A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Slender-Man wasn't created with educational intent, and we don’t recommend it for learning.
Ease of Play
There's little point to the game (i.e. no goals or achievements). You simply wander around trying not to get caught by Slender-Man. Despite this simplistic goal, the controls are still slow and unwieldy.
Violence & Scariness
A creepy-looking character will sneak up on you, but all that happens is the screen goes fuzzy. While the app itself is not really violent, the Slender-Man myth behind the app could be incredibly scary to kids, as the character stalks and kidnaps children.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Slender-Man is ... well, barely a game -- and not one of any discernible genre. Players wander through a field/forest hoping to avoid the Slender-Man enemy. When he approaches, the screen starts to go fuzzy and should he catch them, it stays fuzzy. While the game bills itself as a horror title, the app itself isn't scary. It's the knowledge of the myth behind the app -- in which Slender-Man stalks and kidnaps children -- that could make this a scary experience for kids.
Is It Any Good?
Sometimes, a pointless app can still be fun. But sometimes, as with SLENDER-MAN, you mourn the time you have lost while playing it. The game, if it can be called that, is utterly pointless, consisting of simply wandering around. Every now and then, a not-at-all scary Slender-Man will show up, causing your screen to go fuzzy. From there, you evade him -- assuming the often non-responsive controls allow you to do so.
There's no suspense. No sound effects to help immerse you in the game. And ultimately, this "horror" game is not the least bit scary, though kids who have heard the myth behind the app may find the experience disturbing. Calling an app "one of the worst in the app store" is a fairly bold claim -- but in this instance, it's fitting.
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