Dead Cells

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Explore a sprawling, ever-changing castle... assuming you’re able to fight your way past its keepers.





  • Action  Indie  
  • Plug In Digital
  • 5/10/2017
  • English, French
  • Single-player
    Full Controller Support
This is an Early Access game.

Roguelike, Rogue-lite, roguelike-like, rogueschmike! No matter what you call them, the world could always use another! As such, we'd like to present for your consideration, the illegitimate child of the roguelike and the metroidvania, the RogueVANIA. Anywho, enough with the sales pitch, let’s take a closer look.

By metroidVania, we’re really talking about a fixed, hand designed, interconnected world. The game takes place on an immense island that never changes. All of the biomes, bosses and the paths between them are present right from the start. Getting to them is another story...

However, in Dead Cells, death replaces the traditional backtracking mechanic of a metroidvania. At first, seemingly unreachable areas will be strewn across your path, but answers to these riddles will appear as you explore the island. Be it a key, a new acrobatic skill or a forgotten spell. Once uncovered, this knowledge will stay with you, allowing you to unlock new paths to your goal. Sick of the stinking sewers? Head over the ramparts and take a breath of fresh air! It’s your skill, playstyle and of course the loot you find that will determine your path.

Furthermore, as the term "RogueVania" might (not so) subtly imply, we were also quite heavily influenced by the recent wave of roguelites. When there are no checkpoints to save you from your screw-ups, the adrenaline kicks in. And when you lose, you lose big, so you’ve got to make it out alive. Instead of relying on the classic formula of memorising the level design and enemy placement, procedural generation allows us to reward your instincts, reflexes and ability to adapt to evolving situations.

Having said this, we’re conscious that the words “procedural generation” conjure up images of crappy levels and uninteresting gameplay in a lot of gamers’ minds. So we’ve chosen a hybrid solution, with each run being a mashup of carefully designed “chunks” of level. The idea is to give you the feeling of meticulously handcrafted world, while making sure you have a new experience every time.

Don’t expect it to be a walk in the park though. Pattern based monsters and demanding boss fights will teach you to choose your battles and build your strength. Every weapon has its own unique feel and rolling and dodging will become second nature, as you learn to manage the mobs of monsters that will overwhelm the unprepared. We’re going after that “tough, but fair” feeling.

Tired of the violence and death? Explore a bit, take a stroll, enjoy the view from the ramparts, find a secret room. Thomas and Gwen, our graphic artists, never miss an opportunity to impress with their pixelart and shape a world worth exploring. You might even learn a little more about the lore of the place, who knows?
  • RogueVania: The progressive exploration of an interconnected world, with the replayability of a rogue-like and the adrenaline pumping threat of permadeath.
  • Souls-lite combat: Pattern-based bosses and minions, weapons and spells with unique gameplay. Make do with what you have and don’t forget to roll.
  • Nonlinear progression: Unlock new levels with every death and explore undiscovered parts of the castle as you prepare for the inevitable bosses.
  • Exploration: Secret rooms, hidden passages, charming landscapes. Death is the new backtracking.


Windows Requirements:Important Notes:
OS: Windows 7+
Processor: Intel i5+
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia 450 GTS / Radeon HD 5750 or better
Storage: 500 MB available space
Additional Notes: OpenGL 3.2+
OS: Windows 7+
Processor: Intel i5+
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GTX 460 / Radeon HD 7800 or better
Storage: 500 MB available space
Additional Notes: OpenGL 3.2+
  • Requires Steam and a Steam Account to play Windows version.

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  1. Roguevania done right
    by Aderan, Italy - Nov 26th 2017

    Dead Cells is one of the best roguelikes around. The combat system is smooth and rewarding. You keep progressing in the game even if you die because you can unlock and upgrade items with your hard-earned cells between a stage and the next one. It doesn't really feel like an Early Access, devs keep adding stuff update after update and new content is always more than welcome. Gorgeous pixel art and great replayability. If you like 2d action games you can't miss this!

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  2. For fans of action-oriented rogue-lites
    by Han P., USA - Aug 22nd 2017

    Dead Cells is very much like another action-oriented rogue-lite, Rogue Legacy, in many ways. However, it is also different in several key aspects. Whereas Rogue Legacy allowed you to keep progression in terms of the equipment purchased and maintained boss defeats, Dead Cells maintains progression only in terms of skills. Thus, dying in Dead Cells is a much more tense affair as it means losing mostly all progress. And despite this difficulty and its closer relation to rogue-likes rather than rogue-lites, Dead Cells manages to feel refreshing and addictively fun every play through. From randomized loot to responsive combat, there's never a dull moment.

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