Listen to the beat and move your feet!
Roguelike games are becoming bigger each passing day, and with the PC market overflowing with these titles, indie developers need to do all they can to stand out. Crypt of the Necrodancer does this by taking the rhythm often found in roguelikes and making an actual rhythm out of it.
After a gravedigger is kidnapped by a Necrodancer, he removes her beating heart before locking her in his dungeon for eternity. Now the gravedigger, whose beating heart can still be heard in the distance, slowly makes her way out of the abyss to defeat the Necrodancer and get her heart back.
Necrodancer is all about the music. Each floor of the randomly generated dungeon has its own tune that creates the flow of the game as its being played. All movements and actions are tied to the rhythm of the music; attacking and jumping out of harm’s way must all be timed to fit the beat.
The gravediggers beating heart can be seen at the bottom of the screen, assisting you by showing when to move by beating on time with the music, and if that wasn’t enough help, all animations coincide with the music too. All of this culminates to making the music an integral part of the games design, and being able to meld with the beat is key to success.
By only implementing the arrow keys, Crypt of the Necrodancer is one of the best pick up and play games on PC. But just because it only uses for buttons doesn’t mean it’s an easy game, Enemies are relentless with their attacks and will charge head on at you with their claws sharpened. Learning to know when to run away and when to attack these monsters is crucial, as being hurt causes the players combo to reset and their gold multiplier to disappear, and you need gold to buy better items in hopes of surviving the next floor of the dungeon.
Beating floors of the dungeon unlocks new characters that will open shops at the home base where you can spend diamonds to upgrade your character and unlock new items that can be found in the dungeons treasure chests. Diamonds are found at a consistent pace and make every playthrough worthwhile as you unlock more mechanics that change up the game.
While Crypt of the Necrodancer may only be an early access title, it’s already leaps and bounds more entertaining than many other roguelikes currently displaying themselves as completed products. The team at Brace Yourself Games have done a fine job of including a load of content, including dance mat support and a music importer, and have promised to continue making the game even better.
If you’re looking for a fresh and addictive dungeon crawler with great music, Crypt of the Necrodancer is definitely worth your time.
Crypt of the Necrodancer is awesome!
Thanks to Brace Yourself Games for supplying a code