Slender: The Eight Pages Beta 0.9.7

This atmospheric horror game for your PC is free and easy to play, offering spooky thrills

  • Category:

    Action

  • Version:

    Beta 0.9.7

  • Works under:

    Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP / Windows 8

  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Free
  • Vote:
    7.1 (10141)
Slender: The Eight Pages Beta 0.9.7
Slender: The Eight Pages 0.9.7 Beta

Slender is a video game based on the paranormal entity known as Slender Man. The game places the player behind the perspective of their character, and the creepy nature of the game combined with the first-person point of view is enough to leave your skin crawling.

The game centers around the idea of collecting eight lost pages to a manuscript that have been scattered in a forest. Slender Man is hiding in the forest, waiting to scare you and drain you of your sanity. If you look at Slender Man, your sanity meter drops, so don't face him for longer than you have to. You are equipped with a flashlight, but it also has a meter that drains as you use it, so you must conserve energy when you're safe. You also have to worry about stamina, which is used up as you sprint away from Slender Man.

When you combine the creepy scene with the sound of crickets chirping, you get a real sense that you're actually in the forest trying to avoid Slender Man. Unfortunately, the only goal in the game is to collect the eight pages of the manuscript, which presumably is used to defeat Slender Man in some way. This leaves a lot to be desired from a premise that's actually full of potential.

Even if you haven't heard of the myth of Slender Man, this game can be a fun and eerie experience. Fans of the horror and suspense genres should certainly try out this game.

Since the first version of the Slender Man game, it has received a number of updates. In this version, the main menu now has a musical background track. As you collect pages of the manuscript, your default speed increases slightly. There's no longer a recovery period after using stamina, but every time you begin sprinting, you automatically lose 5 percent of your maximum stamina. This prevents an exploit in an older version of the game where players could repeatedly tap the sprint button to move at a much faster rate without any real drain on stamina.

Even though your speed increases each time you collect a page of the manuscript, your visibility range decreases in the same fashion. Since you can turn the fog off in the settings of the game for greater visibility, this decrease in vision counteracts that advantage. In older versions of the game, you could turn off the shading of the most distant areas from you, and this would provide a much clearer view of Slender Man's location. This is not an option in Slender.

There's now a button that lets you skip the introduction automatically, and you can pause the game for the first time in any version. The pause function cannot be used when you see Slender Man since it won't work in the presence of static, which he creates when you see him.

Pros

  • Perfectly Spooky Areas
  • Fullscreen or Window Mode
  • Easy Gameplay

Cons

  • Limited Depth

Slender is an atmospheric horror game that pits you against a villain whose mythology comes strictly from the chatrooms and message boards of the Internet: Slenderman.

The story of Slenderman is a strange one, and it would not be possible without Internet forums, Photoshop and Youtube. Starting with a series of Youtube videos, the paranormal force of nature was seen by many online and quickly considered 'cool'. People started writing their own Slenderman stories, including digitally inserting ghostly, slender figures in suits into photos both old and new. Soon, Slenderman was all over the Internet, as its first 'home-grown' horror icon.

Naturally, people began saying they were going to create games about Slenderman. The first of these games, Slender: The Eight Pages, starts with a fairly simple premise/ It's night-time, and you are in a forest. There are eight pages of paper scattered throughout the forest. You have a flashlight and you need to find the pages. Oh, and Slenderman is hunting you, and he can teleport. If you see him, you need to run quickly. If he touches you, the game is over.

Slender is obviously an amateur effort. That said, while the graphics and sound obviously aren't professional quality, they have a certain heart and charm of their own. After all, Slenderman is the creation of amateur writers all over the world. Shouldn't the games about him be the same way?

In a way, Slender represents something new, not just in its choice of antagonist, but in its gameplay. You have no weapons and you have no way to fight. You simply run. You have three speeds: Walking, jogging and a sprint speed that can only be turned on if you see Slenderman -- but this will reduce the amount of time you can run. You need to decide how important it is to run, and for how long. Likewise, your flashlight only has so much battery power. Leave it on for too long and it will die.

In the end, you can blame Slenderman all you want, but it is your own choices, resource management and ability to keep your head under pressure that will get you killed.

Pros

--Played with the lights out and headphones on, this game can be extremely scary

--Innovative running mechanics

--Not so long that you lose interest

Cons

--Not that scary if you don't know the Slenderman mythology

--No plot beyond what the player makes up themselves after seeing the pages

--Obviously not created by professionals

--No replay value

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