Slender: The Eight Pages, originally known simply as Slender, is a free download indie-developed first-person survival horror video game released in June 2012 as a beta for Microsoft Windows and OS X, utilizing the Unity engine. The game is based on the fakeloric figure known as Slender Man, who is known for the abduction of children in mysterious, dark settings.
The game received generally positive reviews. Some publications noted the effectiveness of the game’s minimalist horror approach, contrasting it with many action-based survival horror games of the time period, such as the latest Resident Evil and Silent Hill titles.
Gaming website IGN called Slender “pure horror”, claiming “few horror games thrust you directly into the heart of fear”. “Slender is the kind of game that unearths that long-lost sensation inside of you whereby you’d play a game for the addictive novelty value it possessed and not the budget that was thrown at it.”
A sequel to Slender: The Eight Pages, entitled Slender: The Arrival, was developed by ParsecProductions and Blue Isle Studios. It was released on Microsoft Windows and OS X on March 26, 2013.
Slender: The Eight Pages is set in the middle of a forest during night and is played from a first person perspective. The player’s objective is to collect eight pages located in various areas of the forest while avoiding the Slender Man, a faceless humanoid entity. The player is equipped with only a flashlight to see through the dark; it has limited battery life and will eventually shut down permanently if left on for an extended period of time.
The player character also has limited stamina as running will tire out the character and decrease their maximum walking speed. Slender Man occasionally appears in the player’s field of vision, and game over occurs if the player stares at Slender Man too long or remains idle for too long. The game over screen shows Slender Man’s face and static. As the player collects pages, the fog in the forest grows thicker and Slender Man appears closer to the player character.
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