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This week’s free game: ‘Slender’

A logo for the game Slender: The Eight Pages, free for download on PC and Mac. (Parsec Productions)
A logo for the game Slender: The Eight Pages, free for download on PC and Mac. (Parsec Productions)

Are you a gamer? Do you like free things? Of course you do!

We here at the Tech Deck are just like you: poor gamers looking for cheap entertainment. And nothing's cheaper than cost-free gaming. Each week, we'll bring you a title (or two or three) you can legally play at home without plopping down a single dollar. If you see games you think we should be featuring on the blog, email us at or

This week, we're traveling down the horrifying path of Slender in a search for eight pieces of paper that will leave you quaking at night. Click on the image below to download this 2012 release that IGN called "pure horror." The game contains some violent undertones and should be played by adults.

The visage of Slender Man
Click here to download Slender: The Eight Pages for Mac or PC

In Slender: The Eight Pages, you're tasked with tracking down the eponymous scraps of paper that give you clues about the lore of Slender Man, the faceless, suited individual who's lurking around the corner and will creep up on you, causing instant death if you're not careful. Slender Man becomes more bold in his pursuit as you collect the pages, forcing you to use your sprint capability and the battery life of your flashlight wisely.

Go inside the blog to learn about the follow-up to The Eight Pages, and the controversy surrounding the game's main villain.

Slender: The Eight Pages was designed as a beta for Windows and Mac OSX by Mark Hadley for Parsec Productions. Hadley was inspired by the Internet web series Marble Hornets, a found-footage video blog that builds upon the myth of Slender Man, according to an interview he gave to Level Save. The Slender Man meme was created through a Something Awful forum project in June 2009 asking users to submit photos altered to include supernatural elements.

Multiple violent attacks by teenagers have been linked to the lore of the meme, including a stabbing by two girls in Wisconsin in May 2014 and a Florida girl setting fire to her home in December

Kip Hill
Kip Hill joined The Spokesman-Review in 2013. He currently is a reporter for the City Desk, covering the marijuana industry, local politics and breaking news. He previously hosted the newspaper's podcast.

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