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Pre-register now for Dead Cells on Android and die over and over again (Update: App removed)
Update, October 22, 2018 (2:43AM EST): It looks like someone jumped the gun, since the app is no longer listed on the Play Store. The pre-registration page might not have been ready to go public yet. Still, we can hope that the game will make it to Android sooner or later.
Original article: If you are up for the challenge of using a touch screen to play a demanding platformer, then Dead Cells will likely satisfy that itch. If so, we have some good news for you, which is the game is up for pre-registration on the Play Store.
In Dead Cells, you play as a body of cells which controls a corpse in a dungeon. Your job is to get through the procedurally-generated levels and make it out of the dungeon. You can collect “cells” as you progress through the levels. You can then use these cells to purchase permanent upgrades at vendors located at the end of each level.
The problem is making sure you survive long enough to make it to the end of a level. Dead Cells is often described as a roguelike-metroidvania hybrid, and for good reason. The game can be unforgiving and there is a good chance you will die before you reach the end of a level.
What is nice is that it does not feel like a punishment when you die. You will lose all of your collected cells if you die before you reach the vendor, but I never felt like it was the game’s fault. The idea is to learn enemy behaviors and use them to get through levels. Dying is a fundamental part of the game, which makes not dying almost sacrilegious.
The main concern is how Dead Cells will translate to touch screens. There will hopefully be an option to play with gamepads, though we will cross our fingers and hope the touch controls will not be hot garbage.
Those that get frustrated with dying in games might want to look elsewhere, but everyone else should take a good look at Dead Cells. You can pre-register the game at the link below.