Dead Cells has been a game on my radar for the last year thanks to its combination of metroidvania and rogue-like elements. With the game officially out now, we have a game that is a great successor to the action-focus gameplay of Spelunky; with all the highs and lows that it entails.
For this week’s podcast, I spoke with Indie Game Designer “Shield” who is working on the Metroidvania Stonicorn about his thoughts on the genre.
The term “Metroidvania” has become a part of the video game vernacular over the years. Long since evolved from the days of Castlevania Symphony of the Night, it has become a catch-all for many action-adventure-based games. For today, we’re going to drill down and talk about the three essential elements that make up a Metroidvania game.
Salt and Sanctuary is the latest game from developer Ska Studios, who have made a name for themselves with their unique aesthetics. Staying true to their 2D roots, the game feels like a 2D Souls-like. However, while the game may or may not have been intended to be compared to the Souls series, the game misses the mark on what makes those games so amazing.