Bendy And the Ink Machine

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a game by Joey Drew Studios
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 8.5/10, based on 2 reviews, 1 review is shown
User Rating: 9.3/10 - 3 votes
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Bendy And the Ink Machine
Bendy And the Ink Machine
Bendy And the Ink Machine
Bendy And the Ink Machine

I was a bit late to the party with Bendy And The Ink Machine. I had seen the merch in stores and always wondered what the heck this thing was! Well, I finally got round to playing through the whole thing and I found myself incredibly invested in this fascinating and messed up world!

That Infernal Machine

A huge part of the reason why this game clicked for me was the story. The story is so good that I am going to not spoil anything major for you guys as it is the kind of thing that is best-experienced firsthand and spoiler-free. The basics of the story are that you play as a character called Henry who worked as an animator for many years back in the 30s. he has been called back to his former animation studio, but when he arrives he realizes that there is a “strange” and “sinister” force at play here and a strange ink machine that has brought to life these horrible creatures that want him dead. The real meat and potatoes of the story is finding out what exactly happened here and trying to stop it.

Style Over Substance

The visuals of Bendy And The Ink Machine and drop-dead gorgeous! This game is just pure eye candy and the way it is made to look like old cartoons from the 1930s is handled phenomenally well. The various characters you encounter especially your dog companion Boris all look like they could have been designed by Walt Disney himself.

One of the things that I did not notice right away was the use of color or the lack of. Most of the game is black ink and the rest is a kind of “brown” it is the kind of thing that sounds like it would be rather ugly, but it has a ton of personality to it and it fits the game very, very well. I really cannot say enough things praising the game's visuals.

There is also some fantastic voice acting here. Much of the “lore” of the game is brought to life thanks to these tapes you can find. These are well worth finding, especially if you find the story of the game as fascinating as I do.

Finding The Truth

I have heard Bendy And The Ink Machine be described as a “survival horror” game, but I do not actually agree with that. There are elements of horror here and everything wants you dead. However, there is no item or ammo management or stuff like that, which I am actually thankful for. The game is split into different chapters and the gameplay is all done from the first-person point of view.

You will need to explore and solve various puzzles. Most of the time puzzles are you finding keys, releasing valves, and that kind of thing. You will get tasks to do for a certain character and finding out what is going on and also surviving are the main goals that Henry has. There is some combat here too and this is very satisfying. You have to kill these ink creatures, but there is some strategy involved. For the most part, you will be using various mile weapons such as an ax or a pipe. You cannot just rush in; you have to think about how you attack each enemy.

8.5

I really do not know why I put off playing Bendy And The Ink Machine for so long? I had a fantastic time with this game. I am a massive fan of horror games and the mystery that this one has is one of the more interesting ones I have played through in quite some time. It has a truly unique and gorgeous art style that really does make this game stand out from all the rest. To top it all of the actual gameplay of the game is also a lot of fun and the perfect blend of challenging and accessible.

Pros:

  • The story is great
  • I liked the ink visuals of the game
  • The setting and lore of the game is great and has some awesome twists
  • The gameplay is fun and easy to figure out
  • It is the kind of game that is fun to talk about with your buddies

Cons:

  • The game did feel a tad padded out in areas
  • Some of the jump scares scared the hell out of me!

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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