Origin of the Slenderman
The Slenderman may very well be the first real internet urban legend. What originally began as a contest on the Something Awful forums to come up with the creepiest possible fake ghost photo, with a black and white picture of a playground full of melancholy children with a tall, faceless man in a black suit with tentacles protruding from his body in the distance. The picture was the clear winner and Slenderman was born, inspiring an endless amount of alternate reality games, fake photos, fan fiction, several highly popular Youtube series (with Marbel Hornets being the crown jewel), and a massively freaked out internet following.
It seemed like the only thing missing was a game…until now.
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Elegant In Its Simplicity
Slender is a relatively simple independent game. Your goal is to explore a heavily wooded area with a few buildings here and there in search of 8 pages. Each page is a frantically scribbled note left by someone who has clearly fallen victim to the Slenderman. Making matters worse, you are chased throughout the game by the Slenderman.
The only way to stop him from chasing you as you search for the pages is to look at him, which stops him in his tracks. The only problem with this is that staring at him too long causes the player to lose sanity, and when that happens it’s game over.
Making it even more difficult is the fact that Slenderman can teleport in the game, so the player has to keep moving.
Slender is a true horror game. The player is left defenseless against the faceless menace, and that’s what makes it so bone chilling. The only option you have is to run and find the pages. You get no weapons. You can only prolong the inevitable. It is very similar to the game Amnesia: The Dark Descent. What makes Slender really great is that it’s a bang for buck game, especially since it’s free. If you’re a survival horror fan, then do yourself a favor and check this game out. It’s well worth it.
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It need to also be noted that an expansion on the ideas of the game is being created. Click here to learn more about Slender: Source!