No, that’s not a typo. Yes, it’s as rad as it sounds.
Have you heard of it yet, Crypt of the NecroDancer? Maybe you have, maybe not. I came across it a long time ago, when it was in pre-alpha still. And look at ’em now, they’re on Steam Early Access! Though that isn’t necessarily a good thing (more on Early Access sometime later!), I still bought them when they went on Daily Sale a couple days ago. And you know what? This game is rocking my socks off!
Y’all know rogue-likes, y’all know rhythm games. What about combining the best of both worlds? NecroDancer’s a funky game with sweet tunes, and you won’t be the only one moving to the beat! No, literally, you have to move to the beat, just like your enemies do. Skeletons move every other beat, dragons breathe fire every fourth at most, and then there’s the gorilla in charge of a conga line. Yes, it’s that crazy.
You basically make your way through dungeons, “zones” of three levels and a boss fight. In the dungeons, you can collect gold to buy upgrades for your current run with, like better swords, magic rings and other cool gear. The guy you buy those things from sings to the music, by the way. He’s cool.
Diamonds are a bit more rare, but they’ll allow you to unlock new items items and permanent upgrades. It doesn’t matter if you died, as long as you collected enough diamonds, you can make your next run potentially slightly easier. Progress!
Even though it’s only still in alpha, there’s already a ton of content to the game. Four different zones that take some time to progress through (I’m still struggling in the second one!), a hardcore mode, daily challenge to try and make it into the high-scores, and a whole bunch of items to unlock and play with. It’s fairly polished already and the music is, of course, super cool. I fear replayability will drop once you finish the last zone, unless you’re into hardcore runs or high-score competing, but who know, maybe they’ll throw something in to remedy this eventually!
This game is worth the money if you can spend it.