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 (819 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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"Insanely fun."
Penny Arcade

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

PC
Mac
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • Additional:Xbox 360 controller officially supported
    Minimum:
    • 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)
    Recommended:
    • Additional:Xbox 360 controller officially supported (requires a third-party driver)
Helpful customer reviews
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
This game is a delightfully well designed shooter/platformer with a lot of humor, difficult bosses and great arcade-like design that adds to the replayability. Also makes great use of a time mechnic that is well integrated into the game's design. A bit on the short side but has plenty of extras and leaderboards to add to the game play. Well worth the criminally cheap price of $5. Also has an OK local co-op feature, though it's a bit difficult to play this extremely intense action platformer with a shared screen.

Overall a great game. Only downside is the shortness of the game and a lack of variety in enemies. 4/5
Posted: October 2
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
Bullet time is far from an original concept in video games, quite a few times it is a token shoe-horned in element as a result of a developer running out of ideas. The best examples of bullet time in video games is when it is core part of the the game's elements. In this sense Bleed really uses the bullet time well with it being a bullet hell shoot and having a triple dash ability making the tiniest gap in the projectiles an escape route. The levels a really well designed making a good difficulty curve, this however brings me the flaw of the game which is the length. I kid you not when I say there are seven levels in total and each one is quite short (6-10 mins), there is increased difficulty, arcade mode and alternate character that try to extend the length but the game remains short. There are a few other problems with the game like the fact that the upgrade systems is largely useless the soundtrack while nice is really short and repeats a lot. I guess at five dollars you get what you pay for but still a bit steep for the length for the game so try to get it on sale.
Posted: September 24
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.7 hrs on record
A gun and run 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.
Posted: October 12
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
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!
Posted: October 24
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Fun, fast-paced platformer and overall good game. 7/10
Posted: October 24
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
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Posted: September 25
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
When I was in elementary school, one of my friends bit the Start and Select buttons off of his NES controller out of the sheer frustration he felt from playing a 'cheap' game. I feel like he'd bite the controller in half if he played Bleed. For me at least, there's just too much going on at all times for this game to be fun. Everything shoots everything at you, always, and you die after about five hits. Screw that. Took me like 30 tries to get past the boss of first level. Ain't nobody got time for that.
Posted: October 17
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1.6 hrs on record
A really nice, but pretty short game!

It's a really intresting and fin game. I recommend playing with a controller though, but that is up to you.

Give this game a shot if you like platforming games and these kinda games. Can't really compare it to something else.

Overall, this game gets 7/10
Posted: October 8
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1.8 hrs on record
Bleed is a short-and-sweet difficult platformer reminiscent of other video games and will occasionally reference them. The story goes that you and the main protagonist Wryn have to kill all 6 great heroes in the hall of fame who have hidden themselves from the rest of the world in order to join their ranks, and reveal them for who they really are. The game is pure enjoyment, and in my opinion is what a Matrix game should be, even if it has nothing to do with that franchise. Wryn can do three directional dashes while in the air, making her extremely mobile, if a little hard to control. You use the mouse to aim her weapons and can even go into bullet time (see why I compared it to the Matrix). Wryn is probaby the best main protagonist in an indie game. She is just so adorable! The only real issue is the control. While you can get used to it, it can cause a lot of death, especially on stage 6. Many may say this game is too short, but I honestly prefer short but amazing games as opposed to long dull games. This game will take you about 1 and a half hours to beat, but those 1 and a half hours will be some of the best in your life. 8/10
Posted: October 10
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2.7 hrs on record
I took time out of playing it to tweet about how much I love it.
Yeah, it's that good.
Posted: September 25
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3.0 hrs on record
It's very short. Other than that, this is a great game. It's way hard and satisfying. The max payne physics work well and shooting stuff is fast and satisfying.
Posted: September 28
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20.2 hrs on record
Do you like bullethell games? Do you like being a badass arcarde shooter girl? What? No? Well screw you then you don't even deserve this game.
Posted: October 1
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1.7 hrs on record
Amazing game with great slow motion effect, but a little too short. I definitely recommend to play it with gamepad.
Posted: October 3
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4.1 hrs on record
Sooo good. Get it.
Posted: September 26
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4.1 hrs on record
Unfortunetly all too short. But it's fun enough so you'll forgive that. Recommended.

Score: 7.6 - Worth Checking Out.
Posted: September 24
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1.7 hrs on record
I recommend this game, but only if you want a pretty mindless 2D shooter. It's good twitchy fun, but aware of how dumb it is, and pretty content to be nothing more than that.
Posted: October 13
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2.2 hrs on record
Bleed is a short and sweet hardcore platformer. All killer, no filler. If you're like me and suck at hardcore platformers, Bleed generously checkpoints at the beginning of every (short) section, so you won't have to replay too much each time you die. If you're actually good at this kind of thing, you can remix the game with a customized boss rush mode (if I understand correctly) or play the Arcade challenge with only one life (hah!). This will net you a higher score, which nets you more points you can use to buy new weapons and upgrade the main character, enabling you to play harder modes to get higher scores, etc.

Gamepad controls take a little getting used to (analog stick to shoot, shoulder trigger to jump?) but soon you get into a groove where the controls make sense and are perfectly intuitive. Except I'd find myself clutching the left trigger during especially tense moments, which prevented the time slowdown meter from refilling, which made tense moments even tenser.... and the game is essentially comprised of tense moments.
Posted: October 5
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7.7 hrs on record
Lots of elements borrowed from classic platformers such as mega-man, but keeps it's own style and mechanics that sets it apart. The last level of the game is especially appealing. A nice short platformer than can be played again and again. For $5, I got plenty of enjoyment out of it.

The only problem I have is that the ranking system is increadibly unfair. In order to achieve a rank higher than D, you basically have to run through the entire course without getting damaged more than 4 times.
Posted: October 13
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8.2 hrs on record
This game was a lot of fun! Just pure fast paced gameplay never really having a dull moment. The music was solid, it has some great mechanics that make it stand out from other games in its genre, and it also has some replay value. My personal favorite part of the game was the boss fights though. Which were all very unique and really really intense and fast paced, even more so on harder difficulties. My only complaint is it was just way too short. In 8 hours I beat the game through on every difficulty, unlocked everything, and even replayed some of it again after that for fun. Luckily its on the cheaper side making it worth every penny. 8/10
Posted: October 17
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3.6 hrs on record
ITS SO GUD BUY IT 2WICE
Posted: October 17
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