Crypt of the NecroDancer Has Been Released


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Crypt of the NecroDancer is a hardcore rhythm-based roguelike game. Players must move on the beat to navigate procedurally generated dungeons while battling dancing skeletons, zombies, dragons, and more! Play with the game’s soundtrack, or select songs from your own MP3 collection if you want. You can even play with a DDR dance pad.

Crypt of the NecroDancer was born of the desire to make a roguelike game “fair”. As a roguelike gamers, we have seen our share of deaths! But the most frustrating deaths are those from which we learn nothing, or had no chance to avoid. Some roguelikes, like Nethack, boast fairly high win rates for elite players. This is good — it indicates that, while there is randomness, there are ways to tame that randomness and overcome it. However, to become such an elite Nethack player requires dedicated study of it’s lore, an excellent memory, and patience. We wanted to create a game that is fair (a high win rate among elite players), yet without the onerous knowledge requirements. Crypt of the NecroDancer is our attempt at achieving this goal. It is turn based, but the turns are of an enforced length. Lack of time to think renders impossible the careful study and patience of the expert NetHack player. Instead, skill and experience in battle rule the day. No more random deaths — there is always a way out, for the skilled NecroDancer player!

-Roguelike rhythm game — the player and enemies all move on the beat!
-A beat detection algorithm allows players to use their own MP3s and music files
-Move with the keyboard, gamepad, or even a DDR pad if you have one!

PC / Mac / Linux / Steam
Price: USD $14.99

As the Senior Editorial Producer, Paul has been writing about music games for just over a decade and has no plan on stopping. He started playing rhythm games with DanceDanceRevolution 3rdMix in the Winter of 1999 and he still continues to keep beatmania close to the chest.