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!
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Release Date: Jul 30, 2014

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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!”
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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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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

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October 15

Update #5: Helpful new options!

Here are the new features:

- Added option to manually set gameplay's zoom level!
- Added option to enable quick-move in the lobby!
- Fixed bug where the character select confirmation dialog wouldn’t allow you to say ’no'
- Fixed bug where tracks looping in Bard mode would desync the shopkeeper vocals
- Fixed bug where getting hit while using the shield spell would break Coin Multiplier and result in non-flawless boss wins
- Fixed leaderboard repeated ‘LOADING' bug
- Fixed bug where cracked walls could be turned into walls with gold in them, and the gold would cover up the teleporter

We hope you enjoy them!

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“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

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    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
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    • OS: Steam OS and Ubuntu 12.04 are the only supported Linux OSes
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Crypt of the NecroDancer is half turn-based dungeon crawler with randomly-generated dungeons. The other half of the game is rhythm: each dungeon floor has a unique music track with a visually emphasized steady beat. Your moves are (ideally) made to that beat. Enemies also move to the beat, so the pace at which things happen is determined by the music. Having a steady rhythm locks the participant into a timeframe in which to act, not unlike speed chess or the rate at which a block lowers in Tetris. By removing the infinite time in which a player could decide which move is most optimal in your traditional turn-based dungeon excursions, the game becomes instead one of relying almost wholly on experience. After a while, experience becomes instinct, leading to creative leaps of strategy made entirely in the moment, in the space between the game’s figurative and literal heartbeats.

You play as Cadence, a headstrong delver who - through an unfortunate combination of a terminal fall and an evil NecroDancer stealing her still-beating heart - must now travel down multiple dungeon floors, fighting monsters and finding useful items. You technically don’t have to move to the beat, but not doing so will cause you to lose a vital multiplier that increases how many coins you earn from defeated monsters. The higher the multiplier, the more likely you can afford powerful weapons and items found in dungeon shops. You know when you’re moving to the beat, because the dungeon floor starts pulsing with light, making it your very own little dungeon rave.

There is very little randomness to the combat in Crypt of the NecroDancer. Everything behaves according to very set rules. You move into a monster to attack it, different weapons change the shape of your attack. If an enemy moves into a square you were trying to move to, you’ll take damage instead. Certain enemies take advantage of your urge to rush in, waiting a beat before moving, or moving in interesting patterns. Monsters have unique little dance animations, their movement sounds become a part of the melody of what’s happening on the screen. These sounds are often a clue to defeating them. As you delve deeper, the music becomes faster, the monster patterns more complex. The game is ingenious, fun in ways indescribable unless you’re there, in the moment, taken by the rhythm and amazed at how well you’re doing.

You can use your own MP3s for the soundtrack, and there’s even a DDR mode for use with a dance pad. The DDR mode makes a game a bit easier so you don’t kill yourself. There’s permanent progression via character upgrades, like a health increase and magic spells, unlocked by collecting diamonds.

The music is being provided by the excellent Danny Baranowsky (Super Meat Boy, Canabalt, Binding of Isaac, Desktop Dungeons).
Posted: September 23
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
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 :)
Posted: October 14
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Really good arcade-style dungeon crawler game!! Soundtrack is amazing (of course it would be!!)

It feels a little bit clunky at first but a few short runs from brutally quick deaths will have you feelin' it pretty quickly. At the very least there's definitely nothing comparable out right now

It's not even finished apparently but it's already well worth 15$?? It's one of the better games I've played on Steam recently for sure
Posted: September 29
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
As a fan of both quirky rhythm games and roguelikes, I absolutely adore this game.

10/10 would hum along with the shopkeeper again.
Posted: September 30
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
One of the most unique games I have played in a long time. As Cadence, you move through dungeons, dig through walls, use spells and items, attack enemies and bosses, all while staying in tune with the music. You can not do these things if you do not match the music. The longer you go without messing up, the greater the gold multiplier you have. Which means more gold to buy an awesome variety of weapons, armor, and other items from the shopkeeper. You can also find items hidden behind walls and in chests.

There are plenty of different maps, different songs, and different game modes, along with a bunch other special things you will unlock in the game. There is also a large enemy variety, and each one behaves very differently from the next. If you die, you are dead. You start over completely. This game is awesome, and definitely worth every penny.

http://store.steampowered.com/curator/6340926/
Posted: September 30
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 3
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.6 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 13
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 23
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 23
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
36.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Crypt of the NecroDancer is Incredible

I got this game expecting to have a few hours of fun and then get bored. 20 hours of play time later, this is still not the case.
This game is almost therapeutic to me. I have a lot of anxiety issues, and this game is such a great way to get my mind off of things. Just go with the flow and listen to some great music by Danny Baranowsky.
Also, the customizability in this game is great. I do a lot of sprite work, so I've already sprited one of my original characters into the game. You can add your own music as well, but I have not explored this feature yet, so I cannot vouch for it.
This game is also a great way to get some fun exercise if you have a dance pad. I bought a dance pad just to use it with this game.
Even though this game is still in Alpha, I cannot recommend Crypt of the NecroDancer enough. The art style is great, the music is by Danny B so it's amazing by default, and it is fun to play. Get this game. Throw your money at this game. If you like rougelike games and have a good sense of rhythm, you will not regret your purchase.
Posted: September 25
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
I got out danced by a gigantic undead gorilla king doing the conga and died. 10/10
Posted: September 30
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
♥♥♥♥ yes this game is killer. Custom music? Hardcore mode? Mother♥♥♥♥ing dancepad mode? Why arent you playing yet loser?
Posted: October 14
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Highly entertaining and addicting game with kick ♥♥♥ soundtrack!

Also that shop keeper is fabulous.
Posted: October 12
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Roguelike. Rhythm game. Hell yes.
Posted: October 16
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 12
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
39.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
A surprisingly addictive game that will have you bouncing to the beat as you play.
Posted: October 10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
One of the best musical games I have ever played! If you like music or rpgs this is a must!!!
Posted: September 27
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
It's a fun light roguelike, asking for a different skillset than most. To compensate for the rhythm components, the fighting itself is less technical than in Nethack and such.
Posted: September 27
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
I clear all three zone in one night
With a lot of yelling and cursing
Oh..did i mention i'm using the bard?
Posted: September 28
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Just beated Area 3 and I can't get enough of this game. It is addictive like that.

Just gimme moar already.
Posted: September 29
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