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  • Summary: In the latest rhythmic action-adventure from Brace Yourself Games, you can enjoy the gameplay of Crypt of the Necrodancer in the setting of The Legend of Zelda series. As Linkor even as Princess Zeldayou'll explore the randomly generated overworld and dungeons on a quest to save Hyrule.In the latest rhythmic action-adventure from Brace Yourself Games, you can enjoy the gameplay of Crypt of the Necrodancer in the setting of The Legend of Zelda series. As Linkor even as Princess Zeldayou'll explore the randomly generated overworld and dungeons on a quest to save Hyrule. Every beat of each remixed, The Legend of Zelda tune is a chance to move, attack, defend, and more, so stay one step ahead of each enemy and bossor face the music. From modern-looking Lynels to the Hyrulean Soldiers of old, you must master the instinctive movements of each pixel-art enemy, and strategically outstep them in rhythmic combat. So equip yourself with an arsenal of iconic Legend of Zelda items, as well as the spells and weapons from Crypt of the Necrodancer. You must be prepared to face Hyrule's most wicked bosses, which have been transformed by magic, granting them mighty, new forms!

    * A rhythmic action-adventure game in the world of the Legend of Zelda series
    * Explore the randomly generated overworld and dungeons to save Hyrule as Link or Princess Zelda
    Use items from the Legend of Zelda series, plus spells and weapons from the Crypt of the Necrodancer game
    * Outstep legendary enemies and bosses in rhythmic combat
    * Keep the beat with 25 remixed classic Legend of Zelda tunes
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 64 out of 65
  2. Negative: 0 out of 65
  1. Jun 20, 2019
    100
    Cadence of Hyrule is a potent combination of nostalgic looks, creative takes on emotionally charged Zelda music and unusual, rhythm-powered moment-to-moment play. Stylish and excellent fun, this tribute captures the excitement and sense of discovery that makes Zelda what it is: a real adventure.
  2. Jun 19, 2019
    90
    Cadence of Hyrule is the Legend of Zelda and Crypt of the NecroDancer crossover we never knew we needed, but now that it's here, we want the song to go on forever. Brace Yourself Games' expert handling of the Zelda property is commendable. Here's hoping we get an encore with some DLC.
  3. Jul 1, 2019
    90
    Cadence of Hyrule is a startlingly successful remix of the classic Zelda template, bringing a whole new rhythmic core to the Hyrule we all know and love.
  4. Jun 14, 2019
    85
    Crypt of the Necrodancer and The Legend of Zelda come together in a wonderful crossover. Both essences mix very well in a video game that is fun, addictive and challenging. Once you pick up the rhythm you can't stop.
  5. Jul 9, 2019
    85
    A fantastic demonstration of an impossible but incredible union: Zelda and Crypt of the Necrodancer. A great fusion for a varied, challenging and innovating game.
  6. Jul 3, 2019
    80
    The charm and charisma of The Legend of Zelda, fused with the rhythmic gameplay of Crypt of the Necrodancer, gives life to a hybrid that maintains the essence while also offering a new and fresh take of both games. Cadende of Hyrule is, quite literally, a link between worlds.
  7. Jun 24, 2019
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 70 out of 80
  2. Negative: 5 out of 80
  1. Jun 14, 2019
    10
    The game has been out for two hours now... I haven't put it down other than to write this small review. Cadence of Hyrule is... fun, reallyThe game has been out for two hours now... I haven't put it down other than to write this small review. Cadence of Hyrule is... fun, really really REALLY fun. The music is absolutely amazing, the gameplay is well serviced and the visual design is beautiful. I found it to be quite hard at first, but more time spent learning the rhythm of different songs and using different elements to kill certain enemies has made it a very challenging but fair experience. The price may be high for what is an indie title... but so far I think its worth every pound, dollor or euro. Do yourself a favour, and buy this game. 10/10 Expand
  2. Jun 14, 2019
    10
    A perfect blend of what made Crypt and classic Zelda games so special. I am in love with this game. It's also great for couch co-op with a friend.
  3. Jun 14, 2019
    10
    What an absolute hidden gem. I was initially hesitant on purchasing this game as I haven't be too into rhythm games in the past. Oh boy am IWhat an absolute hidden gem. I was initially hesitant on purchasing this game as I haven't be too into rhythm games in the past. Oh boy am I glad I decided to pick this up. Easily one of the best titles for the switch, and personally for me one of the better games of the year so far. There is lots of Zelda in the game design and the added rhythm mechanics are simply a blast. The music is phenomenal as well of course.

