Generally favorable reviews - based on 45 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
  1. May 14, 2015
    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. Apr 27, 2015
    It’s a unique, fun, and wildly imaginative take on the roguelike formula that stands out, despite being in the company of other A-class titles within the genre.
  3. Apr 27, 2015
    Crypt of the Necrodancer offers just about every feature imaginable, and each one is executed absolutely masterfully. It’s wholly unique and provides a tension found nowhere else, offering up some rhythm to the roguelike genre just as it started to feel like it was getting stale.
  4. Apr 21, 2015
    Crypt of the Necrodancer nails everything that it sets out to do. Every moment of Necrodancer is fun and engaging, the music is some of the best original music in any rhythm game, and the entire experience feels very original.
  5. May 18, 2015
    Crypt of the Necrodancer is an awesome rhythm game you don’t want to pass up if you’re into the genre.
  6. May 4, 2015
    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.
  7. Jul 6, 2015
    A seamless and exhilarating meshing of two entirely different genres.
  8. Games Master UK
    Jun 16, 2015
    So good, it's worth risking carpal tunnel for. [July 2015, p.78]
  9. CD-Action
    Jun 29, 2015
    Sometimes someone comes up with an idea so brilliant that others wonder how they didn’t think of it earlier. Crypt of the NecroDancer – a rhythm-based roguelike – is an example of such brilliance. [06/2015, p.60]
  10. Edge Magazine
    Jun 21, 2015
    A virtuoso feat of creativity. [July 2015, p.110]
  11. Jun 15, 2015
    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.
  12. PC PowerPlay
    May 30, 2015
    Destined to join the ranks of the truly great and memorable new age Rogue-likes. [June 2015, p.58]
  13. May 15, 2015
    This combination makes Crypt of the NecroDancer a brilliant reimagining of nearly every fantasy RPG standard, from combat to status effects.
  14. May 4, 2015
    This is a game that appeals to all gamers, not just fans of rhythm games, but it’s a damn good rhythm game regardless.
  15. Apr 30, 2015
    Crypt of the NecroDancer is a great roguelike because of its simple, game-changing twist; you do everything you do to the rhythm of the music. The experience is magical, the soundtrack is great and the procedural generated dungeons will challenge you every time.
  16. Apr 27, 2015
    Unique, challenging, glorious. There's simply so much love poured into Crypt of the NecroDancer, that it's hard not to fall deeply under its spell.
  17. Apr 24, 2015
    This game deserves attention. It's a good addition to the rogue-like, and nobody else is going to get a chance to make rhythm-based games like this again. The bar's set pretty high after this.
  18. Apr 24, 2015
    Crypt of the NecroDancer is a phenomenal dungeon crawler.
  19. Apr 23, 2015
    Crypt of the NecroDancer has reminded me how creative, original, and fun video games can be. I’ve switched it off at 2 a.m. more than once this week, forcing myself to break from a dangerously addictive “one more go” loop as I tried in vain to beat the damn thing.
  20. Apr 23, 2015
    Brace Yourself Games has brought some real ingenuity into the indie game circuit, and the developer deserves great praise for creating an incredibly fun roguelike that’s filled to the brim with addictive gameplay and fiendish enemies.
  21. Apr 22, 2015
    Although the content feels curt and the difficulty is somewhat dependent on the luck of the draw, the game's high replayability and bit-tastic presentation will scratch that itch to play just another round. So be careful... you might just dance the night away.
  22. May 6, 2015
    With its strange and addictive premise, Crypt of the NecroDancer goes straight to the point. It's fun, clever and original. Adding the rhythm-game concept to the roguelike formula, the game apparently changes the rules, but doesn't deny its roots.
  23. Apr 21, 2015
    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.
  24. Jun 3, 2015
    Crypt of the NecroDancer is a unique and enjoyable game, but don't let its ties to rhythm-based games fool you - it's also quite challenging.
  25. Apr 21, 2015
    The logic used to dispatch enemies should ideally play out like a neat algorithm, flawlessly executed once you know their patterns and how to manipulate them. That’s not how it works, of course, as the dungeons are complicated, chaotic things, and players are forced to move at the whim of the soundtrack’s tempo, with little room for error. Logic meets chaos. It’s a tension evident in many games, and it’s exemplified wonderfully here.
  26. May 12, 2015
    A beautifully designed, tough, and cheerful roguelike that rewards perseverance with a singular feeling of finesse.
  27. Apr 28, 2015
    It's the acquired and applied knowledge of a roguelike against the demanding drive of a rhythm game, and yet Crypt of the NecroDancer escapes the gaze of a simple curiosity and leaps to an ideal hybrid of two disparate genres.
  28. Apr 26, 2015
    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.
  29. May 5, 2015
    Crypt of the NecroDancer is a magical, hypnotic game, thanks to the mixture of roguelike and rhythm mechanics which it is impossible not to have fun and finish your gaming session with fully charged batteries.
  30. Apr 30, 2015
    An exceptional indie game that utilizes perfectly its unique and fresh idea of rhythm-based roguelike. Its non-stop action, extremely fair high difficulty, and large variety of unique enemies form an utterly addictive experience.
  31. Apr 29, 2015
    NecroDancer may not appeal all the roguelike aficionados, but it's a lively, smart and unconventional twist in a typically slow and reflective genre.
  32. Apr 28, 2015
    An innovative roguelike experience that deserves praise for its rhythm-matching system as well as for its mechanics that add replayability and encourage players to keep going even during the most difficult of stages. However, if you want to unlock more characters and really enjoy the game, prepare to spend a lot of time with it.
  33. Apr 24, 2015
    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.
  34. Jun 27, 2015
    A complete transformation of a genre. [Issue#162, p.110]
  35. Jun 8, 2015
    Crypt of the Necrodancer is a very original and very funny game that kept us glued to the screen for several hours and that lends itself well to be played and replayed, even for short sessions.
  36. May 6, 2015
    A very original and fresh roguelike that's maybe less strategic than its predecessors, but far more fast-paced.
  37. Apr 29, 2015
    There’s never a dull moment: Brace Yourself Games have created an experience where there is a lot to think about in terms of strategy, movement, enemies, traps and maintaining multipliers. However, the constant pull of Baranowsky’s compelling soundtrack always keeps things moving, encouraging the player to think on their toes and adapt to the situation at hand.
  38. Apr 27, 2015
    Regardless of your musical tastes, Crypt of the NecroDancer takes a proven but basic recipe and improves it with a seemingly simple twist. It would have been a fine roguelike game without its musical side, but the rhythm mechanic makes it a truly special experience.
  39. Apr 22, 2015
    If you manage to master the music you will be rewarded with engaging combat, a plethora of items to use and an addictive adventure that you can sink your teeth into. However if the beat breaks you down then this game is nothing more than a heartache.
  40. Apr 22, 2015
    An original and well executed rogue-like that manages to work well with its peculiar rhythm mechanic.
  41. Apr 21, 2015
    If you've ever fancied taking on the toughest challenges a game like Dark Souls has to offer, Crypt of the NecroDancer is probably what you're looking for. But now imagine completing it with a dance mat.
  42. 80
    Crypt of the Necrodancer marries rhythm and roguelike in a unique way — It feels accessible, fun, and fairly difficult at any given moment.
  43. Apr 21, 2015
    Crypt of the Necrodancer is an uneven experience thanks to its built-in unpredictability, but the unique concept is charming and captivating enough to justify your time. If you want to test your digits' dance moves and love great game music, it's worth checking out.
  44. Jun 30, 2015
    Complaints aside, the uniqueness of the concept makes the game more than worth checking out.
  45. May 25, 2015
    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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  1. Dec 8, 2015
    It requires careful, attentive play and won’t hesitate to punish you for not giving it what it wants. It remains a loving relative to its ultra-hard brethren like Spelunky and The Binding Of Isaac, even as it departs from them in form. But unlike its kin, NecroDancer’s style and songs encouraged me to try again every time I failed.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 231 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 231
  1. Apr 23, 2015
    I have 125 hours play time in the early access version of Crypt of the Necrodancer

