Crypt of the Necrodancer Review

The dungeon-crawler-rougelike-rhythm game


“You make something non-meta by combining different metas” – Anonymous

Crypt of the Necrodancer is the perfect example for this quote. The game is a normal turn-based dungeon game, but with a TWIST. You have to make your moves to the beat of the music,so you only have the time between beats to think about what your gonna do and press the right keys to do it.


The Tale

Cadence was a young child when her father, Dorian, a well-known treasure hunter suddenly went missing. Now as an adult, Cadence sets out to solve this mystery. While searching for her father, she stumbles upon The Necrodancer’s Crypt. The Necrodancer steals her heart and she now has another quest to accomplish: Retrieve my heart. This really ties the mechanics of the game to the story: moving to the beat to keep yourself alive.


The Gameplay

Beating enemies is pretty straight forward: avoid their attacks, then strike. Combine that with the various items you can get, secrets you can find, traps laid out and you have yourself a game. Boss fights are pretty simple … well to be honest all enemies in this game are simple, as long as you familiarize yourself with the attack patterns of the enemies.

The Aesthetics

As the lot of indie games published, this one also used pixel art which I absolutely love. It contrasts from many of the games published today due to today’s technology allowing “prettier” graphics such as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Nothing fancy, but it gets the job done.

The tunes

The songs in this game are really memorable because they make you wanna dance… probably the necrodancers doing. The OST in a game is important in setting the mood and this one knocks it out of the park! You’ll also hear the shopkeeper sing along as you get closer to his shop, which is a nice touch added to the game.



The biggest reason to play this game is to experience what has not been done before. The game literally fits into own category: dungeon-crawler-roguelike-rhythm game. With its innovation and excellent music, the game is definitely a must try. An eye-opening game for those who need a new perspective or those who only play first-person-shooters or role-playing-games. You can also play this game with a dance pad! You can imagine making lots of memories of you and your friend playing this game.

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