By ReverendHunt 0 Comments
As a huge fan of Slender Man and Marble Hornets, I was understandably excited when I found out there was a Slender Man-based game. However, Slender hasn't even been out but a few months, and we're already being buried in clones and ripoffs. Almost none of these even try to deviate from Slender's formula, only changing the location and the objects one collects. Some of them are even billing themselves as ports or sequels to the original game, despite being made by completely different people.
Giant Bomb has standards on what's added, and quite frankly, a majority of these games aren't fit to wipe with. Regardless, as much as I've struggled against it, I've added additional games to GB for various reasons, some of which even I have trouble swallowing, but here we are. These justifications are mostly for myself rather than Giant Bomb, for I stand to lose nothing if they're removed:
Slenderman The Video Game/Slenderman the Game: Despite being a buggy, low budget GameMaker game, this is the first instance I can find of Slender Man showing up in a game, predating even Slender by almost 8 months. It's a piece of history for the character.
Sanatorium/Slenderman's Shadow: In hindsight, had I known there was going to be 88,000 clones of Slender, I wouldn't have added this one. However, it was most likely the first one, and there were a few articles written about it when it first released. Notably, the creators never tried saying it was a Slender sequel; instead it was some wieners on Youtube.
Slender-Man/Call of Slender and House of Slender: Slender-Man was the one I had the hardest time justifying, as it was pretty obvious it was a bad, bad ripoff of Slender and the advertising blurb the developer made of it even made it seem like it was a port of Slender. Nevertheless, it consistently held its place in mobile game sales charts, and there were articles on several sites about its infamy and sales force. House of Slender is, of course, the sequel.
Slendr: As of this writing, this poorly-spelled Slender clone is the #1 downloaded free iPhone game; that in and of itself is noteworthy, methinks. It also at least tries something different, with a store for purchasing DLC and using player movement to control the character. However, it reportedly isn't very good.
This list will likely grow as time goes on (note that Slender: The Arrival is the actual, legit sequel to The Eight Pages). Frankly, if someone is going to put ol' Slendy in another game, I sure as hell hope they do something completely new and different (at least for the character, if not gaming in general). In fact I issue that as a challenge.