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Generally favorable reviews- based on 168 Ratings

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  • Summary: A hardcore rhythm-based roguelike game. Can you survive this deadly dungeon of dance, slay the NecroDancer, and recapture your still beating heart? Or will you be a slave to the rhythm for all eternity? Players must move on the beat to navigate procedurally generated dungeons while battlingA hardcore rhythm-based roguelike game. Can you survive this deadly dungeon of dance, slay the NecroDancer, and recapture your still beating heart? Or will you be a slave to the rhythm for all eternity? Players must move on the beat to navigate procedurally generated dungeons while battling dancing skeletons, zombies, dragons, and more! Groove with the game's epic dance soundtrack, or select songs from your own MP3 collection! You can even play with a dance pad to really shake your bones! Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
  1. May 14, 2015
    100
    Crypt of the Necrodancer may not be for everyone, but if the idea of a steamy love-in between two seemingly incompatible genres turns you on, you’re gonna love it.
  2. May 4, 2015
    95
    For those looking for the next gaming obsession after the likes of Spelunky, Binding of Isaac, or Rogue Legacy, look no further than Crypt of the NecroDancer.
  3. Jun 15, 2015
    90
    Originality, tactical depth, variety — you’ll find them plenty in Crypt of the NecroDancer. ‘90’ is not only a score but the minimum amount of hours you’ll spend obsessing over this game.
  4. Apr 21, 2015
    89
    There are few games as immediately accessible and fun as this one. Pure, simple, joyful and with a killer soundtrack, Crypt of the Necrodancer is a small radiant gem.
  5. Apr 26, 2015
    86
    It not only is a great game, but also original, addictive and comes with tons of content. If you like dungeon crawlers and you're looking for something different, Crypt of the NecroDancer is a safe bet that adds an unique musical touch to the formula.
  6. Apr 24, 2015
    85
    The soundtrack is great. The conceptual mix of rhythm game puzzler and dungeon crawler is ingenious. Games like this show that the indie scene is still dancing to a different beat.
  7. May 25, 2015
    70
    Roguelike genre, which is renowned for its difficulty, moves up an entire level with the Crypt of the NecroDancer. It offers a challenge that has the potential to plunge you into despair, even if you are familiar with such games. NecroDancer is cute, unforgiving and exotic in its own essence. You won't experience anything similar elsewhere. The question is, whether you're good enough to bear all the gifts this game offers you.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Apr 24, 2015
    10
    A dungeon crawler mixed with a rythm game: An interesting concept. But this game is not JUST a concept but a fantastic game, with a lot ofA dungeon crawler mixed with a rythm game: An interesting concept. But this game is not JUST a concept but a fantastic game, with a lot of complex mechanisms, rich bestiary, hundred of items, more than 10 characters who have their own gameplay...The music, which is a key point for a rythm game, is absolutely perfect and the final game includes 3 soundtracks ! A must have Expand
  2. Aug 17, 2015
    10
    The quote the Forbes review gave "you have to see it to believe it" is almost sums it up. I would propose a following line - "you have toThe quote the Forbes review gave "you have to see it to believe it" is almost sums it up. I would propose a following line - "you have to live it to see just how unfathomably awesome this game is". The synergistic effects of already tried and tested fantastic retro game style, with a fantastic original idea, creative artwork and utterly genius masterpiece soundtrack leaves a game that swiftly kicked the backsides of all the other games I have played to sit at the top most played and most enjoyed game of all time. I am recommending this game to absolutely anyone, for I believe everyone has the potential to be awed by the experience. Those who are not awed either haven't put the effort (normally not necessary) to see the sheer ingenuity this game is or are completely blind. Expand
  3. Jun 16, 2015
    10
    This game is so awesome, I can't understand how there are so many negative user reviews, that's why I'm writing this. Maybe it's related toThis game is so awesome, I can't understand how there are so many negative user reviews, that's why I'm writing this. Maybe it's related to the witch hunt crowd who accused one of the game creators somehow of being friends with the IGF juries (it was already explained that the accusations makes no sense, but you know, everyone is quick to judge nowadays)... I mean, there are no mixed reviews, and the negative ones don't even explain why it's negative.

