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Published on September 27th, 2011 | by Derek Strickland, Contributor

Introducing They Bleed Pixels

They Bleed Pixels from Spooky Squid Games is an upcoming action platformer in the vein of old classic NES titles like Ninja Gaiden. This upcoming Xbox Indie makes use of awesome bit-style graphics, further bringing the air of nostalgia that many gamers enjoy, blending original gameplay elements for an unforgettable Indie experience.

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 and better you kill, the faster you fill your checkpoint meter. Avoid combat or button mash mindlessly and you’ll find checkpoints uncomfortably far apart.

Quite honestly, They Bleed Pixels looks to be one of the best Xbox Indies I’ve ever come across, and it seamlessly blends a few genres together all wile incorporating it’s own innovative and fresh game dynamics. It’s blend of nightmarish atmospheres with grisly blood-soaked gameplay reminds me a bit of two XBLA’s in particular: Bloodrayne Betrayal fused with The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile, all thrown into an NES cartridge to boot.

They Bleed Pixels will be available sometime in 2011–release dates haven’t been officially planned, and there hasn’t been any word of how much it’ll cost (most likely somewhere between 80-240 MSP).

For more information on They Bleed Pixels please visit the official website.

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