Crypt of the NecroDancer is an award winning hardcore roguelike rhythm game. Move to the music and deliver beatdowns to the beat! Groove to the epic Danny Baranowsky soundtrack, or select songs from your own MP3 collection!
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (2,823 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 23, 2015

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"Dance or die! Rules to live by generally, but particularly in this delectable fusion of roguelike and accessible rhythm action."
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April 23

Crypt of the NecroDancer FULL LAUNCH!

Crypt of the NecroDancer has left Early Access and has launched fully on Steam! Your game should automatically update to the latest version. (Make sure that the loading screen says v1.0 or higher, or you may not yet have the latest build.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EL6VK557Yk
We have had such an amazing time working on Crypt of the NecroDancer that we thought we’d let you take a peek behind the scenes to see how it all went down! We took the game to festivals all around the world, meeting fans, making lifelong friends, and learning how to make the game the best it could be. We hope you enjoy our minidocumentary and the full game! Here’s to two and a half years that none of us will ever forget.

Thank you!!! ːnecroheartː ːnecroheartː ːnecroheartː


Here's what's in store for you in the launch build!:
- Our final zone has been added! A whole host of new enemies, traps, secrets, and minibosses await
- You can now beat the game! Unique final boss battles for the protagonists: Cadence, Melody, and Aria
- Two new playable soundtrack remixes by A_Rival (EDM) and FamilyJules7X (metal)!
- There are now story cinematics, featuring VO stars from League of Legends, the Dragon Ball Z TV series, and many more
- One additional insanely difficult character: Coda. (We aren't sure it's humanly possible to complete this character.)
- 10+ new achievements
- A new 'Codex' room in the lobby that helps teach the game's higher-level techniques
- And, of course, a ton of polish, balance tweaks, and bug fixes

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April 16

NecroDancer launches April 23rd!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HiQUw5Np8o

We are very excited to announce that Crypt of the NecroDancer will be leaving Early Access and launching fully on April 23rd! Check out the launch trailer, above!

Here's what's in store for you in the launch build!:
- Our final zone has been added! A whole host of new enemies, traps, secrets, and minibosses await
- You can now beat the game! Unique final boss battles for the protagonists: Cadence, Melody, and Aria
- Some musical surprises we can't yet reveal...
- There are now story cinematics, featuring VO stars from League of Legends, the Dragon Ball Z TV series, and many more
- One additional insanely difficult character: Coda. (We aren't sure it's humanly possible to complete this character.)
- 10+ new achievements
- A new 'Codex' room in the lobby that helps teach the game's higher-level techniques
- And, of course, a ton of polish, balance tweaks, and bug fixes


Thank you so much for your support and feedback during early access! The NecroDancer community is truly the best! ːnecroheartː

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“It's a thing of beauty”
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“It's just so ingenious!”
Adam Sessler

“A transformative experience”
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About This Game

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, service pack 3
    • Processor: 2GHz
    • Memory: 1500 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 1600 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Minimum 10.6 to run the game, 10.7 if you also want to use your own music files
    • Processor: 2GHz
    • Memory: 1500 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 1600 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Steam OS and Ubuntu 12.04 are the only supported Linux OSes
    • Processor: 2GHz
    • Memory: 1500 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 1600 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Memory: 1500 MB RAM
Helpful customer reviews
54 of 65 people (83%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
After 30 minutes of gameplay I had to stop playing to buy a second copy of this game for my boyfriend as a gift. I need him to understand where my spare time will go from now on.

Everything is going according to plan. Neither of us can stop playing. ;)

10/10 would dance again!

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36 of 49 people (73%) found this review helpful
35 people found this review funny
62.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
This game. HAS CHANGED MY LIFE FOREVER.
as soon as i reached the end of zone one, i saw him. i SAW KING CONGA. AND THE MUSIC. OH LORD THE MUSIC. I WAS BLESSED FROM THE HEAVENS AS MY HANDS HIT THE 8TH BEAT AND HE CAME DOWN TO ME. AND HE SCREAMED. SCREAMED WILD MONKEY HOWLS. AND ENDED MY RUN.


it. was. heavenly.
i reacomend tis geam 15.674/10
seriously. buy. it. NOW.
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
24.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
Everything about this game is just perfection. Two Genres that would never have worked together, and yet it does, and beautifully at that. For a game like this, the music will play a huge part of the quality of the game, and I think Danny B really outdid himself with this. I just can't stop listening to the soundtrack, and then on top of that, we now have 2 alternative albums to listen to!

Gameplay is equally fantastic. Every enemy has their own movements to the beat. And it's down to you to figure out how to beat each enemy. Every Zone has a different set of enemies, and the difficulty increases nicely with each zone. The bosses are some of the most clever and innovative bosses I have ever seen in a game. They fit so well with the game, and they still function in fun and unique ways. I mean one of the bosses is basically an entire chess set! Best part is, every single piece moves just like they do in real chess.

