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Dead Cells Invades PS4 August 7, 6 Tips for Surviving

Use these tips and tricks to survive the dark and dangerous world of Dead Cells… at least for a little while.

Steve Filby's Avatar Posted by Producer, Motion Twin

Hi! First, Dead Cells will be released on August 7. Hooray!

Our action-platformer might come off as a little challenging at first, but don’t worry, once you get the basics you’ll be well on your way to the final boss before you inevitably fall to your death. So here are some tips and tricks to get you off to a good start.

#1: Roll!

This is the number one thing to keep in mind when playing Dead Cells. Like a lot of your favorite games, you’re invincible during your roll, allowing you to dodge almost any immediate danger.

Given that we wanted to add a modern touch to the classic side-scroller, we chose not to implement collision damage with enemies, however you can’t just walk through them. Rolling will allow you to pass through any enemy and position yourself ideally for the rest of the fight. You can also cancel your roll at any moment, allowing you to stop at the exact place you wanted to be.

Of course, there’s a slight cooldown before you can roll again! Managing your roll is the key to survival in this game. Don’t hesitate to spam that circle button, but be careful in situations with multiple enemies…

#2: Explore side paths

As you progress in the game, you will unlock new permanent abilities which allow you to access new levels and new paths to the end. New weapons and loot await you in these alternate levels, so take the time to explore them all!

#3: Learn enemy patterns

Each monster and boss has its own set of attacks and timings. Once you know them, you will be able to anticipate incoming strikes, dodge them and defeat your opponents with minimal losses.

#4: Use special skills

In addition to your set of two weapons, you will be able to equip powers and items such as grenades, turrets and traps. These are cooldown-based, so don’t worry about ammo and make the most of them during each encounter.

#5: Don’t skip scrolls

In Dead Cells, you increase your damage and health points through the use of scrolls. Skip too many of them and you will quickly feel underpowered. So if you see one, don’t ignore it.

#6: Pick your battles

See a room full of enemies dying to eat you for breakfast? Not enough potions left to withstand extra damage? Poorly equipped? You don’t have to kill every zombie and monster you come across. Plus, you never know when a better weapon or a lucky chest might be waiting for you right around the corner.

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Keep all of this in mind and I promise it will go well…at least for the first few levels! Then you’ll need to learn more tricky techniques like parrying effectively and building for upcoming fights. I’ll let you figure those out for yourselves.

Hope you have a wonderful time exploring the cursed island of Dead Cells!

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reson8er said:

July 10th, 9:05 am

Congratulations! I’ve been looking forward to this for a while now. Will be there moment one. Can’t wait!

Firelogic said:

July 10th, 9:15 am

I’ve been eagerly anticipating this PS4 release. Will be a day 1 purchase for sure!

langdon said:

July 10th, 10:05 am

Game is so good! Haven’t touched it since the Hello Darkness update, but I plan on revisiting when it’s final. How hard is will the trophy grind be? Any estimate on # of hours to Platinum?

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    Steve Filby said:

    July 12th, 12:19 am

    Hey yeah… Yeah… About that… It’s going to be tough. Really tough.

    langdon said:

    July 10th, 10:09 am

    ETA: Hard. Cursed Sword = rip.

Tomoprime said:

July 10th, 12:22 pm

It’s a 14bit STRIDER Clone !!! ???

JayBizzle311 said:

July 10th, 1:25 pm

Already pre-ordered a copy of the Signature edition on PS4.. About to pre-order the digital version (for the version I actually play)

About to buy a switch in a month or so also.. Dead Cells will probably be the first game I buy for it. Been waiting for this since my friend first showed me it on Steam Early Access over a year ago.

Dead Cells for the win!!! Thanks Motion Twin and Merge Games!!!

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    Steve Filby said:

    July 12th, 12:20 am

    Wow. Dude. Respect. Thank you!

Saiyan_Yugi said:

July 10th, 3:33 pm

I have been waiting for this announcement for a long time….My wait is almost over….

Saiyan_Yugi said:

July 10th, 3:33 pm

I have been waiting for this announcement for a long time…

musibat said:

July 11th, 6:26 am

been waiting for this for along time. Pre-order for sure.

CrusaderForever said:

July 11th, 8:14 am

My god this looks beautiful! Now on my radar. Thanks for bring this to the PS4!

swiller said:

July 11th, 8:40 am

Great game. Action and movement feel soo good.

ladyara said:

July 11th, 9:28 am

Looks so cool, will it be available on Vita too? A 2D action platformer is always great on Vita

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    Steve Filby said:

    July 12th, 12:21 am

    We never say never, but right now it’s not planned. I’d love to look into the process though.

madness3030 said:

July 11th, 11:43 am

I can’t wait to play!! I wish there was a Vita version.

    M_N04H said:

    July 12th, 5:47 pm


M_N04H said:

July 12th, 5:04 pm

Game looks good. Question though, this a roguelike? Gameplay seems faster. Salt & sanctuary looked good but when I started playing, just isn’t for me. I love challenging games but they have to play a certain way, S&S just seemed to chug along, but this seems quick.

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