Dead Cells is an action-platformer that released for the Nintendo Switch. The game is a rogue-like metroidvania hybrid that has the player use various weapons to explore procedurally-generated levels to fight various creatures. The player character is a collection of cells inhabiting a corpse.
As an action platformer, the player has to explore the dungeons looking for gear and fighting creatures. There is a large variety of weapons and powers that have different playstyles. Each time the player is defeated, the player possesses a new body which means they lose all their gear. As the player progresses, they may gain more cells from certain enemies which can be used to purchase permanent upgrades at the end of each section. Each level is composed of designed parts that are randomly combined with the enemies and items being completely random.
At certain points in the game, the player will have to fight the Keepers, which are special boss enemies. The game features Twitch integration which can have the play's upgrade path determined by the viewer's votes.
You revive on an unnamed island, your character is referred to as the Prisoner, a humanoid with a pile of gelee or plantmatter in place of a head. Your character is immortal, as every time he dies his "head" manages to lurch its way back to the starting prison. According to a guard, the Prisoner is said to have been executed for some crime, but the nature of the crime is never specified.
Every time the Prisoner dies, the island reconfigures itself, which serves as an explanation for the rogue-like mechanics. In the game, the reason for this is specified as the island being a living organism that evolves over time.
Dead Cells received "generally favorable" reviews from critics according to Metacritic with a current Metascore of 89/100.