Everyone Should Play A Dungeon Crawler With A DDR Pad

Crypt of the Necrodancer — the rhythm roguelike that lets you control the game with a dance pad — is out for PC and Mac on Steam early access, and while I've been really digging it in its early state, I wanted to see what other people think. In particular, the average person that hasn't played a dance pad game since high school.

We got Kotaku's Evan Narcisse and Gizmodo's Nick Stango and Leslie Horn to try out the dance pad mode of this rhythm game, with a pad provided by lead Necrodancer developer Ryan Clark. Check the video above for their impressions, and to see them almost fall over themselves backwards. I bet you guys miss that DDR bar now!

Don't worry if you don't happen to have a dance pad handy. The game can also be controlled with a keyboard or gamepad. You can pick up Crypt of the Necrodancer here on Steam Early Access.

It doesn't really come through in the video, but Danny Baranowsky's infectious soundtrack is one of the best things about the game. Here's a snippet:

Bonus: Here's a gif of Nick from Gizmodo gettin' into the groove.

Everyone Should Play A Dungeon Crawler With A DDR Pad


    This game is awesome, but as a someone who played a @#$% load of DDR back in the day, it really doesn't feel like playing on a DDR pad will be fun.
    Bopping up and down at an exact pace pressing a single button (often the same button) repeatedly over and over for an entire level just doesn't sound that interesting (or at least it doesn't feel like it adds anything to the game).
    If the game implemented more complex controls (like the ones to use items) for movement that made use of more complex steps that might work... like alternating two buttons on the off-beat to move at double speed or something. Obviously the game isn't released yet, so here's hoping they do something like that.

    Anyway, the DDR pad functionality aside; the game is fantastic and well worth playing!

    I played some Tekken with a 3rd party DDR mat back in the day.

    Not all that fun, but sorta interesting.

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