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!
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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
63 of 67 people (94%) 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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85 of 101 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 9, 2014
This game gave better gameplay in 1 hour than COD Ghosts gave in 1 year.

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51 of 56 people (91%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 22, 2014
This game is sweet!

Some might ask: Is the game as awesome as the trailer wants us to believe? Yes, every bit of it, BUT it's one of the shortest games I have ever played. To me, it is satisfying enough to maintain a decent replay value. On normal difficulty I would say that you might need an hour to finish the game from the beginning to the end. This game has rather poor animations and colour depth, but a nice retro soundtrack and excellent gameplay. If you need a challenge willing to revisit the game on it's hardest difficulty, then the sweet gameplay is all you need. If you're not the kind of person who enjoys playing the same levels multiple times, then you probably should stay away from it.

This sidescrolling action platformer contains only seven short levels with a lot of mini bosses and of course an end boss in each level. The bosses are this game's highlights. In fact, you will spend more time fighting them than fighting through the levels. None of the difficulty settings are really hard and you probably will not be frustrated at all when playing the story mode, because of its MANY check/spawn points. On the other hand you will unlock the challenging arcade mode after you completed the game once.
In order to achieve 100% completion you have to beat the arcade mode on the hardest difficulty level, which is one of the most difficult tasks I have ever encountered. The game itself has an extremely stylish gameplay. There are no excuses to hide behind. Just you, the game and a 100% skill. I played it using a gamepad and have to say that there's nothing to complain about the controls. It is responsive, fast and it makes you feel like a blockbuster hero.
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72 of 104 people (69%) found this review helpful
4 people 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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30 of 35 people (86%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2013
Everyone wants to become a hero, no matter how high the stakes.

Bleed by Bootdisk Revolution, is a two-dimensional, side scrolling game, with a lovely vibrant pixelated art style that I fell in love with. In this game there no time to slow down and no time to reload as your placed in a various fast paced levels with a large arsenal of weapons to your disposal. You play as young girl name Wyrn, a person with high ambitions, mass array of weapons, and a great personality to top it all off. And her goal is to become the greatest hero of all time! And be placed in the hall of heroes.

Each level is different than the last from the middle of earth’s crust to the circulatory system of a dragon you’ll be there to show how much of a badass you are. With different unique but yet challenging bosses and minibosses you come across each level really makes the game charming. This game reminds me a lot of the old Megaman games and I wouldn't be surprised that’s where they got their idea of the menu screen from.

The story of the game got me hooked in an instant as it felt that I could relate from her ambition of becoming a superhero... really who never wanted to become a superhero before. However storyline flew right past me when it came to how short it took from the first mission to the last.

Bleed is a really fun while it lasted, but it still is a great game with its great design, several of stages and bosses, and incredibly fun storyline.

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29 of 34 people (85%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 1, 2014
I just caught this on sale for $2. The first level alone was worth the $2.

Buy. This. Game.

It's a hidden gem of twin stick, shooty, dodgey, platformy, bullet timey goodness.
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29 of 34 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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27 of 34 people (79%) found this review helpful
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 23, 2014
I would argue that the main character of this game is even better at jumping and shooting than megaman. high energy, great sound track, and probably the best short game i've ever played. I just wish is was longer :C
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
158.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 24, 2014
Bleed is an incredibly fluid platformer with controls, music, and gameplay that go FAR beyond that of ANY average 5$ title. The game is worth every penny and more, the only possible reasoning I can see to the game being 5$ is that there is not a *ton* of content, but, it still has a full game feel to it via stages, story / introductions to stages, and an ending that can move some people to tears, in a good way. <3

Not only that, but it has a difficulty setting for any level of player, from the more casual player, all the way down to hardcore players who enjoy the stress of an Arcade mode playthrough set on V.Hard that could make them rage and *still* have a good time.

No matter the difficulty setting, you aren't robbed of the game's wonderful ending and beautiful message it has, so I would recommend this game to anyone who enjoys platformers as this title has a refreshing twist on bullet time and mobility. This game truly feels unique and has the kind of game play I've not found anywhere else.

And with a second coming of the soon-to-be Bleed series in the works ... I would recommend this game to get hyped for it!!! Also, did I mention that the game's creator, Ian Campbell, single handedly made this piece of art?

That guy is a total baws! Check this game out, for 5$, chances are you won't regret it!!! ^_^
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23 of 29 people (79%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2013
This game feels so classic, it's great.

The combination of slo-mo, wide selection of weapons, and hordes of enemies makes this game feel great to play. The controls feel very intuitive, and the learning curve is pretty simple, despite the length of the game. Which bring me to another point:

This is a short game. All of the chapters can be beaten in a bit over an hour on a first run. However, it does include a couple modes of gameplay, one of which required you to beat the entire game in one run, on one life. I have yet to accomplish this.

