Five Nights at Freddys Game Review for Android & iOS

Five Nights at Freddys

Five Nights at Freddy's Proves that Jump Scares are Not Cheap

It is not easy to make a truly scary and creepy game, and that is why games like Five Nights at Freddy's (and its sequels) deserve plenty of attention and praise. Players are put through a rollercoaster ride of fear: ranging from getting creeped out, to feeling paranoid, to outright desperation as you find yourself slowly running low on electricity as the robots of Freddy Fazbear's Pizza close in on you. Will daylight come fast enough? This is a game that manages to balance having a good story, clever gameplay, and of course, well-made scares.

What is Five Nights at Freddy's?

This indie game is a genre-pushing horror title that mixes elements of point and click games with puzzle/resource management, and all of it clad in the look and feel of classic survival horror stapples. So in a nutshell, this is something new. In this game, players take on the role of Mike Schmidt, a newly hired security guard for Freddy Fazbear's Pizza who will be working the night shift that spans from 12 midnight to 6 a.m.

During your (Mike's) shift, the player will not be able to leave the security room. From there, they can view different feeds from cameras. Players can also close one of the two doors leading into the security room. Every action the player makes will consume electricity - which is a limited resource that must not be completely used up. The challenge of the game comes from the fact that at nighttime, the animatronic robot mascots of the Pizza place starts moving about and will automatically 'attack' any human being it sees. Players will have to use the camera feeds to keep track of the 4 automated costumed robots.

The goal of the game is for players to survive 6 consecutive night shifts - with each shift becoming progressively harder than the last (the first 5 nights are part of the main story - hence the title, while a bonus 6th night is considered an extra stage). There is also a 7th night which has extra missions. Continue Reading

Release Date: 27/08/2014

Available on: iOS, Android

App Store Rating: 4.6/5

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Even the Waiting is Scary

The game does not beat around the bush in informing you that you are alone in that security room and roaming throughout the facility are 4 exquisitely dangerous robots clad in fast-food mascot costumes that will kill you if they see you. Add in the distinctively (and obligatory) shady backstory which involves an event back in 1987 which involves automaton mascots with a program that makes them 'forcefully stuff' human beings inside a costume (which results in death), and missing children, and you have the ultimate recipe for paranoia.

The gameplay mechanics also leaves you isolated to ridiculous degrees - first off, the 'security room' is anything but secure. There are two entryways and both are not monitored. Closing the doors will only prevent certain animatronics from attacking. Simply put, unless you can juggle and learn how to prioritize which actions to take, you can quickly find yourself running out of much needed electricity.

Putting two and two together - being surrounded by danger, having limited resources to protect yourself with, and worst of all, the creepy camera feeds that help you monitor the threat makes Five Nights an incredibly chilling game to play. It does not help that all of the animatronics look incredibly creepy with their hollow and lifeless looks. Being actively aware of the threat and waiting for them to appear onscreen is the very definition of scary.

An Active Community

One of our favorite things about Five Nights is the fact that the fan community behind it is unbelievably active. And these are not just your ordinary fans either, FNF's fanbase tends to be curious thinkers who go through the game's various content and resources in an effort to fully uncover the storyline and all the little details that most folks would miss during the playthroughs. As a result, there is a rich amount of literature available online discussing the various theories and speculations about the story in the game.

The Verdict: New and Legitimately Scary

There are a ton of horror games out there, but few have the distinct level of fear-inducing moments that FNF does. Every night shift is supposed to run for just 6 in-game hours, but the fact is that you are only playing each shift for much less than 10 minutes and yet every single moment feels protractedly long. First time players should certainly be expected to see the creeptastic game over screen often, and even that is not enough to desensitize most fans from the scare-factor in the game. So there you have it, if you are a big fan of horror games and have been looking for a game that will literally send shivers up your spine: Five Nights at Freddy's is certainly the way to go.

Rating: 91/100


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Five Nights at Freddys is developed by Scott Cawthon.

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