Unlike many games that carry the label, Crypt of the Necrodancer is a roguelike that is actually quite a bit like Rogue. You control a lone hero in a grid-based dungeon, pushing back the fog of war square by square as you explore each randomly-generated set of chambers. As you journey deeper you gather gear, spells and consumables to help you survive encounters with monsters who behave according to predictable routines. If you die, you start over from the beginning.
In a traditional roguelike, your greatest asset is the time you're afforded to think, assess, plan. Crypt of the Necrodancer's defining flourish is that it reduces your thinking time to the space between two beats on the soundtrack. Move to the rhythm and you build up a multiplier, turning the ground into an illuminated dancefloor and boosting the gold you earn from every kill. In order to be able to afford the best gear, then, you should always be moving. Move thoughtlessly, however, and you'll die.
Developer: Brace Yourself Games
Publisher: Brace Yourself Games, Klei Entertainment
Release Date: 23 Apr, 2015
Genre: RPG, Action, Adventure
- OS: Windows XP, service pack 3
- Processor: 2GHz
- Memory: 1000 MB RAM
- Graphics: 512MB VRAM
- Storage: 1600 MB available space