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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: 21 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  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. 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. Jun 21, 2020
    9
    Brain-blasting mix of music, arcade and roguelike! Unfortunately I am inevitably killed at the initial levels. I really want to hear how theBrain-blasting mix of music, arcade and roguelike! Unfortunately I am inevitably killed at the initial levels. I really want to hear how the further levels sound, but my reaction is too slow ☹ The first game load and calibration takes some time but the gameplay is fast and not forgiving. Works fine on Ubuntu 18.04. Notebook with Intel® HD Graphics 4400 is enough. Expand
  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. 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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