    For 25 bucks I absolutely would not hesitate on picking this up.
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  4. Apr 25, 2020
    9
    A lovely surprise. I'm a big Zelda fanboy and this game is not only a deserving tribute to the series, but an awesome experience by itself.A lovely surprise. I'm a big Zelda fanboy and this game is not only a deserving tribute to the series, but an awesome experience by itself.

    The gameplay basically feels like it would be a 2D zelda focused on fights, and where you have to follow the rythm of the music to execute your actions. The first hour/2 hours can be a little painful, until you understand well how to follow the rythm, how to hide from your enemies and read their patterns (which is the central aspect of fighting). Beyond this the game starts to be really fun.

    The OST is absolutely godlike. Nothing less. If you've played a few Zelda games it will be an absolute delight to listen to the reorchestration of these already legendary themes. As an ALTTP fanboy, I was pleased to see that most of the themes come from this episode, and I had a crush on the Death Moutain theme. In the middle of this overall amazing soundtrack, only one disappointed me: the Hyrule Castle, which seems at times like inspired from the ALTTP version as well, but is otherwise really so far from it that I couldn't really enjoy it.

    The layout of the world tiles being generated randomly, you can enjoy redoing this game multiple times, especialy since you can get to try the different characters then. This is an "open world" in the sense that, apart from the latest part of the game, no step requires the prior acquisition of an item or a competence, so you're free to go where you want.

    The only little flaw I see in Cadence of Hyrule actually lies here: although you'll be able to acquire many objects symbolic of the Zelda series, none of them is indispensable. Consequently, many objects will end up being gimmicks that you'll use occasionally to fight the mobs in a different way, and will go back unused in your inventory after a while. I would have liked to have maybe less objects, but with more importance along the game.

    Otherwise, if you've ever liked any Zelda, just get this game, you won't regret it.
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  5. Mar 9, 2020
    9
    A very fun and addicting rhythm/puzzle game. Although the game gets bland after a few playthroughs there's always the original Crypt Of TheA very fun and addicting rhythm/puzzle game. Although the game gets bland after a few playthroughs there's always the original Crypt Of The Necrodancer with a lot more replayability! Expand
  6. Jun 14, 2019
    8
    This is definitely a game made for people who played Necrodancer and wished it had a story mode, or a hook for people who like Zelda, becauseThis is definitely a game made for people who played Necrodancer and wished it had a story mode, or a hook for people who like Zelda, because it has enough polish and rhythm fighting that both groups would leave satisfied. It's a lot more forgiving than Necrodancer, so you don't have to completely restart each time you die, but makes use of its mechanics to full effect, with various enemy attack patterns that you need to be aware of at all times, so playing with your brain off will only lead to being killed over and over.

    My only complaint would be that the 4 hours it took me to complete it didn't exactly warrant the full price tag. But the game definitely has replay value, especially in speedrunning and co-op, so if that's what you are looking for, I can definitely recommend it. The game definitely has a lot of love and passion behind it and made me want to play Necromancer a lot more than before.
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  7. Oct 26, 2020
    0
    Just bought the game for 40 euro. And i never played a game this short in my entire live of 27 year of gaming. It is a joke. The art style andJust bought the game for 40 euro. And i never played a game this short in my entire live of 27 year of gaming. It is a joke. The art style and the camera from above a way to far away to even see what is going on. I loved donkey kong jungle beat so i thought he why not try out this bad boy. It is really not for everyone. 3 Minutes into the game and im already bored to death. Watch out before you buy it. it looks way more fun then it is. Expand

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