It’s So New: Crypt of the Necrodancer
Personally, I enjoy rhythm games for some strange reason. If a new Rock Hero or Garage Mom comes out, my brain makes me pick it up. I honestly have no sane reasoning behind my actions.
Personally, I enjoy rhythm games for some strange reason. If a new Rock Hero or Garage Mom comes out, my brain makes me pick it up. I honestly have no sane reasoning behind my actions. I am aware that there will be nothing groundbreaking or overly amazing about the game. Ever since playing Donkey Konga I have been an addict. Did you know Crypt of the Necrodancer is a rhythm game? Have you ever heard of Crypt of the Necrodancer? Did you know it is hands down, one of the most entertaining and challenging rhythm games, possibly on this planet (ok, that’s a stretch, but it’s damn good)?
Crypt of the Necrodancer forces you intf your best dancing shoes before hurling you into a labyrinth of ghosts and skeletons. You are on a quest to steal back your still beating heart from the evil Necrodancer. According to the developers (Brace Yourself Games), “if you fail to get back your heart you will be a slave to the rhythm for all eternity”. Crypt of the Necrodancer does something I have never seen before. It takes the repetitive and potentially stale mechanics of your basic rhythm game and melds it with a well made roguelike dungeon crawler. Each move must be timed with the beat of the music. Missing your beat can mean the difference of missing a giant dragon’s death dealing claw, or successfully dodging a Minotaur’s charge.
Each floor of the crypt is procedurally generated, because we all love not knowing where anything is or what to expect every play through. The game is incredibly challenging and very fun all at the same time. Leaving you to explore each area, unlock new weapons and gear, and try your best not to lose your cool because you forgot where to stand so that damn green dragon doesn’t kill you.
One of the glorious things about the game is the customizability. Not only are you given the ability to unlock new weapons and gear but you have multiple gameplay types. That is all well and good but what would make a music based game even better? Well using your own music of course. Crypt of the Necrodancer allows you to customize what music plays during every piece of your gameplay. This is where my head instantly exploded and I fell in love with this game. We all know you can’t rhythmcrawl (a term I just now made up to make myself happy) without a mixture of David Bowie, Frank Sinatra, and the fabulous boss battle music of Rainmaker by Yanni. Oh the didgeridoos shall rumble the walls of hell.
Crypt of the Necrodancer is currently in a very playable alpha state. If I were you, I would go pick it up off of Steam. Only if you are into rouguelikes or fancy a good dancing music that is. At the time of writing this it can be had for a mere $14.99. Oh roguelike rhythm dungeon crawling RPG greatness, you sure do make me happy.
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