Bendy and the Ink Machine for PC, PS4 and etc. is an action-adventure game in the form of a survival horror. It was created by TheMeatly Games – an independent Canadian team. The developer decided on an unusual way of distribution, as the game was divided into episodes to be released on a regular basis. The first episode is free.
The player assumes the role of Henry – a former employee of an animation studio who decided to revisit his old workplace as a response to an invitation he had received from his former boss. Once there, the protagonist discovered that the owner of the workshop not only has been playing with occultism, but he also disappeared in mysterious circumstances. Henry was left with no other choice but to try to get to know the secrets of this place and to find a way out. Achieving these goals is more difficult because of the presence of the titular Bendy – one of the cartoon characters created by the studio's workers. Bendy became a living animation in a way that cannot be explained, and importantly, he haunts the protagonist.
In subsequent episodes, the game gets extended with new storylines and twists – in their journey, the player meets different characters, with whom Henry worked with in the past, as well as those brought to life by the studio when producing cartoons.
Bendy and the Ink Machine for PC, PS4 and etc. is played from the first-person view. The experience is rooted in exploration, hiding from enemies hunting the protagonist (and running away, if necessary), and solving puzzles of varying difficulty (environmental ones as well). The puzzles are based mainy on obtaining specific items and manipulating environmental objects. It is worth adding, that at certain points in the story, the protagonist has a chance to grab a weapon – the player can use it both to defend themselves against the attackers and to unlock inaccessible passages.
Bendy and the Ink Machine for PC, PS4 and etc. utilizes the Unity engine. The game impresses with its three-dimensional visuals, and the original graphic style that was applied here – the game brings American cartoons from the first half of the twentieth century to mind.
PC / Windows
Minimum: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 1 GB GeForce 440 or better, 500 MB HDD, Windows 8