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  • Summary: Dead Cells puts you in control of a failed alchemic experiment trying to figure out what's happening on a sprawling, ever-changing and seemingly cursed Island. Tough but fair combat, responsive controls, challenging foes, permadeath and of course, the emergency panic roll to get you out ofDead Cells puts you in control of a failed alchemic experiment trying to figure out what's happening on a sprawling, ever-changing and seemingly cursed Island. Tough but fair combat, responsive controls, challenging foes, permadeath and of course, the emergency panic roll to get you out of trouble, make for a demanding, visceral and cathartic action game.

    Experience a roguevania, mixing an interconnected world, branching paths and unlockable skills with the constant adrenaline-pumping threat of permadeath. No checkpoints. You either vanquish the final boss in one go, or you try again. However, you keep some of your progress for successive runs; new paths you've unlocked, access to new levels, mutations, abilities and weapons.

    Speaking of weapons, Dead Cells features a plethora of ways to slay your enemies. A large variety of swords, bows and of course spells, but also whips, grenades and turrets, each one with its own unique twist. Plus, mutations and scrolls allow you to build and customize your character differently with each and every run.

    At the end of the day though, it's your skills as a player that matter most! Roguelites are about constantly sharpening your skills, until what was an insurmountable obstacle becomes a walk in the park. Patience, you'll get better! ... eventually.

    FEATURES:

    * Roguevania: The progressive exploration of an interconnected world, with the replayability of a rogue-lite and the adrenaline pumping threat of permadeath.

    * 2D Souls-lite Action: Tough but fair combat, the iconic dodge roll, more than 90 weapons and spells with unique gameplay... The unforgiving action wed to the absence of any kind of safety net makes for an adrenalin pumping ride each and every run.

    * Nonlinear Progression: Sewers, Ossuary or Ramparts? Once unlocked, special permanent abilities allow you to access new paths to reach your objective. Opt for the path that suits your current build, your play style, or just your mood.

    * Exploration: Secret rooms, hidden passages, charming landscapes. Take a moment to stroll the towers and breath in that fresh sea mist infused air.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Sep 12, 2018
    100
    I simply cannot think of anything that would make the Dead Cells game experience better. Its hard but not unfair, runs like a dream and plays like a lump of Teflon draped in silk. You need to play this game, and the retro graphics, while they may not be to everyone’s taste, really suit it, ensuring that it is just a pleasure to play.
  2. Aug 6, 2018
    100
    Dead Cells is easily the best rogue-lite action-platformer game this gen. Developer Motion Twin’s care and attention to not only the game’s visual and audio detail, but its wonderfully developed multi-tiered systems, goes hand in glove to produce an outstanding experience throughout. The sheer amount of enemy, weaponry and functional variety within is as dizzying as it is impressive. Simply put, Dead Cells is epic.
  3. 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.
  4. Aug 6, 2018
    90
    An excellent action platformer with a nice roguelike touch. A mix of Castlevania and Rogue Legacy that controls superb, entertains a lot and is as beautiful as deep on its gameplay side.
  5. Aug 7, 2018
    90
    An excellent bidimensional action game with exquisite artwork and very good control system. It could suck hours and hours of your time if you give it a chance (and you should).
  6. Aug 27, 2018
    89
    From progression to combat to its strange world filled with secrets to find and items to discover - Dead Cells is a game one could easily savour and come back to for months. And when compared to the classics that inspired its design, that’s just about the perfect outcome too.
  7. 78
    Unapologetically tough, brilliantly slick and well put together, Dead Cells is a roguelike platformer that will put you to the test. And you'll probably end up enjoying (almost) every minute of it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Oct 8, 2018
    10
    This is a Metroidvania combined with a bit of Bloodborne and Super Mario Bros (yes SMB 1, but with only one life), made me remember my youngThis is a Metroidvania combined with a bit of Bloodborne and Super Mario Bros (yes SMB 1, but with only one life), made me remember my young me playing Super Mario Bros for the very first time. The feeling of achievement and the planing of every run makes it like no other modern game. Expand
  2. Sep 9, 2018
    9
    With its beautifully twisted take on the Metroidvania formula, Dead Cells is at once one of the most frustrating and most satisfying gamesWith its beautifully twisted take on the Metroidvania formula, Dead Cells is at once one of the most frustrating and most satisfying games I’ve ever played. At times, the game is nothing short of brutal, and you’ll feel like someone, somewhere, has a vendetta against you; stick with it, though, because when the stars align, and everything goes your way, the pay-off is absolutely incredible. Given that such rewarding gameplay is coupled here with some of the most aesthetically pleasing pixelscapes going, there is very little to fault in Dead Cells; we feel it is only right, however, that we deduct a few points for the repetitive strain injury suffered, and – of course – for the controllers which sadly perished along the way. Expand
  3. Oct 7, 2018
    9
    Nice roguelike with great music and atmosphere. Dark souls in 2D. Not very hard, but very intresting game.
  4. Aug 19, 2018
    9
    The game has a decent story I just didn’t think it had enough and in the end you start to realise that the story is a little on the bare side.The game has a decent story I just didn’t think it had enough and in the end you start to realise that the story is a little on the bare side. Does Dead Cells do enough to get a recommendation from me? Dead Cells is one of the most interesting and exciting game’s I’ve experienced so far this year and I don’t mind admitting that I didn’t expect to enjoy the game as much as I did. There is just so much that stands out in this game that’s it hard to pick what my favourite thing was, which obviously isn’t a bad thing at all and in the end as far as rogue-like adventures go this is up there with the very best and even if you only have a slight interest in this specific genre then Dead Cells definitely has to take a place in your game library. Expand
  5. Sep 29, 2018
    8
    A game that I find myself putting hours upon hours into and for good reason: It is a very enjoyable experience. The combat is sleek and veryA game that I find myself putting hours upon hours into and for good reason: It is a very enjoyable experience. The combat is sleek and very fast paced and the level design and enemies help make it better. Expand
  6. Sep 30, 2018
    8
    This game is the dark souls of alchemy experiments gone wrong, meaning you have to fight in a permadeath Metroidvania. Good game 8/10