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72 Great Games Like Dead Cells

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Dead Cells and have found the following:

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.

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DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

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

Price: 40% off

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Role-Play

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Deep Night Fr (@DeepNightFr)

Players: 1

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases

56 Hand Picked Video Games Like Dead Cells

These are our hand-picked Video Game games similar to Dead Cells. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick 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 Video Game games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Metroid Dread

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 08/10/2021

Platforms: Switch

Metroid Dread, the latest Metroid game, is a running, jumping, exploring and fighting game where you progress through levels, fight challenging bosses and uncover secrets. It returns the franchise to the 2D side-scrolling style of...

Hades

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

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

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Hades is a fighting 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...

Cuphead

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

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

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

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.

Gonner (Series)

Release Date: 22/10/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Gonner 2 is a running and jumping game where you defend yourself by shooting enemies in a chaotic procedural environment as a small character called Ikk. You'll need a large amount of patience as you die a lot. To progress you need to hone your shooting...

Downwell

Release Date: 15/10/2015

Platforms: Android, PC, PS Vita, PS4 and Switch

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...

Hyper Light Drifter

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

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

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...

Slay the Spire

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 15/11/2017, updated in 2019

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

Pieces: Cards

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...

Minecraft Dungeons

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/05/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

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....

Hollow Knight (Series)

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

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

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

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...

Celeste

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

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

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

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...

Sifu

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 22/02/2022, updated in 2022

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5 and Switch

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.

Dandara: Trials of Fear

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

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

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...

Deep Rock Galactic

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 13/05/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

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).

Towerfall

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/06/2013, updated in 2017

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

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...

Dome Keeper

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 27/09/2022

Platforms: Mac and PC

Dome Keeper (formerly called Dome Romantik) is a strategy game where you mine to collect resources in between defending the dome that protects your world from terrible monsters. It's a hard game and when your dome is destroyed you die permanently and...

Aurascope

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Aurascope is a retro running and jumping game that combines elements from other genres. The platform action is central but you also have a lot of collecting and exploration to do. As much as the gameplay, the game stands out for its fast skill-based...

Skul: The Hero Slayer

Release Date: 19/02/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skul: The Hero Slayer is a running, jumping and fighting game where you play a lone skeleton in a fight against the overpowered human heroes with his unique ability to swap his head, Worzel-Gummidge-style. Each of the heads grants different powers and...

Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights

Release Date: 21/01/2021, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Ender Lilies: 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...

Risk of Rain 2

Release Date: 30/08/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

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 game that requires multiple goes to complete a level and where your...

Rog & Roll

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac and PC

Rog and Roll is a running and jumping game where you fight enemies and avoid traps. Unusually, you play a former henchman on a quest to save his friends from re-emerging tyranny. It features retro-inspired graphics and a humorous story where characters...

Spooky Chase

Release Date: 23/10/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Spooky Chase is a running, jumping game where you play a ghost collecting a series of flags. However, each route you take to a flag is then followed by enemies when you go after the next one. You play each level multiple times to collect each flag, but...

Bastion

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/07/2011, updated in 2018

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Bastion is an action role playing game, where you explore a series of floating, fantasy-themed levels. What starts as a familiar exploration quickly becomes an engaging and interesting game. This change is driven by a mysterious and often hilarious...

Colt Canyon

Release Date: 16/06/2020

Platforms: PC, Switch and Xbox One

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...

Cyber Shadow

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/01/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch and Xbox One

Cyber Shadow is a retro running and jumping game where you defeat enemies and dodge obstacles. It combines classic 90's platforming games with modern controls and checkpoints that make it more enjoyable and approachable. Dodge and attack midair to...

Lunark

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Lunark is a platform game with simple pixelated 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...

VVVVVV

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/01/2010, updated in 2017

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Web and iOS

VVVVVV is a running and jumping game, without the jumping. Not having the ability to jump may seem like a disadvantage, but instead you can flip gravity to get around the various rooms of the abandoned space station. It looks like a 1980's game for the...