This game is definitely a contender to be a GOTY for me. It's addictive, it's fun, and the fact you have the choice to have your own music, the mod support, the variety of characters and the ease of changing soundtracks just shows how much effort and detail these guys have put in to the game. I just can't recommend this enough. Take note all you aspiring devs, this is Early Access done right.
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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
Have you ever danced with a Green Dragon in the pale dungeon light?


This game is great, the default music is amazing. and i can't stop thinking about my next run.

Usually i'm pretty awful at Roguelikes, and this one is no exception, but i really enjoy how the music interacts with the monsters, and the dungeon in general. And this unique concept is the reason i keep coming back

10 wubs out of 10
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
I think, i got the hang of this... Oh what's that? OH GOD! OH GOD OH GOD OH GOD I DEAR GOD WHAT IS THAT? *insta dies from red dragon, with bad equipment*
red dragons are my new nightmares.. Forget about clowns, and spiders :(
Red dragon/10
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
And people think Dark Souls is hard...


Honestly, I wasn't too sure about this game at first. I wanted to get it but it just seemed really boring. Oh boy was I wrong. So glad I bought it. It's so innovative and addicting. Seriously, watch reviews and gameplays of it. It'll make you want to try it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
42.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
Last time I wrote a review for this game it was in it's early access, alpha 0.44 stage, and now, after it's full release, the game just keeps getting better and better.

Every time I stop playing I can hear the catchy music playing in my head, especially Melody's (one of the main protagonists) themes. This music is pure gold, no matter which track I listen to.

The levels are procedurally generated, and so are the enemies that go along with them, making game play change each time you load up and play.

The large assortment of items and upgrades you can purchase in the game's lobby (for diamonds you find on each level run) is large and diverse, with many different rings, weapons, spells, health upgrades, etc. at your disposal.

The player and enemy movement design is flawless, and whenever you start battling you being this "dance of death" with whatever you're fighting. And when you die, and believe me you will (And if you're like me it will be a lot), it was never some random event that happened out of nowhere that killed you, as some rogue-likes are based around, this one is your own mistakes being your downfall, which means less luck is involved and the game is more skill-based, which I truly enjoy.
Everything can be defeated with the stock dagger, without armour and without any fancy magic tricks, they're all just luxuries that make fighting your way through the darkest areas of the Crypt simpler.

In short, Crypt of the NecroDancer is one of the best indie-games I have ever come across, with it's blend of both musical masterpieces and enthralling game play, this is one of my top choices for games focusing around rhythm.


Also, the Shopkeeper Sings.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVWZwltXKAM&list=PLhFC8pd7oZvwJYhjmpZVyaKG7CUNoVvae&index=78
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
A must have for rogue-like fans but also for those who want to discover something new and awesome !
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
Roguelike + rhythm, <3
Soundtrack composed by DannyB and metal-remixed by FamilyJules7X, dudes know how to please earholes (you can also set your own music)
King Conga, shake your rump boooi
Opera-singing shopkeeper, voices

Overall pretty difficult roguelike with great replayability and sick beats

or at least listen to the music https://youtu.be/UrS1RyuoG0I
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
Steam is full of many indie greats. Brilliant, inventively crafted games that spring out of nowhere, and create gameplay formulas so well refined they earn themselves a place within the halls of all the greatest classic.

Whether its the addictive simplicity of One Finger Death Punch, the relaxing, almost zen like experience of playingE uro Truck simulator, or the stylish assassinating that makes Mark of the Ninja so great, there are countless titles on this services whose quality is very difficult dispute.

Crypt of the Necrodancer is one of those games.

The game hits you right from the get go with its gorgeously bright pixel art, which serve far more purpose than simply creating being a retro aesthetic.

The sharp, bright visuals bring the levels to life in a way that serves the gameplay perfectly, the vibrantly animated enemies movement (and dancing) to the beat in beautiful detailed fashion. The distinctively detailed enemy sprites don't just look great - they serve to help you plan your attacks, always allowing you to quickly figure out what is going on, even when the hectic beat of the game's brilliant music threatens to eclipse your hand eye coordination.

The bosses especially are a treat, but I don't want to spoil those here. You'll just have to buy the game and discover what they are like for yourself!

Don't be at all surprise if you lose track of time playing this game. Progress is undeniably challenging but it has the "one more go" feeling down to perfection. The more you play, the more you learn the important strategies needed to beat the dozens of different enemies you encounter, the best items to help you progress, and the endless number of secrets. Then you unlock a new character, and the cycle beings all over again.

