As a fan of The Legend of Zelda series from Ocarina of Time to Breath of the Wild I was of course happy to hear that another game was on its way. And what I got was a unique take on the classic Legend of Zelda formula of exploration and fighting to save Hyrule once more. Playing through the first time the mechanics are easy to understand but once you start gaining more items and gear there becomes a multitude of possible ways to clear an area. There are specific items that spawn in specific locations but as the map changes every time you play their exact location is new every time. This means that if you only focus on one way to play you might have trouble in your next play through as it will be dependent upon what you find.
How to play
For those who haven’t yet had a chance to experience Cadence, the gameplay revolves around moving and attacking in time with the music’s beat to defeat enemies. Once all enemies have been beaten you are able to move out of time until you move into a new area that contains enemies. Each map is generated at random for each play through, so no two are ever identical. This makes it ideal not only if you’re looking for a game to play for a couple hours and complete or grab a friend and see how quickly the two of you can complete it by working together. You do not need to collect every item in the game to complete it, which allows for speedruns or setting your best for the least number of moves.
I would highly recommend playing Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda as it offers a unique and interesting take on the classic adventure series. Having never played Crypt of the NecroDancer I was unsure what to expect but after playing through on single player I couldn’t wait to try the 2-player version. Once my friend completed his playthrough we got together for a morning to see how different it was with another character and to be honest it was pretty much the same.
The main things that you need to focus on in the 2-player version is item management (to make sure both characters have gear that’s not about to break) and to leave hearts for the other if they have less health than you. Boss battles can also be coordinated so that player 1 can focus on the main target while player 2 deals with all extra enemies. Experienced players can also coach new players so that they can learn the controls and the mechanics of the game without too much pressure and if they get downed then they can be revived without too much trouble.
As always, the music is excellent and just what you would expect in the Legend of Zelda series. Classic melodies but with enough tweaks to make them more than just a simple recycle of the old material. The opening music for the main menu will take you back to the first time you fired up Ocarina of Time along with several other classic songs form a wide variety of titles in the franchise to allow any fan to find something they like.
The only complaint I have is that once you complete the game, discovering all the items and learning all the secrets, there isn’t a whole lot to do. You are left with speedruns or shooting for the least number of moves. While I know this would not be a problem for certain players, it can feel that once you’ve completed the game there is little incentive to play again.
That said, I would recommend this game to anyone who is looking for a new challenge as the gameplay is quite unlike anything I have had the opportunity to play. Since the game puts so much focus on rhythm for the gameplay, the music is perfect for giving the game its own style. You don’t have to be a fan of the Legend of Zelda games to enjoy this game but you get more from it if you are.
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