Brace Yourself Games’ Crypt of the Necrodancer is an indie roguelike with a twist – you can only move your character to the beat of music.
I love a good pun, me. I’m not particularly good at delivering them right enough, but I do really enjoy funny spins and plays on words. So, before we go any further let’s take a second to admire Brace Yourself Games’ Crypt of the Necrodancer. Brilliant.
Crypt of the Necrodancer is an indie roguelike. But before you switch off, for there are an abundance of indie roguelikes continually flooding the market, Crypt of the Necrodancer is an indie rogulike which relies on a specific game mechanic – the player can only move to the beat of music.
“[Crypt of the Necrodancer] has roguelike elements for sure,” says developer Ryan Clark in an interview with Where Does Godzilla Poop at TGS 2013. “But instead of the usual roguelikes, where you can take as much time to think as you want, there’s a song with a heavy beat playing and you have to move on the beat.
“If you don’t move on the beat, you just don’t move. But you’re enemies will still move, and they might come and kill you, if you’re screwing it up. That’s the main twist, the main difference between it and a regular roguelike.”
The music, comes courtesy of Danny Baranowski – the man behind the music of such indie hits as Super Meat Boy. More interestingly, however, is the fact that you can play the game to the sound of your own tunes.
“You can also play with your own music, it has its own soundtrack from Danny Baranowski, the guy who made Super Meat Boy, Binding of Isaac, Canabalt, and stuff like that, so he’s done an amazing job with the music. But if you’d like to try it with your own stuff it has a beat detection algorithm, so you can play any song you like. The first song I played it with when I was developing was Thriller, which is a perfect song for it, because of the zombies moving and what not.”
Interested? Crypt of the Necrodancer is due out on Steam early 2014.
Until then, check it out the most recent cinematic/gameplay trailer: