It’s difficult to talk about Bendy and the Ink Machine Chapter 3 without revealing too much so as I’m going to try to keep this as spoiler-free as possible, I recommend that you should play the game first before reading this.
(EDIT: after writing this, there are spoiler everywhere I did NOT attempt to keep this spoiler free go play Chapter 3 first!!)
So I just finished Bendy and the Ink Machine Chapter 3 and it’s their most stressful chapter yet. Developed by TheMeatly Games, Bendy and the Ink Machine is at its core a horrific mystery game that’s only amplified by the ambiance of its surroundings. Here’s why you should play Bendy and the Ink Machine Chapter 3:
You’ll Want To Keep Your Heart Medication Close
I got mad playing Bendy And The Ink Machine Chapter 3 because it felt like I was going to become a cliche. “Gamer Dies Playing Scary Game” would’ve been the headline. It’s not that the game is overly terrifying, it’s that enemies spawns are timed to make your heart feel like it’s about to jump out of your chest. The timing is unexpected, to say the least, and TheMeatly games did a great job on the timing and suddenness of enemy spawns.
They also did a great job on enemy placement and utilizing certain perspectives to create scares or at least scary situations. There is one scenario where you’re walking down a long hallway and the only thing in your view is a panel on the wall. You naturally watch the panel the whole time you’re moving forward and because the panel looks a bit out of place you think you might be able to open it up. Don’t worry, they open it up for you to a terrifying surprise. It’s a great use of forcing player focus on pulling the rug out from under them to create a great scare.
Alice. Freaking. Angel. (SPOILERS)
Alice Angel was a character first introduced to us in Bendy and the Ink Machine Chapter 2 when we first saw her photo on a poster. It wasn’t apparent whether Alice would be an ally or a foe on this journey but it becomes apparent quickly who’s side she’s on, (SPOILER)….her own.
Alice Angel is a welcome addition to the game. She’s a character that’s not on the Demon’s side or your side but simply out for herself. When she was born out of the ink machine she didn’t look the best and now she’s looking to make herself as beautiful as she possibly can… (SPOILER) by making you collect the hearts of other ink creatures in the studio. Creepy.
Her introduction was the scariest part of the Bendy chapters that I’ve experienced so far. TheMeatly games’ use of lighting in her introduction scene had me frozen because I know whatever was about the emerge from the shadows was n0t going to be good. I hope to see more Alice Angel in future Chapters.
Meet Your New Best Friend!
Boris and I are best friends now. And if you haven’t played Chapter 3 yet then you’re just delaying the inevitable. While mostly silent, Boris is a lovable and helpful character throughout Bendy And The Ink Machine Chapter 3. Whether it’s guarding the elevator for you or warning you of the dangers on specific floors, Boris is a nice presence to have in a chapter that has you feeling utterly alone and terrified at most times. And he loves bacon soup too!
Meet Your New Worst Enemies!
(SPOILER) In Chapter 3 we’re introduced to a gang of new characters known as The Butcher Gang. They’re the classic 1930’s bunch of yahoos that look like they want to beat you up and take your lunch money. Well… on the poster they look that way. In reality… (SPOILER) they’re grotesque creatures who look like a cat coughed them up.
There’s a lot of combat in Chapter 3, much more than the other two chapters. While not overly complicated, it can be challenging with the different weapons you’re given. Some do more damage than others and therefore take more hits (or less hits) to take down you’re NEW WORST ENEMIES. Beware the Butcher Gang in Bendy And The Ink Machine Chapter 3.
The Ink Demon Is Coming For You
TheMeatly Games changes it up a bit in Chapter 3 with a hide-and-seek approach to the Ink Demon. A-la Outlast or Alien Isolation, the Ink Demon is in constant pursuit of you and you never know exactly when or where he will show up. There are some tells including a loud heartbeat and a splotchy ink pattern on the walls but in some cases, you’ll be cornered and forced into hiding only to watch the Ink Demon slowly walk past you just a couple feet away.
The new hide-and-seek approach upped the anxiety levels. Between constantly being chased by Bendy, enemies spawning suddenly and seemingly randomly and with the Butcher Gang members around every corner, TheMeatly games created a highly-anxious, very scary environment that forces you to keep your head on a swivel.
As for the story of what’s really going on in Bendy And The Ink Machine, we get a peek into the mental state of an ink machine creation through Alice Angel. She’s conscious of her birth out of the ink machine and actively working to better herself and her looks. Why? We don’t know. What we do know is that she expresses very human emotions (anger, jealousy, vanity) which an interesting insight considering we’ve mostly gotten mindless ink creatures to deal with. Could she have been a human before? Is she simply possessed by the ink? Or was she 100% created from the ink machine? Only time will tell. For now, I hope you enjoy (enjoyed) playing Bendy And The Ink Machine Chapter 3!