Recently, indie video game companies have created stunning animation and game design making them a competition against other gaming companies. Some are based on fears we have as children, while others take a page out of the history books. There are some who theorize the game, Bendy and the Ink Machine, is based on the feud Walt Disney had with Iwerks, a fellow animator while others see it as a tribute to how dark cartoons can become.
Bendy and the Ink Machine
Before the use of computers to create computer graphic designs, cartoons were created by an artist hand drawing the images on paper. The images would be done first in pencil before being inked and prepared for release. Bendy and the Ink Machine by Kindly Beast is a horror dark fantasy game where cartoons come to live consuming the souls of the actors that gave the characters a voice.
In the game, Bendy was the mascot for Joey Drew Studios until the studio went bankrupt. Thirty years later Henry Stein is called back to the company to see what his old boss has waiting to show him. Unknown to Stein it’s nothing more than a trap to create the perfect Bendy.
Joey Drew is the owner of Joey Drew Studios until he went bankrupt trying to perfect his concept of creating real-life cartoon characters for the public to interact with. He is a greedy and self-centered man not carrying about his employees. He sees his employees as materials to create the dreams he desires.
Alice Angel is the sweetheart of Bendy and is voiced by two actresses. There are two forms of Alice the first is twisted Alice voice by the first actress Susie Campbell who is unhinged and blames Joey for deceiving her.
Alice spends the game killing cartoons to replace her imperfections. The second is heroic Alice who is the second voice actress Allison Pendle. She comes to Henry’s aid when being attacked and is seen with Boris, she calls Tom.
Boris the wolf is a cartoon wolf that was friends with Bendy and Alice. Boris is also referred to as Tom referring to Thomas Conner the mechanic that created the ink machine and was married to Allison who is referred to as the perfect version.
Henry Stein is the main character that the gamer interacts with while playing the levels of the game. He was an animator for Drew and created the concept of Bendy before leaving the company. Other employees see him as being the realistic mindset to Joey’s creative personality.
The game gives the illusion of being a realistic view of cartoons that we grew up watching as children. However, the adult themes mixed in with the animation shows that this game is not suirable for a younger audience. I would rate this game a six out of ten due to the interesting jump scares and the gloomy atmosphere created by the music and dark backgrounds.
The game was difficult for me to view due to the dim-lighting and black backdrops forcing me to find a Let’s Play of the video game featured on Youtube by Matt Pat. I enjoyed the games creative mixture of dark fantasy and horror.
Not everyone enjoys cartoons there are some who find cartoons scary and have trouble watching them as children. Even as adults, some fear going to amusement parks scared that they may be attacked by those wearing suits of cartoon characters. The game plays on our fears of what occurs when cartoons are no longer locked behind our television screens.
Now, shush, I’m trying to read.