The finale to a much-beloved indie series is out now – but is it all that fans hoped for and expected from this unusual title?
Wildly, and unexpectedly, successful, Bendy and the Ink Machine has gone from strength to strength from its 24-hour initial development window thanks to its unique premise, retro appearance, and all-round appealing style. But does Bendy’s Final Chapter quite live up to the hype?
What is Bendy and the Ink Machine?
Developers theMeatley and Mike Mood opted for an episodic approach when it came to the release of their much-anticipated horror title following the incredible, and wholly unexpected, success of Bendy’s first chapter, which received a release on steam without any fanfare – yet somehow quickly managed to capture the imagination of thousands, if not millions, of fans worldwide.
Flung into the spotlight, the co-creators of Bendy and the Ink Machine quickly got to work creating multiple following chapters to tell the full story of Bendy, with each chapter proving more successful than the next thanks to its unique premise and appealing design.
Styled after 1950s-era cartoons, and falling somewhere between Fleischer and Disney on the kitsch scale, the story of Bendy and the Ink Machine is, in a way, more about the machine than Bendy himself – a machine that brings the creations of Joey Drew Studios to life in horrific ways.
You play the hapless and quite confused Henry Stein, a retired animator who notably created the lovable devil character, Bendy, prior to leaving the studio you find yourself returning to. Your mission is to explore the twisted, warped world created by Joey Drew, and discover the horrors of the Ink Machine for yourself, with plenty of jump scares and stealthy-hidey sections along the way.