Like the zombified dancers in Thriller, Crypt of the Necrodancer’s latest (and largest) update has slid onto Steam. It adds new characters, NPCs, and a whole new boss fight - the Coral Riff.
As if fighting dragons through the power of dance wasn’t enough, Coral Riff is an entire band of enemies, from violins to drums, you need to dispatch.
Brace Yourself Games has you explore an ever-deepening dungeon by moving in time to the game’s soundtrack. You can only hit enemies by moving into them on the beat, otherwise you’ll take damage. I’ve played a little (until my lack of rhythm became impossible to deny) and it’s unlike any dungeon crawler I’ve ever played.
The highlights of the update are the new characters: Melody and Dorian. Each character in Crypt has different starting equipment and stats, some are waiflike in the health department but pack a cracking punch (still, for the rhythmically challenged you might want to go someone a little more forgiving, like the bard).
There’s also three new NPC characters - the shriner, pawnbroker, and conjurer - who you can meet in your journey deeper into the dungeons. Each can provide a different service to aid your descent. The pawnbroker for instance will buy items off you, giving you gold in return which you can use to buy equipment from the shopkeeper.
The final big addition is the new boss: Coral Riff. You can see him in action here:
Do you reckon you could win in a fight against a keytar?
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