Dead Cells was inspired by Castlevania and Metroid and the developers do not hide that fact. It is a side-scrolling adventure game with a lot of action. The crucial thing to know is that it is a roguelike. In other words, dying means you have to do everything all over again. As a result, this indie release is pretty challenging even for experienced players, but that is where its beauty lies.
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You will assume a role of a nameless hero that will explore eleven (so far) levels called Biomes. The world is interconnected, which means there are secret rooms to discover. During your journey, you will face various monsters, as well as two bosses. The core section of the game is combat, which seems to be tough but fair, just like the authors describe it. There is no doubt that it is fast-paced and you can expect non-stop action on the screen. You will have more than fifty weapons at your disposal, which should provide plenty of option for experimenting until you find the most suitable style.
The Visuals Set the Bar for Indie Games
Controls are fairly intuitive and involve the usual combo of jumping, dodging, and attacking your enemies. Each time you complete a stage, you can exchange the souls you collected at the collector and get upgrades in return. However, if you die at any point in the stage, you need to return to the beginning and start all over. The good news is that you will keep cash and inventory, but you have to give up all the souls you collected. You can also collect blueprints that will enable you to make some truly neat things, but we will leave that for you to discover.
The graphics are vivid, colorful, and incredibly detailed for an indie game. You will enjoy the surroundings whether you are in the sewers or in the forest. It is fantastic what the developers managed to do with pixelated style. They set a bar that will be hard to achieve for other indie studios and they showed that pixel-art doesn’t necessarily mean a turn for the worse. The sound also fits in nicely, although it is nothing more than adequate.
The only real downside of the game is that it can be too challenging. And when we say that, we mean extremely tough. It will take you a while to get a grip of how things work and there will be plenty of moments when you will swear at the screen or hit your keyboard/controller, but you will still have the desire to keep playing.