Metascore
90

Universal acclaim - based on 22 Critics

Critic 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 10, 2018
    95
    Dead Cells is rewarding in its flexibility in a way few games are. Each easily digestible run through its beautifully detailed and shifting levels instills a feeling of discovery and familiarity. It goads you to push the limits of your ability, and mercilessly crushes you when you get too comfortable. There are layers of strategy and tactics buried not only in the immediate choices you make, but in the grander metagame each run builds toward.
  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
    92
    Dead Cells is the perfect mix between a metroidvania and a roguelike. It stands out despite the ruthless competitors on the market.
  5. Aug 6, 2018
    92
    Quotation forthcoming.
  6. Aug 13, 2018
    90
    Quotation forthcoming.
  7. Aug 10, 2018
    90
    Quotation forthcoming.
  8. Aug 10, 2018
    90
    An addictive and punishing romp that rewards creative builds and cool heads under immense (and constant) pressure.
  9. Aug 9, 2018
    90
    I’m not a big Metroidvania guy, but Dead Cells managed to conjure up the same feelings I had when I played Super Mario World, Portal, and Stalker: Shadow of Chernobyl. It isn’t perfect, but no game is. It evokes feelings that remind me why I fell in love with video games in the first place.
  10. 90
    Dead Cells is a voracious roguelike metroidvania platformer that threatens to consume all the extra hours of your life — and then a few more, for good measure.
  11. Aug 7, 2018
    90
    Dead Cells is an example of how to do things right in so many ways. How to do Early Access. How to listen to your community. How to take inspiration from games while growing into your own style. It also happens to be the best time to jump in and ride the content train that’s sure to keep rolling for a long time to come.
  12. 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.
  13. Aug 6, 2018
    90
    Dead Cells is an excellent, challenging "roguevania" that encourages player experimentation and exploration across its beautiful levels.
  14. 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.
  15. Aug 6, 2018
    90
    Dead Cells comes screaming out of its prison cell strong. Things slow down a bit as the progression system and run repetition set in, but the moment-to-moment action stays fantastic all the way through.
  16. Aug 6, 2018
    90
    A stellar action platformer with gorgeous presentation and excellent combat. Punishing but worth it.
  17. Aug 6, 2018
    90
    Dead Cells is a phenomenal effort to blend together some very disparate genres into a tight, cohesive whole. It's one of the better examples of how to remix ideas without losing their individual strengths.
  18. Aug 8, 2018
    87
    Addictive, punitive as never before and very fast, Dead Cells is a title that mixes two kinds of poles apart, but it does so by building foundations that are difficult to demolish.
  19. Aug 12, 2018
    85
    Quotation forthcoming.
  20. Aug 10, 2018
    85
    Dead Cells can be unbalanced and unfair at times and after 25-30 hours the fatigue from repetition and grinding becomes noticeable, but overall its gratifying, fluidly animated combat, many builds and branching levels will you keep engaged for that time, if not more.
  21. Aug 10, 2018
    83
    Challenging action in a beautiful pixel world with loads of interesting weapons and a slightly misbalanced repetition per hour ratio.
  22. 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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  1. Blisteringly fast when it needs to be, challenging without being frustrating, and packed with sharp, fatal toys, Dead Cells doesn’t keep you on your toes, it keeps you on your toenails.
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 54 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 54
  2. Negative: 5 out of 54
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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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  3. Aug 8, 2018
    9
    Muy buen juego algo frustrante cuando mueres y pierdes todo pero quieres seguir jugando con lo poco que te queda