Slender: The Eight Pages

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Slender: The Eight Pages
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Developer(s)Parsec Productions
Publisher(s)Parsec Productions
Director(s)Mark J. Hadley
Designer(s)Mark J. Hadley
Programmer(s)Mark J. Hadley
Artist(s)Pau Cano
EngineUnity
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, OS X
ReleaseJune 26, 2012
Genre(s)Survival horror
Mode(s)Single-player

Slender: The Eight Pages (a.k.a. Slender) is a free-to-play indie-developed first-person survival horror video game released in June 2012 as a beta for Microsoft Windows and OS X by Parsec Productions, using the Unity engine. Developed by Mark J. Hadley, the game is based on the quasi-folklore meme figure known as the Slender Man, who is depicted as a tall humanoid creature wearing a black suit and tie with a white face and no facial features. The character is known for the ominous (although fictitious) abduction of countless children in dark mysterious settings, such as deep forests and abandoned buildings.

Gameplay[edit]

Slender: The Eight Pages is set in a dense forest during the middle of the night, and is played from a first person perspective. The player's objective is to collect all eight notes located in various areas of the forest while avoiding the Slender Man. As the player collects pages, the fog in the forest grows thicker, and Slender Man appears closer to the player's character, though the character's sprinting speed slowly increases as well. Slender Man moves by teleporting, creeping around the player, but only from a certain distance. The player is equipped with only a flashlight to see through the dark (its battery life is limited and will eventually shut down permanently if left on for an extended period of time). The player's character has the ability to "jog", which will eventually tire out the player and make them wheeze if forced to go on for too long, causing slower walking as well. Slender Man will occasionally appear in the player's field of vision, accompanied by a loud slamming noise and/or static on the screen. This then allows the ability to "sprint" to become available to the player. "Sprinting" allows the player to move faster than "jogging" does, but will also decrease the maximum stamina available for "jogging" and "sprinting". A game over occurs when either the player has taken too long to find a note, the player stares at Slender Man for too long, or if Slender Man comes into contact with the player, which will turn them around and end the game. The game over screen shows Slender Man's face up close and blinking static pulses.[1] Even if the player's character successfully collects all the eight pages, the Slender Man will continue to chase them. Once all the pages are collected, one is allowed to walk around for a couple of seconds in total silence until Slender Man finally appears behind the player and ends the game. However, instead of the normal death screen appearing, a slightly different version is played in which the static slowly fades out instead of abruptly stopping. A few moments later the player awakens in the forest, now in the daytime, and can move around for a few seconds before the screen goes black and plays the end credits. New game modes are then unlocked. There is also a grace period in the very beginning of the game, during which Slender Man remains inactive for only a few minutes, or until the player collects the first page. However, the difficulty level increases the longer one goes without collecting any pages. The end of this grace period is indicated by a repetitive stomping sound echoing in the background. This sound is heard throughout the rest of the game and gradually gets quicker as more pages are collected, as well as several other layering sounds. These sounds include a low droning sound (pages 3–4), a loud wind (pages 5–6), and then a mysterious and unnerving beeping sound (page 7). Once all 8 pages are collected, the sounds abruptly fade into silence., Jack (September 16, 2013). "Slender". Game Informer.</ref>

Game modes[edit]

In Version 0.9.4 there is a "Daytime Mode" that can be unlocked. To unlock this mode, the player must beat the game on "Normal", in which the ending shows the player's character awakens in the daytime after collecting all eight pages and being caught by Slender Man.[2] After waking up, the player can walk around in the daytime for a few seconds before the credits roll. "Daytime Mode" is simply during the day and without a flashlight. If the player beats "Daytime Mode" the ending will be the same as before, only the player wakes up at night. After the credits roll, the player will have unlocked "$20 Mode". In this mode, the gameplay is the same as "Normal Mode", except that if the player sees Slender Man a song called "20 Dollars" by American rap artist Ron Browz starts playing. This is a reference to a fan-originated meme about Slender Man, stating that if a person gives Slender Man $20, he will leave the person alone. This is the only version in which the Player selects these modes in the "Options" portion of the menu screen, and this is also the only version in which two hidden modes can be played at the same time ("Daytime Mode" and "$20 Mode"). There is also an "MH (Marble Hornets) Mode", viewing the gameplay as a 'Marble Hornets' entry. The creepy sounds and page collector have been removed, there are static bars on the edges, and the ending is slightly different. The "$20 Mode" has been absent since version 0.9.7; The accompanying readme advises "One game mode removed - it was only a matter of time as it contained copyrighted material", referring to the Browz track that's used in that mode.

