Brace Yourself Games
Based in Vancouver, Canada

Release date:
Steam Early Access, July 30, 2014

PC / Mac / Linux


Regular Price:



Crypt of the NecroDancer is a hardcore rhythm-based roguelike game. Can you survive this deadly dungeon of dance, slay the NecroDancer, and recapture your still beating heart? Or will you be a slave to the rhythm for all eternity? Players must move on the beat to navigate procedurally generated dungeons while battling dancing skeletons, zombies, dragons, and more! Groove with the game's epic dance soundtrack, or select songs from your own MP3 collection! You can even play with a dance pad to really shake your bones!


Crypt of the NecroDancer was born of the desire to make a roguelike game "fair". As a roguelike gamers, we have seen our share of deaths! But the most frustrating deaths are those from which we learn nothing, or had no chance to avoid. Some roguelikes, like Nethack, boast fairly high win rates for elite players. This is good -- it indicates that, while there is randomness, there are ways to tame that randomness and overcome it. However, to become such an elite Nethack player requires dedicated study of it's lore, an excellent memory, and patience. We wanted to create a game that is fair (a high win rate among elite players), yet without the onerous knowledge requirements. Crypt of the NecroDancer is our attempt at achieving this goal. It is turn based, but the turns are of an enforced length. Lack of time to think renders impossible the careful study and patience of the expert NetHack player. Instead, skill and experience in battle rule the day. No more random deaths -- there is always a way out, for the skilled NecroDancer player!


  • Roguelike rhythm game -- the player and enemies all move on the beat!
  • Award winning dance soundtrack by Danny Baranowsky
  • A beat detection algorithm allows players to use their own MP3s and music files
  • Move with the keyboard, gamepad, or even a dance pad if you have one!


Early Access Launch Trailer YouTube

Cinematic Trailer YouTube

Older Teaser YouTube



Awards & Recognition

    • "Multiple Nominations" Independent Games Festival, Game Developer's Conference, 2014
    • "Official Selection" IndieCade East, 2014
    • "Winner, Best Audio" Brazil Independent Game Festival, 2014
    • "Selected for the Indie MEGABOOTH" PAX East, 2014
    • "Official Selection" IndieCade West, 2013
    • "Selected for the Indie Game Fest" Tokyo Game Show, 2013
    • "Fantastic Arcade Showcase Selection" Fantastic Fest, 2013
    • "Destructoid Editor's Choice" PAX Prime, 2013
    • "Selected for the Indie MEGABOOTH" PAX Prime, 2013
    • "Official Selection" Toronto Gamercamp Festival, 2013
    • "Official Selection" Portland Stumpquest Game Fest, 2013

    Selected Articles

      • "Editor's Choice"
        - Hamza Aziz, Destructoid
      • "It's just so ingenious!"
        - Adam Sessler, Interview on SourceFedNERD
      • "It's unlike anything I've played before and represents everything that I treasure about the indie games scene."
        - David Hinkle, Joystiq
      • "The most anticipated game for me for 2014 is Crypt of the NecroDancer"
        - Meg Turney, SourceFedNERD
      • "Crypt of the Necrodancer is good. Actually, it's beyond good" "such a novel and genius idea"
        - John Lindvay, BigSushi.FM
      • "You have to see it to believe it"
        - Daniel Tack, Forbes
      • "When the music and the combat connect, there is no better experience in the world."
        - Jared Rosen, Indie Statik
      • "A roguelike that’s a rhythm game? Jesus Christ, FINALLY!"
        - Ben Kuchera, The PA Report
      • "Good lord Crypt of the Necrodancer is fun."
        - Ryan Letourneau, Northernlion
      • "A huge hit at PAX." "I'm sold on not only the idea, but also the execution."
        - Darren Nakamura, Destructoid
      • "Crypt of the Necrodancer absolutely killed it" "Cosplayers, exhibitors, media, everyone wanted a piece. Especially me."
        - Jared Rosen, Indie Statik
      • "Crypt of the Necrodancer is called Crypt of the Necrodancer, which already makes it incontrovertibly the greatest game of all time."
        - RPS Staff, Rock, Paper, Shotgun
      • "Crypt of the Necrodancer looks like it’s going to be freaking awesome."
        - Evan Narcisse, Kotaku
      • "Crypt of the Necrodancer stole my heart." "spectacular"
        - Nick Tan, Game Revolution
      • "There are no words for how badly I want to play"
        - Dora Breckinridge, Jay is Games

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      Brace Yourself Games is Ryan Clark, in his basement in Vancouver, working with other talented indie developers across the globe!

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