When it comes to challenging platformers of all types the Switch has gotten to the point where it has you covered and then some. Coming in on perhaps a bit more of the brutal end of the equation we have They Bleed Pixels, a platformer full of deadly traps where traversal is as much of a challenge as the enemies you’ll be trying to slash into submission. One oddity for me is that even though your character has a relatively small arsenal of moves I struggled to keep some of them straight contextually since most were about hitting a direction while performing a button press rather than making more use of the buttons available. Perhaps it’s a small thing but as tense as things can get when you’re trying to be sure to take open opportunities and make the most of them fumbling with the wrong attack can be aggravating. In addition there’s not a whole lot of ramp up overall for the various wall jumping and general nimbleness challenges, you’re just going to have to die until you git gud in many cases. For the right crowd who wants to dig in and master tough levels this could be a real treat, but for anyone remotely on the casual end of the spectrum it will be one to avoid most likely.
Justin Nation, Score: