A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What 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.
What's it about?
Players will wander aimlessly around a confined area, hoping to avoid Slender-Man, a mysterious urban-myth based character. There are no objectives or goals, other than evasion. Twin virtual thumbsticks control the directions you walk and shine your flashlight. When Slender-Man gets close, the screen starts to go fuzzy and characters can flee in the opposite direction -- until he appears again.
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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