Crypt of the NecroDancer

I picked up Crypt of the NecroDancer on sale for something like 3 bucks, played it for about an hour, then bought every single piece of DLC available on steam.  I even bought the soundtracks.  I never buy soundtracks.  But this one was worth it.

NecroDancer is a roguelike with a twist – it’s also a rhythm game, like Dance Dance Revolution or Rock Band.  You need to move your character in time to the beats to preserve your multipliers, which means you have to ‘dance’ with the enemies, who each have their own beat-based patterns and often have a weak side you want to be attacking from.  If you stop and wait for them, you lose your beat and your bonus, so you keep a steady rhythm as you maneuver yourself.  Coins upgrade you within the map, and diamonds unlock permanent upgrades.  Sometimes you locate NPCs to rescue, and that unlocks more upgrades to choose from.  If you feel like you need practice on a certain type of enemy, you can practice your patterns.

I’m always on the lookout for somewhat “zen” games where you can zone out and make progress without overly taxing the brain.  NecroDancer offers a perfect mix of going with the flow (or beat) and making progress, but with plenty of challenge options when you want to really test yourself, too.

And apparently they have a beat detector that will work with any music you feed into it, so you can dungeon-delve to whichever beat you prefer best.  I haven’t tried it yet, though, because the original songs are so good.

Buy it.  I think you’ll like it.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

I am not a fan of reboots, particularly if the thing being rebooted isn’t going to gain anything from the process.  That’s not ‘rebooting’, that’s ‘cashing in’.

Fallen Kingdom, however, is straight-up plagiarism.  Can you really call it an ‘homage’ if every second scene was lifted straight from a predecessor?

I can’t decide if that’s worse than a reboot.

Stuff exploded and I was entertained for about an hour and a half, so that’s nice and all, but I couldn’t help but feel that there was nothing in particular about this movie that caused that enjoyment.  All the best scenes were lifted wholesale.