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  • Summary: Dead Cells is a rogue-lite, metroidvania action-platformer. You'll explore a sprawling, ever-changing castle... assuming you’re able to fight your way past its keepers in 2D souls-lite combat. No checkpoints. Kill, die, learn, repeat.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Aug 6, 2018
    98
    Dead Cells is a masterpiece. It is the marriage and apotheosis of decades of Metroidvania design and the surging popularity of difficult Roguelike games. It is exquisite in all ways. It looks phenomenal. It plays like a dream. It makes you want to keep coming back even when you fail.
  2. Aug 16, 2018
    92
    Dead Cells is the ideal mix between metroidvania and roguelite, enhanced by a solid, fast and practically perfect arcade action, with a range of skills and weapons able to infuse a unique flavor to any adventure.
  3. Aug 6, 2018
    90
    A stellar action platformer with gorgeous presentation and excellent combat. Punishing but worth it.
  4. Aug 6, 2018
    90
    A beautiful, challenging game that is supremely polished in every area. A fantastic blend of tactical combat mixed with metroidvania style progression. Combined with an interesting and very quirky setting makes it a compelling package overall.
  5. Aug 24, 2018
    90
    Dead Cells is nothing less than a quintessential roguelike platformer. All of its individual elements are of top quality, from the highly responsive controls to the well-thought randomization of its varied levels. Be prepared for a lot of "one more run".
  6. Aug 31, 2018
    85
    Dead Cells, despite its hardcore leanings, is not game that makes you slam your keyboard with a fist or throw your gamepad at a wall when you miss a jump or die. Combat and platforming elements are top-notch, and mistakes is the best possible experience you’ll get here. Don’t worry, you’ll get back whatever stuff you lost in 30 minutes or less.
  7. Sep 10, 2018
    70
    Dead Cells is an absolute blast when the stars align, but that only happens every four or five runs. Everything else feels like a waste of time. I truly don't understand the phenomenon behind this game. Compared to its ilk, Dead Cells is just less.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 21
  2. Negative: 5 out of 21
  1. Aug 10, 2018
    10
    If you're an oldschool gamer whose like pixel art, you will become completely passionate for Dead Cells! It's a metroidvania-like game, withIf you're an oldschool gamer whose like pixel art, you will become completely passionate for Dead Cells! It's a metroidvania-like game, with randomized levels! (which is somekind innovative). The soudtrack is gorgeous as well for the graphics!

    Progression - 11 Impeccable level design.
    Soundtrack - 11 Really superb the amount of depth nuances of the soundtracks.
    Gameplay - 9 Such variety and nice mechanics like parry, evade and throwables.
    Graphics - 10 Retro pixel graphics very detailed, both landscapes and sprites.
    FunFactor - 8 Slow progression but it's fun and rewarding to play, each upgrade on the same criteria diminish the HP potential whose incourage the use of mixed set progression

    Final Score: 9.8/10
    One of the best games of 2018 for sure!
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  2. Sep 30, 2018
    10
    Probably the best game this year! Didn't play it in early access, but have been playing it a lot since it got released. No wonder why thisProbably the best game this year! Didn't play it in early access, but have been playing it a lot since it got released. No wonder why this game is the highest rated game in the last 90 days and the second highest PC game in 2018. Expand
  3. Aug 31, 2018
    9
    ead Cells is nothing less than a quintessential roguelike platformer. All of its individual elements are of top quality, from the highlyead Cells is nothing less than a quintessential roguelike platformer. All of its individual elements are of top quality, from the highly responsive controls to the well-thought randomization of its varied leve Expand
  4. Nov 18, 2018
    8
    On of the greatest metroidvanias existed. And it's constantly updating. Very beautiful art design and interesting game.
  5. Sep 1, 2018
    6
    First off let me mention that could not get my controller to work for this game... yeah thats basically a deal breaker cant buy a controllerFirst off let me mention that could not get my controller to work for this game... yeah thats basically a deal breaker cant buy a controller for every game. And im fairly experienced with computers so if i cant get it to work its incompetence on the developers side.
    Suspect its lot easier to play with one

    Not a fan of the music its not terrible but these type of game can live of the music alone if its good enough, this game it does not sink the game but does not help it either.

    Sadly while the controls are decent i dont die in epic boss fights its very simple mistakes from attrition of 30 very simple enemies from being to much in a hurry or just getting tired.
    Makes me think that maybe i gave cuphead to bad a grade since im really missing the big boss fights in this game were you can use skill to do some impressive things.
    I keep dying of things like slipping on a toilet seat and banging my head and it just makes me depressed rather then looking forward to trying it again since did not actually die on a hard thing its just doing easy things over and over without mistakes.
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  6. Sep 22, 2018
    6
    Astonishing audiovisual experience, absolutely pixel art masterpiece, unfortunately totaly ruined with absence of saving and unbalancedAstonishing audiovisual experience, absolutely pixel art masterpiece, unfortunately totaly ruined with absence of saving and unbalanced gameplay. Combination of underpowered and overpowered weapons and skill make gameplay random based. If there would be saving (eg. on each teleport portal) and possibility to buy weapon and skill directly (remove the stupid blueprint method) it would be 10/10. Expand
  7. Sep 6, 2018
    0
    Even so, perseverance has its rewards. With experience comes knowledge of which weapons and encounters to prioritise, which routes to take,Even so, perseverance has its rewards. With experience comes knowledge of which weapons and encounters to prioritise, which routes to take, and how to get back to those tricky boss battles faster. When it all starts to come together, frustration fades and your love affair with Dead Cells' phenomenal fundamentals can start all over again. Expand

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