Wryn is a girl with a big arsenal and big dreams -- she wants to be the ultimate videogame hero! Help her take down the Greatest Heroes of All Time in an action-packed bid to claim the title for herself and show the world what a true hero looks like!
User reviews: Very Positive (1,105 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 3, 2013

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"Behind the cutesy visuals lies a fast paced action game that combines bullet hell mayhem with acrobatic platforming. Best of Indies 2013, see link."
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February 21

Bleed for Linux Released!

Woohoo! Thanks to the enormous talent of Ethan Lee aka flibitijibibo, Bleed has finally been ported to Linux! I hope you enjoy the game and look forward to the sequel! <3

(If you'd like more information on Bleed and Bleed 2, you can always check out the dev blog!)

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"Insanely fun."
Penny Arcade

"If you have a pulse, if even a fraction of your heart is occupied by videogames, you must play Bleed."

"There’s so many clever ideas at play here that it’s amazing they could keep them all so balanced."
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About This Game

Wryn is a girl with a big arsenal and big dreams -- she wants to be the ultimate videogame hero! Help her take down the Greatest Heroes of All Time in an action-packed bid to claim the title for herself and show the world what a true hero looks like!

Bleed is an action-platformer focused on stylish, acrobatic dodging and fluid, challenging gameplay. There's no filler -- just you and your skills against seven levels of enemies, obstacles, breakneck set-pieces and inventive bosses!

Key Features:

  • -Unique control scheme enabling crazy fast action
  • 7 levels packed with multiple set-pieces and bosses
  • 4 difficulty levels that remix enemy placement and boss patterns
  • 2-player local co-op for all modes (requires at least one gamepad)
  • 3 unlockable characters with their own gameplay twists
  • Survive the entire game on one life in Arcade Mode
  • Select and battle up to three bosses at once in Challenge Mode

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS:Windows XP (or later)
    • Processor:2.0 Ghz dual core
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:256 MB video card (XNA 4.0 compatible, Shader Model 2.0 or higher)
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:350 MB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX-compatible sound card
    • Additional:Xbox 360 controller officially supported
    • Additional:Xbox 360 controller officially supported
    • OS:OS X 10.6.8
    • Processor:3Ghz Intel Core i3
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:256 MB video card, Shader Model 2.0
    • Hard Drive:350 MB HD space
    • Additional:Xbox 360 controller officially supported (requires a third-party driver)
    • Additional:Xbox 360 controller officially supported (requires a third-party driver)
    OS: glibc 2.15+, 32/64-bit. S3TC support is NOT required.
    Processor: 2.0 GHz dual core
    Memory: 2GB RAM
    Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+, 2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable
    Hard Drive: 350 MB HD space
    Additional: SDL_GameController devices fully supported
Helpful customer reviews
57 of 59 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
Bleed is Indie Action Platformer. Fast paced, challenging and unforgivable. You gotta be attentive and focused almost all the time, wisely using your charcater's abilities.


• Looking for a challenging game? You have it right here.

• The stages are very creative. Each containing different enemies requiring different approach.

• Kind or funny story and characters?
Some of those enemies tho. o3o

• Low price. 5€ isn't that much.
(At least not for me)

• Local Co-Op.
It's always a good thing


• The game is already hard on normal difficulty. x3
At least to me, I don't know maybe I suck

• Might be frustrating at times.
Oh yes

• To be honest. If you don't have at least decent reflex; You won't like this game.
Trust me

Sum up

My rate; 7/10. Game for action platformers fans, old skool platformers fans or people looking fror challenges.

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64 of 89 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
My favorite color is purple. Most of this game is purple

Also good platforming and shooting and stuff...but mostly the purple thing.
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28 of 33 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
Bleed is a 2D dual stick shooting platformer with an interesting mechanic that slows down time for a brief moment. You play as Wryn, who can jump wryth the left thumb stick, shoot in any direction with the wryght thumbstick, change between two wrypeans, slow time with the left rigger and jump with the wryght trigger. When she jumps, she can aim jump two or three more times in mid air. So you can jump to the left, then aim her to launch herself right, while shooting left, then air jump up all without hitting the ground. She can even jump off walls, but it seems more like a visual aide than a mechanic. The game has a fast pace. There are speedy bullets, bosses and hazards raining down, the slow time mechanic becomes an easy way to deal with it all.

