Crypt of the NecroDancer is a hardcore roguelike rhythm game. Can you survive this deadly dungeon of dance? Groove to the epic Danny Baranowsky soundtrack, or select songs from your own MP3 collection!
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (1,194 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 30, 2014

Sign in to add this game to your wishlist or mark as not interested

Early Access Game

Get instant access and start playing; get involved with this game as it develops.

Note: This Early Access game may or may not change significantly over the course of development. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you may want to wait until the game progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Earlier in the year we released an alpha build to everyone who pre-ordered, and the feedback we received on that build helped us to vastly improve the game. We're excited to release via Early Access because we know Crypt of the NecroDancer is going to improve greatly as a result. Our community is amazing!”

How long will this game be in Early Access?

“We plan to finish zone 4 and the final bosses in late 2014 or early 2015. However, if the game proves to be popular we hope to continue to add additional features beyond that. We are having a great time developing this game and we want to keep on improving it!”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full version will include zone 4, the final boss battles, as well as more playable characters.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current version includes zones 1, 2, and 3. It also includes 4 of the 8 playable characters. Many fans have racked up hundreds of hours of playtime already, so there's no shortage of fun to be had with this current version!”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The game's base price will be $14.99 both during Early Access, and after.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We've already taken many suggestions from the community and incorporated them in the game. By expanding our community via Early Access we look forward to doing this even more!”
Read more

Buy Crypt of the NecroDancer

HALLOWEEN SALE! Offer ends November 3

-34%
$14.99
$9.89

Buy Crypt of the NecroDancer + Soundtrack

HALLOWEEN SALE! Offer ends November 3

-34%
$24.99
$16.49
 

Recommended By Curators

"Dance or die! Rules to live by generally, but particularly in this delectable fusion of roguelike and accessible rhythm action."
Read the full review here.

Recent updates View all (6)

October 30

HUGE HALLOWEEN UPDATE! (Update #7)



"Haunted by the Shopkeeper's Ghost", "Attack of the Clones", new music from Danny Baranowsky, achievements, a level editor, and more!

Read on for the complete list:

  • Added a level editor! Unlock it by beating zone 3 in normal mode or hardcore mode.
  • Added a ton of fun achievements!
  • Added a new music track for when you’re training against enemies and minibosses in the lobby!
  • Added shopkeeper’s ghost! It’ll appear at some point during the run if you kill the shopkeeper.
  • Added spooky undead ‘clone' enemies for Aria, Bard, Monk, and Bolt!
  • Made daggers of phasing and frost each do 3 damage
  • Removed Teal Scroll (Scroll of Descend) from the game. It makes speedrunning too luck based.
  • Fixed bug where the beating heart wasn’t always showing up on the Calibration GUI
  • Made it so unloaded crossbows do the appropriate damage for their material type
  • Made dagger of frost not melt on hot coals (but fireballs, bombs, etc, still do melt it)
  • Made hellhounds and fire/ice slimes not destroy trap doors when they fall through them

We hope you enjoy the update! Happy Halloween, everyone!


EDIT: Bug fix patch build v0.380
Fixes:
- Fixed bug where achievements could be unlocked via level editor, beastmaster, watching replays, etc.
- Fixed bug where you could get the 8 minute Cadence speedrun achievement while using Bard
- fixed bug where zone 3 hot walls turned to ice
- fixed bug where cursor gets stuck at top of level editor
- fixed bug with torches not animating
- Made the game send fewer Steam stat messages to the Steam servers (seems like it was causing some peoples’ machines to lag) - Made shopkeeper’s ghost have his audio loop pan properly as he moves
- fixed undeletable shopkeeper bug
- reset player state after testing a level (fixes ice slide issue and equipment persisting issue)
- fixed minotaur colour swapping bug
- fixed bug where key doesn't open door if you have no shovel
- fixed bug that duplicated shopkeepers

15 comments Read more

October 23

Update #6: New Bolt graphics, Scroll of Need improvements, and other fixes!

