You're on your own. No one to come for you. No one to help you. No one to hear you scream. Slender: The Arrival is the official videogame adaption of Slender Man, developed in collaboration with Eric "Victor Surge" Knudson, creator of the paranormal phenomenon that has been terrifying the curious-minded around the world since...
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Release Date: Oct 28, 2013

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"Suffers from questionable and repetitive design but still manages some nice atmosphere and scares. Stands out in the flood of Slender games."

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October 25

Halloween in Oakside

Residents of Oakside Area are reporting strange markings that seem to have mysteriously appeared overnight. Jack Bennett, an Oakside resident of 15 years reports his experience from a late October evening:

“The fog was rolling in, and the moon peaked through the clouds lighting the path. I was out for a late night walk in the woods. I could hear leaves crunching under someone’s footsteps. I quickened my pace. I felt someone watching me. I saw someone- a dark figure in the corner of my eye. In my panic I started sprinting back towards my house, but my toe caught a root and I fell to the ground. When I looked up, I noticed markings on a brick wall.”

Further reports suggest there are 9 hidden markings, and rumors among residents are that they create a harrowing message. Authorities hope to locate all of them.

If you want to help the townspeople, you’ll need to send screenshots of all 9 markings, along with the secret message to by Saturday, Nov. 1.

There will be a draw on Monday, Nov. 3 for all correct entries. Three lucky winners will receive $50 Steam gift cards, and one winner will snag a $100 Steam gift card.

Good luck!

Blue Isle Studios

Patch Notes:

-Fixed a bug where Slender Man wouldn’t appear again in genesis if you beat it once
-Improved character model and texture quality
-Improved terrain detail on ‘good’ and ‘best’ settings in the ‘Into the Abyss’ level
-Fixed a bug where the steam overlay would cause the pause menu to move
-Fixed a bug where the run key would reset mouse sensitivity
-Fixed a bug where the volume slider reacted poorly to controllers in-game
-Increased the resolution of several game textures
-Improved performance in ‘The Eight Pages’ on ‘good’ and ‘best’ settings
-Fixed a bug where occasionally the ‘Walking Simulator’ achievement would not unlock
-Improved performance in ‘Flashback’ and ‘The Arrival’ on ‘good’ and ‘best’ settings
-Fixed a bug in ‘Homestead’ that allowed the player to bypass parts of the level
-Fixed collision issues with ‘Homestead’
-Added small amounts of lighting to interiors in ‘Homestead’

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October 15

The Steam 2.0 Free DLC Update is here!

The most recent update on Steam is now live! All of the information can be found on the Steam Store.

The new update includes:

- Totally free Update with two brand new levels
- Vastly improved game performance and optimizations
- Mac OS X availability on Steam
- Soundtrack available for purchase

For anyone who purchased Slender: The Arrival prior to the Steam release, we recommend you activate your copy on Steam. You do not need to repurchase, you can use your original license key. Just be sure to delete the dashes.


Blue Isle Studios

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“A significant improvement over Parsec Production's original game, featuring a much more robust narrative, and a darker, more foreboding atmosphere.”
90 – The Escapist

“One of the most terrifying games in recent memory.”
85 – GameSpot

“The Arrival pushed me to the edge of sanity. With its clever combination of unsettling pictures and disturbing sounds this is one of the most intense horror experiences available today.”
85 – 4Players

About This Game

You're on your own. No one to come for you. No one to help you. No one to hear you scream. Slender: The Arrival is the official videogame adaption of Slender Man, developed in collaboration with Eric "Victor Surge" Knudson, creator of the paranormal phenomenon that has been terrifying the curious-minded around the world since its inception, with Mark Hadley and Blue Isle Studios.

Back in 2012, Mark Hadley (AgentParsec) created a game that captivated gamers around the world. Slender: The Eight Pages was a short, experimental first-person game that helped breathe new life into the horror genre through its use of unadulterated tension and fear.

Experience the horror all over again.

