Title: They Bleed Pixels Developer: Spooky Squid Games Platforms: PC Price: $9.99 ---
They Bleed Pixels combines hard-as-nail platforming with fun combat, pixel graphics, and lots and lots of blood.
Yes, combat. So many precision platformers are purely evasive affairs and while They Bleed Pixels will certainly have you avoiding spikes and saws and blades by mere inches, combat is also a central mechanic. After finding a bleeding book in the library of Lafcadio Academy for Troubled Young Ladies, the young girl finds herself thrust into terrifying nightmares of creatures and dangerous spike-filled worlds, as she is morphed into a being with flesh ripping clawed hands. But she is far from defenseless. Platforming and combat are intertwined and the numerous traps are as much as danger to you as they are tools to boost your combos. From sliding attacks to juggling strikes and kicks, your moveset is quite diverse and allow you to chain intensive combs to fill your combo meter. Once filled, you're able to set a checkpoint on anywhere you wish, which adds a slight strategic edge as you decide where and when is the best time. I found the combat very satisfying and the freedom to chain together your moves in various ways or boot enemies to spikes doesn't get old.
Across eleven level, you'll need to wall slide and double jump over expanses of spikes and saw-filled rooms and fight teleporting wraiths, sword wielding brutes, and other enemy types. Prepare to die a lot, but you'll get your revenge when you kick your enemies into spike and blades. You can purchase They Bleed Pixels on Steam.