Bleed is a platformer developed by Nephilim Game Studios and published by Digerati Distribution. It tells the story of Wryn, a girl with a huge dream-to become the greatest video game hero of all time. Tired of sitting around and being a nobody, Wryn wanted to make a name for herself. This sent her on an adventure through creepy caves, monster-infested mansions, and even the belly of a dragon (yes, you fight through the insides of a dragon…what is more badass than that?) Wryn is determined to be the best in the world and will stop at nothing to make her dream come true. Can you achieve her goal and be the greatest hero of all time?
Besides the main story mode, Bleed provides an arcade mode and challenge mode. The arcade mode goes all Old School on you and asks you to beat the entire game with only one life. That’s right, no health regeneration, no health pick-ups, and seven straight levels without saving or dying. Now doesn’t that just sound like hell…I mean nostalgic, yeah let’s go with that. Challenge mode on the other hand is a fun mode, in which you face off against bosses of your choice trying to learn their pattern and master the fight to prepare for the perfect arcade run. Or, if you are feeling brave, you can wage war against three bosses at the same time. Don’t worry, it is only one of the hardest thing to do in this game and you get nothing for it (other than an achievement).
If there is one thing that I would stress to anyone about this game is the unbelievable difficulty curve that is present. I played through the game on the Easy setting so I could get through it quickly for the purposes of the review. I then dabbled in the challenge mode and arcade mode. All was fun and good, but then I tried to play the game on Normal to see how it was. It was ridiculously difficult, way more than it needed to be and that was just on the Normal setting. I couldn’t imagine if I play on Hard or even Very Hard. This game gave the retro feel and the difficulty sure as hell adds to it. I understand the game wanting to be difficult, some games have that façade, but when a game provides various difficulty settings, the lowest one shouldn’t be the only one that is fun to play. It just shouldn’t be and I don’t understand at all why this game has this large of a difficulty spike from Easy to Normal.
All in all, Bleed is a fun little title that can be very difficult at times. I would recommend picking it up if you are wanting a retro-style title for a cheaper price. It’s fun, fast-paced, and quick to pick up, but it may be a bit difficult for most.
*Note: A copy of this game was provided for the purpose of the review
Final Score: 7.5/10
-High Difficulty Curve