They Bleed Pixels
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"Gothic brutality shines brightly throughout this blocky, blood-soaked indie platformer." - IGN.com
"Between its challenging platforming, unique save system and simple yet satisfying combat,They Bleed Pixels is an easy recommendation." - Joystiq.com
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They Bleed Pixels is a fiendishly difficult action platformer inspired by H.P. Lovecraft and classic horror. Rendered in a distinct visual style that blends pixel art with paper and ink textures, They Bleed Pixels is a singular mix of intense platforming and fierce beat-em-up action. At the core of its fighting system is a simple one-button combat scheme with surprising depth and versatility. Button mashing is discouraged while kicking shadowy monsters into saws, pits and spikes is rewarded, thanks to a unique system that lets you earn and place your own checkpoints through stylish kills. The fancier your kills, the faster you fill the checkpoint meter.
When a young girl arrives at the Lafcadio Academy for Troubled Young Ladies, she's unprepared for the violent nightmares that plague her dreams and transport her to other worlds. Worse yet, her dreams are intruding into her waking life, slowly altering her flesh into the demonic form of her night terrors. Can she destroy the mysterious blood-soaked book that appears to be the root of her troubles or will her transmutation from girl to clawed horror become complete?
Extra tight controls: One-button attack system favors skilled combat over complicated combos and button-mashing. Super precise platforming controls let you stop and start on a dime while pulling off gravity-defying dashes and double jumps.
Eleven massive levels to fight through and explore, each with unique visuals and music. Unlock additional guest levels from indie game developers based on their own creations: They Bleed Ponycorns, They Bleed Stardust.
Unique checkpoint system rewards fancy kills with a save spot you can carry with you. Hold on to it for extra points or drop it right away to preserve your progress.
Becoming a monster stabbing master with individual level rankings, online leaderboards for speed and high score as well as over 100 skill-based achievements. There's lots to aim for after you've completed the game.
Lush pixel art motion comics tell the story a young girl haunted by eldritch nightmares. Original electronic soundtrack by DJ Finish Him (aka Shaun Hatton) composed with synthesizers, unconventional instruments and gadgets often not meant for musical use.
A bloody quick fixwongheungwing | May 8, 2013 | See all wongheungwing's reviews »
Despite the relatively ugly presentation, especially when you play with a big monitor, this game is in fact quite enjoyable.
The control is easy and responsive, just up, down, left, right, hit and jump. A very good game for quick fix when you don't really have time to play "BIG" games.
There is a wonderful feature that allows you to create check points after collecting some points. So you don't need to go all the way back to the starting point after dying.
A Bloody Good TimeAll5claws | April 28, 2013 | See all All5claws's reviews »
They Bleed Pixels is an excellent blend of Super Meat Boy style platforming with a 2D beat em' up feel. Don't be fooled by the game's 1 button attack system; it's combat becomes incredibly deep due to the many scenarios set up by the levels in which you can satisfyingly dispose of your enemies. The game is a fair challenge. It's not bone-crushingly difficult but any enemy or trap could potentially be the death of you if you're not being careful. This game is an excellent buy with it's stylish visuals, chilling soundtrack and killer gameplay. Oh, and the title doesn't lie. EVERYTHING bleeds pixels.