Crypt of the NecroDancer is an award winning hardcore roguelike rhythm game. Move to the music and deliver beatdowns to the beat! Groove to the epic Danny Baranowsky soundtrack, or select songs from your own MP3 collection!
I lost my groove, so here’s what I’ll do. You sit in that chair right there, and I’ll start the review.
Crypt of the NecroDancer is a rhythm game like no other. It takes the standard elements of a rogue-like, e.g. random dungeons, monsters, and items, and makes it challenging by having you do everything to the beat of the song. The controls are relatively simple. The arrow keys are used to move, while certain buttons are reserved for special items. Sounds simple, right?
There are four zones to play through, each with three floors and a boss fight. The bosses vary in challenge, though that challenge varies depending on your musical tastes and play styles.
Being a rhythm game, the music is very important. Luckily, the game has a fantastic soundtrack. It instantly puts you in the mood for the game, and helps you find the beat. There are also two remix albums that are available as DLC that I also have to recommend.
Danny Baranowsky’s original version
There are currently two bugs that I am aware of. One is replay desync. If you watch a replay, it can “desync” itself, making it to where the movements don’t complete properly and end the replay early. The other bug is if you watch a replay of someone who completes a zone you have not, resulting in a character unlocked screen. It isn’t unlocked though, so no free characters.
Overall, I believe Crypt of the NecroDancer deserves a cheese sandwich rating. It’s not a perfect game, but it is fun. It can be overly frustrating, but it has an awesome soundtrack that makes up for it. To make things better, if none of the styles suit you, you can use your own music. I recommend this game to anyone who enjoys a challenge, or like to groove to the music.
Crypt of the Necrodancer can be purchased from the following locations: