Crypt of the NecroDancer is an indie video game developed and published by Brace Yourself Games. It can be sorted into the roguelike dungeon category, but it adds a new feature which is what makes this game unique and special: it is also a beat-matching rhythm adventure. You will have to pay attention to the soundtrack because the beats of the music, along with the beats of a heart, are what mark the steps you will have to take.
Of course, the soundtrack of this adventure is very important, so the developers have relied on Danny Baranowsky, the famous composer of other indie games' soundtracks. Within his works, you can find Super Meat Boy, The Binding of Isaac and Canabalt, all of them successful indie adventures. You will have the option to import your own music when playing, and the gameplay will adapt to the beats of your music. However, once you download the Crypt of the NecroDancer and listen to the marvelous work of Baranowsky, introducing a different soundtrack will seem like a sacrilege for you.
Everything is focused on rhythm, including the enemies, whose pattern must be learnt to be able to do something more than die time and time and again. You will have to use the keyboard by following the beats of the music. You will have to press the keys to move the character, to attack, to use items, to call on magic or simply to pay the singing storekeeper of each level.
As mentioned, following the rhythm is the most important key in this game. If you lose the beat, you will not deplete your lives but the scoring multiplier. The scoring multiplier increases when you don't miss any step of the music and with the score you will get more coins. The coins serve to buy items that help you in your path and that increases your possibilities of reaching the end of the levels. You will start just with a dagger, but as you gain coins, you will get more powerful weapons such as blunderbusses or rifles. Apart from items you can purchase in the dungeons, there are permanent enhancements for your character. You can purchase these enhancements with diamonds that are scattered in the levels.
It can be sorted into the roguelike dungeon category, but it adds a new feature that is what makes this game unique and special: it is also a beat-matching rhythm adventure
The protagonist of this adventure is Cadence, a girl whose heart has been stolen by the NecroDancer. In order to retrieve it, she must face hordes of terrifying creatures that are possessed by the rhythm of the music. However, you are free to use other characters, with different skills along your adventure. These characters are Monk, Bard, Aria, and Bold, each one with its own items, number of lives and skills.
As you complete levels, you will fight many creatures that will be difficult to defeat, but they are nothing more than minions; the final bosses are the ones you must fear. Each boss will be more complex than the previous one, and of course, you must beat them by finding their patterns according to the music. This way, you will have to face bosses such as the evil King Conga, the dreadful Death Metal (who looks like the reaper, with scythe included) or the Deep Blues (a chessboard as creepy as McGonagall's) before you face the hideous NecroDancer.
Crypt of the NecroDancer Full Version Features
Here you can read the main features of Crypt of the NecroDancer:
- Multiple levels to prove your skills
- Lots of dancing creatures to make things more difficult
- Soundtrack composed by Danny Baranowsky
- Final bosses, which are very difficult to defeat
- Ability to import your own MP3 songs
- Music patterns to get more score
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If you want to download and play this Crypt of the NecroDancer on your PC, the computer must have the following system requirements:
- Operating System: Windows XP or subsequent versions
- Processor: Intel Pentium Dual Core E2160 @ 1.8 GHz, AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4000+ or better
- RAM Memory: at least 1 GB RAM
- Graphics Card: NVidia GeForce 6600, ATI Radeon HD 4150 or better
- Sound Card: compatible with DirectX 9
- Hard Drive Space: minimum 2 GB free on your PC