 12 fantastic remixes of classical hits
- 10 colorful locations from around the world full of hidden easter eggs and jokes
- An hour of outstanding animated comic
- Megatons of humor
- 18 achievements of all difficulties
- DRM-free game soundtrack included
- Trading cards
- Optimized for Windows 8 touch screens

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Dual core from Intel or AMD at 2.8 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 7800, ATI/AMD Radeaon HD2600/3600
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10
    • Processor: Intel Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia 320M or higher, or Radeon 7000 or higher, or Intel HD 3000 or higher
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.4
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
With over 230 compositions under his belt, Frederic Chopin was one of the world's leading musicians in the 1800's. He's been referenced and even starred in multiple video games in the past, and Resurrection of Music is the latest in that trend. It's probably the best fit, being a rhythm game full of imagination and heart. This is an easy recommendation to anyone who enjoys music.

In Frederic: RoM you play as Chopin himself, recently raised from the dead, and musically battle other musicians across the globe. Armed with nothing but a magical piano, it is up to you to show that you are still relevant in an age of Auto Tuners, Synthesizers, and Pro Tools.

The soul of this game is in the music, which is fantastic. A selection of Chopin's own works are remixed to fit the theme of several countries as you fight for global domination. Forever Entertainment has shown great care and creativity in the construction of these songs. Frederic's compositions ring through beautifully, which is a testament to their ability, considering how easily they could have ruined these amazing pieces. Rhythm games are only as good as the music they include, and with so many of them asking the player to provide their own songs these days, it's nice to see a developer actually take the time to hand-craft original tracks. Each song is not only fun to play, but catchy, enjoyable, and memorable as well. The soundtrack comes with the game when you purchase it through Steam, making the price tag all the more worth it.

The gameplay is easy to pick up if you've ever played a rhythm game before. Hit the keys when the notes pass over them. The closer to accurate the timing, the more points you receive. Once you get a combo going, you can pick up bonus points for hitting random keys on the keyboard, and even utilize a musical attack to mess with your opponents. While it's not very deep, it's a blast to play, and you'll feel like a true pianist as you do. Who doesn't want to feel like Chopin?

While you duke it out with these other musicians, colorful and silly animations play out in front of you, themed to the country, just like the music. They can be very distracting, adding to the difficulty of the duels, but are entertaining in their own right. Sometimes the caricatures and parodies can border on offensive, but they are all in good fun, and people are too easily offended these days anyway.

There is a story here that plays out in animated scenes in-between battles, but it is told horrendously with some of the worst voice acting you'll ever experience in this lifetime. That being said, this is a rhythm game, and who plays rhythm games for the story? You can easily skip these sequences and you won't miss anything important.

What else is there to say? Frederic: RoM is a fantastic experience that should not be missed. There is a sequel called Frederic: Evil Strikes Back, so be sure to check out my review on that game as well. If you enjoy this game, and want to learn more about Chopin, be sure to check out a game called Eternal Sonata, or Trusty Bell depending on your region. You won't be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
This is an enjoyable music rhythm game: think of DDR for your fingers, which is what Flash Flash Revolution is BTW. but with 7 notes and keys in a piano layout (F through B, for pianists) instead of only 4 for up, down, left, right. The music here is classical, remixed in a variety of styles. While there aren't a whole lot of unique levels, there are four difficulties you can play them on, as well as three Arena modes which I can't review because I haven't unlocked/played them yet. The main story is fun, though after you've heard it once, you might just want to skip it to get straight to playing the levels. The game also mixes things up by allowing a space bar attack to be used (it will signal when), as well as offering up gold notes for bonus points that appear on other keys, not the main 7 used for the piano. This definitely adds some variety to the basic game.

A few points to note: Piano experience probably won't help you a lot. Notes stream vertically, not horizontally, and key size and spacing differ, so playing one-handed can be difficult IMO. Pretty quickly I decided to acknowledge that this isn't like playing a piano, it's a keyboard game that uses a piano layout, and switched to a two-handed approach; using DRGYJIL seems to work pretty well for me. This helped me out quite a bit. The space bar attack isn't really disruptive to the main game play, since it's fairly easy to use a thumb to tap it when the signal appears, but the gold notes are harder to accommodate. Because they appear on non-game keys, finding the right key to hit while keeping up with the stream and not getting your fingers out of position can be difficult.

Overall, I like the game and would recommend it. The music is nice, it feels more like actually playing the music than other games, and has some additional actions that add to the experience even if they can be tricky to get right. If you generally like music rhythm games, I think this one is worth a try.
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2.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Horribly insensitive charicatures, essentially jumping beyond the realm of parody they were going for, but makes up for this in droves with wonderful voice acting, great art and fantastic music. Rebinding the controls is almost necessary or you can use the mouse to simulate a touchscreen as it was originally designed. Plus you get the soundtrack included :) Definitely recommend a play.
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1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Used to say... dum dum dum... I like Chopin... dum dum dum...

