December 13, 2012 12:00 PM | Danny Cowan
It's been a while since we last heard from Ian Campbell of Bootdisk Revolution, but the wait was worth it. Campbell's debut title Bleed is out now for Windows and the Xbox Live Indie Games service, and it's fantastic.
Bleed is a twin-stick shooter/platformer in which you'll invade the homes of retired video game heroes and brutally assassinate them. The platforming is briskly paced, thanks to the brilliant control setup; players move, aim, and fire using the Xbox 360's analog sticks. The left trigger enables gameplay-slowing bullet time, and the right trigger jumps.
Heroine Wryn doesn't just jump, though; she can quadruple-jump. The tight controls allow for moments in which you'll triple-jump over a group of enemies, trigger bullet time, and then rain duel-wielded pistol death upon your foes before dashing to safety. It's a lot of fun, and there are a wide variety of unlockable weapons, power-ups, and gameplay modes to encourage you to strive for higher scores.
I highly recommend checking out the free demo for a good idea of what the full game is like. The Windows version is priced at $5, and is available at GamersGate and directly from bootdiskrevolution.com.
Bleed is also up for vote at Steam Greenlight.