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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: 23 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  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. Apr 29, 2015
    10
    How to describe this game? An epileptic rhythm game with the best BO you can imagine and where Euclidean division is your only way out throughHow to describe this game? An epileptic rhythm game with the best BO you can imagine and where Euclidean division is your only way out through the hordes of giggling monsters. Expand
  3. Oct 11, 2015
    10
    I've been addicted to this game since I started playing it. I am not a big fan of rogue-likes in general, but this game is among few rareI've been addicted to this game since I started playing it. I am not a big fan of rogue-likes in general, but this game is among few rare exceptions.

    You have 4 zones to beat, each one contains 3 floors and a boss fight. Every zone has its own theme and enemies. But wait, there's more. The enemies each move to the beat in their own unique pattern, and you have to recognize it and adapt quickly. For example, some enemies might be moving along a scripted path, others try to go for you specifically, some might stay still for 2 beats and then move on the 3rd one, others might move on every beat, and so on. It's all very well done.

    During your dungeon crawling you'll also come across a lot of items of varying degrees of helpfulness. You have healing items, weapons, armour, rings, spells, and even some unusual items. Some can spawn from the start, others require unlocking via collectible diamonds. You can even remove the less useful items from the dungeons via the janitor, so that there's more chances instead for chests to contain the items you find more useful.

    There is of course a fair bit of luck involved, as is pretty common with rogue-like games. At times you'll be lucky to find a nice weapon and other useful items early on, other times you'll just be spawning with enemies all around you. It is a very challenging game. You will die a lot. But you do learn to recognize the enemy movement patterns and eventually overcome them.

    I also really like the whole light-hearted theme the game is going for. I think the devs pulled it off perfectly. The music is also amazing and will just drag you in to the beat.

    In addition to the regular mode with the main character, you also get to unlock several other characters, which seem to have their own unique abilities (for example one of them can only confuse enemies but not kill, another is only able to use bombs, and so on). It all adds an extra challenge for those who want it. You can even go and practice fighting against specific enemies and bosses if you wish.

    Great game in general. Highly recommended.
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  4. Mar 20, 2016
    9
    Brace Yourself Games’ Crypt of The Necrodancer centers on “Cadence” a girl who lost her mother to a plague that struck her village when sheBrace Yourself Games’ Crypt of The Necrodancer centers on “Cadence” a girl who lost her mother to a plague that struck her village when she was young. Cadence’s father, devastated, dived into the depth of a crypt in search for a lost treasure that he believed would bring back the life of his wife and Cadence’s mother. Two years had passed since her father left to find the treasure; Cadence felt it was her duty now to find him. In her quest, she fell into the crypt where an evil Necrodancer took her heart and cursed it to move to the beat of the crypt forever. Cadence must now find her father and defeat the evil Necrodancer in order to lift the curse. This story line, while written well, interesting, and captivating at times, is just the cherry on top of this game’s gameplay, music, and visual effects,
    Crypt of the Necrodancer is a rogue-rhythm dungeon crawler that consists of four zones, each with three randomly generated levels and a boss battle. You must complete all of these in order to set a checkpoint in the game and proceed onto the next zone. Each time you die you are reset to the beginning of the first level in the zone. Now, throughout the levels you will find and purchase upgrades like any fantasy dungeon crawler including health, weapons, armor, spells, and enchanted items. Permanent and new upgrades are available for purchase, with diamonds that you have found in the crypt, in the lobby of the game, from characters you save from sick beat prison in zones you have completed. These permanent upgrades include the essentials like better armor, weapons, spells etc. However most of these purchased upgrades come in the form of chests that can be found within the crypt zones, excluding health upgrades which you will automatically have added on in the beginning of each zone. These upgrades can be extremely helpful and can make all the difference in whether you complete a zone or rage out.
    The game can become fairly difficult and kind of frustrating, especially when you’re first jumping into it. The rhythm aspect of the game and the way the almost “Zelda-esque” grid-style combat is set up, provides a really fun challenge for players; punishing you by sending you back to the beginning of the randomly generated zone but rewarding you by letting you listen to the music again and again, as you will die a lot. And if you like a bit of an extra challenge you can choose to not pick up weapons or health, and even jump on floor tiles that will either speed up or slow down the tempo of the song. And if you find yourself needing some help, the game supports local co-op play, which makes for a great “couch co-op” experience. Once you get the hang of the movement, and rhythm mechanics, you begin to notice and appreciate the crème-filling of the game, the music and visual effects.
    It is hard for me to overstate how much I enjoyed what this game did with music. The soundtrack of the game itself is amazing and something I’ve found myself wanting to listen to outside of the game. However I did find myself getting rather upset playing through it the first time, dying then having to listen to the same song on the soundtrack over and over again. So my recommendation would be to either not die ever, or download some of the other soundtracks that have been released as DLC. If you decide to get the game on the recent port to PS4 these downloadable soundtracks are included with the game. But don’t let that be the deciding factor in whether you get the game on PC or PS4, as the PC version has easily my favorite feature of the game: MP3 Uploads. On the PC version you can upload any of your MP3 files, the game will analyze the tempo and allow you to play with your own music. This feature is not new to games, but feels brand new and refreshing when defeating giant dancing monsters to your favorite song or even playing through the whole game to a favorite album. And I know some of you may have just a laptop with no gaming potential, and may fear that you will never get to play this game. Well you’re wrong. The simplistic 8-bit art style of the game allows for optimal performance on any platform, not to mention it looks great.
    Now while the 8-bit art style may look great, it is a style that has been used a lot in the past few years and has somewhat lost its luster of being a “new-retro game”, and the nostalgia factor is just not there anymore. That being said, the use of contrasting color in this 8-bit world creates a beautiful game. The zones are almost exclusively darker toned color palettes to set the scene of being in an underground crypt, but each monster when illuminated by your small torch brings vibrancy and brightness to the world. Not only this but when you kill a monster, your coin multiplier begins, and any time your coin multiplier is active, the crypt floor turns into an ever changing disco dancefloor. So while the art style maybe a bit over played, Crypt of The Necrodancer finds a way to make it fun.

    9/10
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  5. Oct 2, 2020
    9
    A fun, addictive little game that will give you a big challenge. However I find the replay value to be mixed since its the same 4 stages whichA fun, addictive little game that will give you a big challenge. However I find the replay value to be mixed since its the same 4 stages which even with random generation it can be repetitive Expand
  6. Apr 19, 2022
    8
    Crypt of the Necrodancer blends real-time and turn-based combat by making players and enemies move to the beats of its infectious music. TheCrypt of the Necrodancer blends real-time and turn-based combat by making players and enemies move to the beats of its infectious music. The varying items and enemies all randomly combine into puzzles that need to be solved on the fly. The third act is so difficult that it locks away interesting gameplay and the ending of the story. Expand
  7. Aug 16, 2020
    2
    Мне и моему другу игроку в osu не понравилось, поиграли час не знаю что у этой игры крайне положительные отзывы в стиме.Мне и моему другу игроку в osu не понравилось, поиграли час не знаю что у этой игры крайне положительные отзывы в стиме.

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