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Without Slenderness, there's something missing.

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Hospice, on the other hand, is much more labyrinthine, with same-looking rooms in a crumbling, medical residence facility making things that much more confusing. There are some select landmarks that help a bit, and the addition of a stash of eight glowsticks to the player's inventory seems meant for leaving a trail or marking already-visited rooms, but the facility is sprawling enough that such a Hansel-and-Gretel move is only slightly helpful. This time around, the notes in question comprise lines of a poem about Slender Man you're attempting to complete, which is displayed as far as you manage to collect following your demise.

And Elementary, the third offering from Slenderman's Shadow, takes place in an abandoned school building, expectedly enough. With an introduction accompanied by a recitation of Ring Around The Rosy, a creepy mood is set right off the bat, and is quickly ramped up once you find yourself searching for teddy bears that have been impaled on brutal-looking hooks on the walls of certain classrooms. Other hooks feature human bodies, presumably some of the teaching staff, and there are clear signs of violence and struggle in many areas, in the form of bloodstains and scattered furniture. One of the best parts, however, is the wide, open courtyard in the center of the level, which offers a clear view of the darkened sky above and is just cluttered enough to offer Slendy plenty of places from which to pop out.

On top of what they've delivered thus far, the Slenderman's Shadow crew have at least seven more maps due to release by the end of 2012, including Mansion, which is expected as soon as September 8th. Clearly aware of and engaged with their fanbase, their site also features a tiered donation bonus table, from getting your name on the donors list for as low as $2.50, to letting contributors suggest and help design a level if they have $100 sitting around. They also feature a sizable archive of reaction videos and a few vids documenting their design process, and are open to submissions from pretty much anyone.

It was surprising enough to see the rise of the Slender Man mythos in and of itself, and it's exciting to see the games that have spun off the original meme rocketing into their own cult following in a similar fashion. Between Slenderman's Shadow, and forthcoming projects like The Intruder, it seems as if Slender Man has single-handedly (or single-tentacledly) brought about a renaissance of survival horror, even as the stalwarts that created the genre of the first place (like Resident Evil and Silent Hill) collapse into relative mediocrity. If you're looking for some solid spooky, check out Slender and the Slenderman's Shadow selections, and make sure you play with headphones on and the lights off.
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About nekobunone of us since 5:17 PM on 06.29.2007

Hi, I'm Chris, though I've been going by nekobun and variants thereof for so long, I kind of answer to both anymore.

While I've kind of got my own thing going in the realm of indie coverage, at least in the form of playing through (and streaming) (and writing about) the huge backlog I'm developing of games gleaned from various indie bundles, I try to keep my more mainstream, game-related features here, as well as opinion pieces on the industry at large, out of mad love for the 'toid. When I'm not rambling here or trying to be clever in comments threads, you can catch me rambling on Facebook and my Twitter, and trying to be clever in the Dtoid.tv chat.

Now Playing:
360: Halo 4
PC: F.E.A.R.
SNES: Secret Of Mana

Promoted:
I suck at games: PEW PEW LASERS
Improving game communities: Collective consciousness
Nothing is sacred: These walls have torn my world apart
The wrong thing: Only cream and bastards catch them all.
Love/Hate: I love to hate -you-
Love/Hate: B(u)y the book
The Future: Is still what it used to be
My Expertise: Playing the race kart
Something about sex: Sex sells, but who's buying?
E3 Approaches: It's oh so quiet
Freedom: Together, we'll break the chains of HUDs
East vs West: We've got the empire
Handhelds: Graduating as 2000's Catchemaledictorian
Relaxation: Cheesy double Chief burrito
Online Passes: A spoonful of sugar
Peripherals: Many tentacles pimpin' on the keys
This is what MAGfest is all about
Beginnings: Put it on the pizza
Disappointment: Bad(vent) timing

Recap Topsauce:
It's Thinking: Could you quit playing with that radio, love?
Do the wrong thing: And do it right, for once.
Afraid to shoot strangers.
Not if you were the last junkie on Pandora
Is Jim Sterling servicing the video games industry?
Something About Sex: Unsafe at any speed.
Doing DLC right
Congress passes sweeping Elfcare reform bill
Bottom five healthcare systems in videogames.
Pushing my love over the quarter line.
When my life would depend on an eight point none.
Remember the heroes.
Every Journey begins with a single step.
It's all over now, bomber blue.
Being Social: We'll always have Rainbow Road
Labor Day: Of course you realize, this means wark.
Please, aim it higher.
There Would've Been Brawl: Show me 'round your eggplantcage.
Integration: A place for everything
Zelda Week: I guess this is growing up.
MAGfest: the (don't be an) idiot's guide
Promotions: The bees are alright
Now is the winter of on-disc content
This was supposed to be a dozen items about nekobun.
Without Slenderness, there's something missing.
Cheap tricks (and treats) don't come cheaper than free.
The legacy of the (unlikely) wizard.
Cheap Tricks II: Sugar rush boogaloo
Thank you, for bringing me here, for showing me Home.
Burnt flowers fallen: the tragic bitchotry of Lilly Caul
Red and blue, resolving into purple.
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