Bendy and the Ink Machine Articles RSS Feed | Bendy and the Ink Machine RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Completely Adorable Survival Horror Game Bendy And The Ink Machine is Coming To Consoles Wed, 12 Sep 2018 12:28:07 -0400 QuintLyn

Rooster Teeth Games, developer of the cartoony first-person puzzle horror game Bendy and the Ink Machine, has partnered with Maximum Games in a publishing deal that brings the game to all three modern consoles. The game -- which has done well since its launch on Steam last year -- will first be released on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 next month. Nintendo Switch players can expect it to release on their platform not long after.

Set in an old cartoon studio, Bendy and the Ink Machine takes the classic art style of early cartoons and places them in a survival-horror environment. There, players will explore the cartoon world and try to uncover the fate of the studio's former employees.

While the game released on Steam in four episodic installments, it will be pushed to consoles as a complete package -- including a new episode titled "The Last Reel." If you'd like to give Bendy and the Ink Machine a trial run before purchasing the whole thing, I'd definitely suggest looking it up on Steam where the first episode is available to download for free.

Bendy in Nightmare Run Tips Guide Thu, 16 Aug 2018 11:13:35 -0400 Jonathan Moore

If you've played a mobile runner before, you're already familiar with Bendy in Nightmare Run's foundational mechanics. Swipe left and right to go left and right, swipe up to jump, swipe up twice to double jump, and swipe up and down to smash unsuspecting enemies. 

The game goes over all of this in the tutorial. However, there are a few things it glosses over. In this short guide, we'll go over those things, as well as a few general tips so like me, you aren't left scratching your head in the early game. 

Understanding these mechanics will make Bendy's later acts almost a breeze.  

Bait Boss Attacks 

Bendy's levels are split into four "stories" of six acts each. Each story has a different boss who grows more powerful over the course of each act. For each act, the boss will chase you from the beginning to the end, assaulting you throughout the level with increasingly powerful attacks. 

Although every attack is different (some bosses throw tires and engines at you, while others use lasers and artillery volleys), these attacks are telegraphed ahead of time by a cross hair underneath Bendy

Don't move immediately, though, since the cross hair will always follow you for a second or two. Only move when the cross hair begins to flash. When this happens, it means the attack is locked into that lane. Not only can you easily dodge the attack this way, but you can also bait the boss into attacking an empty lane or one without a weapon or health pack. 

Hit or (Purposefully) Miss Enemies

There are three lanes in Bendy in Nightmare Run: left, middle, and right. Bosses will spawn enemies in these lanes that not only attack you with physical and ranged attacks, but also act as shields for the boss. 

To hit ground-based enemies, simply move into their lane and throw a weapon. To defeat airborne enemies, move into their lane, jump, and throw your weapon.

If you're on a raised gangplank and facing a ground enemy, it's best not to throw a weapon but instead stomp them. If you're facing an airborne enemy, all you have to do is throw your weapon and it will hit them. 

However, if you don't mind tons of enemies on-screen at once (the early acts of each story are beatable without killing enemies), then you can throw over a ground enemy or under an airborne enemy to hit the boss

It's a strategic maneuver the game doesn't tell you. 

Not All Weapons are Created Equal

Bendy has access to three different weapons in Nightmare Run: a brick, and axe, and an anvil. The game teaches you how to throw (just tap the screen with a weapon in your inventory), but it doesn't tell you that each weapon deals different damage.

The brick will deal one damage. The axe will deal two damage. The anvil will deal three damage. 

Always go for the anvil when you have the choice. If you always go for the most-powerful weapon and throw it in the right lane, you won't need to buy upgrades (see below) because defeating the boss will be a cinch. 

Don't Focus on In-Stage Soup Cans

If you want to progress through Bendy faster, don't focus on soup cans when you first play a level. Yes, there is a bonus for collecting a certain number of soup cans per level, but you get more cans by defeating the boss and not taking damage

Don't buy upgrades with soup cans if you're wanting to get through Bendy in any sort of reasonable time or don't want to spend real-world money to progress. Honestly, I went through the entire game only buying one upgrade and completed it pretty easily. Buying upgrades sets you back far too much to be worthwhile (except for Nightmare acts -- you'll want upgrades there). 

When you beat each story, you'll have enough (or almost enough) soup cans to unlock the next story. If you don't, then you can go back and focus on soup cans by completing each act's "collect cans" challenge. However, keep in mind that you only get act-clearing cans and challenge cans once; all other cans are based on the amount you pick up per act, and the multipliers aren't high. This means you'll have to grind, and no one wants to do that if they don't have to. 


