When I first went onto Twitter and saw the words “Bendy and the Ink Machine” my first thought was it was one of the most original things I had ever seen. I had no idea if it was a movie or a book or what. To my (positive) surprise it was a horror game featuring a lovely little cartoon character! To my (even more positive) surprise, that little cartoon character was out to kill me.
If you haven’t yet, I wrote about why you should play Bendy and the Ink Machine Chapter 1 where I said “The first thing that you’ll notice is the tone and atmosphere of the game. The dark and ominous tones of the sound design paired with the dimly lit animation studio, provides an unsettling atmosphere that keeps you on your toes.”
While Chapter 1 was more of a demo, Chapter 2 has a LOT of content, especially from when I last played Bendy and the Ink Machine Chapter 2 at CGX2017.
The last time I played Chapter 2, I really only got an extension of Chapter 1 in a quick demo. Of course there were some cool things revealed like Alice Angel, the idea of someone else walking around in the basement and well… ink monsters. So here’s why you should Bendy and the Ink Machine Chapter 2.
You’ll Probably Die
Chapter 2 lets you use that axe you’re given in Chapter 1 for something more than cutting wood. As I said earlier in the article, there are ink monsters that you have to slice and dice to stay alive…. or not. If you’re like me, you may have died a couple of time at the hands of both the ink monster and well… Bendy himself. Mike Mood recently gave a talk about his and theMeatly’s Accidental Success with Bendy and he shared some really interesting things about the entire Bendy process. But as for Chapter 2, he revealed that it originally didn’t have a respawn and that dying meant you had to start from the beginning. Well apparently that didn’t sit well with players and they implemented a cool respawn. So while you can die, you also come back. Thanks be to Bendy and the Creators.
The Story Will Keep You Guessing
There’s a mystery to Bendy and the Ink Machine. Without trying to get too spoilery, Chapter 2 introduces some new characters and some new story points (and has an awesome twist ending I can’t wait to see what it’s all about). It keeps you guessing about how Bendy even came to life and why? What about the other studio workers? Who’s Alice Angel? If you’re into creepy stories about 1930’s cartoons coming to life than you’re in for a treat.
The amount of game in Chapter 2 was great as well. While I blew past Chapter 1 (already knowing what to do) I was surprised when I was about halfway through Chapter 2 that I was still playing! Doors kept opening, new rooms kept revealing themselves. So at $6.99 for a revamped Chapter 1 and a big-ish Chapter 2 is definitely worth funding Chapter 3.
The World Is Still Amazing
Starting as a side project, theMeatly, co-creator of Bendy and the Ink Machine wondered what it would be like to walk around in a 3D world made of sketches. Bendy and the Ink Machine is a world devoid of colour filled with colourful characters and theMeatly has done a great job world building. The combination of the 1950’s style music you hear around the studio to the 1930’s style drawings to the 1990’s style environment, it’s a throwback in time to the world that’s never existed but one that feels so familiar. So if you’re into that sort of thing… you know… cool world, you’ll like this one.
Chapter 1 Is Better Than Ever
With the release of Chapter 2, this meant an update to Chapter 1. You can definitely tell that the game runs a lot smoother. Boris looks like he received an artistic upgrade, shrinking down to a more reasonable size while also seeing a nice texture upgrade. I also got to find theMeatly my second time around in Chapter 1! It’s a little bit of a secret that I’m sure you can find on YouTube 🙂
All in all, Bendy and the Ink Machine has been a fun and very original ride. While it plays like familiar games, it’s set in a colourless world filled with colourful characters that has me coming back for more. It’s one of the most original pieces of art I’ve seen in a long time and I hope you enjoy the game as much as I have so far.
You can find out more about Bendy and the Ink Machine and where you can play it on their website.
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