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Generally favorable reviews- based on 518 Ratings

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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: 33 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Dec 31, 2018
    100
    Dead Cells is an adrenaline duty for every player. It gets you not only with a beautifully crafted dark world and countless weapons, but mostly with elaborated gameplay. [Issue#288]
  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 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. Games Master UK
    Sep 6, 2018
    90
    Smashes some of the best concepts of recent years into something new, brutal, and beautiful. [Oct 2018, p.74]
  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: 69 out of 94
  2. Negative: 11 out of 94
  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. Jul 21, 2020
    10
    This game is awesome, what more i can say? Ah, yeah... Carl! Where are my nuggets?
  3. Jul 9, 2020
    8
    This game is gorgeous, witty, violently fun, and I don't think I've ever had a bug or glitch. It's a roguelike, but still manages to have aThis game is gorgeous, witty, violently fun, and I don't think I've ever had a bug or glitch. It's a roguelike, but still manages to have a general world/story progression the more you play of it. There's a bunch of weapons and skills, they added outfits (!) and the easter eggs are both cute and offer little rewards. The difficulty curve is a little reminiscent of a brick wall next to another, much bigger brick wall, with a slight incline between them - and the areas will start to feel a bi over-familiar once you've played enough. But, it's worth getting to that point, for the best rougelike of 2018 and one of the better games of the decade. Expand
  4. Nov 20, 2021
    8
    динамичный геймплей, отличный саундтрек, разнообразие орудий и мобов, множество локаций и боссов. играется легко и перепроходить игру можнодинамичный геймплей, отличный саундтрек, разнообразие орудий и мобов, множество локаций и боссов. играется легко и перепроходить игру можно много раз. Expand
  5. Jul 15, 2021
    7
    Pretty fun roguelike, the music is pretty good, the aesthetic is awesome. The gameplay feels smooth and is a lot of fun. I really like thePretty fun roguelike, the music is pretty good, the aesthetic is awesome. The gameplay feels smooth and is a lot of fun. I really like the huge variety of items and abilities that are available. But because there are limits to how much you can have at once I feel like I lost interest in Dead Cells much faster than ROR2 or Hades because you can't keep stacking into a god run. Expand
  6. Jul 19, 2020
    0
    Awful game and community. Do not recommend to anyone. There are many better rouge lite games out there. This is just poor man's dark souls

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