Wryn is out to become the #1 hero! So she's got a hit list to kill all the other heroes and work her way to the top of the list! By top I mean bottom! The #1 hero gets revealed at the bottom of the list. These heroes are all bosses. After each death she'll comment things like, "Don't worry its just a game, I'll be back in a sec," "Do you have an older brother that can play this part, maybe?" Bleed hits you over the head that its a game, such as hoping you can achieve your dreams for helping her achieve hers.

You go through the game unlocking all seven levels to play. Each level has a completely different theme. A dark mansion, an underground cavern, inside of a dragon and so on. Different levels have different elements, such as getting trapped in a giant apple and forced to get through the top to the bottom of the screen before the apple drops to the next screen. Others like having to evade sensors or time jumps to avoid lasers that warm up and fire. The bosses are giant and diverse. Everything from bosses that split when shot, to a girl with a giant pink kitten car to mechanical orbs that shield themselves. The bosses are where most of the lives get lost. You need to make use of the slow time to survive and drain their health meters. Every boss has a wide array of attacks. The patterns seem random, which is great. Every level has more than one boss and I can tell a lot of work went into them.

There is a good variety of enemies. They change from level to level and fit the theme of each level without being reskins. Cats hopping around, soldiers that ride trains and get hit by tunnels, worms that burro then leap to shoot at you. The levels are fun and there are frequent checkpoints each time you leave an area. Its a nice quick game without much challenge. Its the dual stick, and dual triggers that make it tough at first. It gets a lot easier.

When you select a level, you chose one of four difficulties, so you can always go back and play harder difficulties. Between the levels, you can visit the store to buy extra weapons. The default dual pistols are good enough and killing everything with a quick stream of bullets. The default rocket launcher does more damage, but has a slower shooting speed. There is also a revolver, homing missiles, a flame thrower and a short range shotgun to buy. While you only need two weapons if not just one, you can pause the game to equip 2 others. Why equip them when the two bumpers work well enough?

Bleed isn't a one hit death game. You have plenty of energy, but there is no way to get more energy. Your slow time bar will regenerate over time depending on the character. Both can even get upgraded in the store, as well as the regeneration speed.

With all that said, the game is an hour long at least on normal (medium) difficulty. There are extras like arcade mode, that is more like a YOLO where you only get once life and need to complete the game from start to finish. I always thought an arcade would give you three lives. You can unlock different characters to play as. Finally there's a boss attack challenge mode that can put three bosses on your screen at once. Its all just extra fluff. $5 is the right price for it.

Judging from the fan art, there are people that love this game or its protagonist. Looking at the lack of accomplished achievements, means there are a lot of others that don't.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
I actually purchased a bundle I had originally passed on because I decided I really wanted to give Bleed a try.

If you like artsy action platformers, score attacks/speed runs, and fun, challenging gameplay, then you will enjoy this one.

The aesthetics are great - the detail in the retro-style character models and environemnt is well-done. The slow-motion and dash effects are very nice, and executing an efficient speed run can look quite pleasing. The music and sounds are appropriate for the theme, but I personally found the bit-style music annoying after a time, and resorted to using my own music.

The controls are fairly easy to learn, however, you will have to take a look at the control scheme to figure out the key bindings. I strongly suggest using a controller if possible, as the feedback will feel much smoother and more responsive; however, a keyboard + mouse combo is still viable. The learning curve is minimal to moderate, however, experience with bullet dodging will benefit you greatly.

The gameplay is pretty fun - your typical side-scrolling progress until you reach the boss. You are rewarded with money after each completed level and can use this to purchase new weapons and upgrades for your health and slow-motion bars. There is an arcade mode that ramps up the difficulty, and the game supports 2-player coop. An arena (challenge) mode allows you to test your skills against up to 3 bosses, and you can select which ones you'd like to fight (after beating them in the story first).

