When my friends told me about the game “Slender“, I thought it was a practical joke, similar to an ebaumsworld/newgrounds joke to make you jump in your seat. They told me the details with grins on their faces and shifty eyes so I was equally curious and suspicious. However, when I played the game I found out that it was not a joke and that this indie game was the scariest thing I’ve played since Amnesia: the Dark Descent.
So the game is simple; you find yourself in the middle of a dark forest with a flashlight and instructions to “find 8 pages.” You can walk or run to accomplish your objective, but the “Slender man” will not only see your flashlight: he will also hear the sound of your footsteps if you run. While the premise and controls are extremely simple, I can say Slender represents the future of survival horror video games. Not because the Slender Man character is especially grotesque or horrifying or that the story of the game is amazing, but instead the lasting feeling of paranoia and terror lasts longer than the game itself.
Slender messes with your mind with little effort, but it perfectly showcases how a survival horror is meant to be. There are no weapons or traps to set and there is no magic to help you defeat this somewhat ghost like man. Instead, Slender keeps tensions high and gives no sign of relief from the constant stalking of the Slender Man.
Feel free to check out the game here and be prepared to scare the crap out of yourself, all for the low price of $0.