Multiplayer Games You Might Have Missed, Week 2 – Slender

This is a weekly article I do about multiplayer games quietly making a splash. In case you missed it, check out last week’s game, Blacklight: Retribution.

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While you might be wondering what would compel me to classify Slender as a multiplayer, I can assure you, it is.

For those of you unfamiliar with Slender, it’s basically the Blair Witch Project simplified and made into a PC (and Mac) game.  Armed with only a flashlight, which dies if you leave it on for too long, your goal is to collect 8 pages scattered throughout a wooded area referencing the mysterious Slender Man.  Needless to say, Slender Man isn’t a happy camper.  Getting caught by him results in the game ending.  Collect all 8 pages and you pass out, which is another way of saying “win.”

But considering Slender as no online or MP functionality built into it, why am I talking about it?  Well, when was the last time you went to see a scary movie by yourself?  Part of what makes horror movies so popular is that people rarely go alone.  Horror is best enjoyed together, and the same is true for Slender.  While there might be no blood or gore, Slender will scare the crap out of you at least once per sitting.  Throw in some friends watching you play and you’ve got the ultimate party game.  Just don’t forget to leave the nightlight on.

While this might take a leap of faith to believe, gaming with friends that are actually in the same room as you is one of the great lost pastimes of gaming.  It used to be that gaming was something friends did together (IRL) on the weekends or after school.  I know getting your friends over to play a few video games might seem like a daunting task, but in Slender’s case, it’s well worth the effort.

Slender is available for free here.

Help support independant gaming by downloading it and giving it a try.  Best of luck!

Played Slender?  Leave your thoughts in the comments!  Also, feel free to suggest games for  future “You Might Have Missed” articles in the comments as well.

Thank you for reading.

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