Brace Yourself Games has just launched the fantastic rhythmic roguelike Crypt of the NecroDancer ($3.99) for iOS and Apple TV. The game’s been out on desktop and console for a while now, but finally you can play this game on mobile. The hook is that it’s similar to many roguelikes in that you go from tile to tile, and bump into enemies to attack them, but you have to move and act as according to the rhythm of the music. Oh, and each level has its own music tracks with their own beats, the enemies all have their own predictable yet complicated behaviors. There’s secrets to discover, permanent unlocks to be had for the main campaign, and characters with different behaviors that will alter the way the game works.
The mobile port of Crypt of the NecroDancer is the full game that’s been adapted to mobile with a few different control schemes, including a unique edge based system where your left thumb has access to up, left, and down controls, and your right thumb can use up, right, and down, with two directions needed to activate items. The game was designed to be playable on Dance Dance Revolution dance pads, so every action in the game can be done with the four directions, or combinations therein. There’s also swipe, dual d-pads, and MFi controls. Every feature from the desktop version is here: custom soundtracks are done via the iTunes music library, there’s co-op play if you have multiple gamepads, and the game has Apple TV support. I’ll have a review of the mobile version soon, but based on how much time I’ve spent with the game on PC, and how well the mobile port is done – you’ll want to check this out.