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Video GameDead Cells Review
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Posted: 19 months ago, last updated 8 months ago.

Author: @JonahMonaghan, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Dead Cells is a running, jumping and fighting game where you are escaping a prison. In a bright pixelated world you must accurately time attacks and dodges to defeat a wide range of enemies. It's intentionally hard, and you will die a lot. But each time you do you can start again with more knowledge and weapon options.

In each level you hack and slash your way to an exit, balancing your resources. The structure and layout of levels is different each time to play, making no two attempts alike. This means that progressing in the game is not just limited to how well you can memorize different levels but rather how you can adapt to situations, learn the mechanics and understand how to prioritise your time and resources.

As you progress through multiple attempts you find a variety of unique items and abilities, most of which, will be lost when you die. A part of the challenge is choosing which weapons to keep, develop and which to discard. Between each level, you can purchase permanent upgrades which you keep when you die. But again, care is needed to upgrade items that will make a difference as each upgrade is expensive.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 10/05/2017, updated in 2018

Price: 40% off

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Role-Play

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Deep Night Fr (@DeepNightFr)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 5 minutes and 1 and a half hours to play a round of this game. Each escape attempt can end abruptly. Equally, a good run can last a long time.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16+ for frequent depictions of arcade violence with blood. This is a 2.5D platform game in which each and every character encountered by the player’s character can be killed by a myriad of different weapons. When a character is killed it will explode in a cloud red pixelated blood.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB TEEN for Blood, Gore, Language, and Violence. From a side-scrolling perspective, players explore platform environments while engaging in frenetic melee-style combat against fantastical creatures (e.g., skeletons, giant leeches, goblins). Players use punches, kicks, and gadgets (e.g., flame-thrower traps, grenades, arrow turrets) to kill enemies. Enemies emit large splatters of blood when injured/killed and sometimes break apart into bloody pieces; blood also stains the floors and walls of some areas. The word “sh*t” appears in the game.

Skill Rating

12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Although you could play to some degree at a younger age, to really enjoy (and master) the mechanics you need a relatively high level of skill.

CostsCosts

Dead Cells usually costs £19.99 to £26.99. 

Dead Cells

Dead Cells: The Fatal Seed Bundle

PlayStation Store PS4 £24.99
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. The game currently has three expansions for download each expansion adds more levels and items to the game. one of which is free:

- Rise of the Giant: Two new levels, two new bosses, more skins. (FREE)
- The Bad Seed: Two new levels, one new boss, much more items and content.
- Fatal Falls: New level, new ally, new enemies and items.

The mobile versions of the game have different prices than the console and PC versions.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Dead Cells Accessibility Report documents 19 accessibility features:
The accessibility listed was generated primarily from the PC version of the game. Other versions of the game offer different accessibility. For example, Dead Cells on iOS and Android offers an auto-attack mode, unavailable on PC, Xbox, and PS4.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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