""Bendy and the Ink Machine™" is the first person puzzle action horror game that will forever ruin your childhood love of cartoons."
Bendy and the Ink Machine (abbreviated as BatIM) is an episodic first-person puzzle action horror game developed by Joey Drew Studios Inc. through Kindly Beast, lead by theMeatly and Mike Mood. The game was released on GameJolt and Itch.io on February 10, 2017 and was first officially released on Steam on April 27, 2017. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports were developed and published by Rooster Teeth Games, originally intended to be released on October 26, 2018 while the Nintendo Switch port was scheduled to release on November 20, 2018, but both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One's release dates were pushed to the same date for Nintendo Switch's release.
The game follows Henry Stein, a retired animator who returns to the defunct animation company upon an invitation from his old friend Joey Drew, then later on, he discovers a living nightmare within the studio by chaos of ink, thanks to the titular Ink Machine. Traveling through the deep underground levels under the studio, it reveals more as the chapters goes on.
Chapter 1 was first released on February 10, 2017 on Game Jolt, Itch.io, and Indie DB. Chapter 2 was released on April 18, 2017 along with Chapter 1's remastered update. Chapter 3 was released on September 28, 2017 along with newer updates on two previous chapters. Chapter 4 was released on April 30, 2018 along with more remastered updates for the three previous chapters. Chapter 5, the final chapter, was released on October 26, 2018 as a part of the completed edition with all four chapters merged, including the sixth "extra" chapter.
"Bendy and the Ink Machine" is a first person puzzle action horror game that begins in the far days past of animation and ends in a very dark future.
Take on the role of Henry, an animator from long ago, returning to a forgotten place he never thought he would see again.
What follows.. is a mystery.
|Chapter 1: Moving Pictures||February 10, 2017|
|Chapter 2: The Old Song||April 18, 2017|
|Chapter 3: Rise and Fall||September 28, 2017|
|Chapter 4: Colossal Wonders||April 30, 2018|
|Chapter 5: The Last Reel||October 26, 2018|
The game was highly well received, with aggregating review website GameRankings assigning the PlayStation 4 port a score of 82.50%, the Xbox One for 70.00%, and Nintendo Switch for 60.00%, but the original PC port was not received yet. The critic review from Metacritic was not received yet. It receives praise centering on its vintage aesthetic and story. In the months following its release, it quickly gained a cult following from exposure on platforms like YouTube and Twitch. The game has received the "Best Horror Game" award by IGN, and is listed as #1 in "18 Best Horror Games of 2017". However, the score didn't received from the site yet.
"Inventive first-person horror."
"Thrilling and hair-raising for every player!"
"The art in the game is downright fantastic!"
"While at times it can come across as pandering to YouTuber jump scare culture, the game offers an intriguing world, aesthetic, and story that we can't wait to see evolve in future chapters."
- By the release of Chapter 1 and 2, the game was available online on Game Jolt, Itch.io, and Indie DB. On September 12, 2017 before Chapter 3 releases, the available downloads were removed. However by the time when all five chapters were completed, Game Jolt and Itch.io downloads are re-added.
- Before each chapters' release, theMeatly announced the fanart contest, allowing the fans to submit their fanart for it. The winners' fanart will appear in chapters, and they also received a free copy for the chapter's release.
- The first fanart contest started on February 16, 2017 and expired on March 2.
- The second art contest started on April 22. 2017 and expired on June 15, 2017.
- The third art contest started on October 14, 2017 and ended in December 20, 2017.
- The five winners were ATAT, MissPeya, Merkurfisch, Cary, and Weretoons.
- The fourth art contest began on September 6, 2018 and ended on October 15, 2018. The winners were awarded with an exclusive mystery box filled with Bendy and the Ink Machine merchandise, but their fanart will not appear in Chapter 5 due to content lock while still planned to be added in the game's future update.
- On Twitter, theMeatly thought about an offshoot for the series' future.
- For a short time from the game's deleted Game Jolt page, the prototype soundtrack was available for download.
- Mike Mood, when asked if considering to develop a mobile port for the game after all chapters were released, he stated that he and the others will try making one if it works right.
- Mike Mood stated on Twitter that when talking about inverted controls with David Eddings stating he made a special version of the game called "Bendy and the Inverted Machine" with the logo for everything being changed for him.
- The game's tagline "Above all, fear the Machine" seems to be a reference to the first part from one of the Bible verses:
- "Above all, fear the Lord and worship Him faithfully with all your heart; consider the great things He has done for you." - Samuel 12:24 (HCSB)
- The font used for the logo is DK Black Bamboo. However, the letter "B" looks designed as the way of Bendy's horns.
- During the announcement on theMeatly Games renaming to Kindly Beast, theMeatly confirms another Bendy game for the series' future after the release of Chapter 5, whether if it was a second installment after Bendy and the Ink Machine or another spin-off similar to Bendy in Nightmare Run.
|The sound made when opening the menu.|
|The menu's ambiance.|
- ↑ Bendy and the Ink Machine for PlayStation 4 - GameRankings
- ↑ Bendy and the Ink Machine for Xbox One - GameRankings
- ↑ Bendy and the Ink Machine for Nintendo Switch - GameRankings
- ↑ Bendy and the Ink Machine for PC - GameRankings
- ↑ IGN - 18 Best Horror Games of 2017
- ↑ PC Gamer- Free games of the week
- ↑ ScreenCritics- Bendy and the Ink Machine Chapter 2 review
- ↑ Game Respawn - Bendy and the Ink Machine Chapter One out now
- ↑ Rely on Horror - Review: Bendy and the Ink Machine Chapters 1-3
- ↑ YES!! The Bendy Fan Art Contest Has Begun!!! :D - Bendy. September 6, 2018. Twitter.
- ↑ "Sadly at this point, no. :( With our super crazy timeline, we just can't get the winners into this version of the game because of content lock. But I'll see what I can do about future updates. :)" - theMeatly. September 6, 2018. Twitter
- ↑ "Today I thought of a Bendy offshoot story.. maybe in the future. ;)" - theMeatly. December 29, 2017. Twitter.
- ↑ "When the game is complete we're going to revisit it, we don't want to release it on mobile if it doesn't play right, but we will try. :D" - Mike Mood. May 9, 2017. Twitter.
- ↑ "Fun fact, when I first started talking to Eddings, we didn’t have inverted control options. So I made a special build called Bendy and the Inverted Machine for him that was inverted only, and had a logo and everything with that name. Gamedev is fun." - Mike Mood. March 18, 2018. Twitter.