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  • Summary: Crypt of the NecroDancer is 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 procedurallyCrypt of the NecroDancer is 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 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: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Mar 7, 2016
    90
    Rhythm and roguelike make a perfect pairing complex and undoubtedly frustrating, but always a joy. [March 2016, p.94]
  2. Feb 15, 2016
    90
    Crypt of the Necrodancer evolves the roguelike genre substantially with an exceedingly simple addition. The rhythm mechanics, combined with some really great music and the roguelike experience, create one of the best titles either rhythm games or roguelikes have to offer.
  3. Mar 1, 2016
    90
    With a variety of options to make the game more interesting, including the opportunity to change your character to pose new challenges; a daily challenge and the option to use different weapons and armour, this game really has that replayable factor we look for nowadays.
  4. Feb 4, 2016
    85
    Even though you can’t import your own music or create your own levels like on the PC this mix of dungeon crawler and rhythm game still is an extraordinary experience.
  5. Feb 8, 2016
    85
    Crypt of the Necrodancer is a brilliant spin on the roguelike genre.
  6. Feb 4, 2016
    80
    Crypt of the Necrodancer is a brilliant, fresh spin on the roguelike genre. It's uncompromisingly tough, but its pattern-learning, beat-matching gameplay is also highly addictive and very rewarding to play.
  7. Feb 8, 2016
    80
    Crypt of the NecroDancer offers a groovy twist on traditional rouguelikes, and its sick beats make for some very satisfying dungeon crawling.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Mar 4, 2016
    9
    I'm too lazy to review things, because reasons, but this time i feel like i have to stand up for this little gem. I'll tell you why.

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    I'm too lazy to review things, because reasons, but this time i feel like i have to stand up for this little gem. I'll tell you why.

    This game is great. That's why.

    It has:
    *Permadeth - so you don't **** save your way to victory, like you always do.
    *16-bit graphics - so you don't get distracted from the gameplay (jk, the art is very well done)
    *Awesome **** soundtrack - so you don't get bored while you die 1000 times. Every song is A+.
    *Dancing zombies. Dancing. ****. Zombies.
    *Dancing is the core of the game - so you can't chicken out of it, like you do in real life.
    *Awesome boss battles - because beating bosses is the real deal.
    *Great singer for a shopkeeper - honestly, every shopkeeper in a game should sing like this.
    *Lots of characters to play with - each with it's own set of rules and custom soundtrack.
    *Lots of randomness - every time you play is unique.
    *Couch coop - so your girlfriend doesn't have to sit there watching your dumb moves.

    If you like roguelike games like Nethack or Roguelegacy, you're totally buying this. The Bard character actually makes the game very much like nethack (turn-based).

    Is it hard? Yes, it is. VERY hard. Unforgiving, even. But so is life!

    If you follow a strict completionist diet, don't buy it though: NO ONE has managed to get the platinum out of this, it's INSANELY difficult. The only way to do it probably involves ressurrecting MJ to teach you some moves. So, yeah. It's hard.

    Only problems i have are with some weapons that attack sideways when you actually wanted to move to another square. This results in some frustrating deaths. And the lack of custom songs (pc version has this, i believe).

    Overall: 8,5. But i'll review it 9 because yeah.
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  2. Apr 13, 2017
    9
    An absolute gem that is extremely underrated. This has one of the best soundtracks that's right up there with Street Fighter, The Legend ofAn absolute gem that is extremely underrated. This has one of the best soundtracks that's right up there with Street Fighter, The Legend of Zelda and Donkey Kong Country just to name a few.

    The game play is all about rhythm and trying to stay on beat while you fight your way through the dungeons but the catch is the dungeons are random every time. This keeps the challenge high and many people like to hate the game just for the fact they simply aren't good enough but if you keep trying and don't get frustrated with it, you will start to enjoy the game a lot.

    This is honestly one of my favorite games on the PS4 along with The Last of Us, Dark Souls 3 and Bloodborne.

    Get this game.
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  3. May 9, 2016
    9
    I picked up this game mainly because I had heard bits and pieces of the soundtrack, and I thought the concept of a dungeon crawler mixed withI picked up this game mainly because I had heard bits and pieces of the soundtrack, and I thought the concept of a dungeon crawler mixed with a rhythm game sounded interesting.

    The game itself isn't ground breaking, you move to the beat and learn the pattens of your enemies to best avoid their attacks but something about the rouge-like structure and the great music kept bringing me back. There's something very addicting about this game and it's hard to explain, but the feeling of killing every enemy in a room, whilst dodging their attacks to the beat keeps me wanting more.

    I played through the game using the original soundtrack and the rock/metal version by Familyjules7x, and I absolutely adored both.

    If you are interested in the game try looking up the soundtrack first.
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  4. Mar 20, 2016
    7
    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.

    7/10 For PS4
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  5. Feb 8, 2016
    6
    This Legend of Zelda/Rogue Legacy mash-up game is extremely unique and fun, and the addition of rhythm makes for an even more uniqueThis Legend of Zelda/Rogue Legacy mash-up game is extremely unique and fun, and the addition of rhythm makes for an even more unique experience, but the gameplay just feels lacking overall. -- C+ Expand

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