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18 Great Games Like Dead Cells

These are hand-picked games similar to Dead Cells. Our experts have spent time searching for great games like Dead Cells. We don't use automatic matching, instead, we identify games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Dead Cells, or as younger rated alternatives for players not ready for PEGI 16+ or ESRB TEEN games. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

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.

Unfortunately, Dead Cells is not available on PS5 or Xbox Series X|S. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme, and at a lower age rating:

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

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases

Minecraft Dungeons

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 26/05/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Adventure

Developer: @DungeonsGame

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Minecraft Dungeons is an action-adventure game that takes place in the Minecraft universe. You explore various dungeons to complete missions and collect new gear by exploring and finding treasure chests, or by defeating enemies....

Celeste

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 23/01/2018, updated in 2018

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

Genres: Platform

Developer: @Exok_Games

Players: This is a single player game

This is a platform game that requires players to use jumping and climbing moves to ascend an increasingly challenging two-dimensional mountain. You play Madeline, who is, perhaps unsurprisingly, haunted by self-doubt at the task in hand. She presses on...

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Hades

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Hades

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 06/12/2018, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Fighting, Role-Playing and Shooting

Developer: @SupergiantGames

Players: This is a single player game

Hades is a shooting game where you battle your way through dungeons to escape hell and the clutches of Hades. You play as Zagreus, the son of Hades and through the game you'll meet many recognisable greek gods like Zeus, Athena and Posiedon who will try...

Dandara: Trials of Fear

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 23/01/2018, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @LongHatHouse

Players: This is a single player game

Dandara: Trials of Fear is a running, jumping and puzzle solving game where you play Dandra, the Afro-Brazilian warrior of the colonial period of Brazil. You can defy gravity to jump from wall to wall and ceilings to ceiling. This combines the action of...

Sifu

Expected Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5

Genres: Fighting, Narrative and Simulation

Developer: @Sloclap

Players: This is a single player game

Sifu is a martial arts fighting game with a flowing control system and ageing protagonist. You fight with Kung-Fu combat designed with impact and authenticity in mind.

Cuphead

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 29/09/2017, updated in 2019

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

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: @StudioMDHR

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online

Cuphead is a running, jumping and shooting game that looks like an old Mickey Mouse cartoon. You play on your own or with someone else and work across the screen, jumping gaps, shooting enemies and avoiding projectiles.

Hollow Knight (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 12/06/2018, updated in 2019

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Platform

Developer: @TeamCherryGames

Players: This is a single player game

Hollow Knight is a game where you run, jump, and battle your way through the underground kingdom of Hallownest. It’s not uncommon for platform games to invest in the environments through which you pass, but the haunting depths in this game contain...

Deep Rock Galactic

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 13/05/2020

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @GhostShip_Games

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Deep Rock Galactic is shooting game where you play a team of dwarves in a totally destructible world. You explore caves and battle enemy hordes that are different each time you play (like Left 4 Dead).

Hyper Light Drifter

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 31/03/2016, updated in 2019

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

Genres: Action, Role-Playing and Shooting

Developer: @HeartMachineZ

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Hyper Light Drifter is a fast action role-play game that combines exploration and puzzles with arcade style shooting. You play a Drifter who can access technology in a post-technological world. This grants access to upgradable energy weapons to help you...

Towerfall

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 25/06/2013

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Shooting

Developer: @Exok_Games

Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room

Each player selects a pixelated knight and fights to eliminate opponents by shooting them with arrows or jumping on their heads. The arena is a single shared screen. What makes it so competitive is the limited resource of arrows and the ability to dodge...

Risk of Rain 2

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 30/08/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Shooting

Developer: @HopooGames

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Risk of Rain 2 is a multiplayer adventure game where you have to fight to survive and escape a planet you've crash-landed on. It's formatted like a 'Roguelike' game: an iterative type of game that requires multiple goes to complete a level and where...

Lunark

Expected Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @CanariGames

Players: This is a single player game

Lunark is a platform game with simple pixilated graphics that tell a cinematic story. It's similar to games like Flashback that were popular in the 80s and 90s. You run, jump, hang, climb, roll, and shoot your way through mysterious alien ruins, a...

Ender Lillies: Quietus of the Knights

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 21/01/2021

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Developer: @LiveWire

Players: This is a single player game

Ender Lillies: Quietus of the Knights is a platform game based in a fictional world called Land's End. Rainfall has transformed all living things into monsters known as the Blighted. You control Lily, a bright white figure, who awakens as the last...

Mutant Mudds

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 26/01/2012, updated in 2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Players: This is a single player game

Mutant Mudds is a retro platform video game. It's unusual because it Is unforgiving and hard to play so presents a substantial challenge. Also, playing to the 3D feature of the Nintendo 3DS console, the game allows you to jump into the background of the...

