Five Nights at Freddys 2 Game Review for Android & iOS

Five Nights at Freddys 2

Time for Another Hair Raising Shift at Five Nights at Freddy's 2

Five Nights at Freddy's 2 is a scary game. It may feel like some cheap, campy, indie-made title at first look, but everything about is just downright made to make you think that the everything in the game is going to kill you. Well, actually, that really is the case. Thanks to great storywriting and the clever use of various fright mechanics, the game will keep you on your toes and at the edge of your seat from beginning to end. And that is just the way we want to have our horror games, right?

What is Five Nights at Freddy's 2?

This PC and mobile game is a logic puzzle and reflex game rolled into one - you have to manage an entire facility at night from within a single security room and make use of electric door controls, surveillance cameras, and a handy flashlight in order to keep several murderously dangerous animatronics from killing you. We will get to the confusing why's about it later, but for now, the simple matter of how is this: you have to observe and learn about their various behaviors and movement patterns in order to survive a single night shift, and to finish the game you will have to complete 7 nights all in all.

Animatronic Murder Mascots

The premise of the game is simple: players take on the role of Scott Fitzgerald, a night-shift security guard for Freedy Fazbear's Pizza. In the original game, the pizzeria was in dire straits and had some financial issues. This sequel takes place in the days where the place was doing much better (though without a doubt, this is also where things start taking a slow but certain turn for the worst).

The big problem comes in the form of the pizzeria's animatronic mascots. They seem to be behaving erratically when it comes to dealing with adults. While children seem to be safe around them, many people find the animatronics scary and creepy. Their programming also seems to be broken as well. At night time, they will consider all humans as non-organic exoskeletons that should be placed inside a spare animatronic body - a forceful stuffing process that would certainly kill a human being. Oh, and they are allowed to roam freely at night - which means that you will be doing the night shift while trying to keep several insta-kill animatronics away from the security room where you are in. Continue Reading

Release Date: 13/11/2014

Available on: iOS, Android

App Store Rating: 4.6/5

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Clever Gameplay

The original game had you managing a limited amount of electricity in order to properly keep track of the movements of the animatronics. This time, you can do anything you want without worrying about the allocated energy. The only thing that can run out of juice this time are the flashlight batteries - which you will need to view the dark unlit hallways.

The game is very busy and will keep you on your toes from the beginning of the shift till the sun rises. While this takes place in real time under a span of just a few minutes, you can expect that the wailing will be long and dreadful. Just knowing that those things are out there makes it hard to even relax just one moment in the game.

Aside from the flashlight, the game also provides you with a spare mascot mask that you can wear to fend off some of the animatronics. Be careful though, not all of them will be fooled by this so do keep a constant eye on the camera feeds.

Good Game Design

Building his own mechanics (no other game plays like FNF) is one thing. But developer Scott Cawthon's impressive approach to the creation of both the game's characters and the world they live gives it a very unique and special touch. From the bad and grainy film of the feeds, to the way that the animatronics have a sinister and menacing appearance - it all works hand in hand with the game's pace, atmosphere, and even in its haunting music.

Add in the little snippets of narrative detail that come in the form of news clippings, audio content, and additional flavor text and you have got a horror game that is not only genuinely scary, but also hard to put down.

The Verdict: You Should Not Miss This

While an in-game night shift lasts for hours, it will only run for about 8 minutes in the game - relatively fast. Even with reading all the text content and finishing the extra seventh shift, the game can be finished in a single (yet highly disturbing) sitting. And it feels good that way since FNF can be a pretty intense experience. The fact that you spend the entirety of the game simply avoiding death makes this game feel vastly different that other survival horror titles. Also, there are no ways to fight against the animatronics, and all your actions are designed to keep them away from the room - making this game even creepier than anything else.

Rating: 87/100

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Five Nights at Freddys 2 is developed by Scott Cawthon.

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