I’ve played a bit over an hour of Cadence of Hyrule, the new Zelda game that released today after receiving a release date during Nintendos E3 2019 Direct. It looks like Zelda, sounds like Zelda and probably smells like Zelda, but it’s worth warning the wary, it does not play like Zelda at all.
Cadence of Hyrles full title is ‘Cadence of Hyrule — Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda’ and the featuring Zelda in the full title there is very important. Although you can play as both Zelda and Link, and wander Hyrule slaying creatures Zelda fans will all recognise, this is not a new 2D Zelda game with a twist, it is a new Crypt of the Necromancer game.
Crypt of the Necromancer is, as of writing, currently on sale on Nintendo Switch and I’d suggest you pick that up before Cadence of Hyrule to get an understand of the gameplay and if you’ll like it. Cadence is nearly $35 and at that price, worth making sure you know what you’re getting.
I hadn’t played Crypt before, but had seen enough videos to understand the general gist of the gameplay. Still, it took me a good hour to feel like I somewhat knew what I was doing.