Shock horror game featuring the Slenderman character.
Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP
Marc Steene and Wray Burgess
Slenderman's Shadow: Sanatorium is the first map in the Slenderman's Shadow horror game series. It is heavily based on the original Slender, keeping the goal of collecting eight scattered pages before being driven insane by the terrifying Slender Man. The player's character is armed only with a flashlight and his or her courage. The original Slender game was set in the woods: As the name would suggest, this one is set in an abandoned sanatorium.
The dark and foreboding atmosphere of the sanatorium is highlighted by improved graphics and brought to life by a minimalist and ominous soundtrack. Each footstep and each click of the flashlight seem to bring the Slender Man closer.
The overall feel of this game is nearly identical to the original, Slender. Fear of what lies in the dark, met with the fear of turning on the flashlight and finding out, is the true focus of the game. With this map being indoors, the Slender Man can no longer hide himself among the trees, making him less frightening, but he has gained the ability to move. He slides across doorways and into rooms, staying in the shadows and thereby regaining the eeriness he lost by switching scenes. Also, his arms have been lengthened and he now reaches out to you with visible hands.
The pages in Slender Man's Shadow: Sanatorium are bright and easy to see in the dim light of the protagonist's only tool. As before, there are eight pages to be collected, but this time their locations are not randomized. This seemingly small difference greatly reduces replayability.
This is a solid game that is sure to get your blood pumping. The graphics are quite good, movement is fluid, and the soundtrack matches the game-play. While it adds little to the original Slender, Slenderman's Shadow: Sanatorium is sure to satisfy fans who are looking for more of the same.
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