***** SPLAT *****

SUB-ZERO WINS

MUSICALITY!

10/10
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1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Didn't take long to finish, but gj Devs!
I had fun, enjoyed the artstyle and the music 8)
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2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
I do receommend this game even with a few minor issues and one big one, but the negatives don't outweigh the positives.

The game is effectively a Rock Band 3 keyboard using Frederick Chopin as the protagonist. The variation of Chopin's music in different styles, including Irish, rock, and others, is an absolute delight to listen to. The music alone is worth the price of admission as far as I'm concerned, and there are several of Chopin's best pieces to perform. The minor issues include mostly bad voice acting, especially that of Chopin, and *really* long (but thankfully skippable) cutscenes.

They can easily be ignored; however, I have to recommend this game primarily to people who have touchscreen PCs or laptops. As an amateur keyboardist, I found it very difficult to come up with a PC keyboard layout that was comfortable for me. Admittedly, you might find something better for you. But the game felt far, far more natural when I played it on my touchscreen laptop. (The game has its roots in the tablet arena, so this isn't totally unexpected.) It was much more enjoyable to play, and I had a lot more fun with this game than I expected I would, especially after getting frustrated with the PC keyboard.

So, if you own a touchscreen laptop or Windows tablet, I absolutely recommend this game, especially for the price. Just don't expect the best voice acting out there and get ready to skip cutscenes. Otherwise, this game is worth the low price.
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4.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
This is a weird game...
You follow the journey of Frederic Chopin, brought back from the dead by a group of mystical muses to save the world from bad music and music industry extortion.
To accomplish this Frederic travels the world, meeting grossly stereotypical characters (or rather, caricatures) and battling them in a musical showdown.

These showdowns are rhythm games where you have to match the notes coming down the screen on the piano keys (which you can press with the mouse, your keyboard or a touch screen). The gameplay is simple in theory but decently challenging in practice.
The songs are all nicely done mashups of various Chopin classics and the musical style of the musician you are currently facing.

There are definitely some downsides to the game, primarily the... odd quality of the voice acting. It's not necessarily bad, and definitely has enough passion in it, but it feels very different from what you'd normally find in a videogame. Also, some of the characters really were a bit too much of a racial stereotype.

Do I recommend this game? I'm not sure. I made it through all ten levels and was sufficiently entertained, so I guess I do.
Just don't expect a perfect product.
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36 of 51 people (71%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
BEFORE YOU POINT OUT MY TIME PLAYED: I've played much more of this game on a tablet. My review for the PC version will be based on the difference in playability between the two. I've played enough to come to a conclusion about that.

Frederic: Resurrection of Music is a rhythm game where you catch falling notes onto piano keys at the bottom of the screen. Think of Beatmania without the turn table, and you've basically got it. The timing for a perfect hit takes a little getting used to, because it's relative to the center of the actual key on the piano itself. Since a black key is much shorter than a white key, a perfect hit on a black note will be higher up on the board than a white note. Otherwise it's fairly simple, with normal notes, hold notes, and swipe notes where you move across as you hit a key (more on that later). The note patterns are fairly good, and fit the pace of the songs. The music is all Chopin compositions redone in various contemporary music styles. The songs are...alright. The western themed one is pretty terrible, but they're all still recognizable as Chopin. It's also worth saying that the story is absolutely insane. Nothing makes sense and it's pretty great.

First and foremost, this is a game meant for tablets. There have been tablet games that have made the jump to steam with varying amounts of success, but Frederic is absolutely designed for a multitouch screen. Before you even boot the game up, it asks if you want to launch the touchscreen version instead. To get around most people not being able to touch their monitors to make things happen, you're given two other control styles that you can mix and match as you want; keyboard and mouse. Keyboard sounds like it would make sense, since you're emulating touching keys on a piano, but it never actually feels right. You can reconfigure the keys to anything you want (except for the space bar, which is reserved for using a special move), but it's still just not a very natural feel. You could probably get somewhat used to it with enough times, but remember, the timing on a perfect black note is different than a perfect white note. So, every other finger has to hit a note slightly earlier than the others.

Remember how I mentioned slide notes? They're meant for you to touch the key and then swipe your finger across the piano. You can't do this with a keyboard, naturally, so those are some points you're just not going to be able to get. Now, you can use a mouse instead and just click the keys, which will allow you to hit slide notes. But then you have some hold notes that continue as other notes are coming down, since it was made with multitouch in mind, which makes the mouse not ideal for that situation. Then there are bonus golden notes that fly up from the piano for extra points. On the tablet, you just tap the note to get them. On the PC, you could click on it with the mouse, but if you're using the mouse to play then you're probably too busy hitting other notes or holding a hold note to go click it. You can also collect those notes by pressing a key on the keyboard, but that key is random each time. So have fun with that.