Slender: The Arrival is the official re-imagining and expansion of the original game created by Mark Hadley, teamed up with the writers behind the Marble Hornets series and the development team at Blue Isle Studios. The Arrival features a brand new storyline, improved visuals, great replay value, and most importantly, survival horror at its best.

The Arrival officially supports the Oculus Rift – a next generation virtual headset designed for super immersive gaming! The Rift intensifies the fear-factor, and gives players a brand new, immersive horror experience.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
    • Processor: Dual core CPU @2GHz (Pentium D or better)
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 4000, GeForce 8800, ATI 1950 or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible audio device
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Quad Core Intel or AMD
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 260 1GB or AMD HD4850 1GB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible audio device
    • OS: MacOS X 10.6.6 or higher
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (Dual-Core)
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 2600 / NVidia Geforce 8800 / Intel HD 4000 or better
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
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58 of 65 people (89%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Imagine it, you're walking down a dirt road in the woods at dusk, it is autumn the leaves are turning orange and red. You come across an abandon vehicle on the road. The sun quickly sets, leaving you in the dark without a flashlight and suddenly, you aren't alone anymore. You are being watched and stalked by something. It feeds off of the power of your video camera, which is the only way to see it (I guess).

When your video camera flickers, it is closing in on you. It is drawing the power from the batteries as it draws near. It is Slenderman. A tall thin humanoid creature that looks over you from afar from hilltops. The creature that opens the doors that you just closed. The creature that your only defense is to not look at it. To wish it away as you cower in fear by looking at the ground. No... just run away until your video recorder stops flickering. How do you run from something that just teleports in front of you? You can always walk backward.

This is Slender: The Arrival, less of a game and more of a first person experience along the lines of Dear Esther and Gone Home. It preys on your fears. It has a great, creepy atmosphere and great sound design. You have little in the way of controls, left stick to move, right stick to look, a sprint button, flashlight button, zoom button, and a use button. There are other buttons, but they feel redundant.

The game dumps you in and never explains why you're there. Not just the first chapter of the game, but over and over again, its the same thing, you start at dusk in the woods and go into the night and then find an abandon building. Each chapter has a different task, such as turn on X generators, find X pages in the woods and close X windows. Simple things, but you're just stuck with something that can be anywhere at anytime that will warn you when its near. The more things you collect, the more intensely you will be harassed.

As you wander in the dark you quickly come across an average house. Depending on where you enter, it looks like there is nothing wrong. Just a normal house for sale with a playground in the back. Soon enough you'll find things scrawled on the walls and rooms in disarray. Eventually, you'll find a flashlight that will help you. The idea of wandering in the woods might seem like an easy way to get lost, but as you roam the darkness, you'll be enticed by audio and visual cues such as paths, lights and dozens of arrows pointing in one direction that will guide your way.

If you think you'll get used to Slenderman, once you progress far enough, eventually you will reach an abandon facility and have a follower. Perhaps it is a follower of the Slenderman, but it follows, chases and strangles you. This isn't a creature like Slenderman, so it doesn't have magical powers other than it is getting closer, running after you. You'll hear its footsteps running up to you. Your only defense is to focus your flashlight and blind it. That adds something different to the game. Getting trapped in a side room means there is no way out and no where to run away from the follower.

It is a toss up if this experience is for you. If finding stuff in the dark isn't for you then skip it. You'll be searching open areas for sometimes tiny things (sheets of paper). Lost in the woods and abandon buildings. Being thrown off your direction from having to run away and forced to figure out where you're going again in an area that is mostly woods. If you can't handle bobbing and weaving cameras, avoid this game. It might be a nitpick but sometimes the camera seems to be at a person's waist. The height of a sink or a doorknob.

