“Dead Cells – The Queen And The Sea” review: another slice of dungeon adventure


What can i write on Dead cells That much? Somehow, it’s become a constant over the last five years of my life, a roguelike that features fast-paced fights with significant progression, including the attributes of a Metroidvania, a genre that I love.

The best, Dead cells is like a good action flick, with you effortlessly plunging between countless enemies, parrying arrows with a shield, and hacking nightly the chances of being struck by a bloody strike. It sounds as dramatic as the last sentence, and the intensity is high from the first moments of the game and doesn’t wane.

In my opinion Dead cells is an all time 5 star game. there is no doubt. The question is whether Dead cells‘latest paid DLC version, The queen and the sea, adds enough to justify picking it up.

As the target audience: The queen and the sea adding new content to a game I love, so I had a blast. However, this DLC’s big narrative draw is three new endgame levels, with the third being a boss fight to tie together an alternate story path. This story was fleshed out through previous paid DLCs Fatal falls and The bad seed, and if you haven’t purchased those DLCs, you aren’t really getting the full experience. If you’ve purchased these DLC before, you’re probably invested enough to purchase this one as well.

Dead cells: the queen and the sea. Credit: Motion Twin.

I’m going easy on the spoilers, but I want to highlight the second level of the set, Lighthouse, which feels totally unique for Dead cells in that it requires you to move vertically through a burning tower. The game has done some verticality before, but there is a real urgency here which I think offers a unique challenge for people who flushed everything out in the game of 2017.

But at the end of the day, it’s not the extra levels that are the real draw here, it’s the new content that can be added to your actual races: new things to spend souls, new weapons to master, new capabilities or selectable advantages that may change established strategies. Dead cells has been a constant for me over the past few years both because of its presence on the Nintendo Switch for quick and easy runs, and the fact that you can get the full experience of Dead cells in a 20 minute game session.

This review, for better or for worse, is very straightforward. Dead cells is superlative, and it brings more content to the table. The new weapons, abilities, and even outfits provide a nice refresh for a game where replaying it is the most fun, but like this Dead cells chapter ends, it’s interesting to think about what might follow.

We revised Dead Cells – The Queen and the Sea for the Nintendo Switch. It’s available now on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

The verdict

Dead cells‘the latest DLC is a great addition to a solid game. If you fancy more adventures with the game, The queen and the sea is a giant stone thrown into Dead cells‘, making changes that you will feel with every race. Sometimes that is enough. New weapons, abilities, and even outfits will mix things up, making this DLC a buy-in for anything. Dead cells Fans.


  • Enough new content to dramatically change races
  • New levels add exciting new perspectives for roguelike
  • High level music and dungeons

The inconvenients

  • If you’re not a Dead Cells fan, this DLC probably won’t make a difference.

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