By Geoffrey Golden . February 22, 2008 . 7:02am
You bought Guitar Hero, played "Fields of Dover" a hundred times, and now the guitar gathers dust until your next party. It would be nice if you could use the Guitar Hero controller for at least one other game, so you can get more use out of it.
Thankfully, a fun solution was being demoed at the GDC: Fret Nice (http://www.fretnice.com/). It's an independently produced, stylized side-scroller for the PC, which you control using your USB Guitar Hero controller. You jump by tilting the guitar up and zap bad guys by playing riffs. Collect music notes which give you more fuel for your laser-riffs. It's a fun game play experience, though it takes a little while to get used to the unique controls. There's a public demo on their website, so if you're not at the GDC, you don't have to miss out on the rocking.
Leave it to the independent game design community to find a clever new use for a one game-specific controller. Any independent producers wanna make a new game with the Donkey Kong bongos?