I have this awful habit of buying games because they’re cheap. Most of the time, I end up with awful shovel-ware games, but I know what I’m getting into when I snatch that stuff up. It adds some interesting amusement and a dopey discussion about how awful it is. Occasionally though, something shines through beyond the garbage. Frederic: The Resurrection of Music is [kind of] that game.
What we have here is a rhythm-based piano game centered around the works of Frederic Chopin. The music industry is in peril, and thus Chopin is brought back to make everything right. You face off against musicians from around the world in 12 stages, and play a collection of Chopin’s music re-imagined to different genres. Don’t worry, there’s some motion comics and cheesy voice acting to accompany the game.
This game’s available on a variety of different systems. I, of course, played on my Wii U. Following a typical rhythm-based game, notes follow a path down the screen and you hit the piano keys accordingly. You have seven keys in total, including 3 black keys. I’m sure that playing this game on another format with physical keys would be ideal, but the game pad works alright. Everything is responsive and smooth, though power-up moves can be tricky. That involves shaking the game pad… while playing. This isn’t Guitar Hero. That’s not something easily done. The music is probably the best part of the game. Surprisingly, the music composition is excellent. The recreation of classical music into modern music genres is something that can easily be done wrong. I, however, found myself humming the tunes after playing. The plot, movie shorts, and voice acting are fairly cheesy… but in a charming kind of way.
Frederic:TRM typically runs for $5. I got it on sale for $1. So, for me, it was well worth it. I would have happily paid full price for the game, if that makes a difference. If you need something to amuse you for a night, but aren’t looking to spend some hard cash, give this a try.