Slender: The Eight Pages This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

October 16, 2012
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The sky is dark with scattered stars. The only sound is your ragged breath and the crunch of leaves beneath your feet. Your flashlight flickers. Finally, you reach a large, twisted tree with a piece of paper nailed to it. Scrawled in pencil are the words, “Don't look … or it takes you.” You hear a boom and a gasp escapes your lips as you spin around.A tall man with long arms and no face stares at you.

“Slender: The Eight Pages,” previously known as “Slender,” is a horror game for Windows and Mac developed by Parsec Productions. It sets you in a forest with the objective to collect eight pieces of paper (or pages). There is no way to escape and it seems completely peaceful – until you pick up the first page. Then, you are stalked by the teleporting ­monstrosity known as Slender Man, and looking at him will cause you to lose “sanity.” As you collect more pages, Slender Man's chase becomes more relentless.

While “Slender: The Eight Pages” may sound like a joke, it is actually a horror masterpiece. The fact that it is low-budget makes it even better because it ditches the huge, slimy monsters and bloody psychopaths and instead lets the player fill in the blanks. Anyone who has ever had a nightmare will agree that your imagination can be the scariest thing on earth. It's unknown what Slender Man will do to you once you lose, who (or what, rather) he is, and why he's stalking you. This is why “Slender” is so effective: it ­focuses on the pure terror of the human imagination.

“Slender” may be scary, but in the end is still a game. Collecting all eight pages is difficult, but if you can get past the fear factor and strategize, it is possible. After getting all eight pages, you unlock Marble Hornets Mode, based on a web ­series, and the much less scary Daytime Mode.

Once you complete the game, though, the gameplay will get repetitive fast. The graphics in any mode aren't fantastic, but they fit the ­setting. Slender Man himself actually looks a little silly in screen shots, but the game builds up for his arrival, it doesn't matter. If you're brave, “Slender: The Eight Pages” can definitely be fun.

Overall, this game has its ups and downs, but its creativity and fear factor will win over horror fans and gamers alike. It's free to download and play. Just don't turn around.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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#DV23 said...
May 11, 2016 at 7:34 am
Like playing this game. Scary
Girl-gamerThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Oct. 17, 2014 at 1:43 pm
Slenderman is really just a shadow demon that feeds off of people's souls. his white skin covers his outh but when it opens, it shows a horrifying mouth filled with black goo.
buddytibo said...
Jun. 10, 2014 at 2:07 pm
I played this game and i have to be honest, this game made me freak out! One problem is that when i get 7 pages he always catches me and turns me around. even if im running! but other than that its a really good game.
pulledheartstring said...
Mar. 15, 2013 at 6:25 pm
For me personally, I can't play games that have characters that randomly pop up. For some reason, I freak out quite a lot -- even watching the Slender gameplays on youtube freaked me out.
MarieAntoinette2012 said...
Dec. 21, 2012 at 1:05 pm
I got so freaked out the first time I played this. It was midnight, and I didn't have the light on. I fell off my bed when he popped up.
Super_Mario_Prose This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 8, 2012 at 5:25 pm
Few people take time to notice free-to-play games like Slender, let alone play them. I'm glad you took the time to talk about this game and get it noticed. Slender is a curious little game, and although it may be simple and not magnificently put together, it does have some good scares in it, and a nice little game to play around with. Good review ;)
buddytibo replied...
Jun. 10, 2014 at 2:08 pm
ShiningYoshi said...
Nov. 14, 2012 at 10:05 pm
Awesome game review! You really captured the fear of Slender in the article :) Good word choice too ...You know who I am, you showed me the cover for your Slender review :D
CW239 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Nov. 15, 2012 at 8:49 pm
Thanks a lot. Everyone, make sure to check out this guy's review of New Super Mario Bros. 2 for the 3DS, it's really cool.
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