Indie Spotlight: Crypt of the NecroDancer
These bonuses are all forsaken in hardcore mode, where the game is at its most roguelike. Players are given the challenge of clearing the game without dying. I haven't made it any further than the second level, but I couldn't help but give it another go whenever I failed.
Rhythm games can be made or broken by their soundtrack. Fortunately, Crypt of the NecroDancer has an amazing selection of music composed by Danny Baranowsky best known for his contributions to Super Meat Boy, The Binding of Isaac and Canabalt. The track below is one of my favourites:
It's also possible to load custom music into the game, but personally I've been more than happy with the existing soundtrack. I can imagine that beat-heavy tracks by Nine Inch Nails or Rammstein would be perfect though.
Crypt of the NecroDancer is compatible with Dance Dance Revolution style dancepads. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to test this feature, but the game certainly makes me wish I had one.
Crypt of the NecroDancer was released last week through Steam Early Access. Essentially, the game is in beta, but players can purchase it now (and will receive updates as development continues). Despite this, Crypt of the NecroDancer doesn't feel incomplete, and is well worth the USD$15 price. It is compatible with both Windows and Mac.