Here are the changes:

- Made it so confuse traps invert enemy movements, not randomize them. (Same as happens to the player.)
- Fix for bug where joysticks+controllers would sometimes fail to work in the game and on menus
- Fixed bug where dance pad mode was generating the same level layout every time
- Fixed bug where you could pause the game when falling down trap doors to save time on the speedrun timer
- Fixed bug where Scroll of Need wasn’t giving armor if you had no armor
- Fixed bug where Scroll of Need could take your shovel or weapon and leave you with none
- Made Scroll of Need drop your previous item when getting a new one
- Added new graphics for Bolt!
- Made pause screen black to prevent the ability to look at enemies or map while game is paused, to aid in speedruns
- Fixed bug where banshee’s deafen effect would persist if song ended and player fell through trap door
- Other minor Scroll of Need tweaks
- Fixed bug where flyaways would persist after death or restart

2 comments Read more
See all discussions

Report bugs and leave feedback for this game on the discussion boards

Reviews

“Editor's Choice”
Destructoid

“It's just so ingenious!”
Adam Sessler

“It's unlike anything I've played before and represents everything that I treasure about the indie games scene.”
Joystiq

About This Game

Crypt of the NecroDancer is a hardcore roguelike rhythm game. Can you survive this deadly dungeon of dance, slay the NecroDancer, and recapture your still beating heart? Or will you be a slave to the rhythm for all eternity?

  • Move on the beat to navigate ever changing dungeons while battling dancing skeletons, zombies, dragons, and more!
  • Groove to the game's epic Danny Baranowsky soundtrack, or select songs from your own MP3 collection!
  • Play with keyboard, controller, or even a USB dance pad!

System Requirements

PC
Mac
Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, service pack 3
    Minimum:
    • OS: Minimum 10.6 to run the game, 10.7 if you also want to use your own music files
    Minimum:
    • OS: Steam OS and Ubuntu 12.04 are the only supported Linux OSes
Helpful customer reviews
20 of 30 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
Early Access Review
CAN'T STOP THE BEAT D:

You start the first stage and you just... move with the beat and die. You just die, die, and die. After a few deaths you understand the movements of the monsters, but after you're in a joyful mood because you know their movements a huge red dragon bursts through the wall and kills you.After a long time you're good at the game. So you play hardcore and start all over again... with death.

I LOVE the game with all its upgrades, monsters, death, and co-op just in-case you're starting to rage :)
Was this review helpful? Yes No
7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
Early Access Review
Crypt is a dungeon crawler, but with a twist. That twist being moving to the beat of awesome electronic music by the amazing Danny Brananowsky (Who also worked on Binding of Issac's and Super Meat Boy's music, so have high expectations.)

...No literally, you MOVE to the beat. So do the monsters. That's what I like about this game, you got to keep with the rhythm of the game while you're simultaniously exploring the cave and seeing what you can get. It's two genres I couldn't think be combined, but it works beautifully. You have entities like health, and item slots for armor and weapon and magic, etc. However, the whole gameplay is composed of moving around to the soundtrack.

It's exciting keeping your mind on two things at once, and mastering it in the end. Enemies all have their own movement patterns according to the music, so you're not the only one that has to deal with the beat. I must admit it's very exhilirating to learn every little bit of enemy movement, and gracefully going through the dungeon with the head bopping tunes in your head.

However, if you wanna add your own music to the mix, you can! Any MP3 file you have can be implimented in the game. Experiment, and see what you get.

Overall, this game is tons of fun, and is looking to be one of my favorite indie games out there. I'm not even that big a fan of dungeon crawlers, but I'm a sucker for rhythm games. I HIGHLY recommend this to anyone looking for a good, repetitive time.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Early Access Review
There's just not enough words in existence to suitably recommend Crypt of the NecroDancer.

It's early access, so bugs may be present, but they barely ever bother me.

And a rhythm roguelike is combining two genres I like - and Crypt does it very well. And the soundtrack is simply great.

Do you hate sudden, unfair deaths or rhythm gameplay or precision movement within a strict time limit? Crypt may not be for you. For anyone else - just watch the trailer. You'll know right quick if you want it or not.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
31.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Early Access Review
I whipped a green dragon to death with a single hit from a glass whip, then blew up the shopkeeper's shop wall, took the gold from it to buy more bombs from him, then blew the rest of the shop up.

10/10
Was this review helpful? Yes No
4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
39.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Early Access Review
I loved this game! It's really challenging, but not to the point of frustration. The graphics are beautiful with vibrant colors, and the soundtrack is so great that I didn't even wanted to change to my own songs to play (which is one of the features of the game).

It can be a little bit unfair sometimes, though. There were times where I would appear in a level already surrounded by enemies with no room to fight them. Maybe it's common in rogue-like games, I'm not really used to the genre, but I think maybe there would be some more room since defeating enemies depend on the space you have to make the moves. Is not something that disturbs the game experience, though, and it gave me some more hours trying to finish the dungeons.

