‘Bleed’ is a Retro Run-and-Gun Shooter with Mind-Blowing Gameplay
If you’re someone who couldn’t get enough of games like Contra and Guardian Heroes back in the day (or even play them to this day), you have to check out a new indie release called Bleed from Ian Campbell’s one-man development studio Bootdisk Revolution. In the works for several years, Bleed started out as a student project and has grown into a full release for PC and Xbox Live Indie Games. In fact, the retro-inspired side-scroller made its debut in 2011 at Microsoft’s Dream Build Play event for XNA titles, but has undergone a complete overhaul since then, becoming a blend of surprisingly cute visuals with seriously hardcore gameplay.
Bleed stars Wryn, a pink-haired young gun-slinger who’s able to aim and shoot independently of which direction she’s running, similar in mechanics to 3D titles like Max Payne 3. Instead of squaring off against gun-toting thugs and grizzled gangsters, however, Wryn must contend with kamikaze kittens, giant robots, and other far-out foes. She can dash, jump, slow time, change direction in mid-air, shoot, land, and keep on running without missing a beat. As you can see in the trailer above, she can even use an energy sword to deflect enemies’ bullets right back at them.
Available now on PC via GamersGate or directly from Campbell himself for $4.99, Bleed is also up for voting on Steam Greenlight. There’s a demo version, too, if our enthusiasm hasn’t sold you on this charming, challenging game that mixes old-school looks with decidedly modern gameplay. If you do grab it, let us know what you think in the comments below.