Slender-Man

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Slender-Man, slender plot, and not even paper-thin fun.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 40 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

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

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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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.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMcLennon August 16, 2015

Use common sense!

I saw these other reviews saying "My 10 year old boy who has anxiety can't sleep with the lights off now!". Well, DON'T LET YOUR 10 YEAR OLD... Continue reading
Adult Written bytorturedbythecia July 23, 2013

Very Scary but you've misinformation on Slender Source

This is one of the scariest games I've played. I would not recommend it for children who are easily emotionally moved by games. The game doesn't rea... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bystepcurry539 April 10, 2020

THE BEST GAME

It's the best game i ever played in my whole entire life<3
Kid, 9 years old October 24, 2018

bro seriously, just SERIOUSLY.

it is absolutly NOT 12+ I mean, the starting is scary, and its so dark, and you'll be so scared whats lurking in the dark.

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. 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: $.99
  • Release date: September 27, 2012
  • Category: Adventure Games
  • Size: 39.50 MB
  • Publisher: Rory Harvey
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.1.3 or later
  • Last updated: August 19, 2016

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