- System: PS4, PC, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
- Publisher: Joey Drew Studios Inc, Rooster Teeth Games
- Developer: Kindly Beast (Joey Drew Studios)
- Release Date: November 20, 2018
- Rating: T for Teen
- Genre: Survival Horror
- Players: 1
- Official Website: https://joeydrewstudios.com/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
As we noted—and will probably say multiple times—Bendy and the Ink Machine plays a lot like BioShock. Players control an animator named Henry who re-enters his old work studio—run by Joey Drew—and finds some horrific nightmares have begun to run amok. Henry quickly ends up facing off against ink-like beings that have been spewed out by a giant machine—the Ink Machine—and also discovers that Joey’s creation named Bendy has become a real life being. The player controlling Henry must navigate this warped studio, stop Bendy and escape alive. While it sounds like a tall order, we assure you it’s a pretty simple battle.
Gameplay wise, Bendy and the Ink Machine is a first person survival horror title where you must roam around the derelict building and face off against monstrosities made from ink. The other element to Bendy and the Ink Machine is solving rather curious puzzles to move around the studio and make it from place to place. The exploration element is where Bendy and the Ink Machine truly thrives as a homage to BioShock and titles like it. With a wonderful—yet strange—setting, there’s no moment of Bendy and the Ink Machine that we didn’t find curious and gripping.
Just like in BioShock, players discover audio logs that explain different parts of the narrative from those who were working within Joey Drew’s Studio. We also loved that there are small pieces of random lore thrown across the world that can be found by those who have detective-like eyes and or have beat the game at least once. Moving around the studio was never an issue and we enjoyed soaking in the brownish black landscape that created a feeling of walking in an old Disney black and white short. The issues with Bendy and the Ink Machine begin though when you have to occasionally do specific missions or fight off the ink creatures that roam the halls alongside of you.
While BioShock had combat that felt powerful and fearful—since dying felt like it had weight—Bendy and the Ink Machine feels like a casual horror ride that has death bearing no gravity against the player. When you die in Bendy and the Ink Machine—and you will die at least once or twice—you’ll find yourself in a strange ink tunnel and must walk towards a light to respawn in front of one of a dozen Bendy statues scattered across the 5-chapter game. It doesn’t help that hitting enemies with one of several weapons you’ll obtain feel weak even though they kill foes in one hit usually. Combat just doesn’t have impact and it’s a shame seeing as how some of the enemies in Bendy and the Ink Machine are genuinely creepy. Though, running away from the impossible to kill Bendy at least bears a bit of difficulty, at least during the chases themselves.
Another element that falters in Bendy and the Ink Machine is the quest design. Most of the quests in Bendy and the Ink Machine go like this. Find several of these items or go to a specific location. Very rarely does this system of quest design change and it makes Bendy and the Ink Machine feel repetitive quite often. We didn’t mind the journey to get items—though their obscure locations were sometimes annoying—but we wished Bendy and the Ink Machine had some more titillating puzzles or quests to conquer.
We wish to end our review on a good note though and talk about the second greatest element to Bendy and the Ink Machine. The incredible voice cast, art and music. Not one of these three elements left us with anything bad to say honestly. The voice acting in Bendy and the Ink Machine is on point and truly immerse you into each of the character’s unique tales and trials they went through. The art does the same with simple style that makes for a great experience. Then there’s the music which as rare as it plays, it just hits your ear drums and makes you want to do a small little dance or be truly unnerved as you realize Bendy has just found you and a chase will soon begin.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Excellent use of ambiance and atmosphere to create an immersive environment
- Wonderful voice acting that gives each character a realistic feeling
- Simple but impactful art style that blends old cartoons in a more modern setting
- OST is catchy, haunting and truly great to hear
- Combat lacks impact and feeling more often than not
- A lot of the missions feel too repetitive and dull
- Death doesn’t have enough of a punishment
Honey's Final Verdict:
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