They Bleed Pixels
Featuring 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. It tells the story of a young girl haunted by a mysterious book and her violent Lovecraftian nightmares.
They Bleed Pixels uses a simple one-button combat scheme with surprising depth at its core. Button mashing is discouraged while kicking shadowy monsters into saws, pits and spikes is rewarded thanks to a unique checkpoint earning system. Instead of being evenly distributed at set locations, players must earn and place checkpoints through stylish kills. The more stylishly you kill, the faster you fill your checkpoint meter. Avoid combat or button mash mindlessly and you’ll find checkpoints uncomfortably far apart.
When a young girl arrives at the Lafcadio Academy for Troubled Young Ladies, she's unprepared for the violent nightmares that plague her dreams and transport her to other worlds. Worse yet, her dreams are intruding into her waking life, slowly altering her flesh into the demonic form of her night terrors. Can she destroy the mysterious blood-soaked book that appears to be the root of her troubles or will her transmutation from girl to clawed horror become complete?
With full Steamworks support there's lots to do after you've completed story mode including individual level letter rankings and 150 skill based achievements. Record, play and share your best runs on the online leaderboards* and watch the top players to improve your runs. Plus cloudsave* means you can continue your game anywhere!
*Online leaderboards and cloudsave require Steam version.
They Bleed Pixels includes a full album's worth of original electronic music by DJ Finish Him (aka Shaun Hatton) composed with synthesizers, unconventional instruments and gadgets often not meant for musical use.
Buy the full 2 hour soundtrack including outtakes and remixes not found in the game on Bandcamp.
Guest & Bonus Levels
In addition to the main game, we've invited friends from the local indie game community to create bonus levels for They Bleed Pixels. We then worked with each of them to create visual mashups letting a little of their game worlds leak into ours.
They Bleed Ponycorns!
Ryan Craighton - Untold Entertainment
They Bleed Pixels x Sissy's Magical Ponycorn Adventure
The father-daughter team behind the hit viral game Sissy’s Magical Ponycorn Adventure returns in the unlikeliest of crossovers. Featuring collectable ponycorns, crayon art, evil lemons, fountains of adorable pink blood and a ponycorns tribute mix by musician DJ Finish Him!
They Bleed Star Dust
Alex Bethke - Golden Gear Games
They Bleed Pixels x Seraph (formerly Starfall)
Golden Gear Games's Bethke brings a level visually themed around his game Seraph, the top pick from the Experimental Gameplay Projects: High Velocity theme, now available for iOS. Featuring a glowing shiny protagonist, abstract nightmares, an outer space background and punishing difficulty.
exp. issue 0.666...
Mathew Kumar - MK-ULTRA Games
They Bleed Pixels x exp. 'zine
Journalist and game designer Mathew Kumar’s acclaimed videogame 'zine exp. makes the jump from photocopier to silicon. Featuring black and white photocopy art, an extra rare copy of exp. minus two, and words like orotund, grandiloquent and turgid! Quite possibly the most challenging They Bleed Pixels level yet!
In addition to themed guest levels created by outside game designers we occasionally create and release new bonus levels with a seasonal theme.
All Hallows Eve
Set in a pumpkin infested graveyard this puzzle based level is unlike anything in the main game. Throw enemies into deadly traps to gain access to stashes of delicious candy. Find all 100 candy bits and compete in the high score leaderboard.
An action oriented level set amongst icy hills blanketed in snow, pierced by stone tablets, carvings of animal totems and ancient symbols. Filled with unique opportunities for environmental kills as well as an optional high stakes challenge to collect six rare crimson snowflakes.