I just finished Bendy and the Ink Machine Chapter 1. If you haven’t checked it out, you can click the link and own it for as little as $1. But I highly recommend you support the developers in their efforts in creating Chapter 2. That’s because, although it’s only a single chapter, Bendy and the Ink Machine do a lot in the amount of time you get to play. Whether you’re appreciating the 1930’s style animation, the atmospheric sound design or the ominous storytelling, Bendy and the Ink Machine is well worth the support, which you can also do here: https://www.patreon.com/themeatly. Here’s why you should play Bendy and the Ink Machine.
As the story goes, you’re a former animator and you’ve been asked to find something interesting that a former colleague has “seen”. You’re tasked with turning on the ink machine which will reveal the secret.
You’ll Hate The Atmosphere
The first thing that you’ll notice is the tone and atmosphere of the game. The dark and ominous tones (Forgetting Sarah Marshall?) of the sound design paired with the dimly lit animation studio, provides an unsettling atmosphere that keeps you on your toes. You’ll always feel like someone or something is close-by at all times, ready to pounce. I say you’ll hate the atmosphere only because the game does such a great job of creating an environment that seems ready to swallow you up at any moment.
Ready To Dance For Your Amusement… Or Devour Your Soul
There are two styles of animation in Bendy and the Ink Machine. First and foremost you’ll appreciate the 1930’s style animation when it comes to Bendy and his friends. Old style posters are featured throughout the studio which gives you a good idea that Bendy was once a beloved children’s character. The animation fits well with the ominous tone of the game. Similar to Felix The Cat or Mickey Mouse, Bendy is an always smiling cartoon character that looks ready to dance for your amusement… or devour your soul, whichever version you get. Aside from the 1930’s style animation, the art direction is both cartoony and rooted to reality at the same time. It’s basically Borderlands meets Cuphead which is great.
Turn On That Damn Machine, No Matter What The Consequence
While short, there’s enough to the story in Bendy and the Ink Machine: Chapter 1 to make me want more. You’re not given much besides a couple of character lines and some background from a tape recorder, but you’re at least given a purpose: and that’s to find out what the hell is going on. Whether it’s the wandering Bendy posters or the dissected Goofy corpse, you’re pushed to solve the puzzle and turn on the Ink Machine. Whether it’s for curiosity sake or because we’re all a little crazy, you’ll push forward to turn on that damn machine, no matter what the consequence.
Bendy and the Ink Machine: Chapter 1 was a great way to spend my lunch at work. While it’s only a single chapter, it’s certainly worth the $1 to play (although you’re given the option to support more). If you’re looking for that unsettling/mystery type game with a bit of horror mixed in, Bendy and the Ink Machine is for you.