If you have a tablet or a good phone, I would definitely recommend getting Frederic there if you're a rhythm game fan. It's definitely the way the game is meant to be played and works just fine there. There are two bonus levels in that version that are locked behind DLC (as opposed to this Steam version which has them for free as unlockables), but the bonus levels only cost a dollar total and the base game itself is $2. It's the way the game was meant to be played, and you're just going to get a subpar and sometimes frustrating experience on the PC.

Now, there are two reasons why you might actually want to get the Steam version. If you DO have a touchscreen of some sort for your computer (or if you're using a Surface or something), then you can play the game the way it's supposed to be played and it will work just fine. You would be paying $3 more compared to an app store version, but you do get the soundtrack as an extra if you really want that. The other reason may be if you have a Beatmania controller you can plug into your computer. The keys on the controller match up to the keys in game, so that might actually be kinda cool. Unfortunately, you still won't be able to do slide notes, and unless you play it one handed you're definitely not going to get any bonus gold notes. It's enough of a novelty though that it might be worth playing with.

If neither of these conditions apply to you, then don't bother getting Frederic on Steam. It's just not the way this game is supposed to be played.
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
It seems like the rhythm-action genre, although seemingly dying as of late, is where to go if you are look for games that are equal parts quirky and charming. I found myself drawing many parellels between this game and Elite Beat Agents, and as you can tell from my user name, that is a definite plus. The cut scenes are wonderfully drawn in comic book style and have an offbeat, often satirical sense of humor, and the story is just as fun as the gameplay (I used a mouse to play, personally, as I found it easier than keyboard controls, no matter how many times I changed the default layout. That said, I can see where this game would fare much better on a touchscreen or tablet, and it does, in fact, have touchscreen capabilities). Even during the gameplay, which has a sort of Dance Dance Revolution feel to it in terms of layout but are hilariously set up like "battles", if you dare take your eyes off the notes for a moment, you'll notice many crazy and entertaining things going on in the background.

Best of all, and perhaps the most important part of any music game, is the music itself. As the title and description implies, the hero is the composer Frederic Chopin, revived in the modern world for reasons unknown to him and finding himself confronting many people with different musical styles. For each confrontation, the music is a piece by Chopin, masterfully remixed into the style of both the region and the type of musician you're facing in the level. From mellow reggae to exciting wild western; from Celtic dance to my personal favorite, a hip-hop inspired track that manages to be haunting at the same time, you've never heard Chopin like this, and you likely never will again. And fortunately, the soundtrack is included with the game itself, no strings attached. So do yourself a favor and give this one a try. Even if you find yourself disliking the actual game, the price is well worth it for the soundtrack alone.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
My first thought was like "oh god, another music game based on the same system" and who the hell would make a game about Chopin today. Well, this was something that caught my interest at that point. After watching some videos, I gave it a chance.

There isn't much of a plot there. Frederic Chopin rises from the dead and he needs to find out about identity of a mysterious guy who wants to beat him. The story is pretty flat, in fact but this is more like an arcade game that a story game.

There's a limited amount of tracks to play, however four difficulty modes. It may sound boring but what makes it exciting is the ability to challenge yourself. It's pretty hard to get to three stars rating even in 'too easy' mode.

What's pretty interesting is how the music and mechanism is made. It looks like there's a bunch (or at least one) pianist down there in the software development team. If you've ever played Chopin on the piano, you'll get what I mean once you play the game.

Some people complained about controls. I don't find it very hard. What can be confusing at first is that if you're used to the piano, you feel frustrated with no black keys, which are obviously situated above the white ones on the piano's keyboard. But it's not something you can't live. You'll get used to it at the end anyway.

The game is addictive. I tried once and I keep returning. Probably my return rates will fade out with time but the game has this "something" any decent game needs and I'm pretty sure of it. Give it a go.

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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
-Great Soundtrack
-Easy to learn
-Hard to master
-Hilariously dumb bad guys
-Seriously, dis soundtrack
-Super short, but great replayability

Basically, the game is piano hero and you play Frederic Chopin. There are new arrangements of all his stuff, from techno to calypso. The controls can be hard to get used to, but there is always the ability to cheat by using your keyboard. Buy it for full price, but if it is on sale, buy a few extra copies to give to friends. This game is ♥♥♥♥ hot.
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
Jogo com músicas bem legais! Você pode jogar com o teclado, mouse e até touchscreen. História também bem legal envolvendo a atualidade com o antigo compositor clássico Frédéric Chopin.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
Funny little music rhythm game but nowhere near easy. Even on too easy difficult setting it isn't really easy. The slightly confusing UI layout and input controls might not really help to make it easier though. Even if you can customize your keyboard layout I really haven't found a setting that makes it playable instantly. Difficulty in levels also fluctuate quiet significantly between the stages some earlier ones I found harder than some of the later ones and the last two are extremely hard suddenly notes seem to come from everywhere. So be warned this can be quiet a challenging game. Not sure how somebody will be able to survive the higher difficulty levels.

