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    December 14th-17th 2012 :: Theme: You are the Villain

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    Children : Reverse Slender - HackThePanda - 48 Hour Compo Entry

    This is a parody on the game Slender, except you play as the villain: Slenderman. ;)

    Made this in Java with LWJGL. Hopefully it doesn't have any compatibility problems, I've only tested on Windows 7 machines.

    More info on the page, along with source code.

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    CNIAngel says ...
    Dec 17, 2012 @ 2:44am

    I love this!!!!

    HackThePanda says ...
    Dec 17, 2012 @ 2:47am

    Thanks! :)

    rvmook says ...
    Dec 17, 2012 @ 5:53am

    Love the concept, sound is a bit harsh though. One question, what is the purpose of jumping?

    HackThePanda says ...
    Dec 17, 2012 @ 10:42am

    None, just to give the player a bit more control over movement. It always feels more immersive to me if I can jump in a game.

    SamoojaMies says ...
    Dec 17, 2012 @ 6:13pm

    Creepy slender :). Good job.

    Tifu says ...
    Dec 17, 2012 @ 7:13pm

    If he just wants a hug... why do the children vanish? D:

    HackThePanda says ...
    Dec 17, 2012 @ 8:20pm

    He teleports them out of the forest to be at home in their beds safely as he firmly believes no child should be left out in the woods at night alone

    Xavier says ...
    Dec 17, 2012 @ 8:58pm

    Love the concept and pretty nice graphics. Nice work!

    Dec 17, 2012 @ 9:24pm

    This was cute. I agree that the sound could prolly be toned down a tad though.

    Mythalore says ...
    Dec 17, 2012 @ 9:27pm

    Very interesting Slender-like game. Rather funny win screen as well.

    HackThePanda says ...
    Dec 17, 2012 @ 9:33pm

    In hindsight I should have made the steps a little less jarring, they've gotten annoying after a couple play-throughs. But I meant for the sounds to be a bit unpleasant as it's an unpleasant theme

    HackThePanda says ...
    Dec 17, 2012 @ 9:33pm

    And thank you to everyone for your wonderful feedback :)

    8bitDamage says ...
    Dec 17, 2012 @ 9:59pm

    The static effect is very well done! Nice!

    Msquirrel says ...
    Dec 17, 2012 @ 10:15pm

    That... Was... AMAZING, I always knew he just wanted hugs...

    HackThePanda says ...
    Dec 17, 2012 @ 11:10pm

    Thanks 8bitDamage :) I worked hard on it
    Thank you Msquirrel, it's a personal belief of mine

    Edocentrique says ...
    Dec 17, 2012 @ 11:44pm

    Really cool effects !

    crashbanito says ...
    Dec 17, 2012 @ 11:45pm

    I think what makes this game are the facial expressions you give Slenderman. A simple game, but quite humorous.

    Winterblood says ...
    Dec 17, 2012 @ 11:46pm

    Nice style and very polished, but a bit light on game mechanics. Static effect is great.

    Mava says ...
    Dec 17, 2012 @ 11:46pm

    So thats what slender mans face looks like! That was fun :)

    horrorpen says ...
    Dec 17, 2012 @ 11:50pm

    Amazing and funny! I like it very much!

    HackThePanda says ...
    Dec 18, 2012 @ 12:07am

    Thanks Edocentrique!
    @crashbanito I love them too lol, they kind of give me the creeps
    @Winterblood Thanks :) I wanted to do more but I just had no time, name of the game though I guess
    @Mava thanks! I'm glad you had fun
    @horrorpen thank you I'm glad you like it :)

    HeroesGrave says ...
    Dec 18, 2012 @ 3:54am

    I have played Slender a few times, and this... is... just... funny.

    Jezzamon says ...
    Dec 18, 2012 @ 4:13am

    Yes! I was hoping someone would make a reverse slender game. :D

    Xavier says ...
    Dec 18, 2012 @ 11:55am

    the gameplay reminds me a bit this: http://twinbeardstudios.com/230_huggy-bear :-)

    Maristak says ...
    Dec 18, 2012 @ 1:54pm

    I really do like the overlay when you get close and the graphics overall. The idea of "cant move when seen" is great. Well done

    rasmusrn says ...
    Dec 18, 2012 @ 6:43pm

    After loading the screen just goes black. I'm on OSX/Firefox.

