Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer

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Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer is ranked in the 95th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 54 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

86

Top Critic Average

94%

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Based on 54 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Polygon
Unscored
Unscored
Jun 13, 2019

Cadence of Hyrule is the best Zelda spinoff ever made

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GameXplain
Liked-a-lot
GameXplain

Top Critic

Liked-a-lot
Jun 18, 2019
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Eurogamer
Essential
Eurogamer

Top Critic

Essential
Jun 28, 2019

Two designs collide gloriously in a Zelda variation that rivals the greatness of the core games themselves.

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Scored Reviews

Guardian
Jun 19, 2019

This stylish, fun tribute to the Legend of Zelda saga captures the original's excitement while injecting some serious club beats

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NintendoWorldReport
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Jun 14, 2019

Still, I had doubts as the game got closer to release, like maybe it would be too hard or too disparate from regular Zelda, but after spending a fair bit of time with it, those doubts washed away. This isn't Link to the Past; it's something new and different. Cadence of Hyrule successfully earns its place in the pantheon of Zelda adventures by carving a distinctive rhythmic path that brings new ideas to the series while also hitting the right nostalgic keys.

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God is a Geek
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Jun 19, 2019

A marriage made in heaven, Cadence of Hyrule is a toe-tapping, monster slaying groove-fest

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Destructoid
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Jun 13, 2019

Cadence of Hyrule really surprised me. It takes the best parts of Crypt of the NecroDancer and makes them more accessible, which really comes with the territory when you're paying homage to The Legend of Zelda. Although it may still take you a while to pick it up, the familiar and welcome open world format is a much better way for new players to acclimate.

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Boomstick Gaming
9.1 / 10.0
9.1 / 10.0
Jun 14, 2019
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COGconnected
91 / 100
91 / 100
Jun 22, 2019

Cadence of Hyrule is the Legend of Zelda game I didn’t know I wanted, and now can’t live without. It’s perfect for both bus rides and extended eyebleed caliber play sessions has the raddest soundtrack of the year, and is randomly generated to ensure infinite replayability. It’ll be in my rotation for a good long while, and deserves a place on your Switch wishlist, Zelda fan or not.

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Game Revolution
Jun 19, 2019

Ultimately, Cadence of Hyrule is a dream collaboration between two talented companies that are known for putting a tremendous amount of heart into their products.

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GameSpace
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jun 17, 2019

Cadence of Hyrule is every bit a classic Zelda adventure with the added wrinkle of a rhythm puzzle game. It's not overly long, but Cadence of Hyrule is the kind of game that will kill you over and over again, and you'll still keep begging for more. It's a classic top-down Hyrule adventure, with a playable Link, Zelda, and guest-appearing Cadence from Crypt of the Necrodancer. It's a cross-over you never would have expected, and one that quickly becomes an absolute treasure.

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Cubed3
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jun 30, 2019

Developer Brace Yourself Games has knocked this one out of the park, making something that feels like a perfect follow up to their wonderful Crypt of the Necromancer, but also manages to perfectly capture the magic innate to a full, first-party The Legend of Zelda title.

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TechRaptor
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jun 28, 2019

Cadence of Hyrule is a strange spin-off between The Legend of Zelda and Crypt of the Necrodancer, but it works so well as a mashup. It's a bit too short and the replay value isn't substantial, but the remixed songs and exhilarating gameplay are too good to pass up.

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We Got This Covered
Jun 25, 2019

Cadence of Hyrule is the dream crossover you didn't know you wanted. It's an absolutely brilliant mashup that'll have you tapping your toes and humming along to the music for hours on end.

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jun 14, 2019

Cadence of Hyrule is not just a brilliant game, it's a brilliant Zelda game - one that you won't want to miss.

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RPG Fan
90%
90%
Jun 23, 2019

For Zelda fans who have been desperate for a fix since they finished their seventh run of Breath of the Wild, Cadence of Hyrule is like having a refreshing drink at the bar after hours of dancing.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Jun 15, 2019

Cadence of Hyrule is a Zelda game that any fan of the franchise will appreciate.

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Gamers Heroes
9 / 10
Gamers Heroes
Johnny Hurricane

Top Critic

9 / 10
Jun 16, 2019

If you are a Zelda fan, then this should be a no brainer. Anyone who likes great music, fun gameplay, and action RPGs should also pick this up.

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USgamer
Jun 19, 2019

Cadence of Hyrule is the Legend of Zelda and Crypt of the NecroDancer crossover we never knew we needed, but now that it's here, we want the song to go on forever. Brace Yourself Games' expert handling of the Zelda property is commendable. Here's hoping we get an encore with some DLC.