The boss fights are good - each boss comes with a unique attack pattern that mixes things up enough to keep things challenging. Each level is not too long, however, achieving a perfect (S-rank) score requires speed, timing, and precision. For achievement junkies, you will spend a few hours on this game if you wish to get 100% completion.

Overall, the game is very fun, and any platforming lovers should definitely give this a try.


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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
Very fun, but disappointingly short if played on Normal difficulty. There's some replayability on more challenging difficulties, if you're into that. Regardless, gameplay is very fun. Something like a mix of Megaman and Contra. Humor is laced throughout this game, and makes it even more fun.

Sequel confirmed!
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
Much like dungeons of dredmor, this game is worth way more than what they are charging. The gameplay is enjoyable, the story is... reasonable, and it has 2 of my favorite features: Infinite ammo, and multiple jumps. "Should I buy it?" Yes. Yes you should. Besides, even if you somehow don't like it (IMPOSSIBRU!), it IS only 5$ :P
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
Very awesome retro style shoot-em-up side-scroller. Can be very difficult, especially without a controller, but Easy mode is very forgiving plus there's auto-save checkpoints regularly that restore your health to full with infinite lives. You can also clear through the levels on Easy and Normal to unlock new weapons and upgrades that make tackling levels on harder difficulties a lot easier. A bit short on levels, but there's plenty of replayability. Highly recommended, if you're a retro fan 10/10!
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
Take Megaman, add a little Touhou sauce, and put it in the Viewtiful Joe oven. Now you got yourself a good serving of Bleed.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
"Got the S-Rank! Now to finish this lev-
{Gets hit right before finishing the level}

-Every gamer, when playing this game at least once.

10/10 Would rage again.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
Wow amazing little game. I love it.
Excellent petit jeu. J'adore.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
Dear Ian Campbell;

I am so sorry that I only bought this game at $1.25. This game is worth so much more than that.

Your new buddy, Christopher

But for the rest of you guys, buy this game. No seriously, buy it. If you are a fan of plat formers, Max Payne, or both; then Bleed is a love letter to you. It takes the simple idea of a twin stick shooter, turns it into a platformer, and gives it you in the most fun way possible. Even after finishing the game, I cant think of anything this game does wrong, and the ones I do have are not at the fault of this game (Such as the different controls scheme for platformers and the intense controller vibration which can be turned off).

What more do I need to say, GET THIS GAME RIGHT NOW!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
In Bleed, you play as Wryn, a wanna-be hero who has a lot of weapons. To be honest I had a lot of fun playing this, the Story is really fun and difficult at the same time, the bosses are fun and really cool, and a variation of weapons to kill your enemies with. This is a great Bullet-Hell game that has lots of features. 10/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
Review Edit: Sequel confirmed! Check the developer's page for details!

To be quite honest, the last side-scrolling platformer I ever played was when I last broke out Megaman X3. I've had Bleed for a couple months now, and to be very honest, it has that same particular flavor and fun.

The backstory is very simple- our heroine, Wryn, wants to be the best Hero ever, so she decides the best way to show that she's better than the heroes currently enshrined in the Hall of Heroes is to hunt them all down and destroy them, wearing a cute smile upon her face. To be honest, Wryn is a refreshing change from all the big, overly-muscled guys who usually catch this role- not to mention the story that she's just doing this because she wants to prove that she can be a better hero than all those who came before her. That's all- just to prove that she's better then they are.

The heroes you go after are a mix of different patterns, and each boss battle is a different experience. What worked on th first boss won't work on the next one. You'll be jumping and learning patterns and generally having a great time.

The weapons are a lot of fun, as well, but I managed to make it through just by using the starting pistols and the rocket launcher. To be honest, though, everyone has their own playstyles, and it might be that they suited my play-styles. You'll find your own style of play, so buy and upgrade them all and see what suits you!

The graphics are actually well-done for what they are- you don't need supremely-sharp graphics to make a fun game- the cartoon-like graphics actually enhance the game, and even if you and Wryn can't make it through the level, she'll always be there with words of encouragement to get you to keep on trying.

