Slender (known as Slender: The Eight Pages as of v0.9.7) is an online indie developed game. The game centers around an unknown female character being chased by Slender Man in the woods. The game was created by Mark J. Hadley, and is available as a freeware download. An upcoming commercial sequel to the game, Slender: The Arrival, is currently in development.
The story of the game is not defined or explained. Your character is stranded in the woods by herself, and is stuck with no weaponry or defense. The only item that your character has is a flashlight, which otherwise has no ability to hinder or stop the entity stalking your character. Your character must go into a dark forest filled with various trees and objects, and must locate 8 papers that have very poorly scribbled images of Slenderman, with phrases like "HELP ME" or "NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO" on them. The reason these images are posted about the forest, or why your character wants them, is not explained. They could be in the small building with sharp corners where Slenderman can get you stuck in a room, posted on a silo, inside a tunnel, near a shack, on a derelict truck, or other various locations. The pages can be randomly posted, and are able to be collected in any order. The forest is dark, and very large, and due to its cramped trees, makes determining if Slenderman is in the players line of sight difficult, adding to the environment. As the player collects pages, the music will become more and more intense, and add various noises which cause the player to begin to become nervous and on edge.Slenderman will be stalking the player the entire time, just out of view. As the player gathers pictures, Slenderman will be more and more fervent in his chase, and will begin to chase the player more aggressively. The player can shut the flashlight off and conserve energy, which also makes it harder for Slenderman to chase the player, but makes it very difficult to see. The flashlight, while on, illuminates the area, but also makes it easier for Slenderman to chase the target. When the player sees Slenderman, the screen will be assaulted by static, making the character slowly pass out. When the character does pass out, or if Slenderman suddenly appears in front of the player with no warning, the screen will be bombarted with static, while Slenderman's face will appear rapidly and the screen cuts out, reverting back to the main menu. It is highly likely, the more the flashlight is used and the more pages the player has, that Slenderman will warp behind the player, forcing them into a trap where they cannot turn around in fear he will be standing there, thus making forward locomotion the only option, and moving through the small building impossible without losing.
If the player manages to collect all the pages, they will be forced to continue trying to escape, but will inevitably be taken. If playing on a version higher than 9.3, the player can unlock a mode where they can play during the daytime. The forest is illuminated, but avoiding Slenderman is very hard. It also plays with ones mind since Slenderman is now always visibly stalking the player.
If the player beats the daytime mode, they can unlock "$20 mode". The static will be replaced with parts from the rap song "Gimme 20 Dollars" by Ron Browz.
From version 0.9.5 on, successfully completing the game for the first time unlocks "MH mode" (which is based on the Slender Man mythos based web series Marble Hornets). In this mode, the game is portrayed as a video tape which is found by the player. Changes in this mode include a static border on both the top and bottom of the screen, decreased visibility, different page locations, and a removal of both the page count and audio cues of Slenderman (only the static interference remains).
As of v0.9.7, the "$20 mode" has been removed due to copyright. New light sources were also added.
The game is not to be confused with another Slenderman based video game where the player is inside of a home looking for clues and being attacked by Slenderman Servants. The only antagonist in this game is Slenderman himself, and no other characters are shown.
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS *
Processor = 3.0 GHz
RAM = 1 GB
OS = Win XP 32
Direct X version = 9.0
HDD Space = 100 MB
VGA = Nvidia Geforce 8300