They Bleed Pixels is a fiendishly difficult action platformer inspired by H.P. Lovecraft and classic horror.
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Release Date: Aug 29, 2012

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"They Bleed Pixels will make you feel like a magician with a gamepad."
8/10 – Hardcore Gamer

“Gothic brutality shines brightly throughout this blocky, blood-soaked indie platformer.”
8.2/10 – IGN

"A Pleasurably Painful Way to Break In Steam's Big Picture Mode."
– Kotaku

About This Game

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?

Key Features:

  • 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 bonus levels and guest levels from indie game developers based on their own creations: They Bleed Ponycorns, They Bleed Stardust, exp.

  • 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 as well as 150 skill-based achievements. There's lots to aim for after you've completed the game.

  • Standard and Novice difficulty to match your skill level.

  • Record, playback and share your best playthroughs with online leaderboards for speed and high score!

  • 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.

System Requirements

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SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP sp 3 or later.
    • Processor:CPU 1.2GHz or Faster
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+, 2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB
    • Controller Support: Any SDL 2.0 compatible controller (DirectInput/Xinput) including the Xbox 360 Controller.
    • Processor:CPU 1.73Gz or Faster
    • Graphics: Recent Intel HD Graphics or better.
    Gamepad highly recommended for best experience.
    • OS: Snow Leopard 10.6.8, 32-bit
    • Processor:CPU 1.2GHz or Faster
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+, 2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB
    • Controller Support: Any SDL 2.0 compatible controller (DirectInput/Xinput) including the Xbox 360 Controller.
    • Processor:CPU 1.73Gz or Faster
    • Graphics: Recent Intel HD Graphics or better.
    Gamepad highly recommended for best experience.
    • OS: glibc 2.15+, 32-bit. S3TC support is NOT required.
    • Processor:CPU 1.2GHz or Faster
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+, 2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB
    • Controller Support: Any SDL 2.0 compatible controller (DirectInput/Xinput) including the Xbox 360 Controller.
    • Processor:CPU 1.73Gz or Faster
    • Graphics: Recent Intel HD Graphics or better.
    Gamepad highly recommended for best experience.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
11 of 45 people (24%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
poor level design and awful controls ruin what could have been a fun game
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290 of 341 people (85%) found this review helpful
55 people found this review funny
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 7, 2014
Super Meat Boy, I Wanna Be The Guy and H.P. Lovecraft walk into a bar.
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81 of 89 people (91%) found this review helpful
52.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2013
Really fun game with sharp and simple controls, a great soundtrack and over a hundred achievements.

Easy to learn, hard to master. You will die a lot, but that isn't a hindrance since you can place the checkpoint practically anywhere and then relocate it. If you are going for 100% completion, you will have to learn tricks like how to keep combos alive to maximize your score and how to overcome extreme frustration when you are trying to get through a stage without dying for the 100th time, only to end up dying with the goal in sight.

Gamepad strongly recommended.
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278 of 381 people (73%) found this review helpful
89 people found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
Retro menstrual cycle simulator.
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131 of 168 people (78%) found this review helpful
29 people found this review funny
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 29, 2014
like meatboy, but easier because they give you enemies to take your misdirected agression out on.
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59 of 63 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 31, 2015
They Bleed Pixels is a side-scrolling platformer with fighting elements, set in a creepy environment.

The platforming is great. Nothing too fancy, though. There are double jumps, wall jumps. A couple of fighting moves are reused as platforming moves. Some walls cannot be clinged onto. The platforming by itself cannot compete with something like Super Meat Boy, but doesn't fall too far either.
When getting hit, in most games the character typically gets a period of invulnerability. It's just a trick to simplify the programming of the game. They Bleed Pixels avoids this. For example, hitting a blade saw throws the character away.
Another thing to point out is spikes act like spikes. You can even walk in between them, as long as you aren't actually getting impaled.

The controls are impressively elegant. Directions + 2 buttons is all you need to perform about 20 different actions. They may have gone a bit overboard with this, though, because sometimes you will end up doing something different than you meant. But you have only yourself to blame.