    FinalMirage says ...
    Dec 18, 2012 @ 8:39pm

    It can be tough to make any progress when there's a group of children together but it's a cool concept. As others have said, the static screen is cool looking. :)

    HackThePanda says ...
    Dec 18, 2012 @ 11:17pm

    Lol thanks HeroesGrave :)
    @Jezzamon I was too but then I decided to make it myself
    @Xavier omg that's the funniest game ever who in the world would come up with that
    Thank you Maristak :)
    @rasmusrn I've heard people not being able to play it on OSX, I'm not sure why that is as the settings/natives should be set up correctly
    @FinalMirage yeah, anyone who asks for a moral behind this game will be that kids should a.) not go into a forest at night without parental supervision and b.) should always travel in groups. And thank you, I'm glad people are liking it :)

    LogGiant says ...
    Dec 19, 2012 @ 2:03am

    I was laughing my way through this game! I would be upset that slenderman had a face, except it was fantastic.

    HackThePanda says ...
    Dec 19, 2012 @ 2:40am

    I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

    monomanio says ...
    Dec 19, 2012 @ 12:53pm

    Hilarious! The animations were simple - but super effective. Good job!

    HackThePanda says ...
    Dec 19, 2012 @ 8:15pm

    Thanks monomanio :)

    Dec 20, 2012 @ 8:10pm

    Great idea! The mood of the game was aptly dark and it was funny too. :)

    HackThePanda says ...
    Dec 20, 2012 @ 8:15pm

    Thank you!

    Puzzlem00n says ...
    Dec 21, 2012 @ 2:07am

    Ah, funny stuff, dude. You get props by getting good scores for mood and humor, which is not a common sight. Bad and good break-down:

    -Not too much variety, a bit basic
    -Throwing off the player with a jump they can't use, but if you really think that's more immersive, ignore this minus.
    +Fun Concept
    +Very Streamlined, nothing in the way of making the game overly-complex, which I like. :)

    HackThePanda says ...
    Dec 21, 2012 @ 4:36am

    Thanks, Puzzlem00n :)
    Indeed basic, but as you later mentioned it keeps the game from getting overly complex which seems to be better for Ludum Dare as people aren't really going to take the time to learn and play a complicated RPG just so they can give a quick little rating.
    In hind sight I should have made it clearer some how that jump doesn't do anything, confusion defeats the point of immersion.
    But yeah, thanks a lot for the feedback! It's much appreciatd

    Birchmountain says ...
    Dec 21, 2012 @ 3:37pm

    I like the idea but it lacks gameplay and the sound is just a little to much. I like the fact that you've given the player the ability to jump, even though it's not necessary, i read in the comments that you included it for the immersion and i think that's awesome! Still a fun game that's more about the message than gameplay. Good job!

    HackThePanda says ...
    Dec 21, 2012 @ 7:32pm

    Thanks Birchmountain!

    Mista Koo says ...
    Dec 25, 2012 @ 3:27pm

    Great game both conceptually and technically.

    DDRKirby(ISQ) says ...
    Dec 29, 2012 @ 8:52am

    This is great...the trollface on slenderman is pure gold.

    garygreen says ...
    Dec 29, 2012 @ 6:41pm

    Unfortunately I couldn't play this game - I was just given a series of black and white boxes where I assume the game graphics should have been.

    HackThePanda says ...
    Dec 29, 2012 @ 10:39pm

    Thank you Mista Koo and DDRKirby!

    I'm sorry about that garygreen, it has something to do with lower versions of OpenGL, haven't been able to track it down yet.

    Jan 1, 2013 @ 3:42am


    fishbrain says ...
    Jan 1, 2013 @ 11:30am

    Yep, that is creepy! Nice work!

    Jiyko says ...
    Jan 1, 2013 @ 11:02pm

    Dat face!

    HackThePanda says ...
    Jan 2, 2013 @ 6:12pm

    Thanks superscratcher!
    Thank you fishbrain :)
    @Jiyko what about the face in your profile picture? @o@

    RawBits says ...
    Jan 8, 2013 @ 12:39am

    Nice take on the theme but the control behaviour feels a little odd. I can't put my finger on it though.

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