Bendy in Nightmare Run: A Cartoonish Game with Class

Bendy and the Ink Machine is a survival horror game released in 2017 and has already achieved cult status. The game was developed by Joey Drew Studios Inc. for Microsoft Windows, Linux, and macOS and released in chapters. In October this year, the game will be released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch right after the final, fifth chapter is published. Since Bendy and the Ink Machine became quite a popular Indie title, it was only fitting that it will get a mobile version, like seems to be the trend these days (Diablo III, Final Fantasy XIV, etc.).

And thus Bendy in Nightmare Run came to be, developed by the same studio and released in mid-August for iOS and Android devices.

Let’s start this review by explaining who Bendy is. He is a Dancing Demon from the Bendy and the Ink Machine game and also the developer’s mascot. In the first game, Bendy was an antagonist to the main character, Henry but here he seems to be in the trouble of his own. Namely, in Bendy in Nightmare Run, he is one of the three characters you can choose to play, the others being Boris the Wolf and Alice Angel.

The game has an amazing atmosphere of the 1930s Disney cartoons and you won’t stop running, jumping and attack your opponents which are quite formidable. Of course, you will have to avoid the obstacles on your way, collect weapons and constantly upgrade your character in order to escape the bosses.

There are five chapters and four cartoon worlds to run across and all the while the third person POV allows you to view the character from upfront, namely, as they run towards you chased by a giant demonic monster. This is a bit strange and takes time to get used to, but once you do the game will run smoothly. Just keep in mind that you are playing the game and not watching a cartoon since that feature can be a bit distracting.

However, don’t be fooled by this cartoonish look and humoresque setting. Bendy in Nightmare Run can present a challenge at times, so stay focused. Collect as many cans as you can while escaping the boss monster and grab any weapon on your path so that you can attack them, which is important for leveling up. The cans serve as in-game currency and so collect as many as you can. You will use them to buy weapons, unlock levels and purchase power-ups which will help you to survive.

Bendy in Nightmare Run is free-to-play and logically there are in-app purchases which can be really expensive, going as high as $55. But since you can buy everything you need with cans, better use the money to perhaps buy some physical collectibles in the merchandise store.

Now, when it comes to saving, you have to do this through the cloud. You will have to create an account for the game to be able to do this, but it’s not a hassle and it really pays off for such an entertaining game.

This is a unique and fun game to play, with atmosphere true to its visuals and it actually reminded me of that creepy story It’s a Good Life from the Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) when one of the characters is placed in the cartoon and eaten by the monsters there chasing her. This is overall a really enjoyable game to play and it will take you more than an hour and a half to finish it whole. Just concentrate from the start and collect cans, and you will do just fine.