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.

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About tagracat
I am not a professional, I don't get paid to review shit, I am just opinionated and I seem to have some sort of disorder that results in spewing my opinions onto the internet. I enjoy writing long-winded posts about things and sometimes I like to pretend people want to read them, so a blog seemed an appropriate place to stuff it. But mostly I just like writing about things.

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