Dead Cells is a roguelike-metroidvania video game developed and published by Motion Twin. Following about a year in early access, Dead Cells was released for Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on August 7, 2018.
In the game, the player takes the role of a body of cells that take control of a corpse in a dungeon, through which they must fight their way out. The player gains various weapons, treasure and other tools through exploration of the procedurally-generated levels to fight undead creatures within it. At times, the player may gain "cells", a type of in-game currency that can be used to purchase permanent upgrades for the player if they reach the vendor between each level. If they fail to reach this vendor before dying, they lose all the cells they gained and must start again. Motion Twin was inspired by The Binding of Isaac in developing the game.
Dead Cells is described as a "roguevania", a combination of procedurally-generated roguelike games and action-exploration-based metroidvania games. The player controls a mass of cells that occupy and control the body of a deceased prisoner at the start of each game. As they explore a series of dungeons and fight the creatures within, they collect weapons, armor, abilities, power-ups, and money. Some enemies will also drop cells when defeated, which can be used to obtain permanent power-ups such as additional health potions or new items that can be bought or found in later runs. These cells can only be spent at the end of a dungeon section; if a player dies before then, they lose all collected cells.
Each level is procedurally generated by merging of predesigned sections in a random configuration along with random placement of enemies and items. The game's combat is said to be similar to the Souls series, with difficult enemies with certain behaviors the player can learn, and where frequent player-character death is a fundamental part of the game. At intervals throughout the game, the player must also defeat boss enemies known as "Keepers." Currently, there are four Keepers in the game—The Concierge, Conjunctivious, The Time Keeper, and The Hand of the King.
The game includes Twitch integration, allowing viewers, via the stream's chat, to influence the game, such as voting for which upgrade paths the player should take.
💎 Developer: Motion Twin
💎 Publisher: Motion Twin
💎 Composer: Yoann Laulan
💎 Genre: metroidvania - Roguelike
💎 Platform: PC - PS4 - Xbox One - Nintendo Switch - Linux - mac
💎 Mode: Single-player
💻 PC Requirements:
🔘 OS: Windows® 7 64-bit
🔘 CPU: Intel® Core™ i5 or AMD® Similar
🔘 Graphic: NVIDIA® GeForce® 450 or AMD® Radeon™ HD 5750
🔘 RAM: 2GB
🔘 HDD: 0.5GB