dennis;;callmebackdraft;;aspers;;slender;;arrival;;horror;;survival;;blue isle studios;;midnight city Dennis "CallMeBackdraft" Aspers So here we are, on our way to our friend Kate's house. The road is blocked so we have to continue on foot. Only a few minutes later we arrive at her accommodation. While night is casting it's darkness overhead we open the front door, which was already slightly ajar when we arrived at the scene.

SLENDER: THE ARRIVAL

By Dennis "CallMeBackdraft" Aspers on March 31, 2015

So here we are, on our way to our friend Kate's house. The road is blocked so we have to continue on foot. Only a few minutes later we arrive at her accommodation. While night is casting it's darkness overhead we open the front door, which was already slightly ajar when we arrived at the scene.


Venturing through the house we find our only weapon, a flashlight. The walls are marked with strange black drawings and Kate is nowhere to be found. When we enter her bedroom, we see that the window is broken and glass is scattered everywhere. On the wall of the room are red drawings of a unnaturally tall man. Then, all of a sudden we hear an icy scream from beyond the back gate. That must be Kate, let's save her!

After this initial sequence of Slender: The Arrival, sequel to Slender: The Eight Pages, our adventure begins. We play as Laurie, Kate's best friend and are intent on solving this mystery and finding Kate. The second level in the game serves as an enhanced remake of the original game. As you might have deduced from the story above the goal of the game is to find out what happened to Kate and of course, staying alive in the process (cue the Bee Gees). This last feat however, is easier said than done. Slenderman has only one thing on mind and that is sinking it's long fingers and gruesome tentacles into you, effectively ending your life.


The creepy atmosphere is constantly present, mostly due to the setting of the game. Throughout Slender: The Arrival, It's almost constantly night or just dark because of you being in a building with some long overdue unpaid electrical bills. The only thing at your disposal to combat this darkness with is your new best friend: the trusty flashlight that you found at the start of your trip down nightmare lane. Another thing you'll soon find out is that Slenderman has a master's degree in stalking'; showing up completely unexpected and right in front of you when you turn a corner.

Gameplay wise, Slender: The Arrival is a nice horror game which will probably get your heart racing on multiple occasions. As, and no we are not afraid to admit that, it did for us a couple of times. Although we have to say that one or two pointers towards a certain objective would have been nice here and there, this was probably done on purpose. Think about it; The main character is supposed to be clueless about where she is, what's happening and what she is going to do to prevent it from happening again. So in this scenario, a pointer would really have made no sense at all.


Slender is a great game and it tackled a seemingly tough genre very nicely. We've seen our fair share of horror games, which aren't all that horrific when you start playing them (apart from the dialogs and voice acting, that is...). Slender: The Arrival however, has earned its place in our Depths of Dread by being one hell of a scary game! So are you up for a scare ? If your answer is a soft and shaky yes, then give Slender a chance and we are sure it won't disappoint you.


available on:

SLENDER: THE ARRIVAL
Blue Isle Studios & Midnight City
March 25, 2015 (PS4 & XBox One)
September 24, 2014 (PS3 & XBox 360)
October 28, 2013 (PC via Steam)
March 26, 2013 (PC via Developer website)