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Bleed, A Bullet Hell Platformer Now On Linux

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Bleed is an indie bullet hell shootem-up platformer by Bootdisk Revolution. Originally released in 2013, the developer had stated low hopes of a native port release, but the wait for that day is now over! After showing up silently in my library, I decided to finally check it out and am very pleased to play this game!

To sum up how I feel about Bleed, I simply love it. Showing me, yet again, that no matter what a game looks like, fluid game-play shines through everything and classic inspirations can be extended upon if done right.

The game really reminds me of taking a great shootem-up like Contra and mixing it up with some dash mechanics like Mega Man X, but giving you a little more freedom in how you interact with that. You can also unlock other weapons / characters / modes as you progress, mixing up how you want the game to play out, giving it some nice replayability. With that mechanical freedom and fluidity, I can't express enough my joy to experience this game. While some of the pixel art could be criticized from a objective (IE: shading) standpoint, the music and game-play quality more than certainly make up for that.

One thing I am a little disappointed in is the co-op features are only local (all platforms), but hey, if you have a friend (unlike me), pull them in and have a grand time blasting critters to oblivion.

*Note: The Steam page states it is full controller compatible, but I cannot test this feature since I don't own a gamepad. I would like to know if this holds true for other Linux gamers who played it.

I just discovered they are also in-progress creating a sequel, Bleed 2, which I'm personally excited for.

You can find the native Linux version currently on Steam. I'm sure Desura and their website will follow suit for those DRM-free purchases as well.
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MayeulC 20 February 2015 at 1:12 pm UTC
This game looks really nice, but I think I'll wait for them to add Linux support to their website. I really like to have a drm-free version of these games to carry out with me, and a steam one to play on my computer.
BTRE 20 February 2015 at 2:50 pm UTC
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Looks cool, I love me my bullet hell type games. Not that impressive graphically, but the action seems fluid and that's what's important. Wishlisted until I'm less broke
dsngjoe 20 February 2015 at 3:22 pm UTC
I am glad they are bringing in to our beloved OS. I myself don't play old fashion graphics games. If I had an AMD Video Card I would be very happy to have another game I could play.

Just Kidding on the AMD.
Keizgon 21 February 2015 at 4:58 am UTC
MayeulCThis game looks really nice, but I think I'll wait for them to add Linux support to their website. I really like to have a drm-free version of these games to carry out with me, and a steam one to play on my computer.
Their website now has a Tux icon. ;)
muntdefems 24 February 2015 at 9:47 pm UTC
Thanks to the kind developer, I've got a spare Steam key for Bleed to give away. It will go to the first commenter to post and explain the last time he/she bled (I mean, due to accidental causes ).
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