In 2018, Studio Motion Twin brought an absolutely excellent action platformer Dead Cells referring to the old metroidvanias, which won the hearts of many players also thanks to the following service from the developers who tirelessly improve the game with updates.
As is quite common these days, popular video games will get their tabletop adaptation sooner or later, and we’ve been waiting almost five years for this particular one. That is, we have only just seen the launch of the Dead Cells: The Rogue-Lite Board Game kickstarter campaign, the game itself will arrive to backers a little later.
The game is behind the Kaedama creative association, made up of experienced designers Antoine Bauza, Corentin Lebrat, Ludovic Maublanc and Théo Rivière, while the release will be handled by the studio Le Scorpion Masqué. The creators decided to go the way of a cooperative experience for up to four players, with the option to play in just one. At the same time, it will not be a full-length movie, because you have to play one game within 45 minutes.
If you’ve played the original, then you know you’re playing as the so-called “Severed”. The only possible Cutthroat. But there will be four to choose from in the board, one for each player, and they differ in their abilities – one prides itself on poison attacks, another specializes in ranged attacks, a third protects his team with shields, and a fourth burns his enemies.
zdroj: The Masked Scorpion
With these fighters, you will go through a variable environment that you can recognize from the original, where there will be numerous fights, you will not avoid your own death, and in order not to repeat it too often, you will improve with the help of mutations. You can read more in the campaign itself, in the rules of the game, and there is also the possibility to try it digitally in Tabletopia.
If you can’t resist the game, you have to have it right now through Kickstarter and you don’t want to wait for someone to announce a Czech localization, then you have a choice of only two versions. For a relatively friendly 1,400 crowns, there is a standard edition of the game containing hundreds of cards, game boards, cardboard tokens and basic additions that will be revealed day by day (additional goals are not dependent on the selected amount).
For 1,850 crowns, you can then purchase the collector’s edition, which also includes a large figure of your heroes, a metal starting player token, two-layer player boards, 15 paper boxes for sorting cards, acrylic tokens instead of cardboard ones and, in addition to daily bonuses, daily exclusive bonuses.
For 1,630 crowns, you can also buy a 20-centimeter-tall, colored plastic figure of the main character, which has no game purpose, and fits just right on a display shelf. And covers for all cards are available for 330 crowns.
The postage is from 330 to 480 crowns, depending on the edition and any extra figures, and you will have to pay tax on the total amount. At the moment, the campaign is already at 10 times the required amount, with almost 7 million crowns collected, and it will end in 15 days.
The studio anticipates that Dead Cells: The Rogue-Lite Board Game should arrive to its backers in September 2024.