Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer

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Eurogamer

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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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Dan Stapleton

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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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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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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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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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Unscored
Jun 13, 2019

Cadence of Hyrule is the best Zelda spinoff ever made

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Jun 15, 2019

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

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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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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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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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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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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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