Crypt of the NecroDancer (PC) is an indie production, developed and published by Canadian studio game Brace Yourself Games. It is kind of a dungeon crawler with lot of music and a strong female character. The adventure revolves around the protagonist Cadence, who goes down to the crypt of a demon called NecroDancer in search for her father Dorian. On her way she will get cursed and will be forced to fight off skeletons and various monsters hiding underground.
Story and Characters
In this video game the player becomes a girl called Cadence, who wants to find her lost father Dorian, a famous treasure hunter. Traces are leading to the mysterious crypt that is under the reign of a demon known as NecroDancer. As she tries to get inside the crypt, she falls into the hole in the ground and loses consciousness.
As she wakes up, she faces NecroDancer himself, who casts a curse on her. From now on, her heart beats to the rhythm of music. This doesn’t stop Cadence from going deeper underground and looking for her dad. She sets off on a dangerous journey to the heart of the crypt, where many skeletons and monsters hide.
The aim of the game is to find Dorian and remove the curse. Cadence needs to take on challenges set by the demon in order to get back her heart. All her actions are undertaken to the rhythm of music her heart beats to.
Gameplay and Game Modes
It is a game of mixed-genres: dancing, RPG, and roguelike game with retro art. The game is played in 2D top-down perspective. Gaming can be done with a keyboard, but also a dance pad. Maps are randomly generated, with many monsters appearing on the character’s way. Even though at the first sight it looks like a typical platform game, it is not. Monsters move to the rhythm of music.
To defeat them, Cadence also needs to dance like they do. The worst thing is, each skeleton, zombie or other creature moves to a different rhythm. The key to success is to discover the combination of moves. Each phase of fighting with many creatures ends with a big fight with a boss.
Cadence can use spells and weapons found along the way. As it is a roguelike game, whenever the character dies, the game starts from the beginning. The graphics is very retro, but nicely done. The great part of the game is soundtrack – great music was composed by Danny Baranowski, who also made score for Super Meat Boy or The Binding of Isaac. The score varies from simple chiptune to modern dance music or even heavier sounds. The game can be played in a single mode or multiplayer – local co-op with shared screen.