April 18, 2015

Proximity Alert: Crypt of the NecroDancer

Crypt of the NecroDancer, from Brace Yourself Games, is set to rise from Steam Early Access on April 23 for PC, Mac, and Linux. The game offers an unlikely pairing of roguelike and rhythm action, as the protagonist hops along space by space while slashing enemies, grabbing loot, buying items, finding weapons, and running away from the occasional toothed treasure chest.

As the tempo of the music increases, so too does the pace, as all movement is tied to the rhythm, and keeping your multiplier going requires that you move along with the pace of the music as well. You also have a few spells at your disposal, including health restoration, a freeze spell that stops monsters in their tracks, and a fire spell that can blast through a row of enemies. Music for the game is being provided by Danny Baranowsky, of Super Meat Boy fame, although you can provide your own music as well to further tailor the experience. Just be mindful of the fact that faster music means faster gameplay as well.

You can even play the game with a DDR mat… if you’re not prone to heart problems.


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