Slender: The Eight Pages

Genre(s): Action/Survival Horror

3rd Party Rating: None found.

Price: Free




Slender: The Eight Pages, formerly known simply as Slender, is a FREE first-person psychological horror indie game. The game is based on the fakeloric figure known as Slender Man. Also…it’s terrifying.

The objective of the game is to collect all eight pages (known as Slender pages). These notes are located on, in, and around landmarks within the forest the player is in. Each page has a message on it, such as “help me”, and “don’t look or it takes you”, intending to evoke fear within the player. To successfully collect the pages a player must navigate around the forest to all landmarks containing pages without being caught or killed by Slenderman. As pages are collected Slenderman spawns closer to you, background music picks up suspense-wise, and fog appears and grows thicker.

Slenderman is depicted in the game as a tall, white-faced man lacking any facial features (such as eyes, a nose, or a mouth) dressed in a formal suit (tentacles have been added to the model in further versions). There are three types of encounters with the Slenderman. The first type is when Slenderman spawns in front of the player, but he/she continues to walk forward. The screen starts to turn static, and Slender may or may not be visible to the character, depending on the fog level. The second one is caused through sharp turns. Slenderman could possibly be right behind or next to the player, and turning would result in a face-to-face encounter. A loud, sudden piano drop is accompanied, generating a “jump-scare”. The third encounter is when Slender turns the character around, and is instantly fatal. It is caused if the player stays idle for a prolonged period of time.

Death/game over occurs if the player looks at Slender too long, or if he/she stays idle for too long. During death, the screen builds up static rapidly until the screen turns completely static. Then, Slender’s face appears close up between short intervals of static. The game then ends with the player progress (the amount of pages collected shown as a fraction out of 8).

Playing the game requires the use of both a keyboard and computer mouse. Keyboard is needed to move the player around using the W, A, S, and D keys, as well as activate jog/sprint and zoom. The mouse controls the player’s direction of view and picks up pages. Flashlight can be toggled on/off with either keyboard or mouse.

The player has an unmarked amount of stamina and battery power. While the flashlight is on, battery drains, causing the flashlight to dim and eventually turning the flashlight permanently off. Stamina drains when jogging or sprinting and is recovered while walking or standing still. Sprinting specifically also reduces your maximum stamina.

You might also want to keep an eye on Slender: Source, a new version of this Slender Man game rendered in Valve’s signature engine as well as the sequel, Slender: Source

Publisher: Parsec Productions

Developer: Parsec Productions, Mark J. Hadley

Release Date: June 2012

Players: Single Player


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