Long ago, lost in the mists of time, there existed a period before Early Access. In that backward stone age, physically packaged discs or snail-paced internet connections allowed players to try a sliver of gameplay from their most anticipated upcoming releases. These "demos" became a small subgenre all their own, sometimes possessing features or entertaining bugs the final version of the game lacked. However, as the eons passed, demos were slowly phased out by public betas and Early Access development cycles. The golden age of demos has certainly concluded, but some rare examples can still be found for certain games.
Canadian studio Brace Yourself Games have released a demo for their delightful musical romp Cadence of Hyrule. The developers of Crypt of the Necrodancer had originally approached Nintendo to create DLC for their game themed after The Legend of Zelda and got the green light. As the project took shape, it slowly expanded in scope until Brace Yourself Games found itself developing an entire standalone title set within The Legend of Zelda universe. It also serves as a sequel of sorts to Crypt of the Necrodancer itself with the protagonist from the first game finding herself transported to a Hyrule in need of a hero.
Cadence of Hyrule takes the beat-hopping mechanics from Crypt of the Necrodancer and applies it to a classic top-down The Legend of Zelda title. The grid-based world requires players hop from square to square in time with the boppin' rhythms of revamped tunes familiar to fans of the Zelda series. Attacks must also be timed alongside maneuvers. Being able to master movement and offense paves the way for players to unlock new weapons, movement options, items, and upgrades. Players will have to use their entire arsenal of abilities to defeat the four lieutenants of Octavo and learn his secrets.
The demo offers players the opportunity to learn the mechanics, solve some puzzles, and gather power on their way to defeat the first of the game's bosses. If you're interested in checking it out for yourself, you can download the demo for Cadence of Hyrule from the eShop. It originally launched last week region locked for European audiences, but now the demo is available in North America, as well. If you are on the fence about Cadence of Hyrule, now is the best time to pop in the demo and see if the sweet soundtrack and gameplay mechanics are your jam.
If you crave more Cadence of Hyrule content, be sure to catch this discussion of how games can just be joyful and good - and how sometimes that's all we need them to be at certain moments in our lives.
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