Terrifying, nauseatingly fearful, diabolical, erratic,
shat in my pants
Grab a fresh pair of panties, put on all the lights, and
prepare to meet the horror that is Slender
This free-to-play Indie horror game from Parsec
Productions had me in a grip of icy terror. I’ll have you know, that I am no
damsel in distress, ever. I don’t flinch in the face of evil, I meet my enemies
head on and I am never, ever afraid. That was until I played Slender.
Since I wanted to be a clean slate of innocent bravery and
courage when I played Slender, I chose not to read any news that could instil a
sense of fear in me. I had no idea of what to expect from this game, except for
the following line from co-worker, Reinhard Rheeder-Kleist aka Choc_Salties:
peed myself playing it, that game is not good for a full bladder.”
This is the tale of my night of dread in the foggy woods
of Slender Man’s virtual nightmare.
You spawn in an unknown dark wood, armed with only a
torch. Since I am known for my fearless disposition, I chose to play the game
with the fog on feature. The sound of your footsteps on the dirt road mingles
with the peaceful noise of crickets as you mindlessly start to wander down the
“I have to find some notes and escape an unknown entity
called the Slender Man, seriously what’s the fuss all about? We are gamers; we
tank scary looking aliens on a daily basis for crying out loud!” These were the
thoughts milling through my mind as I walked around in the fog filled woods
trying to find those damned notes.
The notes you find are cryptic clues on how to survive
the night of paranormal anxiety in Slender Man.
The game changes the moment you find a note, it increases
in “dark things”; paranormal activity, sheer and utter terror and the erratic
appearance of Slender Man. Years of playing the likes of Doom and Dead Space,
prepared me for a daily dose of fear. I therefore, did not scream, or even turn
away, no, I ran at the Slender Man, aiming to beat him to death with my torch.
As you come closer to the dark evil, your screen fills with static. You hear
your own heartbeat thumping so hard that you think it’s going to burst, and the
most god awful noise fills your ears. Of course, I also wanted to come as close
as possible to Slender Man because I wanted to shove my screenshot in Reinhards
face and call him a pansy.
My first confrontation with Slender Man was a complete
let down; all that happened was that I unexpectedly died with the game blandly
informing me that I collected only one note. A screen then popped up asking me if
I was willing to face off with the faceless man again.
“Pfft, child’s play...” I thought, and respawned with fog
on again. This time round I even decided to put the torch off and blindly head
into the woods. I quickly collected two notes, and then it happened. The
Slender Man didn’t appear far behind me anymore, he spawned right in front of
me. In.My.Face. A sudden screeching
noise hammering through my brain. I was terrified, shocked into complete
inaction, frozen on the spot. There is simply nothing that can prepare you for
that moment. Slender Man teleports to right in front of you, where he forces
you to face him, and the utter shock of that encounter results in instant death.
Since I didn’t read any articles on the game, I had no
clue why this happened to me. In my opinion, all I was doing was minding my own
business, walking along collecting the notes. I even stopped chasing him.
Stubbornly I tried again and again, with the same result; Slender Man would
rise in front of me, the screeching noise, and death. You have to understand,
having that repeated over and over again filled my mind with such irrational,
blind fear that I truly wanted to shit in my pants. The thickness of the fog,
the dreadful noise and the ever present suggestion of his presence all became
too much. It’s such a sudden bombardment of horror on your visual and hearing
senses that you totally overload on fear. It felt like I was physically being
cloaked with evil, and I screamed like a little girl.
Slender Man is known to torture his target mentally for
various unknown reasons.
I took refuge in the interwebz and found me a
walkthrough. I am ashamed. Good thing I did though, because as it turns out,
you must never, not for a second turn around. If static appears, avoid walking
towards it and always run. The more notes you collect, the closer Slender Man
gets. He starts to gain on you and should you even glance too far to the left
or right, you increase his chances of teleporting to you. Yes, I’ve so been
doing it wrong.
By the time I was armed with my walkthrough, I was barely
able to click on "Yes, I want to try again". I ended up playing Slender with
‘fog off’, flashlight on, keeping to the road all times, and my in game sound
turned entirely off. Fear has taken me. I am so ashamed to admit that even with
all these measures against the Slender Man, I have only had the courage to
collect five of the eight pages. I shall try again in broad daylight to
overcome my fear of the Slender Man.
If you feel up to it (I dare you), download Slender here. For the fearful and
fainthearted, yet curiously intrigued I leave you this.
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