Changes from versions[edit]

The game was first released in version 0.9.0 as Slender. Originally, when the player would be caught by the Slender Man, the game would quit and return to the desktop. It remained this way until version 0.9.3 (the third update), and the player now has the option to either try again or to quit. From version 0.9.7 on, there is an ambiance during the menu screen, as well as portions of the eight pages being shown. There are also now links to the Slender Man Mythos Forums and some popular web series based on the Mythos such as the Marble Hornets and the TribeTwelve. As of this version, the game was officially renamed Slender: The Eight Pages to avoid confusion with its sequel, Slender: The Arrival. "$20 Mode" was also removed from this version due to copyright issues. "MH Mode" was renamed to "Marble Hornets Mode" (simply the unabbreviated version of the title). Two new light sources became available: a glow stick with almost no light, and almost no range at all, and a crank lantern with a wide range, but a short amount of light which must be replenished by cranking the lantern. The player also gained the ability to pause the game by pressing "Escape" on the keyboard, but only when there is no static on the screen as to not allow the player to quit in response to being frightened.[3]

The game was given a backstory in its successor; Slender: The Arrival. It was confirmed that the name of the character controlled in this game is Kate, also known as the Chaser in The Arrival.

Reception[edit]

Some publications noted the effectiveness of the game's minimalist horror approach, contrasting it with many action-based survival horror games of the time period, such as the latest Resident Evil titles.[4] The official website crashed after too many people tried to download the game, leading to subsequent mirror downloads on Reddit and later MediaFire.[5][6]

Legacy[edit]

Slender: The Eight Pages gained a cult following through let's players such as PewDiePie and Markiplier, this spawned several imitations and fangames.

A reimagining was released one year later, named Slender: The Arrival. In 2022, a remaster was released titled 'Slender Reborn'.[7]

Other Adaptations[edit]

  • Slender Man's Shadow - The second major adaptation based on the Slender Man Mythos, It was released to Game Jolt in late 2012 and features various maps, such as a Mansion, a Sanatorium, an Elementary School and a Prison. A Christmas Update was released in 2013.
  • Slender Rising - A mobile game based on the Eight Pages, using the same page-collecting formula, And was released to iOS in March 2013, An Android port was planned but ultimately cancelled.
  • Slender: Haunted Memories - Similarly to Slender: The Arrival, this is a commercial Slender game, and features a different antagonist named Mark, including different elements in gameplay that differs from other installments.
  • Slender: The Arrival - The fifth installment of the series, It is a fully commercialized version of The Eight Pages and explores the original game's story.
  • Slenderman Origins - The second mobile game adaptation of Slender Man and the sixth installment, it was released in 2014 on the App Store and Google Play.
  • Slender Rising 2 - A sequel to Slender Rising was released to the App Store and Google Play in 2014. Unlike it's predecessors, in this game, you search for seven lost souls rather than eight pages, the souls get faster and harder to obtain the more you collect.
  • Slenderman Origins 2: House of Slender - The sequel to Slenderman Origins, it was released in 2015 for Android and iOS, the setting this time around is in a mansion, similar to Slender Man's Shadow.
  • Slenderman Origins 3: Abandoned School - Similar to Elementary from Slender Man's Shadow, this game takes place in a school, however, You collect pages rather than stuffed bears. It is also the final game of the Slenderman Origins Trilogy, and was released to the App Store and Google Play in 2015.
  • Slender: Mirror World - The Tenth and latest game, returning to a narrative style of storyline, the game concerns a little girl named Kylie who must escape a haunted city from Slender Man that she sees frequently in her dreams and get back to reality. It was released to Itch.io in March 2022.
  • Slenderman - A reboot, and the upcoming eleventh game. It will release on the digital distribution platform Steam. The Unnamed Player Character wakes up in a Log Cabin in the Woods, and is warned by his friend of a monster with long, thin legs, and a blurred face. The full game is set to release on February 23, 2023.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Slender: The Eight Pages". Giant Bomb. CBS Interactive Inc. September 16, 2013.
  2. ^ Thielenhaus, Kevin (September 7, 2012). "Slender Man Game – Secret Modes & Unlockables". Gamefront.
  3. ^ "Slender: The Eight Pages. parsecproductions.net. Retrieved May 28, 2014.
  4. ^ Brown, Josh (July 7, 2012). "Slender – Proof of The Power of Survival Horror?". The Gaming Hub. Archived from the original on October 22, 2012. Retrieved July 8, 2012.
  5. ^ Matulef, Jeffrey (July 4, 2012). "Free horror game Slender is absolutely terrifying". Eurogamer. Retrieved July 8, 2012.
  6. ^ Usher, William (July 8, 2012). "Slender Has Gamers Asking Who Is The Slender Man?". CinemaBlend. Retrieved July 10, 2012.
  7. ^ "Slender: Reborn by Jeff Winner". itch.io. Retrieved February 12, 2022.

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