As it turns out, playing Slender right before you go to bed is not a good idea.
This free indie horror game by Mark J. Hadley, aka AgentParsec was created using the Unity game engine and is based on the internet creepypasta Slender Man mythos. I first heard about it over at IndieGames.com and put it on the back burner of my To Play list, but by the next day practically every major gaming site was raving about it.
In Slender, you’re armed only with a flashlight as you roam the woods at night on a mission to collect eight pages of notes. Oh, and the Slender Man randomly pops up to SCARE THE LIVING CRAP OUT OF YOU.
Here’s a game teaser that I don’t recommend watching alone with the lights out:
Horror games, especially horror adventure games, are among my favorite types of games to play, and many of them genuinely freak me out like Amnesia: The Dark Descent (when’s that sequel going to get here already?), Scratches, and The Lost Crown. What’s so impressive about Slender is how utterly simple it is yet so terrifying.