Bendy and the Ink Machine
Bendy and the Ink Machine
Vintage Cartoon Madness
4.5 Review



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Joey Drew Studios

1.3 GB

Apr 29, 2019


Joey Drew Studios

56 MB

April 25, 2019


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Bendy and the Ink Machine™ is a first-person puzzle-action-horror game with a unique cartoon atmosphere and an intense, frightening storyline that begins in the far days past of animation and ends in a very dark future.


Henry was the lead animator at Joey Drew Studios in its 1930s heyday, a studio that was best known for producing animated cartoons of their most popular and beloved character, Bendy. Many years later Henry receives a mysterious invitation from Joey Drew himself to return to the old cartoon workshop. Journey deep into the sketchy madness of this twisted cartoon nightmare.

How to play

Play as Henry as he revisits the demons of his past by exploring the abandoned animator's workshop of Joey Drew Studios. With twists and turns at every corner, you never know who or what is waiting for you in this dilapidated world of shadows and ink.


Solve the riddle. Escape the workshop. Above all, fear the machine and survive.



First-person combat, horror, puzzles, stealth, and numerous hidden secrets.



Lovingly crafted by a small indie studio.



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Editors' Review

Bendy and the Ink Machine ©Copyright by Gamdise Do not Reproduce. By JoJo


Bendy and the Ink Machine is a first-person survival horror game that resembles several cartoons from the late 1930s to the 1940s. Players take on the role of Henry Stein, a retired animator who returns to his old workplace, Joey Drew Studios, and discovers that a machine has destroyed the entire studio and brought certain cartoon characters to life. The game combines combat with puzzle mechanics. The player explores through a first-person perspective and has limited physical movements, such as running and jumping. Different items can be collected, some of which require various tasks to be performed before continuing. Cans of bacon soup can also be collected to earn achievements and restore Henry's health if he is injured.


As we explore abandoned studios, we can piece together the backstory by picking up tapes that provide more details about the lore. We get to hear various studio staff from the past record their thoughts in audio diaries. We learn that the studio's founder, Joey Drew, has been acting strangely in his attempts to reach the top of the charts. His strange behavior affects everyone around him like a parasite. These diary entries not only provide additional backstory but also some hints to bypass the area. It is beneficial for the player to listen to the tapes relentlessly in an attempt to gain useful information. Some of the tapes are hidden behind different levels of puzzles. The puzzles help move the story along, and they are both fun and intuitive, but some head-scratchers add to the challenge.


Henry is easy to navigate through the environment, and the control scheme takes no time at all to master. One thing that can be a bit frustrating when starting the game is trying to work around similar-looking rooms and hallways and creating a mental map of where to go; more than once, I found myself running in circles through the maze-like levels, certain that the room I was looking for was right around the corner, only to constantly find that I had somehow taken a wrong turn and was back where I started. This problem is alleviated as you get deeper into the game and the environments become more unique and varied, but I seriously might add forty minutes to my rambling and running around aimlessly.


Bendy and the Ink Machine also does a good job of creating a chilling atmosphere for exploration. The title has good pacing as it starts off using slight scare tactics to keep the player on the edge, such as Bendy cardboard cutouts changing position or creepy noises from the surroundings. Once we dive deeper into the story and see the escalating panic, we learn that Bendy is no longer the lovable cartoon character he once was. The characterization is stark and terrifying. In fact, the studio's eerie silence puts you in an ominous mood from the start, and it's only when Bendy starts moving that you really feel the fear. As we tried to move through different areas, Bendy had become an ink demon stalking the player. Only when his rumbling footsteps and ragged breathing announce his arrival can people hide. Trying to solve this mystery turned into a terrifying experience.


Despite its gameplay problems, Bendy and the Ink Machine is a fun and creative survival horror game. Bendy takes an unorthodox twist, combining two very different genres, cartoon, and horror, to create a terrifying experience. By prioritizing running and hiding some mild combat, the title stays true to the survival horror genre. The compelling story and atmosphere drive Bendy and Ink Machine, keeping players immersed in this chilling mystery. The game is touted as a horror game, but it feels like it's targeting a much wider audience than the niche genre usually offers, which is successfully achieved through a cartoonish aesthetic and the lack of any real gore; it's a "horror" game that younger players will have no problem getting hooked on.


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