#1 Posted by bluephoenixmedia (41 posts) -

New indie game based on the slenderman mythos. No joke I got shivers while playing which has NEVER happened, not even in amnesia. It's a beta or alpha I believe at this point but it's solid and seriously messed with my head. Basically I started playing, felt pure terror and absolute horror for about 25 minutes, my flashlight failed and I got so stressed out that I immediately committed suicide in the game.

http://www.pcgamer.com/2012/07/05/slender-man-game-released-scare-the-hell-out-of-yourself-for-free/

Direct download (freeware)

http://www.mediafire.com/?vql3a6fbjq0qbbv

Check it out (also, we should get Patrick's attention once he's back as he's into this genre these days, I'd love to see a quick look of it)

#2 Edited by EarlessShrimp (1591 posts) -

Figured I'd give it a go, currently downloading, thanks for the heads up and I'll let you know what I think!

Okay, so holy shit that was really good. I have to admit I only got 5/8 pages before shit when down. I thought the whole atmosphere it created with the desolate woods, combined with the slow build of the music as you collect the pages was really effective.

Also when the Slender man appears I thought the screen blurring and the ear-piercing noise really added a lot to it too. I got the shivers around that point. Then after I collected the fifth page I ended up getting face to face with the slender man, and damn was that creepy. Even having it literally boot me to my desktop was an interesting final jolt to the system.

I gotta admit, I'm really interested to see what the final product would look like. The only shortcoming I have is really that the area you have to explore isn't the largest, but in this case it's not the worst thing in the world. Actually, come to think of it, it seems like it's only really good as a one play game? I haven't tried to boot it up again and collect all the pages. I'm sure I will at some point in the near future, but I fear that I kind of know what's in store for me already and the atmosphere is damaged because of that knowledge...

One more thing, it made me think of playing The Path, only more effective in sending a chill down my spine and less thinking about the sordid pasts of little girls.

#3 Edited by bluephoenixmedia (41 posts) -

Make sure to play with head phones and lights out for maximum terror (obvious I know)

#4 Posted by EuanDewar (4513 posts) -

Nothing was scary about that trailer. Nothing. And I'm not some big fuckin hardass about horror, I'm not far off a wuss really but come on.

That character model is ridiculous.

#5 Posted by bluephoenixmedia (41 posts) -

@EuanDewar: Forget the trailer, try it. I'm a very stoic gamer in general, I thought amnesia reactions were exaggerated but this game seriously affected me physically...if you are any kind of survival horror fan, check it out. I was skeptical when my brother told me to play, but goddamn was he right.

#6 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -

It seems to kinda lose its effect when you relize all your really gotta do is not look at him. He never attacks you and playing lots of minecraft (endermen) has kinda made it easy to not focus on somthing. 

#7 Posted by bluephoenixmedia (41 posts) -

@EarlessShrimp: Yeah it was like the path but way more fleshed out...but a similar psychological effect. I agree though I got tired of walking and the run being so limited while hunting for pages. I got about 4 before shit got real bad for me.

#8 Posted by EarlessShrimp (1591 posts) -

@EuanDewar: I noticed the character model wasn't ideal, some of the textures here and there were kind of muddy, but you really should try it to get a feel for the atmosphere. It's not a terribly long game, so why not?

#9 Posted by Ducksworth (656 posts) -

I assume most players would have gotten it pretty quickly but it would have been nice if you threw a spoiler alert in there =(

#10 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -
@Ducksworth said:

@The_Laughing_Man I assume most players would have gotten it pretty quickly but it would have been nice if you threw a spoiler alert in there =(

Its plainly said in the above site linked. 
#11 Posted by Ducksworth (656 posts) -

@The_Laughing_Man said:

@Ducksworth said:

@The_Laughing_Man I assume most players would have gotten it pretty quickly but it would have been nice if you threw a spoiler alert in there =(

Its plainly said in the above site linked.

Ah, I see. Went straight for the download myself, oh well.

#12 Posted by Cubical (637 posts) -

I did and i lost 300 pounds.

#13 Posted by kindgineer (2486 posts) -

I haven't played it myself, but I did watch the YouTube personality PewDiePie play it - and that's fun.

#14 Posted by KillyDarko (1888 posts) -

Downloading right now. Thanks duder!

#15 Posted by xtafxfoulfellow (80 posts) -

I got 4 pages in then quit, I couldn't take it anymore. Honestly, we've finally figured out horror in games.

#16 Posted by nickux (1378 posts) -

Didn't even get one page, saw the Slender man, freaked the fuck out, and hit esc. It's 12:18pm here so there's no excuse on my part!