The enemies are just so original, and their AI is flawless. They will always find ways to annoy you, especially when there is a saw moving towards you, or you're about to slide off to your death. The full arsenal of abilities will be needed to deal with them. Everything fits together perfectly. You can even block some attacks (of course, there is no separate block button).
An important part of the game is environmental damage. It is preferred to normal attacks, and is much more powerful. And there really are many ways to make enemies hit those spikes.

They Bleed Pixels is a difficult game for sure. But there is a slightly easier novice mode. And, of course, challenges and bonus levels of all kinds, with varying difficulty, up to extremely hardcore. There are achievements for collecting all the "books" on a level, each of which is a challenge by itself, no-death runs, speedruns and more. The game can be really competitive. Big replay value.

Graphically, the game looks great. Nice pixel art, especially the backgrounds. Not everything is perfect, but the animations make up for it. Cutting through the enemies feels great.
The soundtrack sure is strange, a bit morbid, based mostly on repeating catchy (chip)tunes. But it's fitting, and I really liked it. Sound effects are nice.

I encourage people who for some reason gave up on this game, to give it another try. It appears the entire game was rewritten at some point.

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111 of 152 people (73%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 11, 2014
To be clear, I enjoy this game. BUT. I would not recomend to most gamers.
I've played a lot of hard games, and enjoyed them, This game included.

However many of those games offered the difficulty as an option, for ranks, collectable and the like. There were usually various strats to meeting these conditions. Hidden routes, different usable mechanics, etc.

I've gotten about halfway though This game as of this review, and the levels are set up in such a way that there is little freedom as to how you play the game, The game offers you a ton of moves, but demands that you use them to traverse in such a specific way, to the point that I feel I'm no longer in control as a player. As if I'm trying to win at simon says, and the colors are encypted. This gets frustrating fast, demanding lots of dedication, just to make any progression.

Again, I'm not saying the game is bad, But I just simply cannot recomend it to the average gamer.
Its gets that frustrating.
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52 of 64 people (81%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 25, 2014
They Bleed Pixels is somewhat reminiscient of Super Meat Boy (challenging platformer with tight controls, lots of blood, lots of saws) plus a fighting element.

* 2spooky4me aesthetic
* Solid gameplay
* Save point system makes it relatively forgiving for a hardcore platformer.

* I'm garbage at platformers
* No option to change resolution
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26 of 26 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
33.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
They Bleed Pixels is a challenging wall jump platformer, with a satisfying unique premise, quality combat and engaging mechanics.

You control a presumably troubled student at the Lafcadio Academy for troubled girls. She stumbles across a magical book that makes you have wild dreams involving a few strangely horrific creatures, several bloody spikes, and an ever present number of saws. The book also has glowing bits and pages that not only are missing, but found inside said dreams. Take heed of any such events that occur in reality, as these are not normal behaviors for books or their pages.

Through mysterious circumstance you have grown claws, which is so awesome that we will refer to this character as clawgirl. Also you become purple, which is a color associated with royalty, Roman Emperors, plums, and according to the Simpsons is itself a fruit. Clawgirl now likes to claw and kick levers and assorted Eldritch horrors, as she navigate your fun dream world with silky mechanics and enough cool moves to enjoyably and reliably get the job done. These moves include the downward thrusting fall, the slide on the floor, and the rat-a-tat-tat hit-you-in-the-air maneuvre. A clever mechanic in this game is the check point system, as a new checkpoint can be placed down whenever a sufficient amount of combo bar has been activated, where combo can be gained by elegantly and rhythmically dismantling opponents, or picking up little globules of blood that are scattered around the world as if left by a crime spree in space. On occasion this has led to taking perhaps a more difficult path to simply save earlier to avoid redoing portions of a level.