There is nothing else like this game on the market, and there may never be again. On the surface it is like many rogue-likes, challenging and requiring plenty of time, patient and skill on your behalf, but its rhythmic beat is an addiction that completely changes the way you explore, the way you fight, and the way you win. If you have no sense of rhythm, this is not the game for you.

This game deserves you attention.

Did I mention Crypt of the Necrodancer's music is amazing? I did? Well, I'm telling you again. The music is amazing. The game is worth it for the music alone.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
535.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
I'm a fan of Roguelike games and i can tell you easily, after 500+ hours on record, this game is one of the best ones out there, got this on early access and didnt regret it, now that it's full released it's a must buy for any Roguelike lover and for those who like rythim games and,.... the hell this game if for everyone just go and spend your money on this one you won´t regret it.

You gonna love this game!!
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
It's a... Rogue Rhythm game. There is nothing like it, so if you think yourself a gamer at all you must play it, for it works, and works mightily good.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
I held off through early access and almost passed up this game because it was still over $10 upon release, but I'm telling you know, it's totally worth it. It's a pretty standard roguelike (the exception is the heavy emphasis on digging through walls). However, because you have to move on the beat of the music or else you lose your gold multiplier, it really adds a whole new level of difficulty to an already difficult genre.

I'm almost considering getting a dance pad just to try this game out with it. Just a fantastic game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
A dungeon RPG with a rhythmetic twist. This game is a lot of fun and is very unique!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
For me - who plays games of all sorts (Total War, Civ V, Terraria, Mount & Blade, Don't Starve, Age of Wonders 3, Super Meat Boy, Binding of Isaac (Rebirth), etc.) - I can easily say this: This game is the most charming, most addicting, most playable and enjoyable, and has the ♥♥♥♥ing BEST OF THE BEST soundtrack(s) of all games I've ever played.

Sure it has its flaws: it's harder than Dark Souls... on lag! But damn, difficulty doesn't affect the player if the game is really fun to play ^^

Even though I only have played it for a total of 12h I can still say: this is my favourite drug to use for both a fast or slow game. Just hold the rhythm and dance for your life - weither you use keyboard, controller or dance pad: dance to the rhythm
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
Twelve hours so far and this game is being incredibly fun! It's very casual if you just want to spend time, but at the same time you actually have a lot of progress the more you play the game.

You pick up diamonds that let you buy upgrades, so everytime that you play the game, you're having a bit of progress and just wasting some minutes on a casual game. Also, the sound beat based game mechanics are insane! I highly recommend the game!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
34.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
This game got me speechless... That actually has never happened before, the soundtrack is beyond amazing and the story is great!

I should still add something but i don't have anything

i can't say anything bad about this game because there is nothing (that i would have noticed so far)

10/10 - Everyone should own a copy of this masterpiece.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
It is so original that the experience cannot be well explained, It has to be played to be understood. A perfect example for the industry to take on interesting (original) concepts (mechanics) rather than great budget with poor (or overused) concepts. Amazing and well executed. The pixel art might be tough to look at, at first, but in time it won´t bother.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
Crypt of the Necrodancer Review:

I rate this game: 8.0 / 10.0

Where to start... hmmm... Before the games full release, my friends told me this game was awesome. Looking at it from a spectators view, it didn't feel like a good game. The reason I tried it is because of the game's music. This game has awesome music, and the word awesome cannot even begin to describe how good the music is - awesome is an understatement if anything else. Well, the music better be super awesome because its main theme is a Music-Rhythm Dungeon Crawling Game. Yes, put that cloth down; stop rubbing your eyes, your glasses and eyesight are both fine. MUSIC - RHYTHM - DUNGEON - CRAWLING. Who would've thought combining those elements would make an awesome Rogue-lite game, Brace Yourself Games and Klei Entertainment did. Okay, so, I start playing the game on my friend's game on steam during the early access phase.

MUSIC AND HOW IT PLAYS
That was the starting point that sucked me into this musical addiction of dungeon crawling awesomeness. At the beginning, just like all dungeon crawling games, you don't know anything about the dungeon. You start treading about slowly, and then you realize, how come my movements aren't registering very well, are these controls buggy or broken? NO, you can only move according to the beat, you cannot move whenever you please BUT the enemies and monsters do the same, they move according to the beat. This gives the game a semi real time system and gives you little time for planning strategies. Then, when you want to attack an enemy, you just stand next to them or in range of your weapon and click the direction the enemy is at. Most of the time, you will fight and suddenly another monster comes from the top, then below, then the boss of the stage is coming for you. When that happens, you gotta dance with the enemy on the fly. Each enemy has a different "dance" pattern, and with that, you "dance" with them. This part of the game made me come back for more. When you pull it off successfully, timing the beat perfectly, dodging everything, playing with the game's advance tactics that give a single beat invulnerability, that feeling that rushes through like adrenaline - well it was like that for me.