The presentation however is very nice and funny. Using a ressurected Chopin is a genius idea. If you like pieces of Chopin even though modernized with modern music styles this might be your game otherwise I would say better stay away from it.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
Frederic: Resurrection of Music is a rhythm game ported from smartphones. It starts off with our hero being brought back from the dead and immediately showing up some hipster with his mad piano skills (GOTY?). In all seriousness the weird story doesn't make a lick of sense until the last stages. It consists of Fredric traveling all across the globe and battling various ham fisted stereotypes of various cultures. Which is all well and fine with me but what slightly irked me is that Poland had no negative stigma attached to it (Devs are Polish). Just a small thing I wanted to mention before talking about the game.

Well starting off the game you immediately notice the awful graphics and even worse voice acting followed by a mediocre story. Though to be fair, who comes to a rhythm game expecting those? Gameplay and music is where its at. Unfortunately getting used to the default control scheme (rebindable) is going to take quite a bit of practice and you cant help but shake off the feeling of how much more fun this would be on a touchscreen. But once you do get a hang of it the game is a blast! One little trick that helped me out is keeping my middle finger hover over the E key and visualizing everything under it to be white keys.

But what of the music you may be wondering by now. It is brilliant, amazing, I can not praise it enough. I am not familiar with Frederic Chopin's compositions but have been told the songs in this game are remixes of his work. It's a shame whenever you miss a note and the song distorts a bit. Which will be happening quite often until you get used to the control scheme. I strongly recommend starting off on the easiest settings until you complete the game once. Which took me less than two hours and I left the game open for awhile. One very nice addition is that the game comes with the great soundtrack. So if you were searching Steam for a decent rhythm game or want some awesome new tracks to listen to, do not ignore Frederic and his epic keytar!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
The next Guitaroo-Man. I never thought there'd be another music game that gave me that enchanting feeling that Guitaroo once did. I'm pleasantly surprised....it's like the spirit of GM lives on, in a piano music game for Steam. Genius.

Buy this game if you've ever heard of or liked Guitaroo-Man. You'll thank me later.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
This is a fun yet challenging music/rhythm game. The controls are tricky to master but with practice you will learn the song. I played using a gameboard. The gameboard made it a bit easier to play compared to the keyboard.
The story was weird but not in a bad way. Just creative? It definitly made me laugh and say wtf a few times!
Best thing about this game is of course the music. It features classical music from Frederic Chopin with a modernized, up beat twist. Beautiful.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
This game is just charming, silly, and excellent. The humor really stands out, awkward as it may be. I recommend considering the bundle for the price, but this is probably the stronger of the two games. Gameplay is engaging, driving you to improve and take on higher difficulties. The visuals are solid, a bit cheesy but charming. After a short time, you can tell that there are only 3 voice actors, but the work can be hilarious. Maybe so-bad-it's-hilarious, but I still like it. It has smart writing, and doesn't feel dated, unlike the memetically-stuffed sequel. It could use more options with audio controls, but I can let that pass. Note latency doesn't seem to be an issue.

Here are some of the best Chopin-inspired tracks I've heard. Catchy yet powerful, you'll be able to recognize and learn them. The tracks are very enjoyable, with fun patterns and good pacing. It takes a bit to learn how to do well, but the easy difficulties allow most anyone to complete the game. I'd say there's easily over 90 minutes to complete the game, with good replayability in higher difficulty options. I'd recommend the bundle at full price if you like the idea and plan to beat all the difficulties. If you are just wanting to play once or twice, I'd recommend a 50% off weeklong deal.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
As a gamer im enjoying the challenge and as fellow musician myself im enjoyed the remixes specially the classical one. thanx for the game and tunes devoloper dudes dudettes.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
I beat this game a few days ago and I still don't know how to process it. Silliest thing I've ever seen. 10/10 am recommending to all my musician friends despite the confusion caused by the mechanics of gameplay not matching actual piano mechanics. (It's like Guitar Hero for piano on the computer. Limited keys and unclear presentation of rhythm prevent it from feeling completely natural; still, a good effort. Memorization helps, I guess.)
Art feels kind of like a HISHE video; music is decently arranged; voice acting is not outstanding but decent. Plot is lolwtf x1000. Play it.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
A quirky rhythm game. It's okay, I guess, but it really suffers with being designed for a touchscreen. In addition, the voice acting is horrible though the soundtrack is excellent (expected for a rhythm game.) It's short enough that I wouldn't recommend it unless it's on sale. I wish Steam had a "Maybe" option - it's not a terrible game, but only worth it if you really like rhythm games or don't mind poor controls.
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