    The game is one of the most well made games I've played in a long time. Not only the music is good, but there is such an impressive attention to detail and polish that makes me happy. Maybe I'm biased because I love rhythm games, but the gameplay is fantastic too. I couldn't finish the game with Aria yet, it's really hard, but I like how until now the story kind of fits with the game too.
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  4. Nov 9, 2015
    9
    A music game and a unforgiving dungeon crawler with heavy roguelike elements, all in one game. And it's not just a dungeon crawler with musicA music game and a unforgiving dungeon crawler with heavy roguelike elements, all in one game. And it's not just a dungeon crawler with music game elements, or a music game with a dungeon crawl attached, it's a near seamless hybrid of both in a way that I never could have thought would work. But it does, so very well.

    A soundtrack by Danny Baranowsky means it's going to be good, and the tunes go well with the rapid, split-second pace you need to keep in order to stay ahead of the game. I'm not sure if it's extremely difficult or I just plain suck, but I still have yet to get overly far in it and consistently blunder into enemies as I try to stay on time to the beat so as not to lose my combo. It's embarrassing, really. But my own suckitude aside, this is a game that's just so much fun, especially once you start getting into the zone and responding to things before your brain can really process them. It strangely reminds me of Hotline Miami in that sense, but with less ultraviolence and more dancing skeletons.

    It is also now out of early access, and features a whole campaign, tons of unlockables and player characters with different playstyles, and daily challenges to keep you coming back. I must have rage quit this game a dozen times already but I keep wanting more, and it probably has something to do with those infectious beats. Nothing else is like it, and nothing else could do what it does as well as it does.
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  5. Oct 4, 2017
    9
    I'm not sure that I'm able to do a good job describing what I just played. All I know is that it was extremely fun, very original, andI'm not sure that I'm able to do a good job describing what I just played. All I know is that it was extremely fun, very original, and definitely addictive. I danced, I fought, I died a lot but collected a lot of cool sh**.

    The only reason I give it a 9 and not a 10 is because the game is extremely difficult. While this isn't necessarily a flaw, I'm kind of eager to finally make it pass Zone 1 after several days of gameplay. It would've been nice to have seen some other levels by now, but that doesn't mean I'm going to give up and not get there eventually.

    When I bought this game on steam it was less than $4.99. I can't tell you what a steal that is for a game like this. I would have happily paid a full game price for it. Great job, Brace Yourself Games. You guys nailed it. Can't wait to see what else they put out.
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  6. Dec 30, 2016
    8
    A quite unique rhythm based retro random generated dungeon crawler. Seems like a quite peculiar mash up of genres.

    In a way you would not
    A quite unique rhythm based retro random generated dungeon crawler. Seems like a quite peculiar mash up of genres.

    In a way you would not expect those particular genres to work with each other but somehow this game pulls it off. It's a very unique compilation. On the outside its a dungeon crawler. You progress through a randomly generated dungeon gathering loot. Once you're dead the only thing you are left off is gold with which you can purchase unlocks, additional crates and items to be found in the dungeon. Any unspent gold goes away and you start from the start. And you start all over on each death with just a bigger chance of getting better things along the way.

    The combat hover distinguishes it from the normal rouge like games. As its essentially a rhythm puzzle to be solved. In short - each enemy has a movement pattern in which he moves taking a move in the beat. Its easy to learn and tackle a single enemy but when different ones come at you at the same time fending all of them is quite the challenge. It makes for a very unique and satisfying combat when you pull all the moves in the right way.

    The audio layer of this game is just amazing. Even more so as it's integral part of the game. It's worth getting the game for the soundtrack alone. I have no words to better describe it - just amazing. Well worth a listen to.

    Graphicly it's nothing special, but nothing bad as well. The pixel aesthetic might not be the best pixel art I've seen but it does the job.

    Sadly this will not be one of my favourite games ever. Simply because I'm bad at it. Not a big fan of a rhythm based part of it. Moving only on the beat seams a bit limiting and while the combat is quite enjoyable I was more often failing at it than not. In the end didn't feel interested enough to persevere longer than the first layer of dungeon.

    I do however suggest checking it out. This game does perfectly what it sets out to do and its unique enough to surprise you. It will not be a game for everybody.

    Great game, just not for me.
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  7. Oct 5, 2017
    5
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