They Bleed Pixels

They Bleed Pixels is a Lovecraftian combat platformer game from Spooky Squid Games Inc.


The game is presented with deliberately simplistic retro graphics, using a dark art style with strong Gothic Lovercraftian themes. The gameplay draws comparisons to N/N+, The Dishwasher, and Super Meat Boy with its fast pace and hazardous environments.


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The game has combat elements where the female protagonist tackles the enemies by creating various combo moves. These are handled with the game's one-button combat mechanism. The levels are filled with spikes and spinning saw blades which serve as both a hazard for the player to avoid and as tools for killing enemies.

The game employs a combo mechanic where using the environment to damage enemies and chaining together kills will fill a gague; once full, the player is able to create a checkpoint anywhere they are not in immediate danger. Thus, the player is incentivized to kill foes creatively to allow one to save more often. However, having a checkpoint available while in combat also increases the score multiplier, providing a more risky option for high-scoring play.

Each level has collectible book pages which allow one to unlock bonus art.

Bonus Levels

The game features several "guest" bonus levels:

A forth bonus level, "exp 0.666..." based off exp. Magazine by Mathew Kumar, is due soon as free DLC.

System Requirements


  • OS:Windows XP or later
  • Processor:CPU 1.73GHz Intel Duo Core
  • Memory:1.5 GB RAM
  • Graphics:NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT (XNA 4.0 Hi-Def compatible card, Pixel Shader 3.0, Vertex Shader 3.0) (Integrated Video Cards not recommended)
  • DirectX®:9.0c
  • Hard Drive:350 MB HD space
  • Sound:DirectX-compatible sound card
  • Additional:Controller Support: Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller or other XInput compatible controller.


  • Processor:CPU 2.6Hz Intel Quad Core
  • Memory:2 GB RAM
  • Graphics:NVIDIA® GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon® X1900 (XNA 4.0 Hi-Def compatible card, Pixel Shader 3.0, Vertex Shader 3.0) (Integrated Video Cards not recommended)