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Dead Cells Review

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Posted: 2 weeks ago, last updated 9 days ago.

Author: @JonahMonaghan and @GeekDadGamer.

OverviewOverview

Dead Cells is a running, jumping and fighting game where are escaping a prison. In a bright pixilated 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

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 10/05/2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Role-Playing

Developer: @MotionTwin

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: 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.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

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. This game is free with Xbox Game Pass.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

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 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.

AccessibilityAccessibility

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.

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Save Anytime: The game automatically saves progress or you can save any time, and not lose progress.

Assistance

View Control Mapping: You can view a map of controls during play.

View Game Map: View a map of the game world during play, with points of interest and missions highlighted throughout entire game.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Simple Minimal Reading: Minimal reading is required.

Any spoken content has subtitles: All spoken content has subtitles, or there is no speech in the game.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Multiple Buttons & Single Stick: Can play with multiple buttons and a stick.

Mouse And Keyboard

Keyboard Alone: Can play with just the keyboard.

Mouse and Keys: Can play with mouse and multiple keys.

Two Motions Targeted: Play with touchscreen, two simultaneous taps, swipes or hold gesture.

Remap Controls

You can customise the controls for the game as follows:

Remap Buttons: Re-map all buttons/keys.

Remap Mouse and Keyboard: Remap mouse and keyboard.

Remap One Action to Multiple Buttons: Map multiple buttons to a single action.

Remap Game Menu Access: You can remap buttons to pause and access game menu.

No Simultaneous Buttons: Only one button or key required at a time, in addition to direction.

Image

How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

No Flashes: No flashing strobe effects or you can disable them.

Clear Interface: The game navigation, maps and information are clear to read, large or adjustable.

Audio

How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Customise Audio Levels: Control volume levels of specific events and elements in the game.

Visual Cues for Audio Events: Text or other visual indicators of audio events.

Play Without Hearing: No audio cues are necessary to play the game well

System Settings

Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this. Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: @JonahMonaghan


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