There are roguelikes for gamers of all stripes, from fans of Bioshock to Metroidvania nuts. Now, rhythm gamers finally have a randomized dungeon crawler to call their own in Crypt of the Necrodancer. Necrodancer has all the standard trappings of a classic roguelike – you run around a dungeon picking up gold and gear to give you a better shot at making it through in one piece, then you make a b-line for the exit so that you can get even better gear on the next floor. If you die, you start over from the beginning, and the dungeons are randomized each time.
The only difference is you have to do all this to the beat. Using DDR-style directional inputs (you can even use a dance pad if you want) you must move in time to a song of your choice. Move into an enemy with the right timing and you’ll score a hit. Otherwise, they’ll hit you. You can play with the game’s soundtrack, or load up any song that suits your fancy. It makes for a simple and addictive dungeon crawl, and from small indie gatherings in Vancouver to the floor at PAX, this game manages to steal the show wherever it goes. Necrodancer is hitting Steam Early Access on July 30th, so you can finally play it in the comfort of your own home.