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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: 36 out of 54
  2. Negative: 9 out of 54
  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 8, 2018
    9
    Muy buen juego algo frustrante cuando mueres y pierdes todo pero quieres seguir jugando con lo poco que te queda
  4. Nov 6, 2019
    8
    I love this game even if I feel it has a few flaws with the progression and combat. First off, it's not a Metroidvania. Its more like aI love this game even if I feel it has a few flaws with the progression and combat. First off, it's not a Metroidvania. Its more like a Castlevania game mashed with Dark Souls aesthetic and the progression of a roguelike. This game's pixel art is amazing, with so much detail that its honesty stunning at times, espessially the backgrounds. There's not much to exploring the world beyond getting more gold and cells, its more about getting to the next doorway and killing all those who oppose your journey. When you die, you go all the way back to the beginning and loose all currency and weapons on you. If you don't like to die a lot in video games, don't get this one. Dying is necessary in this game, and its basically how you get stronger. I feel this is where the game falters a little bit, it would be nice if you started back after the last boss, rather than the very beginning of the game, that way it doesn't feel as grindy and repetitive. That's basically my only complaint because, honestly, this game is amazing. Totally worth a buy, especially if you love roguelikes and hack-n-slashes. Expand
  5. 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
  6. 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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  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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