I couldn't really recommend Dear Esther or Gone Home. They were both beautiful and immersive, but I didn't feel anything playing those games like I did with Slender: The Arrival. Is it worth $10 for an hour or two of gameplay? I feel like I was engaged and always challenged by a single strange foe with powers to teleport anywhere.
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78 of 108 people (72%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
As a man who enjoys stalking children in the woods and murdering them, I find this game incredibly offensive, as it depicts good, innocent people like me as if we're evil or some bogus nonsense.

I give it a 9/11
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Compared to all the other Slender games, This one is a masterpiece, instead of relying solitarily on being jump scared by slender, this one uses the entire mythos to create a rather suspensful game. While it does contain the standard "Walk around and collect things" scheme, it doesn't really take you out of the experience. And the design choices deffinately go a long way to add to the scares.
Not to mention, this one is Story driven to some extent.

I loved this game, loved the story, and loved the scares and I reccomend giving this one a try.

Long story short, I love this game

Slender: the 8 pages was an introduction. Slender:The Arrival is the masterpiece.

-Good suspense
-Great design choices
-Great atmosphere

-Standard 8 pages gameplay.
-Considerably short.
-A little repettative

As a slender game 10/10

As a game 9.5/10
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26 of 33 people (79%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Taught me how to press Alt+f4 quicker than sanic 11/10 quickscopez - ign
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
This is one of my favourite horror games on Steam. The graphics are beautiful and the intro level genuinely made me close my game the first time through. Slender is done justice with a faithful recreation of the gameplay from the flash game. My only complaint is that the game is a little too short but with the free DLC recently released I think it is just the right length for the game :).
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
REALLY scary. Although it's pretty easy to beat, you will still have to change your pants a few times. Worth every penny.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Slender: The Arrival is a very spooky horror game with an excellent coordination of music, sounds, atmosphere, and visuals that keep the chill factor high throughout. The story provides 8 different locations to explore, and offers a fair amount of clues that slowly unfold a sinister evil that has taken over the land. The game does a great job of presenting scares in moderation which creates a prolonging sense of anticipation of what's going to happen next.

Although the game can be relatively short, an initial playthrough should take several hours. Slender: The Arrival felt almost like starring in my own Blair Witch Project movie. One of the better horror games I've played that doesn't involve shooting.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
The game is short, but it's certainly in my top 3 favorite horror games of all time ! Great soundtrack, great level design, awesome ambiance !

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Slender The Arrival is a worthy successor to Slender The Eight Pages. More beautiful, immersive, still scary, the title gives chills and cold sweats the most courageous of you. Unfortunately, the player becomes accustomed too quickly their graphics and sound effects. In addition, the life duration is low and lack of variety in the objectives prevent him to rank among the essential of survival horror. Absolute fans of the genre can still be tempted.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
this is a great game if you want to be scared
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Great game, great update. Love it. No matter how much the media demonizes Slender Man, it's an excellent series.
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11 of 20 people (55%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
remember Slender: the Eight Pages?
what it basically was, was a level where you collect 8 spooky pages with child drawings, while being chased by so called Slenderman. while nothing really special, it was pretty fun, atmospheric and scary

now, this game is basically the Eight Pages on steroids, which is both a good and bad thing...

anyways, let's start with positives:
1. game is very atmospheric and it gives you feeling of hopelessness. you only have a flashlight and a camera so your only options of defence is running away with your tale between your legs

2. sound design is pretty good. wind blowing through trees, camera static, creepy ambient sounds and echoes sound pretty great

3. there is also a new enemy type that you will meet on a few levels, adding some variaty

4. if you're easy to scare, you'll probably get your heart and adrenaline a nice little workout

now let's go over negatives and man, are there lot's of em:
1. story is basically non existent. you're there to find some boy or a girl, but why, where and when is never really explained unless you find and read all the collectibles. even then I had to go to on the internet to get my story fix. I know, it's a "scary simulator" but it is such a shame we don't get to know any of the rich lore behind Slenderman or ingame characters.