Slay the Spire

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 15/11/2017

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

Genres: Adventure, Fighting, Role-Playing, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @MegaCrit

Players: This is a single player game

Slay the Spire is an adventure battle card game. You play one of four characters attempting to ascend a spire of multiple floors. You fight enemies and bosses by playing cards you have collected. You gain new cards as rewards from combat. With 100's to...

Colt Canyon

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 16/06/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Developer: @Retrific

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Colt Canyon is a pixel-styled shooting game where you play a cowboy, whose mission is to save his kidnapped partner from the bandits and get back home. Players shoot their way through a hostile canyon using their guns and TNT. Hidden treasures and...

Downwell

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 15/10/2015

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Developer: @Moppin_

Players: This is a single player game

Downwell is a vertically scrolling platform game where you frantically shoot snail-like enemies to gain points and upgrades. You will die frequently, but that's part of the fun. Each go, you have a chance to learn from what went wrong last time as you...

Overwhelm

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 04/04/2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Platform and Shooting

Developer: @Randomnine

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Overwhelm is a running jumping game set in a pixilated dark bloody world. The twist, apart from the mild-horror theme, is that it's your enemies that power up rather than you. You explore the oppressive caverns of the hive, guided only by a sparse map.

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In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Dead Cells in the following lists:

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Mechanical Challenge

Games offer us challenges on many levels. When someone plays a game too much it’s easy to think they are taking an easy route to something entertaining, like junk food. But video games are generally hard work. It takes time to understand their systems, mechanics, objectives and worlds.

There are a small group of games that hone this challenge down to the mechanics of moving around the environment. Whereas many games simplify getting around, these games make the complexity and depth of their movement systems part of the joy of playing them.

Rather than relying on the stats of your character or player, you have to execute the moves yourself with timing proficiency and instinct. Rather than offering assistance, these games leave you to it. Whether you rise through the league tables, or just improve compared to your family, the satisfaction or getting to grips with something so monumentally challenging is really satsifying.

This might be understanding how the propulsion of your car lets you take to the air and hit a perfect shot in Rocket League. Or, perhaps, it’s using the limited running and jumping slightly better than other players to get a win in Fall Guys. Maybe it’s learning the perfect combinatino of angles and trajectories in Video Ball. Or it could be learning the complex move lists in a game like Street Fighter.

These games all have in common, a complex control system that can be put to use in imaginative and creative ways to get the edge over your oppoenents.
 

Persevere After Losing

Video games where you adventure into a harsh setting, try your hardest to survive and slowly develop your abilities but then inevitably die are often called Rogue-likes. This is because one of the first games that offered this style of play was called Rogue.

These are interesting games for families, not only because their difficult nature leads to shorter sessions, but also because they foster perseverance and coping with losing. After dying you are sent back to some sort of central village where you can choose upgrades for your next attempt. The incentive to play again once you have been killed is usually that you start with some more equipment or skills.

In this way, by belligerence and a slowly learned understanding of how the game world works and how best to survive, you incrementally get a bit further each time you play. Here are some really good roguelike games for families:
 

Attempt The Impossible

How hard a game is considered to be depends on who is playing it. A three-year-old tackling Zelda will struggle. But equally a new-to-games-parents will find Mutant Mudds quickly gets beyond them. The games in this list are known for being difficult. They wear the difficulty as a badge of honour. "None shall pass," except this with the will, time and belligerence to get good enough at this particular activity to beat the high bar the game sets.

This might be grappling with the flying mechanics in Rocket League, getting endlessly lost trying to find the next guardian in Shadow of the Collosus or coming up with the right tactic to get enough money for the ship you need in Elite. Of course, some of these games can be made easier, but to play them at their best is to ramp up the difficulty to max (crushing on The Last Of Us for example) and let them give you all they've got.
 
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Horace

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Hades

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Qomp

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Ord

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ITTA

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QWOP

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Rust

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DayZ

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Inhabit Another World

Whether it’s a simple puzzle grid, a battlefield or a universe of planets to visit, all games create virtual spaces in which to play. Some of these are simply the background to a campaign - the game’s unfolding drama, missions or challenge. But others invite you to invest in the worlds they create, move in, tend to and inhabit in fantastical ways.

The games in this section invite you to spend time in spaces that have a sense of place, life and character. Worlds that hold history and lore in their landscapes, flora, fauna and inhabitants; environments that respond to your presence and invite you to restore them to their former glory.
 
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Fuel

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Hades

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Haven

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Ete

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Fe

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Hitman

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PEGI Rating 18+ for HitmanESRB Rating MATURE 17+ for Hitman


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