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Slender Man Goes to iTunes: Thoughts and Gaming Experience 11 Dec

What do you think of the Slender Man phenomenon? Why are people attracted to it and why there are a lot of SM games on the App Store? What games are worth playing and what you should avoid? Read our thoughts below and get ready to meet Slender Man!

Slender Man Goes to iTunes: Thoughts and Gaming Experience

Helga Swift | Dec 11 2012

The Phenomenon of Slender Man. The Myth

Scary things have attracted people for quite a long time, throughout the history of the mankind. One of the recent trends in the world of mobile gaming is Slender Man, as I see it.

Slender Man

The thing is that the phenomenon is not new. Slender Man as we know him origins from the Something Awful forum, where he first appeared in 2009 as a tall faceless figure in a suit with either long arms or appendages on his back. These were Photoshopped pictures where Slender Man could be seen in one frame with a group of children. The meme expanded quickly resulting in more fiction created by SA users and beyond the forum.

There are various legends that can be regarded as the origins of the Slender Man myth. One of them is the legend of Der Großmann, a tall man from the German lore who claimed children. There happen to be other examples from all around the world where the Tall Man features, and all of them might have played a role in what has grown to a Slender Man myth. In the center of it there is a man in a black suit with a blank face who can prolong his arms and throw out branch-like (or snake-like) appendages from his back. The image turned out to be pretty inspiring resulting in photos, drawings, videos, stories, and games.

What Makes Slender so Appealing. Slender Man & Blair Witch

There should be the reason why people became so attracted to this Slender Man. I suggest taking a look at people’s interest in the Blair Witch phenomenon. Blair Witch Project is successful not because it’s a mocumentary. Its success is caused by the intensity of experience that the viewer has while watching the film.

It’s not supernatural that becomes real, but it’s the feelings of fear and danger that are unbearably real. When you watch the film, you can recognize this experience of being trapped and not knowing what’s there. It’s like the the things around you are far out of your control, either physically or cognitively.

So, we come upon certain phenomena in such universes as those of The Blair Witch Project orSlender Man.
First of all, it is our inability to control things. Which leads to fear in general and fear of death in particular.
(What’s most outrageous, there is usually no dying to witness: in Blair Witch, you never see the bodies, while Slender Man “claims you” rather than simply killing.)

On the other hand, it might be also belief that there is something beyond, such as parallel universes or life after death. All this may be scary, but it still gives us a hope: what if we’ll end up some place nice after we cease to exist?

Great Horror Games of Recent

According to search statistics, Slender Man games haven’t been popular just in November. Still, it somehow turned out for me that November WAS the Slender Man month. When I searched the App Store for some SM games, I was amazed. Here’s what I came up with:

Slender Rising ($1.99)

This was the first game of the kind, which I saw appear on the App Store. It was released before November 20, and it was positively acclaimed by the gamers. The game originally had one-tap controls, but about a week ago, joystick controls were added. The main charms of this Unreal-powered game are its graphics. Besides, there are two modes of playing: Day and Night. You would be surprised, but I found that playing in the dim-lit foggy Day mode is scarier than walking in the dark with a flashlight in your hand. The feeling is that you see everything, and seem to be in control, but once in a while Slender Man materializes in front of you. Btw, here you’ll see not the classic faceless guy, but the one with slight face details, which doesn’t make him less scary.

Our rating: 5

Slender Rising

Slender: Lost Children ($0.99)

Here, you have a flashlight and a forest around you. From time to time you may bump into Slender Man. The graphics are average, and most of the time you cannot see what’s happening on the screen; so, instead of being scared, you just feel the upcoming rage. Still, the idea with the hints in the child’s drawings is pretty good.

Our rating: 3

Slender: Lost Children

Slendr (Free)

In spite of being free, this one is worth downloading. The idea is simple: you tilt your device (or turn it around) and collect evidence materials - until you see Slender Man (or until he sees you). The graphics are artsy and this fast-paced game is pretty good.

Our rating: 4.5

Slendr - Evidence Slendr - SlenderMan on the Left Slendr got you

Slender - Bones of Children ($0.99)

This game was recommended by the users as one of the scariest SM games. It is like an arcade game where the little protagonist walks in the maze of bushes with a cone of light in front of him and collects the artifacts (bones of children in this case). A tiny Slender Man figure walks somewhere behind, all dressed in black. However, what makes the game super horrifying are those lifelike apparitions of dead children that pop up by the end. A very nice move! Our rating: 4.5

Slender - Bones of Children

Village of Slender (Free)

You shouldn’t play it if you don’t like bad graphics or being stuck in walls and trees. Weirdly-colored, Village of Slender is more annoying than scaring.

