Free Cadence of Hyrule demo now available

Try before you buy.

If you’re on the fence about picking up Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda for Nintendo Switch, you’ll be happy to hear a free demo of the game is now available. If you’ve never played Crypt of the NecroDancer, the free Cadence of Hyrule demo is a great introduction to how Brace Yourself Games combines elements of roguelike dungeon crawling and rhythm mechanics.

Free Cadence of Hyrule demo now available

On Twitter, Nintendo tweeted about the demo and how it’s available starting today, August 9, on the eShop. The demo is completely free and gives players the opportunity to get a feel for how Cadence of Hyrule is played without having to purchase the full game for $24.99. Of course, if you love what you see in the demo, we highly recommend grabbing a copy of Cadence of Hyrule.

The gameplay is similar to Brace Yourself Games’ other title, Crypt of the NecroDancer, though the landscape feels more diverse. The key differences between Cadence of Hyrule and Crypt of the NecroDancer is that Legend of Zelda characters, music, and themes have been added to Cadence of Hyrule along with unique story elements.

Furthermore, the soundtrack itself is phenomenal, offering new takes on classic Zelda tunes like Gerudo Valley. If you’re not a huge fan of the rhythm mechanics, you can always turn them off for a more traditional RPG experience. Because of the game’s roguelike properties, there’s high replay value to Cadence of Hyrule as well.

The game will take most players around 4-7 hours to beat depending on your approach, leaving plenty of time to complete Cadence of Hyrule before moving on to other games coming out this month like Astral Chain. Overall, we strongly encourage Switch gamers to check out the free demo of Cadence of Hyrule which is available now via the Nintendo eShop. If you enjoy it, we definitely feel Cadence of Hyrule to be well worth the $24.99 purchase price, even with its relatively short completion time.

Morgan is a writer, indie game lover, and socially awkward coffee addict. Need something? Morgan can be reached at or if you like, you can say hello using GIFs on Twitter.

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