Developer: Spooky Squid Games Incorporated
Publisher: Spooky Squid Games Incorporated
Platforms: Switch, PC
Reviewed On: Switch
Release Date: 20/04/2020
On sale until 09/11/2020
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.
They Bleed Pixels, is a Deathcore game that will frustrate the hell out of you until your fingers bleed, or at least to you complete the level and feel like a legend.
You play as an anonymous student of the Lafcadio Academy for Troubled Young Ladies. Who while struggling with nightmare comes along a bleeding book. Upon opening the book, it transforms the girl it to a demon with talons where her hands once were. She must battle through her own eldritch nightmares to defeat a curse that is altering her body into a clawed demonic form.
To say that They Bleed Pixels is an easy game to finish is like saying Superman N64 was an almost OK game (We all know that’s a lie). Belive me this game is like Super Meat Boy, but on crack. It takes everything everyone found hard about Super Meat boy then stuck in enemies. Regardless of the difficulty the game kept me coming back for more and more pixelated blood, even if it was mine most of the time.
The game has a very simple control setup, movement, slash and kick. These can all be mixed in for some cool combos and death blows. For example, can kick an enemy in the air, hold up and slash and juggle them. OR better still kick them in to saw blades, spikes, other enemies for some bloody pixelated goodness. This serves two purposes, first the ranking score the faster you kill with environmental kills and reach the end goal, the higher the score. Also, the ‘Save’ meter will increase, once full the player needs to stop for a few seconds so allow a check point to appear.
The check point is a lovely little feature that to begin with lures the player into thinking, ‘There is a checkpoint I got this.’ To start with it feels like that but as the levels progress and get even harder, there are less safe places to take a brake and set up a checkpoint. DAMN! you Spooky Squid! When I mentioned getting harder, I mean starting a level and falling to your death harder.
Each level has been beautifully crafted to test reflexes, timings and stress levels of the player. Not to mention it is a beautiful-looking pixel art game, simple in design, but still boasting plenty of detail in the backgrounds, giving the entire game a gothic feel and look. Not that you really get time to look at anything but your own pixelated blood splatter everywhere. The story sections are beautiful also, with their gothic comic book look telling the story of this girl.
They Bleed Pixels is designed to frustrate you and keep you dying and trying. This is the whole point of Deathcore games. However, this will be a love or hate relationship. I for one loved the game and had a tone of fun, even if i was frustrated Alot.
For anyone wanting a challenge this is a must buy, in its niche market this is one of the best.