This page details one or more prototype versions of Guitar Hero.
The September 3, 2005 prototype build of Guitar Hero was leaked as part of Project Deluge, released through Hidden Palace's website and archive.org on March 20, 2021. Nothing was known about this build prior to its release, although other beta versions of this game had been seen in marketing material before.
- The HOPO threshold in this version of the game is stricter than retail; 159 ticks (1 tick less than a 12th note), vs 170 in retail. Charts where this adjustment is particularly easy to spot are You Got Another Thing Comin and Texas Flood on Expert.
- Notes that follow a chord and have the same color as the chord's lower fret can be HOPOs in this build, unlike retail where they are always strums. A good example of this is Heart Full Of Black on Expert's orange strumming section.
- Whammy rate is different in proto build, gives you less Star Power.
- The bug in retail where the 2nd note of the song always appears as a strum, even if it is a HOPO, is NOT in the prototype.
The setlist in the prototype is almost the same as in the final game, with one ordering difference and a few naming differences.
|I Love Rock & Roll||I Love Rock & Roll|
|I Wanna Be Sedated||I Wanna Be Sedated|
|Smoke On The Water||Thunder Kiss 65|
|Thunderkiss 65||Smoke On The Water|
|Iron Man||Iron Man|
|More Than A Feeling||More Than A Feeling|
|You Got Another Thing Comin'||You Got Another Thing Comin'|
|Take Me Out||Take Me Out|
|Sharp Dressed Man||Sharp Dressed Man|
|String Snappers||Thrash and Burn|
|Killer Queen||Killer Queen|
|Hey You||Hey You|
|Heart Full of Black||Heart Full of Black|
|Symphony Of Destruction||Symphony Of Destruction|
|Thrash and Burn||Return of the Shred|
|Ziggy Stardust||Ziggy Stardust|
|Fat Lip||Fat Lip|
|Take It Off||Take It Off|
|Return of the Shred||Fret-Burners|
|Spanish Castle Magic||Spanish Castle Magic|
|Higher Ground||Higher Ground|
|No One Knows||No One Knows|
|Ace Of Spades||Ace Of Spades|
|Texas Flood||Texas Flood|
|Cowboys From Hell||Cowboys From Hell|
|Bark At The Moon||Bark At The Moon|
The "Amp-Warmers", "String Snappers" and "Relentless Riffs" tier names would later be used in Guitar Hero II.
The Guitar Hero series
|Main Series||Guitar Hero (Prototype) • Guitar Hero II (Prototypes) • Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock • Guitar Hero: World Tour • Guitar Hero 5|
|Band-Specific||Aerosmith • Metallica • Van Halen|
|Expansions||Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80's (Prototype) • Guitar Hero: Smash Hits|
|On Tour||On Tour • Modern Hits|
|Main Series||Guitar Hero 5|
|Expansions||Guitar Hero: Smash Hits|
|Spin-Offs||DJ Hero • DJ Hero 2|
|Main Series||Guitar Hero: Arcade|
|PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii|
|Main Series||Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock|