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9.5 / 10.0
Aug 11, 2018

Dead Cells fuses breakneck motion with an emphasis on risk-and-reward for an incredibly engaging action-platformer.

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Recommended
Aug 7, 2018

The Metroidvania at its best: a swaggering role-playing beat-'em-up that's very easy on the eyes and dense with secrets.

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90 / 100
Aug 6, 2018

A stellar action platformer with gorgeous presentation and excellent combat. Punishing but worth it.

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8 / 10
Aug 8, 2018

One of the best made Metroidvanias of recent years, but despite all the clever inspiration taken from other games it's a shame it doesn't have more unique ideas of its own.

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8 / 10.0
Aug 6, 2018
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9 / 10.0
Aug 6, 2018

The reward loops are addictive and continually open up new things for the player to explore

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Unscored
Aug 6, 2018

Perhaps my favorite part of the experience is how mastering the different systems let you slip into a state of flow. The game is never relaxing, but like driving in the real world you'll often find yourself zoning out with your thoughts as you use a variety of skills that begin to feel like second nature.

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9 / 10
Aug 6, 2018

Dead Cells is an incredibly satisfying mishmash of genres that's more than the sum of its parts.

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Unscored
Aug 6, 2018

When a game is as finely tuned as Dead Cells, that tuning is all it needs. I've found its punishing, live-die-repeat rhythm plenty engrossing without a narrative wrapper, to the point that more of a story might just be a distraction.

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Aug 6, 2018

The field of indie roguelike Metroidvanias is littered with competition, but Dead Cells stands out by focusing on movement and combat. None of its peers feel as good in their moment-to-moment play.

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9 / 10.0
Aug 6, 2018

Then it's time to repeat the process again, experimenting with a wild newfound power that's unlocked after completion and items I've never used before. I'll probably be doing that for longer than any roguelike in recent memory.

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93 / 100
Aug 16, 2018

Dead Cells is a candidate for the best indie game of 2018. It does everything right: it's a well-made mix of genres that has personality and is capable of entertaining us for hours

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9 / 10.0
Aug 6, 2018

Dead Cells brings us a challenging adventure, full of action, which also merges several different genres. In the end, It provides a playable conflation as attractive as it is addictive.

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10 / 10
Aug 6, 2018

With incredibly satisfying gameplay, a constant stream of unlocks, and a world that challenge every cell of your being, Dead Cells is a must own for anyone who likes even one aspect of what has been mentioned here. Every success will fill you with endorphins, every failure will inspire you to get better. When you finally take out the final boss you will be elated. It is here that Dead Cells lets you know that it is just the begining, there are a few more go around yet, and each one gets harder and harder. This is the kind of game that can last you forever, you just have to let it beat you in the head a few times.

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9 / 10
Aug 6, 2018

I'm not a big Metroidvania guy, but Dead Cells managed to conjure up the same feelings I had when I played Super Mario World, Portal, and Stalker: Shadow of Chernobyl.

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9 / 10.0
Aug 7, 2018

An excellent bidimensional action game with exquisite artwork and very good control system. It could suck hours and hours of your time if you give it a chance (and you should).

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9 / 10.0
Aug 6, 2018

An excellent action platformer with a nice roguelike touch. A mix of Castlevania and Rogue Legacy that controls superb, entertains a lot and is as beautiful as deep on its gameplay side.

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Aug 6, 2018

Dead Cells takes some of the very best ideas from Rouge-lite and Metroidvania titles to make an action packed platformer that smartly allows the player to unravel the game's secrets.

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9.5 / 10.0
Aug 6, 2018

An impeccably crafted rogue-like adventure that feels genuinely unique in a crowded genre

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8 / 10
Aug 6, 2018

Dead Cells is, at times, constrained by the genres it so heavily draws from, but its vibrant pixel art, furious combat, and rigorous execution make for a winning formula all its own.

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