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.
Kotaku
They Bleed Pixels is a Pleasurably Painful Way to Break In Steam's Big Picture ModeThe day Valve announced the availability of the television-friendly Big Picture Mode for Steam I hooked up my laptop to the PC, dug out my Bluetooth game controller, and began downloading Transformers: Fall of Cybertron.


I soon realized that download would take forever, and grabbed a 319 megabyte copy of Spooky Squid Games' beat-em up/platformer They Bleed Pixels. This was an incredibly good decision.


Big Picture Mode is a great opportunity for PC gamers that prefer the couch to kick the console habit and play the latest "AAA" titles, but more importantly it's a chance for the independent creators of gamepad-friendly games like They Bleed Pixels to rise to the fore. You can go make yourself a sandwich, read a book, or watch a season of TV on DVD while you download a big name title, or you can be up and running with a gem like this in minutes.


They Bleed Pixels is indeed a gem; a blood-red one that, if you look closely, is colored with your own vital fluids. It's the story of a young girl with razor-sharp claws exploring the Lovecraftian world of her nightmares. It's therapeutic, the way she tears into her enemies using simple one-button controls, kicking, tearing and air-juggling them to pieces while navigating some truly devious platforming levels.


I particularly love the game's checkpoint system. Rather than set locations, you collect magical orbs as you make your way through each level. Once you gather enough you simply find yourself a safe place, stand still, and fwoosh — instant checkpoint. Gathering that final orb after a particularly intense series of jumps is like making a first down in football, only you're a little girl with her hands dripping with blood. I'd watch that.


They Bleed Pixels is an unforgiving platforming experience, punishing you for each misstep with a shower of pixelated gore. The controls are incredibly tight too, so you know that when you screw up, it was definitely you that screwed up.


They Bleed Pixels is the perfect way to introduce Steam to your television set. The retro graphics look gorgeous on my 46-inch Westinghouse, DJ Finish Him's creepy-cool soundtrack sounds amazing coming out of my sound bar (yes, I need to upgrade), and the punishment the game doles out is no less than I deserve for relegating wonderful experiences like this to the monitor screen for so long.


They Bleed Pixels — $9.99 [Steam]


Product Release - Valve
They Bleed Pixels is Now Available on Steam and 20% off.*

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.

*Offer ends September 5th at 10AM Pacific Time.

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