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Crypt of the NecroDancer gets a BIG surprise update with more to come

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Crypt of the NecroDancer from Brace Yourself Games is a truly wonderful mix of dungeon crawling and a rhythm game that released back in 2015. It just got a huge surprise update and more is on the way.

Crypt of the NecroDancer is an award winning hardcore roguelike rhythm game. Move on the beat to navigate an ever changing dungeon while battling dancing skeletons, zombies, dragons, and more. Groove to the epic Danny Baranowsky soundtrack, or select songs from your own MP3 collection!

Some of what's new includes:

  • A no beat mode, to make it easier for some players.
  • Save and Quit anytime.
  • Reduced loading time.
  • Improved controller support via Steam Input, with gamepad-specific button symbols and Steam Deck support.
  • An overhauled custom music system supporting MP3, OGG and FLAC formats.
  • Linux gets a Native file-picker for custom music.
  • New and Improved Co-op.
  • A new level editor.
  • Added a fully redesigned mod loader and modding menus.
  • And loads more.

Considering that this is only the start, I'm very curious to see what they have cooking up as they said " this is a precursor to something bigger coming your way, and we want to make sure that we address some of the community’s most significant feedback before we get there".

Since I love the game (although I am horrible at it), I wanted to see how it was on the Steam Deck now so here's a little attempt at it today:

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Don't judge me, I'm rubbish but it's such a gem.

There does seem to be a bug with the Steam Input configuration though. I had to pick a different profile, then back to the new official one for it to actually detect input. Apart from that it seems great on Deck.

Available to buy from GOG, Humble Store and Steam.

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Purple Library Guy Jul 1, 2022
Aha! I should go play that some more. I always intended to add in some of my own music but never got around to it, seems like it's easier now so I should go do it. For some reason I always thought it would go very well with Leonard Cohen's "Everybody Knows".
Julius Jul 1, 2022
Among the best games ever made. I really hope there will be a proper sequel (not that Zelda crossover that exists for the Nintendo Switch).
StoneColdSpider Jul 2, 2022
QuoteA no beat mode, to make it easier for some players.

As an Ozzie with zero rhythm and zero interest in music, my mate bought this for me as gag gift few years ago to watch and laugh as i failed miserably at it...... so that new mode has got me interested.....
WMan22 Jul 2, 2022
It's funny, I had a hankering to play Crypt of the Necrodancer again for the first time in like 4 years while trying to think of games I wanted to play on my steam deck and got back into the game, and like 2 months later, we get this surprise update. I love when things like that happen.

Really an excellent game all around that only got better during my absence from it. Funnily enough a lot of memes nowadays use Phonk music and it goes really well with custom music choices in this game atmosphere wise. I was also pleasantly surprised to see there's an official phone version of the game so I can play it wherever even if I don't have my steam deck yet.
setzer22 Jul 3, 2022
The music of this game is amazing, but after countless runs, introducing your own custom music can be very refreshing . This was already supported on Linux if you didn't mind editing game files, but now with a native file picker it should be incredibly easy to do so!

The first level of this game while playing "Maniac" by Flashdance fits so well it feels like the game was designed for it :)
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