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Bendy and the Ink Machine is an episodic puzzle action horror video game developed by TheMeatly Games. The first chapter of the game was originally released for Microsoft Windows, OS X, and Linux on February 10, 2017. The game’s first chapter features imagery reminiscent of early animated cartoons, and the player navigates through an animation studio with the objective of activating a large ink machine, solving puzzles in order to do so.
The player plays as Henry, an animator, who gets an invitation to his old workplace, an animation workshop called Joey Drew Studios, by the owner of the studio, Joey Drew. Upon arriving, the place seems deserted, and ran through with large ink pipes. Upon exploring, Henry finds the titular Ink Machine, as well as evidence that Joey began dabbling with the occult, finding a mutilated corpse of Boris the Wolf, one of the cartoon characters appearing in Joey’s cartoon posters. He searches around the workshop to find six items needed to power the machine: a manual, a Bendy plush, a cog, a record, a wrench, and a inkwell. Upon restoring the power to the Ink Machine, Henry is attacked by a living ink version of Bendy named “Bendy”, but the floor gets soaked with ink flooding the place. The player has to get to the exit to escape, but instead of reaching the exit, the floor collapses and Henry falls to an secret underground room. Reaching a room that has an axe hanging up on a wall, the player takes the axe to defend itself for what is going to be on the other side. Henry enters a room with three coffins and a pentagram painted on the ground in ink. When approaching the pentagram. Henry gets flashbacks of the Ink Machine, a wheelchair and one of “Bendy”, then passes out in the middle of it.
When awakening, Henry begins to find more evidence of Joey and musical director Sammy Lawrence, who has a mask of Bendy and appears to be covered in ink. Henry ends up in the music department of the studio, following clues through tape recordings to find his way out. While trying to escape he encounters Searchers, blobs of ink that form themselves into humanoid figures and try to attack him. After draining the pool of ink downstairs, Henry is knocked out by Sammy. Sammy binds Henry to a chair and explains that he who to sacrifice Henry to Bendy to be returned to normal. When Bendy arrives, he kills Sammy instead while Henry escapes. Henry eventually loses his axe as he tries to cut through the planks to flee. Henry then makes it to the door that leads to another room and encounters a living version of Boris the Wolf as the chapter ends. After the credits there is a scene depicting the remains of Sammy, with only an ink puddle and the Bendy mask left of him.
Memory: 4 GB RAM
DirectX: Version 10
Storage: 500 MB available space