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Slender: The Arrival



Terrifyingly spooky indie game delivers blood-free horror.
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What parents need to know

Educational value

Slender: The Arrival wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Positive messages

The game's purpose is to entertain through thrills and fright. 

Positive role models

The player's character demonstrates courage and perseverance as she attempts to learn what happened to her friend, and she never uses violence. However, her decision to investigate her friend's disappearance herself rather than contact authorities is questionable. 

Ease of play

This is a challenging game made slightly more difficult by occasionally frustrating controls (opening doors by moving the mouse forward or back can be a real pain). Even skilled players can expect to fail each level a couple of times, making tenacity a requirement.


A combination of screams, spooky sounds, dramatic lighting, and creepy drawings/writing scratched onto walls makes for a truly terrifying atmosphere. Little violence is depicted on screen (the husk of a burned body is shown near the end of the game), but the black screen that results when caught by the Slender Man implies that the player's avatar is killed. 

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Slender: The Arrival is a very scary horror game in which the player takes on the role of a woman investigating what happened to her friend in a rural wilderness. While there is little in the way of actual violence (the burned husk of a body appears near the game's end), the game keeps players on the edge of their seats as they're accosted by a terrifying soundtrack and frightening images, including the ghost-like shape of a tall man and a hooded figure that chases them. Even adults are likely to be stressed and startled by what they see.

What's it about?

SLENDER: THE ARRIVAL, a slightly bigger-budgeted reimagining of 2012 indie hit Slender: The Eight Pages, puts players in the shoes of a woman named Lauren intent on finding her friend Kate. The game begins with Lauren arriving at Kate's house in the woods to find her missing and her things in disarray. Discovering a series of notes and clues that suggest Kate may have been in a state of panic before leaving, Lauren picks up a flashlight and heads out into the forest determined to learn what happened to her. The short but terrifying adventure that follows sees Lauren -- armed only with a flashlight and video camera -- investigating pitch black woods and buildings with objectives such as finding scattered pages or turning on generators. Always on her trail is a ghostly, horrific figure called the Slender Man. He appears frequently, causing the player's screen to distort and go static-y. If he catches you the game ends and the level is reset.

Is it any good?


It doesn't last more than a couple of hours, but those two hours may be among the scariest you ever spend sitting in front of a computer. Creepy, dramatically lit environments combine with a terrifying soundtrack that deftly mixes chirping crickets with blaring feedback to create an extremely chilling atmosphere. The fact that you can't fight back but instead only run or occasionally blind your pursuers with your flashlight only serves to heighten the fear.

However, some players may get frustrated by the game's high level of difficulty and repetitive design. Even experienced players will find themselves frequently caught by the Slender Man or his creepy, hooded companion. When that happens, the level resets and all of the objects you were searching for are randomly scattered for you to find again -- disheartening, to say the least. That said, mature horror fans who can get past these barriers will find a sublimely scary little interactive story.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what it feels like to be scared. Why do some of us enjoy being terrified? How is it that games and movies and books -- things we know aren't real -- can create a real sense of panic?

  • Families can also discuss the difference between terror and violence. Is a truly scary game that shows no blood or gore any more appropriate for younger audiences than those that do?

Game details

Platforms:Mac, Windows
Subjects:Hobbies: collecting
Skills:Emotional Development: developing resilience, persevering
Thinking & Reasoning: collecting data, deduction, strategy
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Blue Isle Studios
Release date:April 2, 2013
Topics:Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
ESRB rating:T for Violence, Blood

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Teen, 16 years old Written byDavidHi April 16, 2013

Fantastically terrifying, but definitely doesn't deserve the "no kids" rating

I will admit, this game is terrifying. I had to shut off the game several times just to regain some sanity... however, the "No kids" rating is absolutely ridiculous. There isn't a single act of violence portrayed in the entire game (unless you consider getting pounced on by an unknown entity violent) nor a single instance of profanity. The only thing that makes this not good for younger kids is that it is very scary. Nothing to be concerned about though for any teenager. The game is fantastic though, and I would highly recommend it!
Kid, 11 years old June 2, 2013


This game is HIGHLY scary for children 10 and under! Violence is more like some blood/gore but the horror may be enough to scare an adult! Parents should be strongly caused about this game and if you have a child who's scared easily, it's the worst idea to let them play this. 11+ : Contains moderate blood/gore, horror and jumpscares!
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Kid, 10 years old June 5, 2013

very scary game

no blood or gore but very scary for kids


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