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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Dead Cells (2017) 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.

In each level you hack and slash your way to an exit, balancing your resources. The structure and layout of levels is different each time to play, making no two attempts alike. This means that progressing in the game is not just limited to how well you can memorize different levels but rather how you can adapt to situations, learn the mechanics and understand how to prioritise your time and resources.

As you progress through multiple attempts you find a variety of unique items and abilities, most of which, will be lost when you die. A part of the challenge is choosing which weapons to keep, develop and which to discard. Between each level, you can purchase permanent upgrades which you keep when you die. But again, care is needed to upgrade items that will make a difference as each upgrade is expensive.

Our examiner, Jonah Monaghan, first checked Dead Cells 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 5 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Fighting and Platform game with Action, Role-Play and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 5 minutes and 1 and a half hours to play a round of this game. Each escape attempt can end abruptly. Equally, a good run can last a long time.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Strong violence. This is a 2.5D platform game in which each and every character encountered by the player’s character can be killed by a myriad of different weapons. When a character is killed it will explode in a cloud red pixelated blood.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB TEEN for Gore, Language, Blood and Violence. From a side-scrolling perspective, players explore platform environments while engaging in frenetic melee-style combat against fantastical creatures (e.g., skeletons, giant leeches, goblins). Players use punches, kicks, and gadgets (e.g., flame-thrower traps, grenades, arrow turrets) to kill enemies. Enemies emit large splatters of blood when injured/killed and sometimes break apart into bloody pieces; blood also stains the floors and walls of some areas. The word “sh*t” appears in the game.

Skill Level

12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. It's also important to ensure children understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. Although you could play to some degree at a younger age, to really enjoy (and master) the mechanics you need a relatively high level of skill.

CostsCosts

Dead Cells usually costs £4.99 to £22.49. 

Dead Cells

XBox StoreSALE Xbox One £19.99 £9.99 at the moment Free

Xbox Game Pass

Switch Store Switch £22.49
Steam Store PC £21.99
Steam Store Mac £21.99
Android Store Android £4.99
App Store iOS £8.99
App Store Apple TV £8.99
PlayStation Store PS4 Free Free

PS Plus Extra

PlayStation Store PS5 Free Free

PS Plus Extra

XBox Store PC Free Free

Xbox Game Pass

There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
 
The game has expansions for purchase, each expansion adds more levels and items to the game.
- Rise of the Giant: Two new levels, two new bosses, more skins.
- The Bad Seed: Two new levels, one new boss, much more items and content.
- Fatal Falls: New level, new ally, new enemies and items.
- Return to Castlevania: New levels, bosses and music. Players team up with Richter Belmont and Alucard and fight through the ancient corridors of Dracula's Castle. 
 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 10/05/2017, updated in 2023

Price: 50% off

Out Now: Android, Apple TV, Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Fighting, Platform (Action, Role-Play and Traversal)

Accessibility: 21 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: Deep Night Fr (@DeepNightFr)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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