Other than patience, tight reflexes, and focus, that's all you need to know about Bendy in Nightmare Run. I don't go over the game's Nightmare acts in this guide because there aren't really any actionable tips (outside of the ones above) that will help you get through them easier. Just knuckle up and block distractions and you'll beat the game's hardest levels. 

Let us know what you think about Bendy in Nightmare Run in the comments below! 

Best Indies/Sleeper Hits of the Year Thu, 21 Dec 2017 17:19:14 -0500 bazookajo94


I'm not sure what a game developer has to do in order to breach the border separating "indie" from "AAA," but if indie games can do just as well as the big guys, then maybe they don't have to worry about crossing that line at all.


Any game with a stellar art style, superb sound design, and a killer story (metaphorically or otherwise) deserves its place on this list -- whether they be loud and quick or soft and subtle, these indie games are sure to burrow their way into someone's heart.


Bendy and the Ink Machine

Platform: PC

I love the phrase "accidental success", and I didn't even know it could be a thing until I discovered Bendy and the Ink Machine.


Developed by TheMeatly Games, Bendy and the Ink Machine's first chapter was released in February, and apparently, the developers didn't think it was going to do as well as they thought. 


This survival horror game follows the story of Henry, an animator visiting his old workplace, where he discovers that his old boss was an occultist, and some seriously demonic stuff has happened to the studio since Henry's departure.


The game releases parts in chapter segments, with the most recent Chapter 3 having been released in September. 


Bendy and the Ink Machine is cute, terrifying, and is sure to make people hate the cartoons they grew up with. 


Outlast 2

Platforms: Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4

Any sequel to a game as scary as Outlast has a lot to live up to. I'll never forget how terrified I was the first time I opened the library door in Outlast and a dead body came flying at my face. You just can't beat an opening jump scare like that. 


Outlast 2 gave its best shot, though. 


Developed by Red Barrels and released in April, Outlast 2 follows a married couple investigating the murder of a pregnant woman. Their search brings them to an occult village whose inhabitants believe that the end is nigh, and then things start to get really weird.


Outlast delivered frightful imagery and haunting stories that stuck with the player long after the game is over, and Outlast 2 is no different. A good horror game is one that players dread playing. A great horror game is one that compels the player to keep on playing anyway, and Outlast 2 is just that.


Hollow Knight

Platforms: PC

I'm so glad that one of the main staples of indie games is fantastic art -- and I'm even gladder still when that fantastic art is as haunting as what you'll find in Hollow Knight


Team Cherry's Hollow Knight tells the story of a knight on a quest for treasure and travels through the abandoned Hallownest kingdom. It is a game of combat and exploration (what else would a knight do?) where players will discover what really happened to Hallownest.


Beautiful, haunting, and delightful mysterious, Hollow Knight has received positive reviews from most critics. 


And, really, anything dark and little steals my heart.


Last Day of June

Platforms: PC & PlayStation 4

Color design has just as much impact on a viewer as sound and graphics. If any game presents itself with a warm sunset beside a dusky purple, things have gone wrong and things will be sad. 


And Last Day of June is sad. 


Developed by 505 Games and released in August, Last Day of June is an adventure puzzle game that centers around a couple who's just been struck with tragedy (meaning one of them died and the other must come to terms with it). 


Praised for its beautiful aesthetics and great storytelling, Last Day of June is good at winning hearts and then breaking them into a million tiny pieces. 


Tokyo 42

Platforms: Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 4

While there may be many assassin games players can find on the market, I doubt players will be able to find one quite like like Tokyo 42


With it's low-poly aesthetic and simplistic perspective, Tokyo 42 sets players in a world where they are framed for murder, and they must fight for their lives against assassins in a colorful Tokyo setting. 


With level designs reminiscent of the mobile game Monument Valley, Tokyo 42 boasts a tactical stealth play style and competitive multiplayer gameplay. 


SMAC Games did their best with this indie title, despite some players reservations. At the very least, it's a beautiful game with an interesting idea, and definitely worth any indie fan's time.


Little Nightmares

Platforms: Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 4

Thrill-seeking gamers around the world rejoiced when Little Nightmares was added to the library of horror games this year -- even one as eerily cutesy as this one (if hugging is an action I can do in a game, then the game becomes 99% more cute than it was before). 