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Rapid Reviews UK
Jun 16, 2019

The Legend of Zelda series has one of the most beloved video game scores, and for a good reason. From the sweeping melodies that play as your enter Hyrule field, the rhythmic beat of drums on death mountain, the relaxing twang of Romani Ranch, and everything in between, the music is an integral part of what makes going on an adventure in Hyrule so wonderful. Cadence of Hyrule aims to take those familiar songs and remix them into something familiar, but new and capable of delivering the signature Crypt of the NecroDancer gameplay. Does Cadence of Hyrule succeed at this? Or does it have two left feet? Read on in this Rapid Review to find out.

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Geeks Under Grace
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jun 24, 2019

Borrowing from Crypt of the Necromancer's DNA, Cadence of Hyrule is a fantastic fusion between roguelike and rhythm with beautiful visuals, sharp gameplay, and a soundtrack fans the world over will love.

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TheSixthAxis
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jun 17, 2019

Cadence of Hyrule is much more than Crypt of the NecroDancer featuring a The Legend of Zelda skin. From the classic Zelda art style and staple items to the addictive, pulsating NecroDancer gameplay and soundtrack of delightful remixes, this mash-up takes the best of both worlds and combines them brilliantly.

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Shacknews
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jun 18, 2019

Overall, Cadence of Hyrule is a brilliant but short adventure that expertly blends the Legend of Zelda series with the intensity of a rhythm-based game.

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IGN
8.8 / 10.0
Dan Stapleton

Top Critic

8.8 / 10.0
Jun 18, 2019

Cadence of Hyrule takes the ideas of Crypt of the Necrodancer and the Legend of Zelda and mashes them up to find a distinctively fun gameplay groove.

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Indie Ranger
88%
88%
Jul 11, 2019

Brace Yourself Games, creators of the rhythm-based dungeon crawler Crypt of the NecroDancer, have been given the keys to the kingdom of Hyrule, imbuing the signature gameplay of the original while mixing in all the characters, locations and melodies you love from the Zelda universe. What results is a clever blend of action and music that might be the best Zelda spinoff in history.

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Cerealkillerz
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Jun 14, 2019

Thanks to his brilliant gameplay, the catchy soundtrack and the lovely presentation, Cadence of Hyrule is not just a great spin-off to the legend of zelda series, it shows in an impressive way the abilities of indipendent developers, when big publishers give them their trust. An absolute must-buy for fans of zelda, roguelike and rhytmgames and everything, which it needs for.

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Everyeye.it
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Jun 20, 2019

A quirky roguelike adventure surprisingly built around the mechanics of a rhythm game: the result is a Zelda that's surely different from the norm, yet one that has little to envy to all the other chapters (even from the most acclaimed).

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IGN Italy
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Jun 19, 2019

Cadence of Hyrule is a fresh take on the the Legend of Zelda series: visuals are great as the Baranowsky's soundtrack and it feels like a proper Zelda game, but indie. It's a win-win situation.

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Wccftech
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Jun 19, 2019

Cadence of Hyrule ends up being a shocking blend of a rhythm game, action game, puzzle game, dungeon crawler, and roguelike, all in one. It's actually pretty stunning how well the developers have managed to blend all of these elements together and still come out with a cohesive and refined experience. The game looks amazing, plays marvelously, and the music is not only the most important part, but it's the part that delivers the best. The Crypt of the NecroDancer formula isn't for everyone, but this game is borderline unmissable.

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GamingTrend
85 / 100
85 / 100
Jun 20, 2019

Cadence of Hyrule is a perfect blend of classic Legend of Zelda adventure with roguelite rhythm gameplay. It's a short adventure that can sometimes feel too difficult and chaotic for its own good, but it's worth sticking through to the end. Not only is it a tremendously fun game, its new take on Hyrule is a joy to explore.

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CGMagazine
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jun 22, 2019

Cadence of Hyrule is a lovingly crafted, challenging, but rewarding ode to 30 years of music.

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Explosion Network
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jun 16, 2019

Learning an enemies movement pattern has always been a part of Zelda and in Cadence of Hyrule it's no different, if not more important.

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GamePro
85 / 100
85 / 100
Jun 22, 2019

Vibrant Zelda spin-off, which weaves the two templates together congenially and offers an unused, new Zelda feel.

