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Slender: The Eight Pages 0.9.7

Slender: The Eight Pages Slender: The Eight Pages 0.9.7

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Slender: The Eight Pages Editor's Review

Slender: The Eight Pages is a short horror game in which you're alone in a dark wood, searching for messages scattered around the trackless forest.

And that's exactly what it is, sadly. 

After ten minutes of trudging around the forest, the screen fizzled and a rather portly, monochrome figure appeared for a moment. Game Over.

OK, that can't be it, can it? Unfortunately, yes it can. On the second try I was slightly more successful; I found two of the eight pages before the overweight Slender Man had his supernatural way. Not wishing to spoil the game for fans of the genre I'll say that there is a way to prolong your survival, but I'll leave you to work out what it is.

The Slender Man meme has proliferated virally, and the concept of this impossibly tall, thin and faceless figure, glimpsed as a black shadow in the corner of the eye has undeniable horror potential. There's a strong hint of Blair Witch in the videos to be found on YouTube, and the number of followers suggests that this is a cult that provides a rich vein for developers of horror games.

The game has reasonable atmosphere, but Hadley should review the chills created by the deserted orphanage in Thief II. Nothing happened for ten minutes in that game too, but I was riveted for every second. Much of Thief's neck-prickling fear came from a brilliant sound track of half-heard whispers and moans. In The Eight Pages we get nothing more than our own footsteps. It's a reasonable start, but it needs much, much more.

Pros: It's free. Slender Man fans might love it though.

Cons: No real gameplay. Unimaginative graphics. Rapid onset of boredom. And the Slender Man probably shouldn't be overweight.

Conclusion: Overall this feels like an exercise by someone trying out their new 3D game development software. As a free download it's a way to kill a few minutes, but if you're already that bored, this is probably not the answer.

Slender: The Eight Pages Publisher's Description

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,...

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What's New in Version 0.9.7 of Slender: The Eight Pages

- Added a subtitle to the game ("The Eight Pages") to differentiate it from future versions.
- Improved main menu and added music to it. Also now includes links to Slender Man info and YouTube series.
- Added different light sources (unlocked after beating the game once).
- Added shadows (not especially noticeable except in lit areas).
- Your jogging speed now increases gradually as more pages are collected.
- Removed the cooldown for stamina recovery after jogging/sprinting, and reduced the stamina drain rate. When
you start jogging/sprinting, however, it immediately deducts 5% of your stamina. This will allow you to jog or
sprint for a much longer period of time, but makes repeated taps of the jog/sprint button cause your stamina
to drain very quickly (effectively getting rid of a former exploit).
- The maximum distance you can see decreases as you collect more pages; this is to keep the challenge similar
for people who have fog turned off. For the same reason, Distance Shade can no longer be turned off.
- Added a menu option to automatically skip the intro.
- Added a pause feature, but you can only pause if there's no static (which prevents you from pausing the game
in response to seeing the Slender Man).
- Fixed a bug where the flashlight would try to illuminate a page on the other side of a wall.
- Removed one of the hidden modes (it was only a matter of time, since it contained copyrighted material).

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