Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the Necrodancer is one of the most interesting and unique Zelda-inspired games of recent times. In a world where we have gigantic musou games like Hyrule Warriors, as well as the Age of Calamity sequel, Crypt of the Necrodancer introduces a new mechanic to an old school, top down classic Zelda style game: Rhythm! As the resident music teacher, I was immediately anxious to get my hands on this title. Immediately, I fell in love with the rhythmic combat and exploration.
You must follow the beat to the well composed music from the same people who brought you Crypt of the Necrodancer, which I had heard of but never explored until now. You even experience characters from Crypt of the Necrodancer along your journey. From playing as Cadence herself to visiting the operatic shopkeeper and even some enemies look like Crypt of the Necrodancer.
This is more than a Crypt of the Necrodancer with a Zelda Skin. This is a classic style Zelda game with some great rhythmic mechanics and an intriguing story. I lost count of how many hours I have spent playing this game and then they announced a new DLC for Cadence of Hyrule and I was ecstatic to explore the musical land of Hyrule once again as Octavo, Skull Kid, Dark link and more!
The DLC Pack also includes a new dungeon mode as well as the ability to pick and choose your music for each character and level. With the music being so amazing, this was definitely worth the purchase! The dungeon mode is full of challenges and the new stories add more game time to your adventure.
Symphony of the Mask is an entirely new map and adventure starring the infamous Skull Kid. You collect a variety of masks that allow you to do certain skills and talents. Think of this as the Dark World from A Link to the Past. The world is in a dangerous state and the Skull Kid will be the one to bring peace and harmony to the land of Hyrule!
Overall, the addition of this DLC brought the game back to life and I honestly believe it needs more spotlight. It is one of the most unique games I have ever experienced and highly recommend it to anyone looking for that Zelda fix while we wait with baited breath for that eventual Breath of the Wild Sequel.
Cadence of Hyrule Feat. The Legend of Zelda Review:
Initial Release: June 19, 2019
Pricing: $39.99 USD
Category: Adventure, Music, Action
Players: up to 2 players
Whether you love Zelda or Crypt of the NecroDancer, Cadence of Hyrule is the best of both worlds. While the base game felt a little on the short side at launch, since then, with the addition of a but with the free update and Season Pass content, it has become so much more. Cadence truly is a game filled with Zelda love and lore that the only way to get the most out of Cadence of Hyrule, is to play it over and over and over again.