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IGN Spain
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jun 14, 2019

Crypt of the Necrodancer and The Legend of Zelda come together in a wonderful crossover. Both essences mix very well in a video game that is fun, addictive and challenging. Once you pick up the rhythm you can't stop.

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Spaziogames
8.2 / 10.0
Spaziogames

Top Critic

8.2 / 10.0
Jun 16, 2019

Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer featuring The Legend of Zelda is the perfect example of how to mix wonderfully two distant worlds.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 21, 2019

Cadence of Hyrule is a strong and inspired crossover between The Legend of Zelda and Crypt of the NecroDancer. By mixing the beloved world of Hyrule with the rhythm-based strategy of Brace Yourself's game, the studio delivers a colorful but brief adventure, served by a pleasant and varied soundtrack all along.

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DualShockers
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 14, 2019

Cadence of Hyrule: Curse of the NecroDancer is the crossover I didn’t know I needed until I played it.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Jun 17, 2019

Cadence of Hyrule might not be the challenging follow-up that Necrodancer fans were looking forward to, but it serves as a charming homage to the music of The Legend of Zelda series, and as a celebration of its classic 2D formula.

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Echo Boomer
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 17, 2019

Crypt of the NecroDancer invades the world of The Legend of Zelda in such faithful way, it easily becomes a Zelda game itself. With an addictive gameplay and a lot of replayability, Cadence of Hyrule is a must-have for every Nintendo Switch.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Jun 16, 2019

It's hard to believe that something as crazy sounding as rhythm-based rougelike would actually work, but Necrodancer proved it could be done well and Cadence of Hyrule took it a step further by improving multiple facets of gameplay and visuals.

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Impulsegamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Jul 10, 2019

Cadence of Hyrule combines Crypt of the Necrodancer's unique rhythm-based combat with the Legend of Zelda's sense of adventure

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RPG Site
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 24, 2019

Cadence of Hyrule is a fun time if you know what you’re getting into. This isn’t an average Zelda spin-off, so if you’re awful at keeping a beat and don't’ want to use the Fixed Beat Mode. But, Cadence of Hyrule is worth a try if you don’t mind going to the rhythm and dealing with a couple of rogue-like elements.

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AnaitGames
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 16, 2019

Like the best roguelites, when it works it's great: when you do a good run, Cadence of Hyrule makes all its pieces work together --it sounds good.

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Screen Rant
Jun 18, 2019

Cadence of Hyrule is an incredible musical journey through the land of Hyrule.

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 19, 2019

A clever mash-up of two very different games that perfectly evokes the best of 2D Zelda while integrating the surprisingly tactical rhythm action combat of Crypt Of The NecroDancer.

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GameSkinny
Jun 14, 2019

Cadence of Hyrule is a fresh approach to the classic 2D Legend titles that looks and sounds amazing, but it doesn't last long.

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FNintendo
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 18, 2019

Cadence of Hyrule – Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda is a long title for a game that does something remarkable: to merge the Zelda world with the gameplay of Crypt of the NecroDancer and the result is nothing short of marvelous. The gameplay mechanics and concept work so well that anyone will get into the Hyrule-based game quickly and find themselves investing their strategic thinking into this challenging but lovely work.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 1, 2019

Cadence of Hyrule is a unique take on a beloved franchise that combines old school Legend of Zelda with an indie vibe. The base action can be a bit too simple and exploration could be more fleshed out. Its unique rhythm mechanics, however, combined with its Zelda inspired look and sound just might make skeptics sing a different tune once they try it out. It could very well be music to your ears.

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PCMag
Jul 1, 2019

The Legend of Zelda meets rhythm-based roguelike for a surprisingly fun and accessible mash-up in Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer for the Nintendo Switch.

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Fintendo
Jul 1, 2019

"The legend of disco dancers."

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Hobby Consolas
80 / 100
80 / 100
Jul 3, 2019

The charm and charisma of The Legend of Zelda, fused with the rhythmic gameplay of Crypt of the Necrodancer, gives life to a hybrid that maintains the essence while also offering a new and fresh take of both games. Cadende of Hyrule is, quite literally, a link between worlds.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 24, 2019

The mash-up of Zelda's style and structure with Crypt of the NecroDancer's gameplay go together like peanut butter and chocolate.

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Video Chums
7.9 / 10.0
7.9 / 10.0
Jun 15, 2019

Cadence of Hyrule features incredibly appealing visuals and music as well as a gameplay dynamic that's fresh and exciting.

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Game Informer
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Jun 19, 2019

Cadence of Hyrule is a great ode to the Legend of Zelda and its soundtrack, even as some roguelike elements weigh it down

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