Death Trash

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 05/08/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Death Trash is a role-play game set in a post-apocalyptic, horror open world. Humans travelled to the stars, but unearthed machines and killer worms so had to flee into enclosed habitats. You play an outcast in the wasteland with a dangerous burden to...

Donut Dodo

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 02/02/2022

Platforms: PC

Donut Dodo is an old fashioned running and jumping game. Like games from the 80s arcades it's intentionally hard and requires practice (and dying a lot) to master. You play a Baker who has to run, jump, and climb to collect all donuts in each level as...

Mutant Mudds

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

Platforms: PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U and iOS

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...

ScourgeBringer

Release Date: 06/02/2020, updated in 2020

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

ScourgeBringer is a fast running jumping and shooting game. You play Kyhra who must slash her way through ancient machines guarding the seal of her past. It's hard and unforgiving, but offers a free flowing exploration and battling that can be tailored...

Axiom Verge 2 (Series)

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 31/03/2015, updated in 2017

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Wii U and Xbox One

Axiom Verge is a series of running, jumping and fighting games where you play as Trace, a scientist who wakes up in an unknown ancient world. It's similar to retro games like Metroid and Contra where you explore levels, collect items and progress your...

Conan Chop Chop

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/03/2022

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Conan Chop Chop is an action adventure game where you play as Conan the Barbarian or one of his three hero friends as they battle enemies to defeat an evil sorcerer. It stands out for its colourful carefree brawling that rewards teamwork.

FTL: Faster Than Light

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/09/2012, updated in 2014

Platforms: Mac, PC and iOS

FTL: Faster Than Light is a strategic simulation game where you combat enemy spaceships and survive the dangers of the galaxy. Unusually, you have complete control of every function of your ship and must manage systems, crew and scenarios. It's a hard...

Greak: Memories of Azur

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 17/08/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Greak: Memories of Azur is running, jumping and sword fighting game. You play in a hand-animated world as three siblings: Greak, Adara and Raydel who travel through the lands of Azur. It's unusual because you switch control between each of them to use...

Mercenary Kings: Reloaded Edition

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/03/2014

Platforms: PS Vita, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Mercenary Kings: Reloaded Edition is a running and shooting game. You control an army character, craft a wide arsenal of weapons and take on bosses that retreat when they are nearly beaten. It's unusual because it leans into gaining familiarity of its...

Nobody Saves The World

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 17/01/2022

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Nobody Saves the World is an action role play game where you are a formless nobody, who can magically transform into multiple characters each with vastly different powers. You use these abilities to seek and complete varied challenges in order to save a...

Shadow Frog

Release Date: 18/06/2020

Platforms: iOS

Shadow Frog is a simple running and jumping game you play with a single button/tap on the screen. You play Frogo who needs to escape the caves. Using just your jump button you interact with the cave walls and platforms to get around and collect keys....

Song of Iron

Release Date: 31/08/2021

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Song of Iron is a Norse fighting game where you explore an ancient, and mysterious homeland. Through forests, into caves and over mountains you seek vengeance. It's an unusual combination of side-on action and beautifully rendered visuals. You must keep...

Tallowmere (Series)

Release Date: 03/03/2015, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch, Wii U and iOS

Tallowmere is a series of running, jumping and fighting games. You aim to get a high score as you journey through a vast, randomly generated 2D retro-style dungeon, dodging traps and killing enemies in gory and unusual ways. Its unique combination of...

Unsighted

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 30/09/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Unsighted is an action role-play game where you race against the clock to save your robot friends. You play a robot called Alma who has lost their memory and lives in a ruined world after the human war. The inhabitant robots are low on energy and will...

Wild River Outlaws

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Wild River Outlaws is a classic arcade-style shooting game where you and a friend shoot your way through bandits and cowboys. With a western theme and inspired by the old Gain Ground and Ikari Warriors game, you rescue and recruit a posse of bandits,...

Blazing Beaks

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 10/05/2019, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Blazing Beaks is a shooting adventure where you enter a colourful world as an armed bird blazing their way through piles of mutants, monsters and creepy creatures. Each run is different although the levels steadily get harder.

