Bendy and the Ink Machine is a free first person horror game. Players venture into a seemingly abandoned building to complete a series of puzzles after receiving a letter from an old friend.
Stepping into your old workplace, you are greeted by the sight of a thick ink and classic cartoon imagery. Bendy and the Ink Machine's most impressive element is this focus on a consistent art style. Early black and white Disney cartoons formed the inspiration for the game, with nods to many familiar characters like Mickey and Goofy. Exploring the building yields the titular ink machine, a device built by the crazed owner of the building to speed cartoon creation. Something has gone wrong, however, and the cartoons have come to life. The gameplay itself is very similar to other horror titles. Jump scares and odd sounds form the basis of the scary elements while collecting items to progress the story. In this aspect, Bendy and the Ink Machine does little to progress the genre. The graphical style, however, makes it an intriguing and enjoyable experience.
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Bendy and the Ink Machine is not really a new experience. It takes huge amounts of inspiration from previous hits and so feels limited and linear, failing as a horror game. The strengths come instead from the art and atmosphere. A fun if short title.