Bendy and the Ink Machine (2017)

I really like games, but when I first heard about Bendy and the Ink Machine, I wasn’t so sure. A game where Mickey Mouse is a demon and you have to survive horrors? I had heard about the Suicide Mouse Creepypasta stories, I didn’t want to watch something similar. But then, a couple of my favorite YouTube singers released songs and covers relating to Bendy – and they were pretty interesting songs. Bendy looked nothing like Mickey Mouse, and from what I got out of the songs, the games were spooky but not disturbing. So, the game wasn’t anything like macabre Disney? I decided to take a look at the game.

And it is one of my favorite games now! The reason people called Bendy “Mickey Mouse as a demon” is because the game draws on influence from 1920s and 1930s cartoons and animation studios, particularly early Disney cartoons.

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The main menu for Bendy and the Ink Machine.

The co-creator theMeatly mentioned that Bendy was also inspired by the idea of “walking through a sketch.” And you can see why: the textures of the environment have a rough, inked feel to them. According to the creators, the textures for the surfaces, as well as the cobwebs and special effects, were done in Photoshop, which is perfect for creating that hand-made feel; and everything was compiled together with the game engine Unity.

Bendy and the Ink Machine is a first-person, point-and-click psychological horror game, where you have to complete puzzles and fight off enemies in order to figure out what happened to Joey Drew Studios since you left and to escape the same fate. This is an indie game, so each chapter is released at different times. The first chapter came out last year in February (happy birthday, Bendy!), the second chapter came out in April, and the latest chapter (Chapter Three: Rise and Fall) came out in October 2017. The last two chapters are scheduled to come out this year, and while you can wait to buy all the chapters once the last one comes out, you can buy the chapters right now. Chapter 1 will always be free to download, as a little demo. If you bought Chapter 3, you would be able to play the first three chapters right now, but would still have to pay for the last two.

Okay, the shameless advertising is done now. I just really adore this game, and I highly recommend it.

But wait, you might be thinking, this entry for Story of the Month is nothing like the other ones. And you are right! I have something else in store for you guys! Now that my computer is back, I’ll try to get it out to you in a few days.

In the meantime, here is a hint of what you might get. *wink*

(For the full bonus video, click here.)

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