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Things Go Bump In The Night

This small, short, unassuming first-person survival horror game made by Parsec Productions, a one-man studio helmed by Mark J. Hadley is the latest in a series of indie games that have breathed new life into the horror genre over the last few years.

Slender is based on the Internet creation known as the slender man, a creature imagined on the Something Awful forum’s “Create Paranormal Images” thread. The creature appears as a man in a suit of a height varying between 6-15 feet. It has no face, no hair, and abnormally long arms. This creature seems to stalk humans, picking specific targets and hunting them, eventually abducting and bringing his victims to wooded areas to kill them. 

The slender man is out there... waiting.

Slender places the player in the shoes of a person who enters a foggy forest with only a flashlight. The purpose of entering the woods is not clear; it could be to investigate the creature or because the player has been lured by the slender man. Regardless, from the beginning, certain factors come into play. You are immediately tasked with retrieving eight pieces of paper scattered throughout the forest. With each piece of paper collected, the slender man draws nearer and the ambient music ramps up in intensity and hallucinations begin. If you take too long finding the documents, the game increases these settings by itself. You are free to go in whatever direction you wish, though a fence lines the outer perimeter of the accessible game world. There are numerous landmarks scattered throughout the forest, and these are where you typically find one of the notes.

The gameplay is simple. You move using typical WASD controls, have the ability to sprint for short periods by holding shift, can pick up the notes by clicking on them, and can turn your flashlight on and off using F. The night is dark and foggy, necessitating the use of your flashlight. The longer you use your trusty tool of illumination, the faster it runs out of batteries and eventually dies. 

Your typical movement speed is very slow and sprinting only makes you marginally faster. After a short period of sprinting, heavy breathing ensues and normal walking speed resumes. A word of advice: use the sprint function sparingly. It takes a long time for you to recuperate if you exhaust yourself. 

Static on the screen indicates when the slender man is close. If that happens, you need to turn around and escape before he catches you. Upon completing the game, different gameplay modes unlock, including a daylight mode and another secret mode. 

There are a number of differences between Slender and other horror games available on the market. First and foremost is that Slender is free, at least for now. The title is currently still in beta. Another aspect that separates Slender from other horror games is that you can neither attack nor defend. You can only run. There aren’t tons of different enemy types or environmental hazards; just the slender man. It is also worth stressing that the game is very simple and minimal, you are essentially just walking through a forest. What makes the game work is the atmosphere created by the visuals and sound design.

The true success of Slender is the effective atmosphere of tension that it builds up through the setting and the nerve-racking music and sounds that pervade the title. Every aspect of the game builds together effectively to present a simple, short, and terrifying experience. If you are a fan of horror games, scaring yourself silly, games that illicit strong emotion, or free things, you owe it to yourself to check this game out

Comments
  • I think I'll have to pass, I'm still trying to work up the courage to brave Amnesia again to try and beat it.
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  • we need more games like this. i used to rely on silent hill for the atmospheric tension but those days are long gone apprently

  • GIMME 20 DOLLAS.

  • The fun thing I find about this game is that unlike the vast majority of horror games out there, your not being physically being attacked. Instead you are simply aware that you must find these 8 pages and that once the Slender man draws close your dead. I found it very intense on the same levels as Dead Space 1. =) Great game

  • I love playing slender its fun and it always has that scare factor to it

  • As glad as I am that horror games have proven that they are still alive and well, I just don't like how they follow one thing, no defending yourself. Can't throw a punch, kick, throw something, or anything. I think it would be much scarier if they fooled you by making you think you could defend yourself, but it is useless. Now it could work like once or twice so you always have that hope that a random punch could save you, but it would still build tension like this game or Amnesia.

  • Good game, I really enjoyed it. Makes it a little more interesting if you know the story behind the Slender Man. Legend has it that The Slender man is an unknown being that has been around since the beginning of time. His reason is unknown but it's said that he has been watching the growth of humanity from the beginning. He has been abducting small children since before the 1500s, he takes them never to be seen again and kills them in an unknown way. In 1600 Germany a man painted a portrait of a woman, it was said that the artist was ill and had a dark shadow around him as he kept moaning and making  strange sounds. The painting showed a shadowy man with a knife raised to the woman and he kids crying. The next day the artist died, he chewed on his on wrists until death, the following day after that the woman was killed due to a slashed throat and her children were never to be seen again. Other sightings have been reported dating back to the 1500s to present day, some say that they hear children crying for their parents and fighting for their lives in the woods...The more you know the better. :)

  • Slender man is totally creepy. I don't think I could handle playing this games.

  • Silent hill.

  • Oh God...Just the description and the screenshots have freaked me out a bit. I will not be playing this game. Even though I love horror films I get really freaked out about horror games. I think it's the sense that it's not someone else that's in danger, it's you.

  • YEA! I'm now a member of the Ignored News Tips Society (INTS).

  • This game is awesome, imo >:O

  • i play this a few minutes a night to see how far i can get before i scweeeam like a wittle giwl. It's pretty funny for my roomates which consist of four cats, two dogs, a guinea pig and one loud parakeet. Good times!

  • Better late than never.

  • I just played this last month. Game freaked me out a little lol

  • Here's a tip for beating the game: There are exactly 10 areas of interest/landmarks where the pieces of paper can be present, only 8 of those areas will have them. If u already found 2 areas without a piece of paper, than you'll know that the rest of the remaining landmarks will surely have a piece of paper.
  • Just played this. Freakin terrifying! Also for anyone who likes creepy slenderman stuff check out the marble hornets videos on youtube.

  • Man i've been wanting to play this game for weeks now. But still haven't.
  • Slender: Source is a mod project riffing off of this game that intends to add 4 player coop and multiple environments to choose from. Look it up if that sounds interesting to you.

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