Slender, created by Parsec Productions, is a first person horror game where your only goal is to find 8 manuscripts about the Slender Man. Known urban legend. the Slender Man is a mythical creature with a tall, thin body and a blank face. He can shorten and lengthen his limbs at will, and has powers that can induce paranoia, insomnia, and coughing fits. He can teleport at will, and generally resides in forests shrouded in blackness. “Not much is known, as no specific information has been found about origins,” explains one fan site that details the legend, “but his objective and habitat are made very clear. He has the need to kidnap children.”
The less you know about this game until you play it, the better. (Also, do yourself a favor and avoid watching any of the reaction videos until you’ve gone through a few playthroughs.)
You can download the game for free off the developer’s site here or from a fan site here.
The summer, with its lack of major releases, is a good time to play fun, experimental games that require a lot of skill, but not a lot of time. Spelunky, originally released on the PC in 2008, just came out on XBLA, and it’s a blast. Spelunky is an adventure platformer that requires you to grab treasure, fight enemies, and dig through a labyrinth of randomized levels. It’s a tough game that kicks you back to the very start with each death, but with very little of your success relying on luck, it’s a challenge that’s fun to face time and time again with each playthrough. Although in practice the game is short and can probably be beaten in an hour once you’ve mastered the levels, it will take hours and hours to do it.
The new version is currently only available on XBox Live Arcade, but you can download the original PC version (which may or may not be better than the XBLA release) for free from the game’s website here.
Yep, someone made a Great Gatsby NES game and it’s awesome. So yeah, maybe it doesn’t have Leonardo Dicaprio and cheap 3D effects or the subtle racism of the literary classic, but I mean it has retro graphics and sounds. That’s pretty cool, right? I imagine an ideal future where kids can play the video game of a classic book instead of reading the cliff notes or watching the movie. I mean, more people finding less reasons to read will probably make a dumber world for our future generations, but still.
Anyway, you can play/download this for free off the game’s website here.
Now if someone just made a “Lord of the Flies” game, I could finally seek vengeance against those who wronged Piggy…
KeyboardDrumsetFuckingWerewolf (*gaaaaasp, inhale*) is a short flash game made by the two-man development crew, CATUSQUID. While it’s more of an interactive music video for the band GBSR – it’s a fast paced, colorfully stylized mini-game assault that’s a lot of fun to experience. You can probably beat the game in 20 minutes, but it shows the kind of fun and spastic creativity that is sorely lacking from most mainstream developers today.
You can download it for free here.
Indie Game: The Movie is a documentary that follows a superstar (ok, this term is pretty subjective) lineup of indie game developers of such games like Super Meat Boy (one of my top 3 favorite games of all time), Fez, and Braid. Actually all of the games covered in this documentary are huge personal favorites, but I’ll write up way more on each of these later on. Regardless, the documentary itself is an insightful look into the video game development process from a much smaller and more personal standpoint than the big budget releases of today. The movie itself is screening in various cities now, but will be available on DVD and BluRay June 12. Check out a clip from the movie below that shows Fez developer, Phil Fish, stressing out over the game’s first reveal to the public.