The levels involve clawgirl moving from the beginning to the end in what is often a circuitous and meandering path. You accumulate pints, in opposition to the classic of points and referencing the games appreciation of blood. There's a fair amount of pixely blood in this game, and it's always fun. Most of it will be spilled by you of course, especially if you intend to complete the challenges for each level of gathering the grim harvest of all the blood pickups, or the 6 book pages on each level. The blood pickups mostly involve a finesse of controls to navigate while collecting them all, serving to increase the overall number of jumps, and occasionally up the difficulty of those jumps. The pages are of significantly higher challenge for the level, serving to provide interesting navigations that can intrigue or frustrate, depending on your underlying psychological dispositions.

The game plays out over a prologue, three chapters with three levels each, and an ending sequence. These will take a fair amount of time to beat for players of most skill levels, with a significant ramp up in difficulty over the course of the game. There are also a number of created levels for those with more voracious appetite for content.

The graphics of this game involve a pleasant pixelated layer upon which the game mechanics plays out, and a fascinating background layer that is often quite a surreal, tesselated treat. The music is of a high bit-sound quality, fitting the grim aesthetic of the game and is sufficiently varied that it never wears on your soul with repetition.

This is a well made platformer that will entertain grizzled veterans of the genre with its challenging, engaging dynamics and delightful Lovecraft inspired aesthetic. Non-afficianados may find themselves frustrated with the difficulty, and leaving after a few levels, but not after spending sufficient time with the game to justify its purchase.

This review provided in accordance with international treaties established in accordance with all applicable sovereign entities. This review produced sans collaboration with Lovecraft; with thanks for his admittance of seminal literary works into the public domain. Review provided via the Original Curator Group
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30 of 33 people (91%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 19, 2015
BEAT! - Around 6 hours.

Little Girl Death Simulator

They Bleed Pixels is basically what would you would get if you took Super Meat Boy then added checkpoints, some combat, and longer levels. It is hard. Really hard. And if you dont know of any obcinities, dont fret. You will learn new ones. You will probably make up new ones.

The levels are well designed and varied. It is a bit of a shame there is no level editor because this game is basically begging for steam workshop integration.

All in all a great platformer if you like tough games and have patience for a lot of failure,
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41.1 hrs
Posted: October 15
jesus ♥♥♥♥ing christ this game is hard
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5.8 hrs
Posted: October 15
If you're a fan of mindless platformers as I am and are particularly a fan of spooky ones this is the game for you! Nice art style, and more importantly very smooth controls, which I believe is one of the most integral components of a good platformer. At first I was overwhelmed by the variety of attacks you could performed but later found it fun to discover new attacks and how it added variety to gameplay. This game is challenging (more so if you try to collect all the collectibles, I imagine it would be far less rage inducing if you just blazed through the levels) and I must admit I find the story intriguing. I would definitely recommend using an xbox controller to play the game as it is mapped so well and makes fighting more satisfying, like your blows are really connecting. I don't really have any complaints about the game whatsoever!
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4.7 hrs
Posted: October 10
I used to think first person shooter games are the best games in the world. After playing this game, i don't think like that anymore. I mean, it's hard to think anything when half of your brain is all over the ground after shooting yourself.

would die again and again and again until I put a bullet in me head
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13.5 hrs
Posted: October 9
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3.3 hrs
Posted: October 8
Product received for free
the artstyle is nice, but its essentially super meat boy, except it takes everything fun away from super meat boy
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4.1 hrs
Posted: October 8
A platformer with terrible level designs and terrible controls that ruin a fun and beautiful game
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1.4 hrs
Posted: October 7
They Bleed Pixels is a very fun and challenging fast paced platform game.
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4.7 hrs
Posted: October 7
Do you like dying repeatedly?
Do you like precise jumping?
Do you like tons of pixel blood?

If you're okay with the first and second, but excited with the third, come on in!
If you can't handle the first or second, leave now, this game will eat you alive.
If you don't like the third, what is wrong with you?
-That and surely you read the title of this game, right?
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7.9 hrs
Posted: October 6
Good, challenging at a fine level. The wall jumping is pretty easy to mess up when you're hasty. I'm not good at reviews, but the game is good.
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2.8 hrs
Posted: October 5
Cool game, I'm gonna take a while to completed all the achievements.
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