GAME OF THE DAY
Explore. Die. Repeat.
Enjoy supreme action in the dazzling Dead Cells.
Kill. Die. Learn. Repeat.
Motion Twin’s critically-acclaimed dungeon-crawler makes its App Store debut and it’s easy to see why so many have already fallen head-over-heels for it.
Dead Cells has style and substance to spare, combining gorgeous, flowing action with an exhilarating challenge and fantastic replay value.
The title relates to your playable character: a slimy parasite that starts the game by slurping towards the body of a fallen warrior, bringing them back to life.
And what life! You might be nothing more than a mass of green goop, but the fighter you inhabit feels silky smooth under your thumbs, thanks to the wonderfully sharp, responsive controls.
A virtual stick on the left side of the screen handles movement, while several buttons sit on the right, letting you roll beneath arrows or through narrow gaps, jump (and double jump), throw grenades, activate traps and use your primary and secondary weapon.
These buttons are small but well-spaced so there’s no chance of accidentally hitting the wrong one. Even so, you can edit their position and size to suit your personal preferences. And if you’re on iOS 13, you can play with compatible MFi controllers, the PlayStation DualShock 4 and the Xbox Wireless pad.
There’s also a brand-new auto-attack mode, which swings your melee weapon for you whenever an enemy comes within range – a great way to get used to the game’s fast-paced combat.
As you explore its deadly, complex labyrinths, you’ll find plenty of loot alongside the numerous enemies and hazards. The weapons you find come in three colour-coded varieties, with scrolls letting you boost their damage while increasing your health.