In short- buy this game!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
So after playing the first few levels, felt I had to say how great this game is. This game is essentially a mix of; Scott Pilgrim, kill bill, and Mega Man. The game play is very fast paced, dificult, and a ♥♥♥♥ tone of fun. The artstyle is cute with a nice 8 bit style to it, the music is wonderful, and the character is likeable right from the start. Not to mention that everytime you die (which will be a few times) she says something cute and upllfting before respawning. This game does so much right, and I've never played a game with such a usefull tightly implamented bullet-time mechanism. I strongly Recomend this game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Really fun game if you like platformers. Not much content though so I'd recommend buying it when it's on sale.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
It's really hard to believe one guy was behind the whole thing. Game is polished, the mechanics are tight, the bosses are fantastic, and some of them get extra attacks on harder difficulties. The movement is SO good, you always feel like you're in control (except for the occassional "walljump when I wanted to airdash", but you can disable walljumping (dunno why you'd want to, it has its uses)) and every single attack is decently telegraphed, and even when you're caught by surprise you can slow time and dash away and make it look like you meant to do that.
If you like skillful play like contorting an air dash to weave through bullets in slow motion while destroying the homing rockets coming your way, I don't think you can go wrong with this game.
It is REALLY short but for 5 bucks you're getting possibly the most concentrated, no-♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥, action run n gun with slow motion. Get this immediately.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
I've been a gamer since I was 5, it is my passion. Recently I've come to ponder why. Is it the fun? The challenge? The satisfaction? Yes. Satisfaction. In my recent gaming history I can only recall the satisfaction from beating a tough level on a game playing Super Meat Boy, back in 2010.

Bleed made me feel that again. And it is awesome. I knew it was going to be difficult but I thought to myself why not play it in Hard Mode? Boy, was I in for a surprise: Great controls, fast paced ction, amazing sound track, beautiful retro pixelated design and of course Hardore gaming at its bet. The one hour it took me to complete the first level made me want to write this.

In my humble opinion, videogames are the ultimate media. One can find different art forms in them combined to make a unique interactive experience.

Sure you can play a AAA game for dozens of hours and enjoy all it has to offer. However, sometimes you just want to have your daily adrenaline fix and the enjoyment of pushing it to the limit to prove you can do better than yourself. Bleed will give you that.

Thank you Ian Campbell.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
A very fun game in the vein of oldschool Contra. It is very frantic, fun and is a real challenge at harder difficulty levels.
It also as charm, wich is not a given when you look at what the average game offers.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
Bleed is a fun 2-d shooter,It has a nice simple story of you trying to become the best hero by killing all the other heros with using your powers of dashing,slow-mo,and weapons
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
Bleed is a twin stick (best played with mouse and keyboard), pseudo-bullet-hell 2D platformer with some of the smoothest, most fast-paced, and most gratifying combat I've ever seen. You play as Wryn, a pink haired videogame heroine wannabe on a quest to dodge, dash, jump, and shoot herself towards the title of Gretest Hero of All Time. At her disposal she has an arsenal of weapons, a triple jump, and the ability to slow down time. You think you've seen bullet-time done right? You've seen nothing until you've tried this game! I cannot describe with words how incredibly satisfying it feels to air-dash your way, in slow motion, through the one small gap in a wall of bullets (very hard-mode) while maintaining your combo-meter for maximum damage.

But let's not be completely biased here. Many players will probably be upset by the fact that this is a really short game. Like a really short game. To make your way through the seven levels on normal will take you about an hour. To get through hard might be another hour or so and after that the same goes for very hard. There are ofcourse some extras like arcade and challenge mode but the main bulk of the game is easily beaten in an evening.

The weapon unlocks also seem pretty useless, I stuck with the starting weapons through most of my playthrough on both normal and hard as I saw almost no reason to switch weapons during any stage or boss fight.

That said tho, this is a really, really fun game and I will probably end up spending more hours just replaying this than in most $20+ games I've bought.

Pick this up if you're:
A fan of fast-paced, skill based combat.
An old-school gamer with too little time for those 40+ hour AAA titles
A speedrunner. This game is the perfect speedrunning game.
You just want to relax and have som fun for an evening.

Don't pick this up if you:
Are on a budget and/or want a high Time/$ ratio
Hate pink
Want to miss out on a great time
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