Slender is, without a doubt, the scariest video game in existence.
Christina sought this game out last night after someone mentioned it on Facebook, and after we had spent about an hour sitting around trying to decide what to do with our evening, we turned down the lights and gave it a go.
She was at the controls and I had brought in another chair so I could sit and watch. We lasted about two minutes before we had to turn it off. It’s THAT scary.
I don’t know much about the Slender Man mythos aside from his name, appearance and the fact that Minecraft’s Endermen are apparently based off of him but watching those two minutes of gameplay ensured that I’d never EVER play Slender. I don’t even like horror games or movies; they’re more Christina’s thing. This game, man… yeesh.
We couldn’t play it, but we still wanted to see what the game had to offer, so we headed to YouTube to live vicariously through other people. We left the lights off for dramatic effect, and even watching a video with someone talking over it was incredibly horrifying. The people playing were talking mostly to comfort themselves, giving kind of a weird “found footage” vibe to the experience.
I don’t want to talk about the game itself because if you’re curious I really feel like you should seek it out yourself. I can’t find a download link anymore but look hard enough and you’ll find it (EDIT: Christina saves the day). It’s a VERY recent release… something I just read said it came out the first of this month. It’s a free indie game so it won’t require any monetary investment to sate your curiosity.
If you’re like us and can’t stomach it, we watched several YouTube video attempts and this was our favorite.
It’s just so unbelievably scary. Even after playing Pokémon and watching upbeat things on television before we went to bed in an attempt to neutralize its effects on our minds we were both still terrified trying to sleep last night. At one point my phone made a sound and lit up (thanks for commenting on the previous post, Hexen!) and it scared the bejeezus out of both of us.
Right now it’s 9:39 am and I’ve been awake about twenty minutes after a very restless night. It’s broad daylight and I’m still getting chills and feeling unnerved by the silence around me.
Yeah, man. Slender. Check it out if you never want to sleep again.