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.Read full description
"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
Crimson Update Now Available:
New engine rewritten in C for 60fps gameplay on netbooks and older computers.
Shorter and easier Novice Difficulty levels.
New bonus levels! Winter’s End and exp. 666.
Record, play and share your best runs on the leaderboards. Watch the top players to improve your runs!
Enhanced blood effects! Double the blood particles!
Support for both DirectInput and XInput controllers.
Lots of other little bits of polish, from save games to graphics options.
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.
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If there wasn't a "novice" mode (that's still hard, but more reasonable) this would be harder to recommend. That mode was the most fun I had overall (at least at first), and I thought the difficulty there was just about perfect (at first). Regular difficulty can grow on you too, even though it can feel unreasonable at times. But that apparent unreasonableness I later realized it was often due to not knowing what to do to get past an area reliably. Once you know the levels and how to get through them. Once you come back to get the things you missed (all kills, all pages, A ranks, etc) with all the knowledge you learned as you struggled through the first time. That's when this game really shines.
They Bleed Pixels is a challenging platformer that adds the additional obstacle of enemies that you will need to fight on top of the spikes and traps everywhere. You can build up an ability that allows you to set your own checkpoints. Like all games like this it is best played with a controller. It's a fun, challenging, and good looking game that is worth trying out for fans of difficult platformers.
imagine super meat boy with more gore and actual combat and bam you've got TBP in a nutshell. i recommend this game at a discounted price because its been around to long for $10 not because its not worth $10.
Bear in mind that I've only yplayed 3 levels (+ the prologue) so take everything I say with a grain of salt. I feel like this game tried to be a little bit of Super Meat Boy but also simething else. The problem is that Super Meat Boy had absolutely perfect controlls. Every mistake you made was your own fault. And I definately don't fell like that here. Each time you take damage, you are flung in a direction which you can't controll. The levels which have "slippery floor" are a nightmare because you are simply unable to stand still. And attacking enemies flings you back uncontrollably. The combat is extremely unforgiving, where you need to press the button exactly right, and that timing seems really weird and hard to do acccurately.
It's kinda like Super Meat Boy, but with a lot of action, in the sense that it involves attacks and strategies to kill the monsters. The pixel style looks pretty cool too, and all in all, the game feels very fresh. It's really worth the money
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