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They Bleed Pixels jumps from XBLIG to Steam


They Bleed Pixels, Spooky Squid Games' intense, lo-fi, collaboratively designed, combo-based platform action game, is moving from Xbox to PC, abandoning its planned XBLIG release in favor of Steam.

In the last year, Spooky Squid added more levels than were originally planned, and integrated Steamworks leaderboards, achievements, and cloud saves. There's no release date for the now-PC game. "We're just finishing up sound and squashing a few pesky bugs," said creative director Miguel Sternberg. "It's been a busy year and I think players will really appreciate the additional content and polish."

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Spooky Squid Games announces They Bleed Pixels to be released for PC on Steam.
Upcoming gothic lo-fi platforming beat'em up makes the move to Steam.

Toronto, ON – August 8th, 2012

Independent game developer Spooky Squid Games announced through a new trailer today that They Bleed Pixels has moved its development from Xbox Live Indie Games to Steam and will be announcing a release date soon.


Originally planned for release last summer, the Spooky Squid team have spent an extra year polishing, creating additional levels and adding Steamworks features including leaderboards, achievements and cloud saving. Also shown in the trailer for the first time is a small preview of the game's detailed motion comic cutscenes. Through these wordless pixel art sequences They Bleed Pixels' story of a young girl haunted by otherworldly nightmares is revealed.

"We're extremely happy to be bringing They Bleed Pixels to Steam. Throughout development other game developers and players have told us that the game really deserves to reach a larger audience and the move to PC and Steam will do just that." says Miguel Sternberg, Creative Director at Spooky Squid Games. "For those waiting for the release date we're very close to being able to announce it. We're just finishing up sound and squashing a few pesky bugs. It's been a busy year and I think players will really appreciate the additional content and polish."

About They Bleed Pixels
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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. The game features a surprisingly robust one button combat system and a mid-level save system that requires players to pull off stylish kills in order to earn and place checkpoints.

About Spooky Squid Games:
Spooky Squid Games was founded in late 2008 by pixel artist and game designer Miguel Sternberg. He was joined soon by Andrij Pilkiw who rounded out the team with his programming prowess and ability to curse in Ukrainian.

Since forming they have released several free games including Night of the Cephalopods, a game critically praised for its groundbreaking interactive narrative technique and listed as one of's Best Freeware Arcade Games of 2008.

For more information on Spooky Squid Games, visit the company's website ( or Twitter (

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