Dead Cells has become a darling of the roguelike scene for a variety of reasons, which range from a powerful Early Access demonstrating that showed programmers listening intently into new developments and thoughts while adding in fun new enemies using a plethora of weapons.
It was completely released on August 6, 2018, on Steam following a year within the Early Access program, and since then the programmers at Motion Twin have been releasing updates consistently that bring a broad assortment of new mechanics and dynamics, along with only one singular paid DLC that enabled Motion Twin to continue development in the kind of free updates.
It’s a surprisingly (and sadly ) rare occurrence for programmers to keep on hammering free content into a published name years after the fact, and maybe that alone is a powerful cause of the community support of the name.
The newest offering for Dead Cells is an upgrade known as ‘Barrels o’ Fun’, and it’s bringing a wealth of new content that fans have come to expect from the name. Mainly in the kind of barrels, if you couldn’t deduce yourself.
From moonwalking to explosive barrels being found around the display, you’re in for a enormous surprise on the next run through the derelict kingdom that Dead Cells offers.
A new biome was added (as is tradition for these big upgrades ) known as the distillery, filled to the roof with strange steam-like contraptions that drip and ooze and heaps of barrels piled in the background; those barrels will play a huge role in the new enemies and weapons that have arrived also.
There is a new skill which lets you launch explosive barrels towards walls (breaking them and damaging enemies on the other side) which may help conquer clusters of minions intent on eliminating your mind (again).
This matches the amount of bouncing and exploding barrels which are littering the most recent biome, knocking into spikes and otherwise present as a general thorn in your side as you try to maneuver through while maintaining your fragile health mostly undamaged.
Finally, new enemies which are lobbing the barrels towards you help increase the mayhem; the barrels can be redirected to keep you explosion-free for the meantime, but they’re dropping from the walls and ceiling at a speed which can allow you to develop a completely new paranoia towards everything Donkey Kong related in the not too distant future.
Finally, a completely new soundtrack was added (which is purchasable on Steam if you’re so inclined) that attracts some 8-bit chiptunes which will have the greyer among us nodding their heads in excitement; it somehow fits the atmosphere well and adds to the overall title.
The ‘Barrels o’ Fun’ upgrade is free of charge, and dwell now on Steam while Dead Cells itself is at an impressive 40% off before August 24; if you’ve been looking for a new experience to die in, Dead Cells shouldn’t escape your purview.