Don’t be afraid to die in this 2D action game
Dead Cells is a roguelike action platformer video game where death is not the end. Developed by Motion Twin and published by Playdigious for mobile, this Metroidvania-styled game features a challenging platformer experience with progressive exploration in a procedurally-generated map, frantic 2D combat, and the constant threat of permadeath. You can use different weapons and spells whenever, and return to previous areas, but there are no checkpoints to save at.
Bust out again and again
Dead Cells takes place in an ever-changing castle on an island. You play as the Prisoner, an immortal slime-like creature that takes control of a corpse. To escape the castle dungeons, you must fight your way out against dangerous monsters and eventually beat boss enemies called Keepers. Unfortunately, your body can easily be killed—which means easily losing all your collected items. Luckily, constant resurrection means having the advantage of learning how to defeat your opponents.
The mobile version works mostly the same as the original: kill enemies, traverse areas, collect cells to unlock permanent power-ups, learn your enemies’ patterns, die, and repeat. The permadeath system here is slightly similar to Dark Souls, but its interconnected world design delivers high replayability. You can approach the game any way you want—either explore every area, pass through specific paths that suit your current playstyle, or just rush through the monsters.
However, this version vastly with its revamped interface. There are now two game modes: Original and Auto-Hit. The latter simply takes care of the melee attacks. You have touchscreen controls—like swiping to dodge—and custom options that you can adjust—like the buttons’ position and size on the screen. These have icons that easily tell you what they’re for. You can also use external controllers. Plus, there are daily challenges available, if you’ve beaten the game.
A phenomenal version
Overall, Dead Cells became popular for a good reason, and this port is a great way to spread its challenging but fun side-scroller rogue-lite adventure. While there may be some visual glitches and device or controller incompatibility, it’s mostly amazing enough for fans to enjoy on mobile and new players to get introduced to. This is a highly recommended title in the roguelike genre.