Bendy and the Ink Machine (BATIM) is a first-person puzzle action horror game released by TheMeatly Games. Released back in February 2017, Bendy and the Ink Machine was recently developed for the Nintendo Switch. Having played the original game on PC, I was excited to hear about the new console releases. Also available on Xbox and PS4, BATIM released on the 20th of November for the 3 major consoles.
The game is placed in an old animation studio that you, Henry, worked at 30 years ago. You receive a letter from your old pal Joey Drew to come back to the studio as he has something important to show you. This episodic horror game has eerie surprises around every corner. The main antagonist is Bendy, a terrifying ink monster that is on a rampage and attacks anyone in his sight of vision.
Beginning of the Game
The first episode named Moving Pictures starts off very simplistic as you traverse the old forgotten studio with your memories slowly coming back to you. You slowly piece the ideas and memories together to understand the storyline and what had happened since 30 years ago when you had left your job there as an animation designer .
With a simple hide-and-seek game as your main objective for the first episode, you need to track down 6 key objects to power up the Ink Machine.
The items are as follows:
– Bendy Doll
– Ink Jar
Once collected, the Ink Machine is powered up but requires you to restore the Ink Pressure so the Machine can be started. Once restored, you head back to the room with the Ink Machine to start is up. As I don’t want to give away any spoilers, I’ll keep it simple as this, this is where the game begins as you journey deep within the storyline.
Thoughts and Ideas
Bendy and the Ink Machine is a captivating indie horror game that TheMeatly Games have masterfully created. With an intriguing storyline, you’ll be instantly hooked.
Playing it on the Switch was just as enjoyable as it seems, now with the power to be able to play anywhere. The game has been lowered to 30 fps for the Switch due to strength of the hardware, but the game still runs relatively smooth and I personally have only seen a minimal amount of frame drops.
Once you start the game, you will not want to put it down. It’s an enjoyable game that I believe many Switch owners should have a go at if they haven’t already.
I love the lore and back-story to this game. I’m rating it 9/10!
Where to Buy + Prices
The game can be picked up for $69 AUD in-store at stores such as EB Games or JB HI-FI (can be found cheaper) or $19.99 USD at GameStop while the Black Friday deals last or $29 USD on the Nintendo Switch eShop.
Hope to see you players discover the interesting secrets that Bendy and the Ink Machine have to offer…
– Xephyr 🙂