They Bleed Pixels is a fiendishly difficult action platformer inspired by H.P. Lovecraft and classic horror.
User reviews: Very Positive (996 reviews)
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

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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.

Story:
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 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.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP or later
    • Processor:CPU 1.73GHz Intel Duo Core
    • Memory:1.5 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT (XNA 4.0 Hi-Def compatible card, Pixel Shader 3.0, Vertex Shader 3.0) (Integrated Video Cards not recommended)
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:350 MB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX-compatible sound card
    • Additional:Controller Support: Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller or other XInput compatible controller.
    Recommended:
    • Processor:CPU 2.6Hz Intel Quad Core
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVIDIA® GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon® X1900 (XNA 4.0 Hi-Def compatible card, Pixel Shader 3.0, Vertex Shader 3.0) (Integrated Video Cards not recommended)
Helpful customer reviews
111 of 136 people (82%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
like meatboy, but easier because they give you enemies to take your misdirected agression out on.
Posted: May 29
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41 of 47 people (87%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
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.

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

Bad:
* I'm garbage at platformers
* No option to change resolution
Posted: June 25
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31 of 39 people (79%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Dark, Cthulu-inspired, ridiculously hard, side-scrolling platformer, and I love it. It can be brutal trying to get through some of the levels, but it is such a satisfying game.
Posted: June 23
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40 of 63 people (63%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
My first impression of They Bleed Pixels was a good one. I enjoyed the style, as well as the cute story that unfolded. The combat is interesting and it certainly feels satisfying to kick your enemies up in the air, in to a sawblade. Its really fun to dash to an enemy and proceed to stab stab stab like no tommorw. The music is nice and it makes me feel like I'm playing a platformer on a DOS system, which felt nostagic. It also has an interesting mechanic that allows you to create your own checkpoints. As I said my first impressions were positive, however, this game is ruined by overly twitchy controls and, in my opinion, sloppy level design.

Its really disappointing too, because I really wanted to like this game. I love the art style, and the combat is fun, but I just couldn't get past these huge faults. The game is difficult as you might guess, which is fine. I do enjoy being presented with a challenge. I enjoyed Super Meat Boy for the same reasons. The early levels of this game aren't to bad, but the further you get in the game the more it requires you to pull off precise and complex maneuvers. You'll have an extremely hard time with this, because a mere nudge of the joystick sends the main character flying across the screen. The controls are just so twitchy. Whats worse is some levels have slippery floors, so now you have to deal with slippery floors, and the overly sensitive controls. To be fair I'm using a Logitech controller, and maybe it plays different based on that, but I've never had this problem in other games.

The level design is sketchy in some places, but a majority of the levels I encountered have a long drop with a pit of spikes at the bottom. This can be frustrating because if you make a mistake, you have to watch the entire fall until you hit the spikes, which doesn't sound like much, but trust me after several deaths watching that fall will test your patience. You can't skip it either you have to wait till you die before you can start over. You are given three points of health, but 80% of the time you'll die instantly (Especially to sawblades, they knock you all over the place, draining all three points in seconds). Having that extra health usually just results in dragging out your death, and I find myself just mashing the revive button once I fall in to a pit of spikes I can't escape.

I sincerely wish I could tell you I enjoyed this game, but Those finer points just destroyed the experience for me. I wouldn't reccommend picking up this game unless its on sale and you really really like the style. Otherwise its not worth your money.
Posted: June 6
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25 of 38 people (66%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
A fun platformer to waste away that spare time. combat is simple yet feels good, a bit of combo potential thrown in, and just the right amount of challenge...RECOMMEND!
Posted: May 2
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251 of 287 people (87%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Super Meat Boy, I Wanna Be The Guy and H.P. Lovecraft walk into a bar.
Posted: February 7
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