Dead Cells is a strange delight of an action platformer
Dead Cells is a hybrid of roguelike and Metroidvania-style action platformer in which you take on the role of a blob of cells inhabiting a decapitated corpse. You'll battle your way through a series of levels, confronting different types of enemies and collecting weapons and power-ups along the way. You'll die a lot and be thrown back to the beginning of the game, but the challenge level is more roguelite than roguelike.
Blob into battle
Dead Cells is a beautiful game that combines a retrogame-inspired pixel art style with a grisly, Gothic aesthetic. The controls are simple and the procedurally-generated levels are challenging but enjoyable. Although the levels are slightly different each time, the basic concepts are the same; each level leads to the same subsequent level, and each includes the same challenges, but the precise details differ. Bosses and minions use pattern-based attacks, prompting comparisons to the Dark Souls games, but Dead Cells lacks their tooth-grinding difficulty. Playing the levels over doesn't feel as frustrating as it might, thanks not only to the procedural regeneration but also to the many hidden secrets.
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Fast-paced, good-looking and a little ridiculous, Dead Cells is a fun roguelite dungeon-bashing experience that incorporates the skill, timing and excitement of a Metroidvania action platformer. It's not too long or deep, but it's fun and compelling.