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  • Summary: 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. With twists and turns around every corner, this game promises to thrill you… and decimate your childhood.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Dec 21, 2018
    95
    Unique puzzles and collectibles encourage exploration and advance the story to keep players engaged. It's an unorthodox type of horror game, but Bendy and the Ink Machine utilizes two opposite genres that complement each other to create a solid title. The use of cartoon characters in a horror atmosphere blends the purity of animated characters with the terrifying ideals of a scientist gone mad. As we progress, we learn sad truths behind the animation team that led to the spiraling downfall of innocent people. Bendy and the Ink Machine may be a sleeper hit, but it's worth any survival-horror fan's time.
  2. Nov 26, 2018
    90
    Bendy and the Ink Machine takes players down a corrupted nostalgia trip, full of old school cartoon characters mixed with twisted horror. Exploration, puzzle solving, and the occasional fight are the name of the game, even if the save system could be better. If you don't enter Joey Drew Studios for the gameplay, you'll be enthralled by the story.
  3. Dec 11, 2018
    78
    Bendy and the Ink Machine is an easy recommend to anyone looking for a clever and visually unique little puzzler with some pretty dang fun chase sequences and combat scenarios liberally sprinkled throughout.
  4. Dec 17, 2018
    70
    A great artdesign and a good direction make this a very special horror experience. But you have to get over some mechanical flaws.
  5. Dec 18, 2018
    65
    Overall, I’ll fondly remember my time with Bendy and the Ink Machine. It’s a dark world with fantastic aesthetics and a compelling, if tritely-told narrative. While the horror tropes of revenge, abandoned places, and jump scares may be a bit cliché and the tension loses some punch at key moments, the exploration of a long-dark studio and the menace of creatures of black ink will stay with me.
  6. Nov 25, 2018
    65
    It is a very interesting concept thanks to its setting, but the execution is a flawed and it doesn’t always works as expected. The story, the puzzles and the combat prevent it from being a better game, but it’s not a bad option if you’re looking for something different.
  7. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Jan 27, 2019
    50
    Proof that style is no substitute for substance. [Issue#158, p.95]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
  1. Aug 24, 2020
    10
    Nice story nice game play must play
    Game atmosphere was awesome and full of fealings and characters are so well done wirten
  2. Feb 9, 2020
    10
    Игра которая удивила почти всех на ПК и заставила теоретиков размышлять о сюжете игры.Игра которая удивила почти всех на ПК и заставила теоретиков размышлять о сюжете игры.
  3. Nov 21, 2018
    10
    Great atmosphere, great setting, nice puzzles. And there is a save feature. It saves automatically
  4. Mar 12, 2019
    8
    This was a fun one! Wasn't sure exactly what I was getting when I got into it (I only knew about the game's general ~aesthetic~ going into it)This was a fun one! Wasn't sure exactly what I was getting when I got into it (I only knew about the game's general ~aesthetic~ going into it) but it was scarier than I thought it would be.

    Only complaint is that there were quite a few pain-in-the-ass moments where it was teeth-grittingly irritating to get past enemies. One particularly aggravating moment was the few times I had to reboot my save because the little group-battle you have with the angel-girl and the dog-guy (can't remember their names) against those ink-monsters . For some reason it didn't seem to let me kill the last monster; the game had a few odd glitches here and there that were aggravating. But overall, not bad.
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  5. Feb 11, 2021
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. What an interesting game! I loved the old-timey cartoon aesthetic, and the multiple cartoonish characters that inhabited the work studio. I had no idea what this game was, but upon learning that it was a horror game I knew I had to try it. I didn't hate the game, I actually like it quite a bit, but it did fall somewhat short of my expectations.

    Pros:

    - The world and setting were incredibly unique and really made me want to know just exactly what was going on.

    - the sound mixing was very effective in complimenting the grim and creepy environment.

    - Boris the wolf is my favorite part of this game, I'm pretty sure he's my spirit animal.

    - Very inspired art direction, gave me some major cuphead vibes... it was like cuphead meets Outlast. I may be alone in that regard but this is MY review >_<

    - Having the walls become caked in ink, signaling the presence of the ink demon was truly terrifying and really got my blood pumping

    Cons:

    - The gameplay was pretty inconsistent, hiding isn't introduced until halfway through the game, there isn't any combat in the first chapter, weapons are constantly lost. Many of the chapters would feel like isolated experiences if it weren't for the narrative holding it together.

    - I compared the game to outlast earlier, but this game probably could have benefitted by taking more from outlast. Hiding from an enemy while in their direct line of sight only for them to give up and walk away felt a bit cheap. Although the running is really slow in this game so I guess it makes sense to do it that way.

    -The story had a rather silly ending, and characters were not explored as much as I had hoped. I would have loved to see regular cartoon bendy be implemented in some way into the story, and more explanation for the little glass thing that lets you see hidden messages. I wanted to know why there was a good alice and a bad alice. I wanted to know how the workshop became so gargantuan as I descended into a cave-like setting. The game left me with more questions than answers and I'm not a fan of stories like that unless the answers are meant to be explained in a sequel - but this game doesn't really set up a sequel.

    All that being said, I know there's a sequel on the way... or perhaps a prequel? Many of my issues may be fixed in the next installment, and I enjoyed Bendy enough to give it a try when it launches. Bendy was not a terrible game, it wasn't even that bad, but no where near as good as I hoped it would be. Completing the game and unlocking all the trophies was a bit annoying at times, but that is a personal con that I did not feel like including in my consideration of the games numbered score.

    Overall I didn't hate it enough to give it a six, and I didn't like it enough to give it an 8 so 7/10. The games world, atmosphere, sound mixing, and very inspired concept went a long way with me, but the gameplay fell a bit flat. Pretty good for a hastily made game from a very small group of dedicated and inspired developers. Props to the dev team!
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  6. Sep 29, 2020
    7
    That game has some creativity, but the bad factor is that it doesn't do anything beyond play it safe. The story turned out to be pretty bad,That game has some creativity, but the bad factor is that it doesn't do anything beyond play it safe. The story turned out to be pretty bad, the jump scares are decent at best, and Henry shows emotions as much as a rock! However, there are some good things about it, the settings makes is look both calm and scary, the game has some exciting moments and some of the creativity is very good. This is a recommendation from me if you wants something that is good, not anything beyond that but good enough to be enjoyable. Expand
  7. Jul 22, 2020
    2
    La trama non è particolarmente avvincente. Buona l'idea dei disegni anni '20 con l'inchiostro ma sbagliato tutto il resto, in primis ilLa trama non è particolarmente avvincente. Buona l'idea dei disegni anni '20 con l'inchiostro ma sbagliato tutto il resto, in primis il gameplay con comandi lenti e macchinosi. Capitoli abbastanza brevi ed alcuni del tutto insulsi. Con quella che era la base di partenza si poteva fare molto meglio. Expand

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