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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: 62 out of 85
  2. Negative: 11 out of 85
  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. Jun 22, 2020
    10
    I love the fluidity of the movements and the ridiculous amount of item and skill combinations.
  3. Sep 24, 2020
    9
    This game is absolutely awesome, despite a few balancing flaws (timed rooms giving items of II+ to IV+ quality, maybe slashers). The Bad SeedThis game is absolutely awesome, despite a few balancing flaws (timed rooms giving items of II+ to IV+ quality, maybe slashers). The Bad Seed DLC is difficult on hard mode, but not too difficult, Mama Tick being one of the only problems with this DLC (at least on hard mode, never played it on normal). This game is an adrenaline inducing fast paced Roguelite game that has a wide variety of weapons, mutations, and ways to play the game, almost all playstyles are viable. Even without DLC, this game is amazing with a few map progression paths where you can take different paths to make it to High Peak Castle, and then the throne room. This game has replay-ability to the point where you could do a nonstop no death 1-5 bc run with the 5th boss cell fighting the true final boss. In short, you should buy this game. Expand
  4. Jun 21, 2020
    8
    Replayable fast platformer with challenging bosses. Works perfect on Ubuntu 18.04. Notebook with Intel® HD Graphics 4400 is enough.
  5. Mar 2, 2021
    8
    Pretty fun rogue-like game. I like the artstyle and the combat is good. It had some metroid-vania elements in the beginning which made itPretty fun rogue-like game. I like the artstyle and the combat is good. It had some metroid-vania elements in the beginning which made it interesting but after all the powerups were gathered it felt like the game didn't progress enough so I kinda lost interest after around 20 hours.

    A good game but I'd personally prefer something like Enter the Gungeon over it.
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  6. Nov 23, 2020
    7
    Nice fast paced rouge-lite for the beginners in the genre. Not as good as Isaac or Hollow Knight though. Beginning is too easy (I made it allNice fast paced rouge-lite for the beginners in the genre. Not as good as Isaac or Hollow Knight though. Beginning is too easy (I made it all up to the throne room on my first run), then it feels pointless killing the same enemies over and over again. I wish it wasn't as repetitive. Expand
  7. Oct 13, 2020
    0
    The devs went straight into my ignore list, since it's obvious that whatever they do in the future it's absolutely impossible for them toThe devs went straight into my ignore list, since it's obvious that whatever they do in the future it's absolutely impossible for them to create anything I'd enjoy spending time on. What makes people like playing same levels over and over again? To me, it's just boring as hell. Expand

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