2. if you're into horror games and have played a few, or are not so easily scared - you'll be bored pretty quickly. game relies heavily on jump scares and spooky sound effects, which gets repetitive pretty quickly

3. difficulty is way to easy on easy and medium but WAY to unforgiving on hardcore. on medium you're pretty much unstoppable except few spots, but on hardcore some levels are so EXTREMELY annoying and unforgiving, you'll be sent to the retry screen so fast, you'll think that the game has crashed and got stuck on the same screen. movement speed is something of the worst I have ever expirienced! you movement speed is comparable to a turtle and you sprint makes no sense at all, since it's completely random... sometimes when you see Slenderman, your character will run like a Nascar vehicle on a rampage, but sometimes you really start to wonder if a person you play as, is suicidal since her run speed is so pathetic, a toddler would crawl past her while he was asleep...
doesn't help that the game is so friggin dark 90% of the time, which lead to...

4. game is so friggin dark... I know it's supposed to be dark and spooky game which is the point, but I mean really, you are blind as a bat without you flashlight. even with brightness turned on max you won't see crap and it is really frustrating, especially on hardcore, because you flashlight have limited battery. got 7 out of 8 pages but you flashlight depleted the battery? might as well restart, you won't be seeing anything anyways.

5. graphics are pretty terrible even for a indie game. I mean, most of the game is dark, so you won't be seeing much anyways, but seriously graphics and textures looks old, muddy and dated. water, tree and grass will probably make a senior pc enthusiast cry

6. game have been out for a year now, and it ran pretty terribly back then. it has now been 1 year and 3 days and it still performs terrible even after patches... it's not as bad as before, but on some spots, this game really lives up to it's predecessor, the Eight Pages since your top notch gaming beast machine will cry and sweat proficiently to push out 8 FPS out of this game

7. gameplay is pretty repetetive as well. when you're not running away from Slenderman you're basically looking for exit or something to advance you forward. it's hardly a problem though since game is so amazingly short...

8. Slender is alarmingly short. I mean REALLY, REALLY short. there is an achivement for completing it in 45 min, but you can easily ace through it in no more than 30 min with some practice.


all in all, Slender: the Arrival is hit & miss. while some people will enjoy it, for me, it got boring really, really quickly. I was hoping for a really scary game with rich lore and lot's of exploration, but what I basically got was a boring, short, walking simulator with a lot of jump scares, bad graphics, non existent story which was way to easy on normal and way to frustrating and rage indusing on hardcore.
just save your money for a big sale, or spend your cash on something better instead.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Highly reccomend this game 9/10
  • This game gives you a hell of a scare
  • The Environment can be both beautiful but also terrifying
  • Best looking horror game ive played in a long time maybe ever
  • Wont get bored because the achivements will give you a challenge
    Really suggest the people who left for performance to come back to this game:
    Before performance update: I couldent play on the lowest settings 1280x720
    After Performance update:I could play on max setttings 1920x1080
    I dont know how the devs did this but thank you for finally fixing these problems :)

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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Good to see the game is fully optimized in the 2.0 update. This is a great follow up to the 8 pages with updated graphics and atmosphere. Initially the game seemed to aim at a more photorealistic approach but with bugs and poor optimization. Along followed updates to the game with better optimization but with sacrifices to the games photorealism and effects. Hopefully another follow-up to the game will hit that mark of photorealism. Overall the game is still great and the developers deserve recognition for putting the effort into keeping the game updated and fully supported for optimization on 3 platforms now (not many small development teams do this).
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
The atmosphere of this game suck you in so much that even slight static on the screen makes you jump.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
Its alright, just kinda long to get into. 7/10
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
umm when i try to download the game in my libary it says it does but it doesnt download anything it had a empty folder and doesnt even start up what do i do???
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
im making a lets play of this because the game has been updated alot and i have not played it so let the scares begine! well im finished with my gameplay and the game is so good at its story! not lagy at all and it is creepy as ♥♥♥♥! so ill give it a 10/10 slendys!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
I cant play this game i will die if i play this!!!
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