#17 Posted by ZeForgotten (10397 posts) -

Is this basically the Marble Hornet series turned into a game? 
Because the Marble Hornet stuff is fucking creepy (at least the first 30 entries)

#18 Posted by Darkstorn (461 posts) -

Haha, this game sounds more psychologically abrasive than Amnesia or Call of Cthulhu:DCotE.

#19 Posted by Schmollian (248 posts) -
#20 Posted by Bojangle (78 posts) -

I haven't gotten further than 5 pages yet, it seems that's the turning point for Slender Man to just go batshit mental and fucking kill you.

I'm a massive massive wimp, but I love horror games. There's just something about that fear they induce in me that keeps me coming back like an abused spouse going back to their abusive partner.

Here's me and my girlfriend playing Slender the other night. Yes, I'm far, far more scared than her.

#21 Posted by Irvandus (2643 posts) -

The amount of freeware indie horror games coming out seems insane. Also I love that it's happening.

#22 Edited by blackno99 (43 posts) -

My brother recommended it to me, also. I have it downloaded and I'll play it tonight. He told me that after playing it he was absolutely terrified, just frozen with fear. I'm looking forward to playing it!

Update: I found two pages, then saw him in the distance. I, I don't want to talk about it anymore...that sound...

Seriously, if you are interested in horror games: Play this.

#23 Posted by Athadam (638 posts) -

Holyshit guys, reading the comments on here already scare the hell out of me :(

#24 Posted by JCTango (1354 posts) -

@Castermhief117: Same here, which is why I've hesitated on trying this game out, hehe.

#25 Posted by CounterShock (419 posts) -

The file is removed...anywhere else to get it from?

#26 Posted by Grimhild (719 posts) -

I guess I'm the weird one this time.

I love the horror genre. Particularly "true horror" that focuses on absolute dread rather than cheap gore shocks or jump scares. Love Amnesia, gifted it to half a dozen people on Steam. This one did nothing for me. I think it may be because I've always thought the whole "Slender Man" thing was kind of dumb.

/shrug

#27 Posted by mot (34 posts) -

Just played a couple of minutes and got a few pages, then I saw the slender man. After knocking over my drink and jumping out of my chair I think it's safe to say I'm not playing this game anymore tonight.

#28 Posted by ShaggE (5983 posts) -

Slender Man does nothing for me. I'll never understand how, with all the pants-shitting imagery and stories floating around on the net, a faceless be-tentacled guy in a suit somehow became the icon of terror.

Still, in this burgeoning "stalker survival" sub-genre, I can think of far worse concepts. If SCP: Containment Breach can make that silly looking killer statue scary, then there's hope for Slendy. I'll give it a shot tomorrow.

#29 Edited by Agent47CSim2 (1085 posts) -

What was Brad on when he said on the bombast saying this didn't count as a game!! ... Although it is really simple it's so fucking effective and way more scary than Amnesia, it deserves a quick look!

#30 Posted by EquitasInvictus (1868 posts) -

Yeah the Slenderman got me after the halfway point, too. It was crazy. This was probably the first thing that shook me up since Amnesia.

Has anyone here gotten all 8 pages?

#31 Posted by EuanDewar (4513 posts) -

Played it now, everytime I see him I just giggle at how bad the model is and move on.

Ain't doin it for me lads, sorry.

#32 Posted by bluephoenixmedia (41 posts) -

Nice! Patrick mentioned it in his Worth Reading column, here's hoping for a quick look now!

#33 Posted by toastface (106 posts) -

I played a couple of times, and yeah, I'm not too keen on putting myself through it again.

What I don't like is the now hundreds of youtube channels that have a playthrough of this with "reaction shots" of people clearly overacting scared. This will be the new "youtube gold" like Happy Wheels, Amnesia and Minecraft.

#34 Posted by ZombieSpace (286 posts) -

Saw a let's play video of it and it freaked me the fuck out. This game would make a awesome live stream for the bombcrew to check out, Brad just playing it in the dark with someone else, make it happen!

#35 Posted by Creamypies (4012 posts) -

I downloaded it, played it for about ten minutes, found 4 pages... and was so tense. Went into that bathroom looking for another one, walked to the back wall... turned around and he was RIGHT THERE IN MY FACE! I instantly mashed the escape button, got booted to my desktop and haven't gone back since. Honestly one of the scariest experiences I've ever had.

#36 Posted by Gringor (13 posts) -

I really like that pressing escape brings you back to the desktop and doesn't save your progress. it's like a big "fuck you" to the player.

#37 Posted by AssInAss (2400 posts) -

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED will play this tonight. The impressions here are glorious :D