Our rating: 2

Village of Slender

Slender Man! ($0.99)

Along with Slender Rising, this is the best SM game you’re going to play! Firstly, the graphics are really good. Crystal clear night will not hold you back from fearing for your life. You will explore really explorable locations, find the pages with drawings, and see Slender Man at distance staring at you quite a few times. There weren’t any appendages on Slender Man’s that I took notice of, but the cold stare in the cold night is what will chill your nerves.

Our rating: 5

Slender Man!

The Woods ($0.99)

Here’s another horror game, which I need to mention, although it doesn’t feature Slender Man. Touch Arcade users have named it “Alan Wake meets SlenderMan,” which tells you best about the game’s style. There is a spirit in the woods that cannot be looked at for long time, but, unlike Slender Man, he is wearing a dark cloak and has antlers on his hooded head. There are also many other ghosts you should be afraid of. The main difference of The Woods from SM games is that you can fight them back with a flashlight. Another difference is that there are some objectives you need to complete. There is also a built-in camera to make record of your jumpscares.

Our rating: 5

The Woods

And here is me playing The Woods:

So, you get the idea that everybody’s secretly craving for some jumpscares, or even more: for the sensation of fear and the experience of being scared. What could be better than Slender Man games and the like for fulfilling this need of men? Suspense and good graphics can do magic!

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Jumpster: A Real-Life Physics Puzzle Platformer for iPhone & iPad 9 Oct

Jumpster by G5 is a puzzle platformer. The game looks a bit weird, but the gameplay is worthy. The game is free, and if you ignore all the pop-ups, you may enjoy it a lot. So how about helping another alien get home?

Jumpster: A Real-Life Physics Puzzle Platformer for iPhone & iPad

Helga Swift | Oct 9 2012

Jumpster by G5 is a puzzle platformer. The game looks a bit weird, but the gameplay is worthy. The game is free, and if you ignore all the pop-ups, you may enjoy it a lot. So how about helping another alien get home?

Jumpster for iOS

When I started playing Jumpster, it reminded me a lot of Cosmic Bump, which was the free app of the week not so long ago. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the latter more than this current game. I would not say that Jumpster is some unworthy game, but there are its specifics that I do not find attractive. While some may say that the environment in the game is psychedelic and amazingly weird, I find it rather a mixture of everything in one place. Similarly, while some consider the character cute and lovely, I find him rather unappealing. Still, the physics part is a strong point in the game, which means it is worth something.

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Ultra Dario: Will This "Mario Game" Become a Hit in the iTunes Store? 26 Sep

The game Ultra Dario is what you think it is. Indeed, it is very similar to Mario games, but in a positive way. It is fresh and new right at the moment, but who knows, it can be the new hit very soon.

Ultra Dario: Will This "Mario Game" Become a Hit in the iTunes Store?

Helga Swift | Sep 26 2012

The game Ultra Dario is what you think it is. Indeed, it is very similar to Mario games, but in a positive way. It is fresh and new right at the moment, but who knows, it can be the new hit very soon.

Ultra Dario: Main Screen

We have written earlier that, to our deepest regret, there is no Super Mario available in the iTunes App Store, so all the game’s fans constantly try other ways of enjoying the familiar gameplay. While such services as Cydia offer us even this super hit of a game, not everybody wants their iOS device jailbroken. Thus, we are always waiting for some developer to come up with some solution, even if it’s a temporary one. The fresh new game Ultra Dario by BoxitSoft is an example of a very good Mario-alternative. Let’s look inside it.

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Hero Academy: Get a Free App with Lots of Might and Magic inside It 19 Sep

Create your army of skilled heroes in the turn-based strategy Hero Academy. The game has different modes you can enjoy playing in, and it makes you think hard when dealing with choices in Challenge Mode. It’s free to play and fun to complete.

Hero Academy: Get a Free App with Lots of Might and Magic inside It

Helga Swift | Sep 19 2012

Create your army of skilled heroes in the turn-based strategy Hero Academy. The game has different modes you can enjoy playing in, and it makes you think hard when dealing with choices in Challenge Mode. It’s free to play and fun to complete.

Hero Academy: Instructions

First of all, the game you are looking at is a urn-based strategy, and it is similar to other HoMM-like games, such as King’s Bounty: Legions. This makes Hero Academy a desired piece of entertainment. Still, it is not all fun about this game. There is some serious challenge that you need to deal with. You will be required to build your own tactics and strategy and use your resources wisely when facing the real cunning enemies played by the gamers worldwide.

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The Sims Freeplay 18 Sep

For many years now, The Sims in all its incarnations has proved to be an extremely popular game. It made its debut for the PC and has expanded over to console systems, now its finally hitting the iOS world and it's free!

The Sims Freeplay

Niesha | Sep 18 2012

For many years now, The Sims in all its incarnations has proved to be an extremely popular game. It made its debut for the PC and has expanded over to console systems, now its finally hitting the iOS world and it's free!

So it's time to move into town and get your life started today!

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