Posted: June 28
Coming from someone who enjoys hard platformers (eg: Meatboy), They Bleed Pixels is simply frustrating in all the wrong ways. Its combat is klunky and the "combos" are incredibly simplistic (either be a platformer or be a combat game, when you half-♥♥♥ both the result is pretty meh), the enemies oftentimes will randomly pop out and kill you from offscreen (looking at you squid things) and much of the platforming is done by a character that slips and slides more than meatboy but with less precision.
On the other hand, the game has a good atmospheric quality, decent music, it runs smoothly, and is initially fun, but not really replayable (which is a shame because the game is far too short).
Overall I think its greatest drawback was that it was more frustrating than satisfying in the end. Reaching a new checkpoint and beating levels just didn't give enough gratification to justify the annoyances of the enemies and getting bounced around by saw blades (especially in areas where you have to go way
too far to get to a new checkpoint, where even the slightest error makes you start all over). Too many stupid deaths, too many cheap deaths and too many frustrating areas throughout held this back from being a much better game. I'd give it maybe a 3/10.