Developed by Tarsier Studios and released in April, Little Nightmares follows a little girl named Six on her journey across The Maw. Players discover the secrets behind The Maw and this "precious" little girl as they trek through five levels of puzzles, scares, and mysteries.


Despite its short length and long wait times, critics enjoyed the game for its atmosphere, suspense, and artistic cast of characters.


And don't forget the hugs (I know I never will). 



Platforms: Xbox One, PC

I don't think I've ever played a game as great as Cuphead since I started playing video games twenty years ago.


With it's run-and-gun style of gameplay, Cuphead follows the story of Cuphead and his brother Mugman as they fight bosses and collect souls for the devil in return for souls of their own. Differing from games of similar ilk, Cuphead is based more on boss fighting than level-progression; each level consists of only fighting a boss, with a few boss-less levels that serve as a way for characters to collect money.


The developers Studio MDHR really put themselves on the charts with this game. Though its name and reputation has been around since E3's 2014 conference, Cuphead lived up to the hype, and its worldwide September release garnered critical renown, scooping up multiple nominations and awards.


As indie gaming grows more prominent in the gaming community, it's a wonder that they some can still be considered "indie." Indie games can be just as loud and proud as AAA -- or they can be as soft and subtle in a way a AAA game can't be.


So, just as I have compiled the 9 best PS4 games of 2017, here are some of the best indie games this year has to offer.

4 Scary Games to Play for Halloween that You May Have Overlooked Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:32:15 -0400 Allison M Reilly

It's October and Halloween is coming up, so it's that obligatory time of year where you play at least one scary game. There are the popular franchises that guarantee a fright likeThe Evil Within, Outlast, and Five Nights at Freddy's. They're fine games, but they aren't the only scary video games out there. Here are four scary games you ought to play for Halloween that you might have overlooked.

The Park

The Park is a psychological horror game from Funcom that came out in 2015. You play as Lorraine, a single mother who searches for her son, Callum, in an abandoned creepy theme park. The game explores Lorraine’s story and emotions in soliloquies as the player progresses through the amusement park as well as the amusement park's dark history.

It’s clear Lorraine suffers from anxiety and depression, and a big part of the psychological aspect of this game is deciphering what’s real and what’s a figment of Lorraine’s imagination. The Park is also a short game, only about two hours long, which is perfect since the game is less about jump scares and more about getting in your head.

You can purchase The Park on Steam for $12.99


Detention is not a role-playing game, but it's hard not to role play when you have to walk past the "lingered" and you hold your breath with the character. You play the game primarily as Ray in a deserted school in 1960s Taiwan. As you solve puzzles throughout the game, you learn Ray's story and the school's history.

Detention is a fascinating departure from some horror game tropes. Fighting and running away aren't major game mechanics, and there isn't a clear cut enemy trying to get you. Detention is more eerie than scary because you're wrestling with the consequences of a bad situation versus merely reacting to it. Much like The Park, Detention leaves you with something at the end of the game versus just providing an experience.

Detention is available on Steam for $11.99.

Bendy and the Ink Machine

In Bendy and the Ink Machine, you play as Henry, who is invited by his old friend Joey Drew back to the animation studio they worked at years ago. Joey invited Henry over to the long-abandoned studio to check out an ink machine, and that's where the game starts.

I've only played through chapter 1, and what I really like about Bendy and the Ink Machine is the quirkiness. The main character is in an abandoned cartoon studio and looks like an old 1940s cartoon itself. There's ink everywhere, the antagonist is obsessed with ink, the ink is kinda...sorta...not really blood. It's weird but I like it.

This game is a good choice if you want one that's a little more "chill" but still gets you into the spooky, Halloween mood. There are jump scares, but they don't interfere with your ability to complete the puzzles.

The first chapter of Bendy and the Ink Machine is free to play on Steam
There are five chapters total: chapters 2 and 3 cost $5.99 each while chapters 4 and 5 have not yet been released. 

Clock Tower

Yes, Clock Tower came out in 1995 for the PS1, so you either need the disc or an emulator to play this one. But, if you want to go retro for your Halloween gaming, then Clock Tower is an excellent choice that's not Resident Evil.

Clock Tower is a point-and-click game where you're constantly running around in a panic. Scissorman is chasing you, he's managed to kill everyone else in the building, he's blocked all the exits and cut off all the phone lines. You can't kill Scissorman, at least not yet, although doing so will solve everything. So, what are you going to do?

