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Slender is the survival horror game that is taking the world by storm. Slender is a first-person indie game that was released by Parsec Productions in June 2012. The game went on to become known as one of the scariest games in recent memory. Is it truly that scary or is it just full of hot air?
Presentation and Plot
There isn't a whole lot to say when it comes to graphics of Slender: The Eight Pages. They are very basic and can run on even some of the lower end gaming PCs. The environment is mostly the same: You're in a park that's filled with trees and you'll come across a few gates and bathrooms.
There is very little plot as well. All you know is that you're stuck in a forest, you have to find eight pages that gives you insight into Slenderman, and you have to avoid looking at Slenderman or you'll die. With low end graphics and almost no plot, what makes tis game so special?
The gameplay is where this game truly shines. As mentioned before, you are in a forest and you have to find eight notes that are scattered around the forest. What makes this game so compelling is the atmosphere. This game is scary because that's all it goes for. It's quite beautiful in its simplicity. You are unarmed and you have no way of defending yourself if Slenderman catches you. There is also a little static that acts as a neat little visual clue for whenever Slenderman is coming near. This increases the tension and makes the game all the more terrifying.
Is Slender the scariest game ever made? No. Is it one of the most effective horror games in recent memory? Yes. It doesn't try to gross you out and use jump scares to get a reaction out of you. The atmosphere and simplicity of the gameplay is what makes this game so scary and effective.