2019 oprainfall Awards: Best Music Game

Monday, February 17th, 2020

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When it comes to music games, 2019 wasn’t exactly brimming with options. But we here at oprainfall did have one game that struck a chord with us — and plenty of others, too. It’s a hybrid of a iconic series and a lesser known rhythm game series, and it just so happens to be an exclusive on the Nintendo Switch. That game is the only contender for Best Music Game in 2019, and it’ll put a spring in your step.

Cadence of Hyrule
Best Music Game | Cadence of Hyrule

NA Release Date: June 13th, 2019
Platform(s): Nintendo Switch

Cadence of Hyrule is one of those gems that you wonder why it wasn’t made sooner. The Legend of Zelda series has some (ahem) legendary music, and what better way to showcase the iconic works of Koji Kondo than through a rhythm game?

Developed by Brace Yourself Games and published by Nintendo, this roguelike adventure pairs the Legend of Zelda with Crypt of the NecroDancer, a rhythm-based dungeon crawler. Adventuring as either Link, Zelda, or the titular Cadence, players navigated through levels filled with Zelda-series monsters and backed by 25 familiar songs from the game, remixed for Cadence by Danny Baranowsky. The game features single and multi-player modes and the procedurally-generated dungeons offer plenty of replayability.

About Leah McDonald

Leah's been playing video games since her brother first bought an Atari back in the 1980s and has no plans to stop playing anytime soon. She enjoys almost every genre of game, with some of her favourites being Final Fantasy Tactics, Shadow of the Colossus, Suikoden II and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Leah lives on the East Coast with her husband and son.