Slender-Man, slender plot, and not even paper-thin fun.

What parents need to know

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. 


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.

What kids can learn

What Kids Can Learn

Slender-Man wasn't created with educational intent, and we don’t recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Slender-Man wasn't created with educational intent, and we don’t recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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
Release date:September 27, 2012
Category:Adventure Games
Size:39.50 MB
Publisher:Rory Harvey
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1.3 or later

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Parent of a 1, 9, and 12 year old Written bypepperdog October 7, 2012

Parents check this game before you allow access

It has been written here in a review that this game is just a pointless waste of time and I would agree, however for my 10 year old it was much more insidious than that. I disagree with the statement that it isn't suspenseful, my 10 year old son found it very frightening and suffered nightmares after playing this game. Some of his friends love it and don't have an issue but others really did.
Parent Written byMorpheus'Papa October 23, 2012

Watch what you feed your children...

Not a good game for younger children. The plot material is more adult and sinister in nature than need be for kids under 14.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 11 years old October 31, 2012

Caution: this review is for the computer game slender

This game itself is not very scary. You try to collect 8 manuscript pages in the woods without being (taken) by slenderman. Slendermans figure is the only thing in the game that is very scary (besides the atmosphere). It is the plot behind the story that is disturbing. Slender is based on an old myth where slenderman goes around kidnapping children. This is not seen in the game besides your sreen starts going fuzzy when he sees you.
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Too much violence


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