I really recommend it!
Was this review helpful? Yes No
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Early Access Review
Dance with the dead soundtrack or with your mp3
BEST ROGUE-LIKE EVER
Was this review helpful? Yes No
4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Early Access Review
Combines a good turn-based challenge with elements of real-time pressure (and the base soundtrack is rad too). In spite of being early access, it's feature-complete enough to be worth the money.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
Early Access Review
My cat can barely move, yet somehow he manages to bob his head to the soundtrack.




10/10 for aiding the fight against Feline Diabetes.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
45.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Early Access Review
At its core, Crypt of the NecroDancer is a rouge-like dungeon crawler. However, as you become more invested in the game's unique on-the-beat movement system, you will begin to realize that NecroDancer is much more than that. Strategy comes into play when dealing with enemies with increasingly complex movement systems, and especially when you get the urge to compete for a top spot on the speedrun and gold high school leaderboards in each Daily Challenge.

DannyB's soundtrack for this game is fantastic and somehow hasn't gotten boring to me even after hours and hours playing the game. There's always the option to enchant the Crypt with your own MP3s with ease!

There isn't much of a story yet due to the nature of the game and since the game is still in continuous development to add items, monsters, and zones, but more story-based elements are planned to be added in the coming updates.

Even though this is Early Access, I'm confident that Brace Yourselves Games won't ditch this mid-development. Crypt of the NecroDancer is already HUGELY worth the cost. Buy it NOW! It's easy to pick up, but hard to master!
Was this review helpful? Yes No
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Early Access Review
Crypt of the Necrodancer is incredibly fun. Don't go into it looking for a deep roguelike, at least at this stage of development the actual roguelike aspects are fairly rudimentary and simplistic, but the way that the rhythm game aspects integrate with the core gameplay make it brilliant. The combination is impossibly fun. It's easy to learn but difficult to master and has a fairly large level of polish even in early access, nice pixel art, and a fantastic soundtrack. If you think that you'll enjoy it then you almost definitely will, CotN is as good as it promises to be and better.

Just don't go into it expecting a deep, complex, strategic roguelike, for that you're much better off picking up a copy of Wazhack. My only complaint is that (playing with a controller), I find it difficult to press the button combinations required to use items without breaking my combo, and simultaneously too easy to activate them accidentally well moving around. Overall, though, Crypt of the Necrodancer is well worth picking up, and hopefully it will get even better as it continues development.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Early Access Review
Rhythm? In my Rogue-Likes? It's more likely than you think!

Game is really fun, music is really good. Everything is great. Hard at first, but you get used to it. I recommend it greatly.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Early Access Review
A dungeon crawler with a musical twist! A unique game that combines dungeon crawling with music rhythm gaming. The player moves the character with the beat of the music and the same goes for attacking as well. Monsters have their own unique move sets so it is important to take note of the attacking pattern of each monster. All in all a very novel game idea and fun to boot.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
25.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Early Access Review
I can't get over how good the music is in this game. The gameplay itself is really simple, but incredibly difficult to get the hang of though. You need to constantly have a sense of rythmn to bop and tap along to. Once you understand what to do, its then time to worry about the endless items, chess games, conga lines, seemingly unkillable dragons, creepy- yet weirdly funky skellingtons, fake chests, fake walls, hot coals of death, combo-braking ice, rip-off shopkeeper, secret rooms, poisonous mushrooms and massive annoying trolls. Then theres the different playstyles of each character that you can play. Then there's the permadeath hardcore mode to try and master where you have to do all zones and conga-line bosses (God I hate the conga lines), or chessboard bosses in one run.

Overall a neat little game worth getting.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
57.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
Early Access Review
I cannot recommend this game enough. It's an absolutely genius concept, the soundtrack is an utter delight, and it's just damn fun to play. I can't find a single fault in this game anywhere. Its gameplay is flawless the multiplayer is a blast, and there's a very justified learning curve (even if it's steep as all hell and requires tons and tons of trial and error).
All in all, absolutely marvelous game, and I can't wait to see what it becomes in the future. I'm eager to get started on the next Zone as soon as it's released!
Was this review helpful? Yes No
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
27.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Early Access Review
really good concept that doesn't ever really feel stale, even after many playthroughs. future updates look very promising, as well.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
30.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Early Access Review
Best rhythm game, 10/10.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
39.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
Early Access Review
A surprisingly addictive game that will have you bouncing to the beat as you play.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
Early Access Review
Awesome
Was this review helpful? Yes No
0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Early Access Review
A very beautiful and entertaining game for vintage game lovers :D
Was this review helpful? Yes No
2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Early Access Review
Roguelike. Rhythm game. Hell yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes No