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.
Brutalaceman1011 | Oct. 12, 2013 | See all aceman1011's reviews »
As someone who has played a PC platformer, I took a chance on TBP. I don't own a controller, but the PC controls weren't that bad. However, the controls do have a bit of a delay of sorts, although this appears to be intentional. The game is extremely difficult, but it does offer a very useful checkpoint feature that I liked. However, due to the extreme difficulty, I lost interest in the game very quickly. It is a wonderful game that I really enjoyed, but I would only recommend it for hardcore platform gamers.
Lovecraftian Super Meat Boybibboorton | Sept. 21, 2013 | See all bibboorton's reviews »
That's probably the best way to describe this game.
It can get quite unforgiving, as a lot of other platformers do. What sets this apart is its lore. It has a story where many other games of its type do not. That is already a big plus for me. I recommend this to anyone who loves challenges but wants the full package of gameplay and story.
Tough but fun platformerMekh | Sept. 19, 2013 | See all Mekh's reviews »
This game is brutal at times, a really tough platformer with a bit of combat that actually is quite enjoyable in small doses. The controls for this game are really tight, I used a 360 controller and didn't run into any issues at all during my time playing - the character moved like I told her to. I didn't try it with a keyboard at all so I can't say anything about that.
The only complaint I have is that wall jumping was tricky to master, more specifically dropping from a wall instead of jumping makes you unable to double jump afterwards. But after a few hours of practice I got used to it and it didn't bother me so much anymore.
Overall I'd say that if you enjoy tough platformers then this one won't disappoint.
Lots of purple and pain!Numbi | Sept. 12, 2013 | See all Numbi's reviews »
I picked up They Bleed Pixels from Greenman Gaming because I have a fondness for platform titles, especially ones with a retro look. I love the art style of this game but definitely wasn't expecting the challenge! Thankfully the controls are very responsive but it also means that you can't blame it for your own shortcomings.
The game has all kinds of cool touches that I wont' spoil for you but I can guarantee that finishing this game is not going to be a walk in the part. I have completed the game but still find myself going back to it for those hard to get achievements.
Fun platforming with a twist.pthagonal | Aug. 21, 2013 | See all pthagonal's reviews »
When I first saw this game I wasn't sure what to think. The art style is strange and weird, but oddly enjoyable. Platforming is the meat of the game with great combat addition. You can even juggle with enemies (all while slicing them to death). I would say it is well worth the $10 entry fee.