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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: 22 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 0 out of 22
  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 6, 2018
    92
    Quotation forthcoming.
  3. 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.
  4. Aug 6, 2018
    90
    A stellar action platformer with gorgeous presentation and excellent combat. Punishing but worth it.
  5. 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.
  6. Aug 6, 2018
    90
    Dead Cells is fast-paced, slick, action-packed and pitched just right in terms of difficulty. This is paired with a ridiculously addictive upgrade loop and drool-worthy animations, combining to deliver a roguelike which can stand tall alongside greats like Spelunky.
  7. Aug 13, 2018
    80
    Dead Cells is a successful experiment, which stands out very well in the current landscape. A tough and multi-faceted experience. Whether you are passionate about roguelite or Metroidvania it doesn’t matter, in Dead Cells you will surely find a great adventure.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  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. Aug 8, 2018
    9
    Muy buen juego algo frustrante cuando mueres y pierdes todo pero quieres seguir jugando con lo poco que te queda
  3. Aug 15, 2018
    9
    Dead Cells is superb. It's the little things that make it great. There's a light-hearted personality that emerges from your character wheneverDead Cells is superb. It's the little things that make it great. There's a light-hearted personality that emerges from your character whenever he emotes. Fast travel teleporters are perfectly placed to bring you immediately back into the action. The lack of collision damage requires you to approach encounters differently. The developers even included a wonderful option to change what the food looks like so you can make the dropped recovery items reflect your vegetarian tendencies. But Dead Cells also nails the big things. Just playing this game is extremely entertaining and it's so incredibly easy to find yourself playing it again and again. There is so much to love with Dead Cells. The few flaws here are so easily overlooked while admiring Dead Cells' magnificent whole. I will continue to come back to it the same way I do The Binding of Isaac. As the years pass, many games will come and go, but I can confidently say that Dead Cells will remain part of my life for a long time. Expand
  4. Aug 7, 2018
    8
    There are amazing cutscenes and dialogues with yourself and with other characters in the game worth seeing. This reminds me of the past whenThere are amazing cutscenes and dialogues with yourself and with other characters in the game worth seeing. This reminds me of the past when gamers used to be determined to complete a level stage to unlock the next cutscene feeding you more from the story of the game. Expand