There is also a co-op mode, which simply puts two characters through the same levels together. While this definitely feels neat, the screen panning could've been handled better, but it is pretty cool to see what new strategies emerge simply with the addition of another player.

All in all, this was an enjoyable experience, albeit short. if you have the couple bucks to drop, I'd consider giving it a play.
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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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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 4, 2013
Imagine mixing these things:
+ " Max Payne / Vanquish(xb/ps3) " Slo Mo Bullet Time
+ " Contra " 2D arcade style with high speeds
+ " Geometry wars " tight controls and evasion
+ retro faith

= Bleed
When I first played this game I was so excited after only the first level that I rather repeated the first level on a higher difficulty because I never wanted this game to end. After 10 minutes I got used to the game pad controls and trust me, the controls are so tight that you can develop a very high level of skill in this game.

The game will force you to pay high attention to evading a huge amount of projectiles flying at you and by making good use of the rechargeable bullet time (slo mo moments) you will be amazed by what crazy situations you can get out of. This is where my heart starts to beat really fast and I just think "did I just... omg... holy sh*t... I don't even..." The Boss fight are very hard and fair and a challenge mode lets you play against most bosses quickly without playing the level (even 3 at a time, good for short sessions). Story mode gives you unlimited continuous and lots of checkpoints. Arcade mode lets you play the whole game in one life and damn, it was probably the most satisfying moment in my gaming life to beat the final boss with my minimum health.

there are 7 levels and 4 difficulties with 12 unique boss fights.

I do recommend to play this with an xbox360 Controller (native support).
Left stick to move. right stick to aim (and automatically shoot with infinite ammo)
LT (hold) activate slo mo. RT jump + dash up to 3 times per jump in any direction.
with dashes and slo mo you can wiggle your way out of many situations.

The Bad:
- Local multi player is not awesome but it makes the game harder since both drain the same slo mo time and the camera only follows one person. I guess it was experimental.
- Also the story is just there to justify the scenes. Don't expect too much there.
- Semi Automatic weapons are not good for the game pad. This could be fixed by a laser pointer (do it plz)
- It is short, but considering that this is a one man dev team game for 5 bucks it is still awesome.

If you like the above mentioned games, then you can be sure that bleed will give you a nice gameplay experience.
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2013
Despite some minor annoyances, Bleed is one of the best run-and-gun shooters out there. Although the game centers around Wryn, and her quest to become the #1 best hero in the world, the controls are the star of the show here, with your character's movement being separate from aiming. This allows for the pacing to be pretty intense, and you'll want to just keep running and shooting down enemies without stopping. Keyboard and mouse controls take some time to get used to, but plug in a gamepad and something magical happens. Running, double-jumping, slowing down time, and dodging bullets left and right all become as easy as pie.

The game itself is hard as HELL, but the act of making it through mobs of enemies without a scratch is incredibly rewarding. At about 2 hours (and 6 levels), the game is short, but it doesn't overstay its welcome. There are also a bunch of unlockable weapons, characters, and challenge modes, so the game welcomes you to replay it in order to hone your skills.

And there IS local co-op as well, which is a very nice addition. The second player controls a red-headed Wryn, and can drop-in/out at any time. Though the game was clearly designed around a single-player experience, co-op is extremely fun and a great way to spend the afternoon with your friend.
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 12, 2014
This game is something, it's something I can't describe with words..so here I go describing it with words.
You play as a girl, armed with many weapons of sorts to be the GREATEST HERO EVER. It's simple, kill enemies, and get to the boss, then kill the boss as well, and proceed to the next level. This game is just so amazing, you can slow down time, and zoom through the air. There's not much to say about this game, but
Buy it, it's really good and it's worth every cent. It may be short, yes, but it's really damn fun.
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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2013
Bleed's is an utter delight to control, with three steerable air dashes, regenerating bullet time bar and multidirectional, ammoless shooting that doesn't slow you down a bit. It kind of makes other games in the genre feel stiff afterwards.
The main character is also very charming - her comments on the death screen give her a bit of personality.
It's a pity the game isn't longer - I really wanted more!
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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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2014
"Kill all heroes to be the hero, nice :) "

Bleed is a small 2D side-scroll bullet-time jump'n'run shooter.

+ great controls
+ great gameplay
+ great plattformer
+ okay graphics
+ okay ost&sounds
+ okay story
+ modes / difficulties
+ offline coop
+ full X360controller support

- no online coop
- only 7 lvls
- lvl design textures variety

Definately go for it if you like arcade plattformers & it's on sale.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
36.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
A run and gun platformer with a great soundtrack, color scheme, and level design. Its puzzle-like platforming areas and boss fights rival that of any popular platforming title. Although the first playthrough will only last 2-8 hours depending on difficulty, it is somewhat replayable with more difficulties and weapons to unlock. I highly recommend it even if you only plan on playing it through once.
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