With Halloween just around the corner, many Disney Fanatics and Disney fans will be looking for some spooky or scary ways to entertain themselves. If you love Disney and have already watched every movie in your Disney Plus queue, then you might want to try an unexpected medium for Halloween Disney content: video games! The PS4 horror game “Bendy and the Ink Machine” is not actually a Disney game, but it features a unique setting, story, and characters that remind many players of animations like Steamboat Willie and the very early Disney animated cartoons. There’s a character who looks a lot like Goofy, and a “cartoon demon who serves as an obvious parallel to cartoon protagonists on the 1930s, such as Mickey Mouse or Betty Boop”.
The entire game is set in an old 2-D animation studio that is designed to be incredibly eerie, and what many players might find most unsettling about this game is how quiet it is. Your character has to tentatively travel through the studio, with signs of the aforementioned “cartoon demon” stalking you more and more closely, and that tension is a big part of the game. There are definitely jump scares, and lots of suspense. Many Disney fans who don’t think they’re easily frightened might be surprised by how stressed they get while playing this game!
One review compared this game to what Disney movies would be like if Walt Disney was “Literally Satan”. Another review said that playing “Bendy and the Ink Machine” was like “getting hopelessly lost wandering around a bootleg Euro-Disney”. So what do you think? Do you have the courage to play this animated horror game (and start with this free demo), or do you fear that playing it will forever change your perception of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ classic cartoons?