Slender: The Arrival
I am not one for horror, game or otherwise, but I figured I would give this game a try. From what I can gather, you are playing a woman who is on her way to visit a friend, named Kate, who just lost her mother. The game starts in daylight when you get out of a car, blocked by a fallen tree, to walk to Kate’s house. As you walk, credits appear and you can get used to the hud and look around safely.
When you get to the house, it gets dark and you are confronted with the only annoyance of the game, trying to open doors. You must click the door and drag the mouse in order to open/close. This becomes an issue, at least for me, because my mouse would go outside the game window and select something on my desktop (fixed by playing full screen), or I would get the door open just to have it close again when I let go of the mouse button. After getting used to it and being patient, it becomes a minor inconvenience.
The game itself is straightforward and relatively easy, the difficulty comes from battling against your own psyche and racing heart. The atmosphere is intense and the music adds a whole new level of tension. The music intensifies with each objective you complete (such as finding a page) and if not prepared for it can cause a minor scare in itself. A big part of beating the game is trying to remain calm and be lucky with the random placement of the objectives and Slender not getting too close.
With the game giving such a sense of danger and vulnerability, I found myself keeping all the lights on and refusing to play at night. Usually I would play for about 10 minutes, and have to try again after being able to calm down (usually an hour or so). There were times when I jumped and screamed so bad people in the room would laugh. Thankfully that would cause me to laugh and ease the fear.
After beating the game, you can play hardcore which I am not remotely interested in trying. For the scariest, most intense, short psychologically tormenting game Slender: The Arrival is the best I have ever seen. For hardcore tension, try playing middle of the night, alone, lights off, and surround sound headphones. Proceed at your own risk.
Slender: The Arrival review info:
Blue Isle Studios
Blue Isle Studios
|Fun Factor: 7|