August 3rd, 2012 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Blah, Games |


by M.I.K.

Slender is a free pyschological/survival horror indie game by Mark J Hadley, based on the internet urban legend of the ‘Slender Man’, a supernatural creature, fond of kidnapping children and usually depicted as a tall, thin figure, dressed in a black suit and tie, with a completely featureless face and elongated arms, (and sometimes also has tentacly things sprouting out of his back).

The origins of the story can be traced back to a thread titled ‘Create Paranormal Images’, started on the Something Awful forums back in 2009. Since then, there’s been a whole load of mock documentaries, fan art and yes, videogames. A variation of the character has even popped up in Minecraft.

If you want to know more about the phenomena, simply search for “slender man”. The internet’s crammed with stuff relating to it.

Slender, the game is a relatively simple affair. In fact, I find it very reminiscent of the 30 year old 3D Monster Maze on the ZX81, with Slender Man taking the place of the Tyrannosaur, and the maze replaced with dark woodland. However, do not let this lull you into a false sense of security. Despite appearances, 3D Monster Maze is still an incredibly tense game when you sit down to play it. Slender, too, may have a simple premise, but it’s also scary as hell. Seriously.

The aim of the game is to collect 8 pages, while avoiding contact with The Slender Man. Even looking directly at him is a bad idea. Instructions are included with the game itself and the controls are fairly simple.

I’ve lived in the countryside most my life. I’ve been around a lot of woods and foresty places. I’ve sometimes wandered around them when it’s been dark. I’ve then often wondered what the flip I’m doing there. This game captures the feel of that perfectly.

You can download the game from the official site here or this fansite, which has more information.

You may also want to check out some of the numerous YouTube videos showing people, (mostly grown men), screaming like little girls while playing this.

Best played in the dark, at night, when you’re alone, (if you want to scare the poo out of yourself, that is).

by M.I.K.

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