    Crypt of the Necrodancer is a marvel of a game in
    I have 125 hours play time in the early access version of Crypt of the Necrodancer

    Crypt of the Necrodancer is a marvel of a game in concept and, most importantly, execution. A turn-based dungeon rogue-like with permi-death that requires only directional keys and is designed to be played on a dance pad. The beat of the music provides the time for each turn as the player make their way through the crypt. Cadence and others will have access to an array of weapons, armors, spells and items to help them battle the various monsters and bosses. Necrodancer is tough but fair.

    While the mechanics are simple, the game is challenging. Each enemy has an attack pattern that allows even the weakest of weapons (base dagger) to defeat them. How you clear a room will be based on knowing the patterns, prioritizing enemies. and adapting to the items you have while maintaining the beat. The minimalist controls and over-head view give the player maximum control of game play. If you die (and you will... a lot) it will be the players fault. To this end, the game provides a training ground to test any combination of character, weapons, and monsters, so the player can hone their skill.

    Necrodancer has a lot of replay value. The zones are procedurally created and items are randomly found via purchase, opening chests, creates, and barrels or through the use of shrines. So every game is different. There are 10 playable characters providing addition variety. Cadence is the base character, but you can also play her grandmother, Aria, who dies whenever you miss a beat and cannot upgrade her weapon. Monk dies whenever he picks up gold and Bolt plays at double speed. If one finds all of this to be too difficult, Bard ignores the timer, allowing the player to dance as slow or as fast as they wish.

    The game is viable for casual play, speed racing, or score running. And, as stated, is perfectly suited to be played on a dance pad.

    The great music was composed by Danny Baranowsky (Binding of Isaac, Super Meat Boy). And the game includes 2 remixes provided by A_Rival and FamilyJules7x. Furthermore, you can import mp3s into the game and play to almost any song you desire. You can also create your own maps as well as customize and re-skin any of the sprites.

    Crypt of the Necrodancer is a rare game that is challenging, fun, and open to a multitude of playing styles. I thought the game was worthwhile before the final release which added another zone, some new bosses, a story, and 2 additional soundtracks.
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  2. Apr 24, 2015
    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 Full Review »
  3. Apr 24, 2015
    Exactly what a game should be !! Fun - fun -fun. Move and fight in dance rhythms and fight bosses in their own music styles. Plenty of weaponsExactly what a game should be !! Fun - fun -fun. Move and fight in dance rhythms and fight bosses in their own music styles. Plenty of weapons and upgrades. Rogue style playing is equalized with keeping some abilities-items. I bow to the programmers for simplicity and ingenuity and pray that more games like it show up. Full Review »