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"A lone wolf struggles to survive the inky abyss of Joey Drew Studios in this top-down survival horror."
Steam's summary.

Boris and the Dark Survival (abbreviated as BatDS) is a standalone game and a side prequel to Bendy and the Ink Machine, developed by Joey Drew Studios Inc.. First revealed on February 5, 2020, the game was released on February 10, 2020 for PC platforms and Google Play, for the franchise's third anniversary by the price of $0.99, making it one of the cheapest games ever offered. It was later released for iOS on February 14, 2020. Whether it will be released for console still remains unclear.


Play as Boris the Wolf, the cartoon companion of Bendy, as you hunt throughout the abandoned cartoon studio for the supplies Boris needs to keep going. You’re not alone! The monstrous Ink Demon stalks you at every turn. Beware the sound of his beating heart as he creeps up from behind and catches you in his dripping gaze. Nowhere is safe. Yet secrets lie in wait for those adventurous enough to seek them out.

  • Outrun the Ink Demon or become his next victim.
  • Scavenge for supplies and keep yourself on the move.
  • Carefully watch your stamina and stop to eat every chance you get.
  • Discover hidden unlockables stashed away in the shadows.

Will you brave the evil lurking in the studio? Will you conquer this Dark Survival?

Boris is counting on you.


Boris and the Dark Survival randomly generates the map, changing it each time. Buddy Boris will find secrets, collect supplies, and find audio logs in the studio levels.

When it comes to collecting supplies Buddy Boris will only need to collect 6 of them, each randomized each time. After finding all 6 supplies the Ink Demon will start to come after Buddy Boris regardless of how far away he is; in order to survive, Buddy Boris will have to make it to the lift as it will now let him leave.

When it comes to secrets, there are several so far. When exploring the studio, Buddy Boris may find holes in the wall which can show things such as chairs, messages, a Bendy cutout, and theMeatly. Audio logs are also present in this game, recorded by people such as Thomas Connor, Jack Fain, and Wally Franks. Buddy Boris will also find scraps and music records that can play music on the phonograph; there are 4 of these in total. Along with this are the scraps that, after collecting all 7, will show the mishmash of Bendy, Boris, and Alice Angel pictures that are seen in the safehouse in Chapter 3 of Bendy and the Ink Machine. Around the same time the player hears the audio log by Norman Polk, they might find an ink heart on a plate; if the player chooses to collect this, they will hear the Projectionist's shriek. This also means that although they are never seen, the Projectionist makes a feat in BatDS.

Ink Bendy can be quite difficult as he can hear everything Buddy Boris does. For instance, if Buddy Boris opens a locker or plays an audio log Ink Bendy will start to go near him. It's easiest to deal with him by getting his attention and going to the Miracle Station in the center as there is a chance he will not go back where he was and it will make it much more easy to get the items he was near. Ink Bendy can also be tricked by using pillars or an object in the center of the room, but the easiest way is to just not make any noise other than maybe running if he sees Buddy Boris or if the player is Easter egg hunting, but they'll have to be cautious.

After collecting all scrap papers and interacting with it, a cutscene will play and reveals that Boris had seen a glimpse of his former self and instantly forgetting it, considered as an ending.

An update to the game is coming March 6th, 2020, Friday, as shown on this video: [1]

Game mechanics

Level Generation

The levels in Boris and the Ink Machine are randomly generated. Check the following article for the explanation of the level generation process.


Even though the saving mechanism was implemented to Bendy and the Ink Machine, it works a bit differently in Boris and the Dark Survival. The game uses Unity PlayerPrefs instead of custom .game file that Bendy and the Ink Machine uses. The location of the save files may differ from the OS. On Windows devices, they're stored in the registry (Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Joey Drew Studios\Boris and the Dark Survival).

The game uses multiple save files (DATA, CurrentTrack, FIndMoreRecords, TutorialComplete and few others). Most of the game progress is stored in the encrypted DATA binary file. It can not be properly and successfully edited without using additional software or .reg files from other people. The DATA file contains 21 values: Record_1 (bool), Record_2 (bool), Record_3 (bool), Record_4 (bool), Scrap_1 (bool), Scrap_2 (bool), Scrap_3 (bool), Scrap_4 (bool), Scrap_5 (bool), Scrap_6 (bool), Scrap_7 (bool), Plungers (int), Gears (int), Spoons (int), Radios (int), Books (int), Bones (int), Wrenches (int), SpecialBone (bool), HeartCount (int), HighestDayCount (int).

Record_x and Scrap_x are bools (true/false values) saving the information did the player find the scraps or records in the lockers. Surprisingly enough, the soundtrack playing in the hub can play without having its record unlocked (since the information about playing a soundtrack is saved in the CurrentTrack file). All the item values are the number of the exact object ever collected by the player during the successful (won) day. They're ints so the number stored in them can be any integer. SpecialBone is a bool value storing the information was a Special Bone found by Buddy Boris in a locker. If set to true, Buddy Boris should be able to pick up the bone on the table in the hub. HeartCount is an int value storing the information on how many hearts the player has ever collected. HighestDayCount is an int value storing the information on the highest day ever reached.

Bendy's AI

Ink Bendy spawns in a random location on the map after Buddy Boris collects either a certain amount of items (four items in Day 1, one item in Day 2) or when the level is started (Day 3 and next). Throughout the endless levels, Ink Bendy is the only hostile threat to Buddy Boris.

Wandering randomly around the areas, Ink Bendy will show the cue that he is coming closer by his heartbeat ambient sound and thick inky aura-like mists around him. He will start running towards Buddy Boris if he is in front of the demon's sight. Quickly run with enough stamina and find the Little Miracle Station if possible. If Boris will move too slow or run out of time, Ink Bendy will fully catch Buddy Boris and send him back to the elevator. When hiding inside the Little Miracle Station, Ink Bendy cannot get to Buddy Boris and will move on.

If Buddy Boris has collected all the items. Ink Bendy will start chasing after Boris until he gets back to the elevator, Hiding in a Little Miracle Station is good, but after getting out, Bendy will start running towards Buddy Boris even out of range of the aura.

When spawned, he never disappears. He'll keep wandering in the halls until the player is killed.

Boris' Stamina

Boris' stamina only decreases when Boris is running. When Boris is running, his drained stamina is his stamina with 0.03 multiplied by the completion time in seconds since the last frame clamped to the value between 0 and 1 subtracted (Mathf.Clamp01(this.BorisStamina - 0.03f * Time.deltaTime)).

Boris can refill his stamina using the nearest Tasty Eats Machine.


Boris and the Dark Survival was well received, given with the score of 4.3/5 from Google Play and 4.4/5 from iOS. Metacritic's PC review was currently not given yet.



Controls Functions
W, A, S, D or Arrow Keys (Forward, Left, Down, Right) Move.
E, Spacebar or LMB Interact with items.
Esc Pause game.
L. Shift Sprint.

Android / iOS

Controls Functions
Joystick (Left Corner) Move.
Shift Button (Right Corner) Sprint.
Tap (on items or interactable) Interact with items.

External Links


and the Ink Machine
Chapter 1: Moving PicturesChapter 2: The Old SongChapter 3: Rise and FallChapter 4: Colossal WondersChapter 5: The Last ReelChapter ?: The Archives
(Version History)
and the Dark Revival
Chapter 1
Standalone games Bendy in Nightmare Run (Version History)Boris and the Dark Survival
Other games Hello BendyDemos
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