Slender: The Eight Pages 0.9.7 is a free-to-download title, available on PC and was originally developed by Parsec Productions. The team then went on to develop the pseudo-sequel, Slender: The Arrival. In Slender: The Eight Pages, the player is forced to explore a dark and mysterious forest in the dead of night, all in the search of eight different pages to explain the mystery and horror of the Slenderman.
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The Game Review
With Slender: The Eight Pages, there isn’t much in the way of a story, at least not a direct story. In a brief description, the player wakes up in the middle of a forest, surrounded by complete darkness, with the exception of a flashlight to guide their way. Despite looking all around, there is no current way to escape the forest – try as they might. In this accursed forest, there is the Slenderman, an entity that wants nothing more than to kill the player the moment they look at him. To figure out the mystery of the Slenderman and the forest, players are expected to gather all eight pages to make it out of the forest successfully.
Played in a 1st person perspective, the game has the player explore the confines of the forest, in the search of the eponymous eight pieces of paper. While the player explores the forest, when they encounter a page, they are given the opportunity to pick it up. By doing so, they will effectively increase the aggression and the likelihood of coming across the Slenderman, an entity that can show up at any time and will cause the screen to make static, alerting the player to his presence. Once the player is alerted to the Slenderman’s presence, the only way to avoid certain doom is to avoid looking into its eyes.
There’s no real way to fight the Slenderman; the only thing the player can do is to keep running and avoid checking behind them, as the Slenderman could be there at any moment. A major mechanic that is part of the reason the game was so popular upon release was the random locations of the eight pages, and the procedurally-generated nature of some of the environments as well. While the forest will remain the same, the locations of different obstacles, such as certain dilapidated buildings will be in a different spot for each run, meaning that no two runs are ever the same.
Slender: The Eight Pages took inspiration from many of the other Slenderman clones that were incredibly popular at the time, and used many of the same gameplay mechanics, which had the player being chased by Slenderman. Slender: The Eight Pages made sure to improve on all of the mechanics, whilst keeping the game terrifying and making sure that Slenderman is not impossibly aggressive all of the time.
Slender: The Eight Pages was the first of few really good Slenderman games that got the mystery, the fear, and the atmosphere all outlandishly correct. Anyone that’s in the need of a good scare or really want to try a horror game that gets pretty much everything right, then this is the game for them.