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Aside from that, just like any dungeon crawling game, itemizing is also one of the main fun points of roguelite or roguelike games. I'll write a few ITEM SPOILERS here, so if you want to find out what the items do on their own, you may wanna skip this section. Okay, At first, I loved the Broadsword which attacks 3 spaces in front of where your character is facing, not 3 spaces front, 3 spaces wide - in front of you, that box to the left and right. Unlike other weapons, this is one of the few weapons that can hit multiple targets. For the first few days of playing this game non-stop, I always looked out for the broadsword cause it was my main choice. Itemizing that with Ring of Might which gives 1 damage and combo that with a War Drum that let's you stay in one position without missing a beat and also increase your damage if you stand still. You could possibly one-shot a dragon if you use that combo with the War Drum. Then one day, I asked my friend: " Man whenever I get the Rapier, I feel like I'm bringing myself to death." Just so you know, the Rapier can only hit one target, with a range of two spaces in front of you. IF you attack a target that is two spaces away you lunge toward that target. Basically you attack and move a the same time, but why would you want to do that lunging towards a boss? If the boss doesn't die from that attack, you take a beating from the boss. Then my friend gave me the theory on how the rapier is awesome, and it piqued my interest. I practiced the rapier for another few days and apparently the rapier fit my style of combat. Then, I learnt that best combo with a rapier, Ring of Courage + Rapier. Ring of Courage gives 1 bonus damage and moves the player towards the target if the target is killed. I stumbled upon this combo, I held both items, and I was surrounded, no matter where I move, I'll get hit, and I have half a heart of HP remaining, anything would kill me, so, I YOLO-ed and dash around the battlefield killing everything in my path but eventually dying at the last 3 enemies because i messed up the beat. Along the dance of carnage, I saw myself got hit, but I didn't die, and so I realized, the Ring of Courage moves you one step forward, and gives you a one beat invulnerability. What solidified my choice of weapons to the rapier was this one time, so happen I have a damage boost ring, damage boost boots and a Glass Rapier, yes, Glass... Glass breaks your weapon if you get hit but it does 4 damage - the highest damage in the game, most mooks don't even have 3 HP. And so, with the rhythm and beats of the dancing gods i killed all of "Death Metal's" minions, I proceed to kill "Death Metal" himself, the boss with 10 HP, after a few frustrating side steps to get around his shield, i finally got a position to do a lunge attack with the Glass Rapier and I took it. To my surprise, Death Metal died. I just stood there for the next 1 minute, wondering what just happened. Scratching my head over it, thinking that there is no way possible i can hit 10 dmg in one hit, I finally gave up on figuring it out on my own and checked the wiki. Apparently the Rapier does double damage on lunge. From that moment onwards till today, I finished off most bosses with mostly a rapier.
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LONG STORY SHORT, The itemizing in this game is fun and there are so many combinations to try but sadly there are only few favourites among players and people normally only stick to that because the other combinations are not as reliable. Comparing the itemizing to another Roguelite: Binding of Isaac, this game lacks in the itemization department.

ETC
The monsters and enemies in this game are very interesting to "dance" with especially in the final zone. The monsters make me want to come back to this zone with better gear just to try and fight them again. The story plot of the game is interesting but not amazing. In my opinion, it is a great story, I got mind blown at one point, and then mind blown again when I went to character select. So, once again, in my opinion, I think the story is great. Also, after getting the official full release and playing until the end of the story. I found out that you get to play as other characters to progress the story. That in turn makes the replayability of the game pretty good. Even without the extended story from other characters, I already played the entire game from zone 1 to final zone for hundreds of runs. Finally finishing the story, if im not mistaken, there might be DLC for extra levels or just Crypt of the NecroDancer 2 and I CAN'T WAIT FOR IT!!! JUST TAKE MY MONEY!!!

DOWN-SIDE
The couple of downsides of this game, is the lack of itemization options and very limited bosses. Every zone, the final floor will be a random pick from 4 bosses, and the further zones just improve their HP abit and include harder mooks in the boss chamber. I was expecting 10 different bosses in the official release. Only the Final Zone, Final Boss is fixed. The fight was amazing. To put it in words without spoilers, the game basically just told me "THIS IS THE LAST BOSS, HERE IS SOMETHING ENTIRELY NEW YOU NEED TO GET USE TO TO BEAT THE BOSS, NOW GO!!!". Now back to the negative points, the very final part of the story is ludicrous hard and I can't say any further because it would be spoilers. I consider that as a negative because it would frustrate people to a point that they would give up trying. If this game had more bosses, and more items, I believe I would give it 10/10.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
Fantastic Game! Ok so its a rhythm based rouge like with Awesome music!!! also lots of gear and items to collect. Its really awesome totally worth getting.
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