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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.
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  1. Dec 3, 2018
    74
    Bendy and the Ink Machine is one of the best games of its genre on Nintendo Switch. Recommended both for fans of terror and for those who want to try a terrifying experience for the first time.
  2. Dec 4, 2018
    70
    Gorgeous presentation and some genuinely creepy moments just about manage to outweigh the conventional, and mildly dated gameplay.
  3. Nov 27, 2018
    65
    The theme and the setting, as well as the design that Bendy & The Ink Machine brings, has dazzled us. A dazzle, however, that despite keeping the type at least throughout the adventure. All that little spell is diluted when realizing that the mechanical machines are simple and that the mixture of genres more than the quality of the set is restored. It is not a bad game because in fact it is fun in its simplicity and it is an interesting adventure. We met several times to explore and unravel a well-implemented story in a fantastic setting makes the experience very worthwhile. Some scare, puzzles and simple combats complete a set that bets for an atmosphere that finally is little used.
  4. Dec 27, 2018
    60
    Bendy and the Ink Machine is a very intriguing game. It has an incredible visual style that is unique and certainly has some good horror elements going for it, but it, unfortunately, lets itself down in other areas. Straightforward puzzles, unwanted fetch quests and a clunky combat system really hurt the enjoyment in a big way.
  5. Nov 29, 2018
    60
    Bendy and the Ink Machine has plenty going for it as a new horror instalment on Nintendo Switch – such as the way it builds a growing sense of dread and despair throughout its five chapters while using an animation style that’s meant to evoke the safety and joy of childhood memories – but it’s let down by some irritating design decisions and frustrating performance issues. Still, if you really do love your horror and want something that ticks all the boxes of a modern scarefest, Bendy and the Ink Machine is still a worthy descent into madness.
  6. Dec 27, 2018
    50
    Bendy and the Ink Machine is a decent environmental puzzle title. Sadly, though, it just doesn't work as a survival horror. There are more effective examples already available on the Switch, and you'd do well to check those out first.
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  1. Nov 30, 2018
    9
    The artwork, the story, and the game play are all excellent but it's awful in one respect, hit registration. I'm stuck at the end of a chapterThe artwork, the story, and the game play are all excellent but it's awful in one respect, hit registration. I'm stuck at the end of a chapter because the game glitches and I start swinging my weapon right through enemies and there's nothing you can do about it. It's a difficult flaw in an otherwise wonderful game. Expand
  2. Nov 25, 2018
    8
    This was something I wasn't expecting to enjoy as much as I did. It had no hype and randomly appeared on the Eshop for a big amount. AfterThis was something I wasn't expecting to enjoy as much as I did. It had no hype and randomly appeared on the Eshop for a big amount. After doing some research, I saw it was an indie darling and decided to give it a chance. The game gives you an awesome experience with its amazing scenery, engaging story and enjoyable monsters. I highly recommend it Expand
  3. Jan 17, 2019
    7
    Bendy & the Ink Machine performs very well in a difficult field: frightening the user. The artwork is lovable and the game's main remarkableBendy & the Ink Machine performs very well in a difficult field: frightening the user. The artwork is lovable and the game's main remarkable thing but it doesn´t stop there. It has a fluid gameplay, a well-balanced difficulty and it cares about these little details that other indie games don't consider.

    Some current horror games can't scare you at all because are predictable and boring so is great when you discover one of them that do the thing. It also performs specially well in Switch, as almost every indie game.

    Don't miss the opportunity to give it a try cause it will make you have a good time.
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  4. Feb 16, 2019
    5
    I didn't know what to expect going into Bendy and the Ink Machine. Unlike a lot of games, I was able to keep myself free of spoilers until II didn't know what to expect going into Bendy and the Ink Machine. Unlike a lot of games, I was able to keep myself free of spoilers until I actually got to play the game, which took me around six and a half hours to complete. The game starts out extremely strong; the first two chapters are pure gold, and the first part of Chapter 3 is definitely my high point of the entire game. The problem is how inconsistent the game's flow becomes. After the tone of Chapter 3 is set and you get into the collect-a-thon portions of the game, it takes a dramatic nosedive in quality. Everything grinds to a halt, causing the high tension I felt in the first half of the game to be completely drained. Chapters 4 and 5 feel more like a boss rush as the game throws away storytelling to put you into these fight sequences that range from insultingly easy to painfully difficult. Characters are introduced with no backstory and no true purpose other than to help you escape the cutscene they're first shown in. There isn't even a climax present; the ending is incredibly quick and it just pushes you into the final cutscene with no sense of resolution. The final cutscene is meant to make you want to play the game again, but after the last three chapters failed to do the first half justice, I really wasn't persuaded to do so.

    It may sound like I want to give the game a negative review, but I don't think that I can. Bendy and the Ink Machine left me with incredibly mixed emotions. There are so many great elements in the first half of the game. There's even good side content with the inclusion of the cassette tapes. The problem is that the game quickly becomes inconsistent in its execution. There are moments in the second half that would have scared the living daylights out of me if the game had kept the stellar pacing of the first half. Consistency is the key word going forward for Joey Drew Studios. Bendy and the Ink Machine gives you all of its best ideas in the first half and leaves you wanting more as it becomes more and more tedious. Admittedly though, I would love a sequel to this game if it's able to spread its good ideas throughout the entire story.
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