They Bleed Pixels

Over 500 games are discounted on Steam this week, a sizable chunk of which are visual novels and cutesy anime games. But if gratuitous violence is more your thing, allow me to direct your attention to two of the sales' best games and steepest discounts: the Hotline Miami combo pack and They Bleed Pixels

Hotline Miami is a gory top-down action game about murdering gangsters in a chicken mask. As our own Graham Smith said in his review, it's "a tight, efficient game" that encourages brutal creativity and lives by trial-and-error. Through Monday, November 13, you can pick up the original Hotline Miami and the sequel, Wrong Number, for $6.79. Note that the individual games aren't discounted, so you have to buy the bundle. Luckily, the bundle is cheaper than either individual game. 

In a similarly grisly vein, 2D platformer They Bleed Pixels is available for $2—a hefty 80 percent off—through Monday. Phil called it "neat, but also absurdly difficult" back in 2015 when it received its big Crimson Update, which added a host of levels, speedrun leaderboards, and, crucially, improved blood effects. If you dig its chiptune music, you can also grab the soundtrack for $1, or kill two birds with one collector's edition9. for $2.59.

As previously reported, tech-noir tactics game All Walls Must Fall is also heavily discounted this week, as its Berlin Wall anniversary sale happened to line up with the weekly sale. Atmospheric survival game This War of Mine is another standout at 80 percent off. 

Community Announcements - Spooky Squid


ːtbphappyːThanks to the fine folks at Playism you can now play They Bleed Pixels in Japanese. Everything from the chapter start quotations to the bonus artist bios has been translated, and we worked closely with Playism to ensure that the game’s unique typography and design was preserved. You can read more about the localization process on our blog (which is unfortunately English only ːtbpsadː ).

Also there's a new T-shirt design available through We Love Fine!
Community Announcements - Spooky Squid


We've teamed up with the fine folks at We Love Fine to offer a fantastic set of They Bleed Pixels shirts and bags adorned with everyone's favourite clawed little girl ːtbphappyː. Right now there are four designs available with more colours and designs on the way!

Buy They Bleed Pixels merch at We Love Fine.

They Bleed Pixels is currently on sale during the Steam Summer Sale at 75% off.

PC Gamer

There are over 21,000 articles on PCGamer.com—I counted—and somehow not one of them is about They Bleed Pixels. That seems like a mistake, and one I will now attempt to rectify.

They Bleed Pixels is a hardcore combat-platformer. It's slower then, say, Super Meat Boy, but bolsters the extreme platforming challenge with a deep combat system that utilises combos and environmental traps. It's neat, but also absurdly difficult. And now, two years after its release, it's received a free update that adds new levels and an optional "novice" difficulty mode.

This live-action trailer should give you some idea of the tone and features of the Crimson Update.

Here's what's been added:

  • New engine rewritten in C for 60fps gameplay on netbooks and older computers.
  • Shorter and easier Novice Difficulty levels.
  • New bonus levels! Winter s End and exp. 666.
  • Record, play and share your best runs on the leaderboards. Watch the top players to improve your runs!
  • Enhanced blood effects! Double the blood particles!
  • Support for both DirectInput and XInput controllers.
  • Lots of other little bits of polish, from save games to graphics options.

They Bleed Pixels is also now available for Mac and Linux. To celebrate the update, the game is 75% off until June 10. That makes it a ridiculously cheap 1.74/$2.49.

Community Announcements - Spooky Squid

The long wait is over for Mac and Linux users, They Bleed Pixels is now available for your OS of choice! All three operating systems are also getting the brand new Crimson Update free! More levels, more polish, more blood! ːtbphappyː

As an extra bonus They Bleed Pixels is 75% off for the next week (June 3-10th)!

Crimson Update:
  • New engine rewritten in C for 60fps gameplay on netbooks and older computers.
  • Shorter and easier Novice Difficulty levels.
  • New bonus levels! Winter’s End and exp. 666.
  • Record, play and share your best runs on the leaderboards. Watch the top players to improve your runs!
  • Enhanced blood effects! Double the blood particles!
  • Support for both DirectInput and XInput controllers.
  • Lots of other little bits of polish, from save games to graphics options.
ːtbpbookː While the Crimson Update is free for everyone, its existence came at a terrible cost, documented in our new live action trailer, a collaboration with photographer Paul Hillier.
Check out the high quality 60fps version on YouTube: https://youtu.be/6r2ygRIBGY4

Top image illustration by friend of Spooky Squid Games Eric Kim.
Community Announcements - Spooky Squid



Watch the current speedrun champion Squidclaw do a full run through They Bleed Pixels’ story mode with developer commentary streamed live Monday night (12:15am EST) during the Awesome Games Done Quick 2015 speedrunning marathon for charity.

Squidclaw holds the current record for a full story run at just over 30 minutes and five deaths and his playthroughs are a wonder to behold. Miguel Sternberg level designer and artist behind They Bleed Pixels will be doing live commentary of the run and we’re providing a prize pack including a t-shirt, a rare Little Black Envelope Edition of They Bleed Pixels and other physical goodies.

You can catch the run at 11:50pm EST January 5th (UPDATE: 12:15am Jan 6th) at http://gamesdonequick.com and donate directly here.

Exact time is subject to last minute change so check the schedule.

As an extra bonus you can pick up They Bleed Pixels at 80% off on Steam from Jan 4th - 6th!

AGDQ 2015 is running from January 4th -10th and is raising money for The Prevent Cancer Foundation this year. So go watch some games done quick and donate to charity! ːtbphappyː
Jul 1, 2014
Announcement - Valve
To celebrate Canada Day, we're sorry to announce our Canada Day Daily Deal. We apologize in advance for great deals on a set of Canadian-developed titles, with discounts from 33% to 75% off*.

So put down those creatively flavored potato chips and see all the deals here. Poutine not included.


*Offer ends July 3rd at 10AM Pacific.

Community Announcements - Spooky Squid
We're happy to announce They Bleed Pixels now has Steam Trading Cards! There are eight cards to collect filled with background info on the world of They Bleed Pixels and a ton of unlockables (I went kinda nuts making emoticons).

I've posted a preview of the cards and goodies on our tumblr.

If you aren't familiar with Steam Trading Cards there's info on how they work and joining the beta here.

For those asking for more levels we have two in the works! More news on them when they're closer to release.
Announcement - Valve
Save up to 75% on new Week Long Deals on Steam, available now until June 3rd at 10AM Pacific time!



















Product Update - Valve
PATCH/UPDATE NOTES:

* New level, "All Hallows' Eve" added to bonus levels.
* Restart level option added to the pause menu.
* Checkpoint files now accurately track stats when you save and continue mid-level.
* Continuing a level midway no longer replays the intro cutscene for that stage.
* More graphic tweaking options: v-sync and separate toggles for parallax and full screen effects.
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