If you want a game where you're just about screaming the whole time, and fearful of giant gardening shears the rest of your life, then Clock Tower is the game to play. Clock Tower can be found on emulator or purchased online or at a retro video games store near you.

This list is by no means an exhaustive list. What lesser known horror game do you really enjoy? Let us know in the comments!

7 Bendy and the Ink Machine Videos You Haven't Seen... But Should Mon, 08 May 2017 12:00:02 -0400 Marc Hollinshead

Bendy and the Ink Machine has been intriguing all who play it since its first chapter released back in February. This crowdfunded puzzle-horror title, while only two chapters in, appears to be inspiring many gamers with its unusual, yet highly ominous plot.

Horror games can bring forth some great content for us to watch, but Bendy's rosey, yet blatantly sadistic face has captured the imaginations of a number of people. You may have seen the big let's plays, explanation videos and the catchy songs but here are 7 videos that may (or may not as the case may be) have passed you by.

How to Make Bendy and the Ink Machine Not Scary

Let's start with something that will give us a bit of a laugh first. Videos like these always seem to tickle me in all the right places because of the very simple editing techniques. The title brings us in, and the video does the rest. You may have heard of the mind behind this series of videos before, so the formatting may be familiar, but what we get from this helps us to see Bendy and that creepy studio in a more light-hearted manner.

Gamers Reactions to the Ink Machine Monster

The jumpscare of Bendy revealing himself in all of his ink-infested glory terrified some people more than others. This particular video takes us through a few of those with varying results.

From barely batting an eyelid to a full grown man giving babies some competition in their screaming capabilities, a whole host of reactions lie within. If nothing else, it's interesting to see how the same thing can affect certain people in radically different ways. I'd like to say that I'd sit in the middle. I wouldn't be standing there laughing at Bendy, but I don't think I'd be letting out my high-pitched little girl scream either.

How To Make Bendy And The Ink Machine Weird

We've just seen how to make the game not scary, but things take a whole new turn in this video, and when it says weird, it really means it.

SpongeBob Squarepants cameos, Goofy being a child killer -- this content creator let their imagination take a dodgy turn. I'll admit, I got a few giggles out of this, though. What can I say? My humour isn't so sophisticated. Bendy and his psychotic friends have inspired all sorts of creative minds so it's no surprise that we eventually got this. Part two even got made so go check it out after being thoroughly weirded out by this one.

Bendy and the Ink Machine Chapter Two 7 Minute Speedrun

Speedrun videos are always a good way to generate views. Bendy and the Ink Machine's first two chapters aren't excessively long to begin with, but they initially play out much longer than what our speedrunner shows here.

In true speedrunning fashion, quick turns, superhero jumps and knowing exactly where to look for items comes naturally to this gamer. After playing through the game yourself, it's a nice bonus to come to a video such as this just to realize how short the content can really be. A game that sells itself on its atmosphere quickly becomes minutes long thanks to speedrunners.

Top 5 Things You Missed in Bendy and the Ink Machine: Chapter 2

Another classic video type that gamers know all too well -- things you missed.

On our first playthrough of any game, missing small details is a regular occurrence as we are simply trying to take everything in that we see. Once we begin to play multiple times, though, our attention deviates from the obvious to the not-so obvious, as shown in this video.

Some of these are more obscure than others, but noticing things like this causes us to realize just how meticulous developers are in making their games, no matter how big or small they might be.

Top 5 Things You Didn't Know About Bendy And The Ink Machine: Chapter 2

In the same vein as the previous video, we have the "things you didn't know" category. These are slightly similar but they regularly go into more detail about the game's context and surrounding ideas about influences and the like.

This video in particular theorizes about a lot, but nonetheless it presents some interesting notions to think about. If nothing else, it make Bendy even more terrifying. It's also unusual to see that recreating a glitch brings an interesting extra at the end. It's almost as though the game expected you to do it...

Bendy & The Ink Machine Chapter 3 Fan Trailer

To finish off, we are thinking about the next chapter that fans are craving so desperately.

The story of Bendy and the Ink Machine has caused gamers to ponder on many of the questions that still remain unanswered. What happened to Bendy? Why is there so much ink? Is Boris friend or foe? It's been a few weeks since chapter two was released, so fans are taking the initiative to tease their own thoughts on what could happen next.

What actually will happen next? Are you excited to find out? Share your thoughts about Bendy and the Ink Machine in the comments below!