Spooky Squid Games has announced that They Bleed Pixels, a fast-paced, "gothic lo-fi" platforming beat-em-up released via Xbox Live Indie Games in Summer 2011, will be available soon on Steam. Featuring a distinct visual style that blends pixel art with paper and ink textures, They Bleed Pixels 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.
The Spooky Squid team have spent a year polishing, creating additional levels and adding Steamworks features including leaderboards, achievements and cloud saving. A trailer is now locally mirrored.