Video Game: Haunted Memories
Haunted Memories is a series of episodic Survival Horror games by polish indie developers MadMan Theory Games loosely based on the Slender Man Mythos.The first installment in the series, Haunted Memories: Haunt, started life as an expansive, stand-alone remake of Slender.In this game you play as an unidentified protagonist who finds themself in Greenwood Park at night. Soon after finding a running truck with some files nearby he hears a woman scream and ventures into the park to find out what happened and a way out. Everyone's favourite stalker soon shows up and the chase is on.The second chapter, Haunted Memories: Welcome Home, has you playing as Jackson, a man whose car crashes near a darkened old mansion. Charlie, an attorney who witnessed the crash, brings Jackson to spend the night in the mansion. However, Charlie quickly turns up dead, and the statues scattered around the house are revealed to be more than simple decorations...Now let's clear up some confusion concerning the game's name. The game was first released under the title Haunt: The Real Slender Game, probably in order to invoke an External Retcon effect towards the games massive reinterpretation of the Slender Man mythos. However it was quickly changed to Haunt: Slender when the creators realized that the name could be (and was) misinterpreted as negative evaluation of Agent Parsec's game. In mid-2013 it was announced that the game would be remade from the bottom-up and be given five commercial follow-ups. With this announcement the project changed name again to avoid confusion and legal conflicts with the Xbox Live Arcade horror game Haunt, this time to the current Haunted Memories.The games website is here while the game itself is available from Steam here. The earlier version Haunt: Slender is still available from that games website.Better description to follow.
This game provides examples of:
- Abandoned Area
- Adaptation Expansion: Haunt compared to the original Slender. Both in massively expanding and further detailing the environments and in giving the game an original story far removed from Slender's Marble Hornets inspired origins.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: There is a television playing an old Frankenstein movie out in the middle of nowhere. If, for some reason, you decide to sit down and watch it, while Slender Man is after you, you will die if you don't get moving. As masterfully demonstrated by Pewdiepie.
- The Cameo: While otherwise absent from the second chapter, Slender Man appears in several paintings. He also appears at the very end to capture the player, and is implied to control the mannequins.
- Fan Remake: Haunt is a loose one of Slender.
- Freeware Games: Haunt at least. It's follow-ups will be commercial.
- Gainax Ending: The first chapter has the player enter an abandoned warehouse, kill some of Slender Man's minions, and pick up a note. At that point, soft rock music starts playing as a huge wall of light appears outside. The player walks into the light and has a hallucinatory sequence of walking toward a gigantic glowing cross, and then the credits roll.
- Haunted House: The second chapter takes place in one.
- Living Statue: The creepy mansion is filled with them, and they serve as the main antagonists of the chapter.
- Man Behind the Man: Slender Man is implied to be this to the mannequins in the haunted manor.
- Name's the Same: The reason for the game/series being rebranded from Haunt to Haunted Memories was to avoid confusion with the Xbox Live Arcade game Haunt.
- Nothing Is Scarier: Even more so than Slender, as it puts even more focus on the Abandoned Area and the exploration there of compared to the threat of Slender Man. Especially true of the earliest version where the Slender Man was significantly less aggressive.
- Offscreen Teleportation: The mannequins only move when you're not looking at them. There are a lot of them in the house, along with a lot of blind corners and shadow spaces.
- Scrapbook Story: Even more so than the original game as the Apocalyptic Logs the player collects now includes actually back-story rather subtle allusions to one as in Slender. In this way it's more like the later Slender: The Arrival.
- Survival Horror
- Was Once a Man: The Slender Man was a reporter who was killed / mutated by a chemical fire meant to kill him.