Game Title: Bleed
Developed By: Bootdisk Revolution
Published By: Digerati
Released: December 14, 2017
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Genre: Arcade, Platformer, Adventure, First Person
ESRB Rating: Teen for Blood, Violence
Number of Players: Up to 2 Players simultaneous
Thank you to Digerati for this review copy!
Bleed is a fun, action, shooter that had it's frustrating moments, but overall was a blast to get through. Digerati is quickly becoming one of my favorite publishers, as they have many successful games under their belt. Wryn has a fantastic dream of becoming the number one hero of all time, and for her to get that title, she must kill all the previous heroes.
There is a very light story, that is mentioned above. It just ties things together, so you know why you are going on this crazy rampage. This game is challenging, and after the first level I had to change the difficulty to easy! I know, I am a wimp at these old school action games. I was able to get though all seven stages, and complete the game. Each level has a different theme and hero to take down. Each level also had these mini-bosses, that provided a decent challenge. You will be battling in a mansion, underground, in a dragon’s heart, to even on moving trains, which was one of my favorite levels. You will complete the level once you beat the hero of that level. Your arsenal includes, pistols, a shotgun, a laser rifle, and mines to name a few. You can upgrade your slow-motion ability, and hearts. Every time you complete a level you will earn points and you can use those to upgrade Wryn. Enemies will pounce all over you in each level, and you will move your right stick to shoot bad guys and it's nice you do not have to worry about ammunition, or even reloading. Just hold that stick and aim. You can also do a triple-dash jump, and even slow down time. The slow-motion ability is very important, as you can jump higher and further then in normal time. What really frustrated me at first was this dash jump. You can jump three times straight up, but if you wanted to move your character left or right while jumping, you would do a dash. This dash led to me dying repeatedly, because I couldn’t just jump and move my character an inch to the left or right; my character would move like five feet. Once I got it down, it became easier, but it was difficult in the first few levels. You can equip two weapons at a time and knowing which weapon to equip, can make the difference between life and death.
There are quite a few extras in this game. There is an arcade mode, challenge mode, and you can unlock different characters to play as. In arcade mode, you have one life to make it all the way through the game or it is game over. What is crazy is that you can change the difficulty and even the amount of health, where you can change it to one hit and your dead! Now that is some crazy challenge. In challenge mode, you can choose up to three bosses to fight, at the same time! You can change the arena, and the difficulty. This is a great, fun mode to challenge yourself with. I did the last three bosses at once, and boy that was super difficult. Once you complete it, you feel great and really accomplished. There are even three more characters to unlock and play as, each with their own unique gameplay.
The graphics are simple but get the job done. I appreciate that each level has a good design and theme to it. No level felt that same. The game is fast, and fluid, which makes for exciting gameplay. You will be dashing, dodging, and blowing enemies up in slow-motion, in no time. It feels retro and the soundtrack has a nice 8bit feel to it.
Bleed is an exciting action, old school, shooter. The core story mode is challenging, and you extra game modes that will test your limits! This game will make you bleed, and am sure you will enjoy it.
Score: 76% Good!