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Play, Die, Repeat with Dead Cells

Awww, man, yiiissss. Dead Cells is an awesome game and it’s almost close to achieving sheer perfection!

Guys! Guys! Have you heard about Dead Cells? If you have, totally cool, if not, prepared to have your mind-blown. My brains are scattered all over the laptop right now; I love this game so much! I recently discovered this game in Steam and holy moly, it is one hella gorgeous looking game. And it’s not even finished yet.

Dead Cells is an awesome metroidvania, action platfomer game developed by Motion Twin. Players control a ball of slime that merges with a corpse. Once you’ve equipped your starter weapons, it’s off to kill monsters, and loot like crazy.

Dead Cells
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Super Unpredictable Progression

Players have 2 options when playing the game; you can either speed run (gotta go fast!) or go through it at a moderate pace. When I played this, I speed ran through it, slashing and hacking monsters, discovering hidden walls, and dying. A note worth mentioning here; each time a player dies, the layout of the dungeon changes, along with its weapons, runes, loot, and whatever else you might find. This will constantly change, so don’t bother memorizing the map.

I’ve ran the first dungeon a couple of times and with each run, I encountered different routes. Heck, even the merchant sells different gear. He’s still mean with every run, though.

Builds

Each run in Dead Cells might be easy or super hard, depending on the weapons, sub-weapons, and amulets you get/buy. Basically, if you get a good build, then you’re fine! But, if you get a bad build, well, good luck. These are the best builds I found, so far:

  • Twin Daggers
  • Frost Blast
  • Ice Grenades (I, II, III)

I found a Blood Sword blueprint and craft it. Eh, it was an okay weapon. Don’t get me wrong; its a good sword, but it’s slow. The damage delivered by the Blood Sword is stacked and it’s highly effective against monsters with lots of health. Ice Grenades are fantastic weapons, especially in a mob situation.

Pay Tribute to Doors

There are doors that require payment or ‘tribute’ for them to open. Players can bash the door open, if you’d like, but in doing so, you’ll anger the Gods and super die. I found this out the hard way and it sucks!

Time Doors

There are Time Doors in the game you’ll find in the dungeons. In the lower right corner, you’ll see a timer and I think these timers will countdown until the door closes.  I’ve never been able to locate a Time Door in time, but I do know it expands the map.

Challenge Arena

Smashing a mysterious block in the wall or ground might cause a portal to appear. These are challenge arena portals. As you might have guessed, these are places where the game tells you to git gud. I encountered a platforming challenge and I died instantly. Yep.

Crafting

There’s a TON of items to craft in Dead Cells. You’re talking about swords, throwing knives, grenades, shields, sandals, whips, and the list goes on. To craft items, locate blueprints in dungeons and deliver them to The Collector to craft. Once crafted, the crafted item will remain with The Collector.

The Collector
The Collector

But if you die after each run, the crafted item does not spawn with you at the next run. I might be wrong on this, but I think the powered up weapons might drop in the dungeon. I actually don’t know. What I do know is when you successfully craft an item, it drops on the floor and you can pick it up.

And by the way, he’s quite funny.

Leveling Up Equipment

You can level up your equipment by spending Cells with The Collector. You cannot leave the room until you’ve used up all your collected Cells. Leveling up any equipment successfully will unlock the next tier. So, use them wisely and strategize your build.

It’s good to invest 5 Cells on a healing potion and another 5 Cells to retain 25% of your gold. When you die, your next run will come equipped with a healing potion and 25% of your left over gold from last time.

Elite Monsters

The game will troll you. Elite monsters might spawn in mobs or they spawn behind mysterious doors. Elite monsters are stronger, faster and charge you with a small army of grunts. If you have a good build and good reflexes, these Elite monsters will die in less than 10 seconds. But, if you have a shitty build, then you’re pretty much out of luck.

No Saves

Nope. There are no saves in this game whatsoever. There are no manual saves or autosaves or loading options. Nada. It sucks if you have a really good build and die… Yeah, I’m a little butt-hurt on this.

Dead Cells is an amazing game and it’s currently in Early Access. For a work in progress game, it runs smoothly and as far as I can tell, there aren’t any bugs to hinder my gameplay. Well, not yet, at least. Dead Cells is fun, fast-pace, and highly addictive game. The game is now available on Steam for 329 baht. I’m not good at times like this, but it’s very exhilarating experience for me, and I can’t help myself but play it again and again and again! I can’t wait for the full release! 😀

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