Slender Comes to Horrific Life

| 4 Jul 2012 12:25

The new indie horror game Slender looks awful, in all the right ways.

The Slender Man "myth" is actually the result of a Something Awful forum thread from 2009 that challenged users to "create paranormal images." A detailed breakdown of the creature and how it came to be can be found at the Mythical Creatures and Beasts Wiki, but the short version is that he's tall, very thin and able to stretch his limbs and digits to bizarre, inhuman lengths to both terrify and ensnare his prey. The Slender Man was first seen in the early 1980s, so the story goes, but almost nothing about him, or the ultimate fate of his victims, is known.

It's a pretty creepy story, reinforced by the excellently unsettling SA photos, and now we can all enjoy it up close and personal thanks to Slender, a free indie horror game based on the legend. The premise is simple: Alone at night, with only a crappy flashlight to guide you, you must find eight pages that have been torn out of a notebook about the Slender Man.

But you're not alone.

Slender appears to have a very Amnesia-like vibe, in that what you don't see is possibly worse than what you do see - and when you finally do see something, all hell breaks loose. Catching sight of the Slender Man will drive you closer and closer to insanity; the closer he is and the more directly you view him, the greater the effect.

Slender is currently available in both Windows and Mac versions, but unfortunately the servers at are being hammered, so you may not be able to snag it right away. For a quicker fix you can try the alternate links posted at Reddit. Good luck! Try not to die.

Source: Indie Games

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