The demo appeared today on the Japan E-Shop and later appeared on EU and US E-Shops. It is available to all owners of the Nintendo Switch that have access to the internet.
Cadence of Hyrule received fantastic reviews and was praised for the almost perfect melding of game franchises.
Much like Crypt of the Necrodancer, the player takes on the role of Cadence, Link, or Zelda as they traverse across the map to take down the four bosses before heading to the final castle (sound familiar?).
There are random elements in the game such as enemies, map layouts, and items that make the game fresh each time you play. Although the game has many rogue-like elements, it isn’t nearly as punishing as some of the other games in the genre.
Upon death in Cadence of Hyrule, you lose some items, but main items like the bow, hookshot, or harp will stay permanently with you throughout the playthrough.
For those that may call themselves rhythm-challenged, you are in luck, as Cadence of Hyrule allows you to turn on a free-beat mode.
This mode allows you to move freely of the beat without worrying about staying in rhythm. However, players must be careful as turning on this mode makes it so that enemies move when the player moves, adding a different layer of strategy to the game.
It also would not be a Zelda game (or a Crypt of the Necrodancer game) without amazing music, and Cadence of Hyrule has that in spades. Created by famous composer Danny Baranowsky, the remixes of popular Zelda songs will remain stuck in your head for weeks as you play through the game.
For anyone who missed out on this game or had a passing interest, the demo allows them to try before they buy the game at full price for $24.99.
Download the Cadence of Hyrule demo today on the Nintendo E-Shop.