Enter The Gungeon

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 05/04/2016, updated in 2020

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

Enter the Gungeon is a shooting game where you use one stick for running around and the other to aim. These twin-stick controls combine with loads of enemy bullets to dodge to create a tough challenge. You play four adventurers descending into the...

Itorah

Release Date: 21/03/2022

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Itorah is a running, jumping and fighting game similar to Dead Cells, where you explore a vibrant, handcrafted world, solve a mystery and defeat enemies. The game stands out with an artistic style inspired by Mesoamerican...

They Always Run

Release Date: 20/10/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

They Always Run is a pursuit game where you run, jump, fight and shoot your way to catch escapees. You play Aiden, a three-armed hero chasing the most dangerous bounties in the galaxy. You catch, slice, dice and destroy enemies while working through the...

Advent Neon

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Advent Neon is a fast reaction-based running, jumping and bashing game. You dash your away through retro-style levels working towards transforming into your full power state. It's like a fighting game, complete with directional attacks, mixed with a...

Battle Princess Madelyn

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Release Date: 05/12/2018, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Wii U and Xbox One

Battle Princess Madelyn is a running and jumping game where you defeat hordes of enemies like the classic arcade game Ghosts 'n' Goblins. It's similarly fast-paced and difficult, here though you have to pick your way through labyrinthine levels, and use...

Death's Gambit

Release Date: 14/08/2018, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Switch

Death's Gambit is a running, jumping and fighting game where you defeat enemies, collect weapons and progress through levels. Drawing on the platforming of games like the Castlevania and Metroid games, it adds difficult and...

Gunberella

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC and Switch

Gunbrella is a retro running, jumping and shooting game set in a world dependent on a rapidly diminishing natural resource. You play a gruff woodsman on a quest for revenge, armed with the mysterious Gunbrella that shoots, glides and lets you interact...

Katana Zero

Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds

Release Date: 18/04/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and Xbox One

Katana Zero is a noir-styled fighting game where you are a samurai assassin. At (literally) breakneck speed you slash, dash and jump your way through side-on missions. The twist is if you die the game rewinds time and you try that loop again.

Little Hellions

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Little Hellions is a retro brawling game where you can't actually fight the other players directly. You kill the other players by putting yourself in harms way and then using your hook-shot to switch places at the last minute. Like Towerfall, it's not...

Nuclear Blaze

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 18/10/2021

Platforms: PC

Nuclear Blaze is a running, jumping and fire extinguishing game from the same developer as Dead Cells. You put out fires and dodge explosions, debris and fiery chasms. Along with its uniquely intricate levels, there are...

Overwhelm

Release Date: 04/04/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Overwhelm is a running jumping game set in a pixelated 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.

Rune Fencer Illyia

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC and Switch

Rune Fencer Illyia is a running, jumping and fighting game where you explore an interconnected world and fight monsters. Alongside the unusual rolling and platforming you can equip artefacts which help you in different ways, from stopping time to...

Salt and Sacrifice (Series)

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 10/05/2022

Platforms: PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Salt and Sacrifice (and its prequel Salt and Sanctuary) is an fighting adventure game that's intentionally difficult and dark. You play by exploring the side-on world, fighting enemies with swords and other weapons. It's a strange combination of cartoon...

Slice (Dreams)

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/02/2021, updated in 2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Slice is a jumping and collecting game where you free an enslaved world by slicing open cursed urns and freeing souls over 25 levels. Free all the souls to open the portal to the next level, but if you touch the spikes you die. It's a game with unusual...

16 Video Games Like Dead Cells Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Dead Cells. This includes games from the Action, Role-Play, Platform and Fighting genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

12 Video Games With More Documented Accessibility Features than Dead Cells

If you like the sound of Dead Cells but it doesn’t offer the accessibility you require, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with more Accessibility Features. You can view a full breakdown in our Dead Cells Accessibility Report.
 

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The Game Awards highlight the best video games each year. It's an award produced and hosted by Geoff Keighley. Games are selected by video game news organizations who then vote on the games to choose the winners in each of the categories.
 

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 satisfying.

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 combination of angles and trajectories in Videoball. 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 opponents.
 

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.
 

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 Colossus 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.
 

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: