Five Nights at Freddy's

Five Nights at Freddy's Demo 1.13

Get set for the five most terrifying nights of your life

A word of advice: never get a job as a night watchman. If you must, then make sure it's not at a fast food joint that houses a decommissioned animatronic animal pop group. As Five Nights at Freddy's proves, it's a career choice that will frighten the living daylights out of you. View full description

PROS

  • Gameplay that builds agonising suspense
  • Jump scares that will make you squeal
  • Chilling sound effects
  • Scary characters
  • Simple to play

CONS

  • You have little control over the action

Very good
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A word of advice: never get a job as a night watchman. If you must, then make sure it's not at a fast food joint that houses a decommissioned animatronic animal pop group. As Five Nights at Freddy's proves, it's a career choice that will frighten the living daylights out of you.

Teddy bears picnic - on flesh

When you start the game, you'll get very little information or instructions, other than a haunting recorded message from an ex-employee of Freddy's about the dangers of the job.

You sit in your office monitoring 11 security cameras that are trained on various parts of the restaurant. You need to watch out for signs of movement from any of the four animatronic characters that are apparently turned off at first. If you spot one of the eerie looking critters moving about you might want to turn one of the office lights on to check if they are on their way to munch your eyes out. If one is at the door, then press the button to slam it shut as soon as you can.

Checking cameras, turning on lights, and closing doors all drains electrical power, of which you only have a finite amount. You start the night at 12AM and must make it through to 6AM without draining the power beyond zero percent - or allowing one of the costumed creatures into the office. Each night lasts about eight to nine minutes in real time.

The first night of Five Nights at Freddy's seems easy enough, and you won't spot a lot of movement from the characters - although when you do it's very creepy to watch. As you work your way through the nights, Chica the Chicken, Bonnie the Bunny, Foxy the Pirate Fox, and the enigmatic Freddy Fazbear will become increasingly active. For some of the characters, you'll be able to work out patterns and rules for how they will act. However, Freddy - who is stored behind a curtain away from the rest - is a law unto himself and it's seemingly impossible to predict what he'll do.

Don't be scared of the dark

The trick to succeeding in Five Nights in Freddy's is not to keep turning on lights and cameras, and slamming doors shut out of fear. A lot of the time you'll need to just sit tight to conserve power, which adds to the fear factor, since you feel vulnerable to attack.

The controls are very simple. You can look left or right from your chair by clicking either side of the screen, and activate hall lights and doors using the appropriate switches. The CCTV cameras can be accessed by clicking the large button at the bottom of the screen.

Prepare to jump

The graphics in Five Nights at Freddy's are out of the ordinary yet stylish. The game combines pixelated DOS-like presentation with scary modeling of the four characters. Jump scares are excellently implemented. The way you'll know a character has made it into the office is when they suddenly pop up on the screen accompanied by a shrill shriek - cue you flying several inches out of your seat.

The sound effects in Five Nights at Freddy's help to heighten the game's edginess. From the hiss and the crackle on the cameras, to the ominous clip clop of footsteps, everything about the game's noises is designed to terrify.

Five nights of hell

Five Nights at Freddy's is one of the most terrifying games I've played of late, and if you're brave enough to try the game you're in for a tense, tummy-tingling treat. That said, if you like your horror games to have a lot of action, you're best off trying something like Dead Space or Left 4 Dead, where you can actually fight back!

Five Nights at Freddy's

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User reviews about Five Nights at Freddy's

  • killerxe

    by killerxe

    "The game is both terrifying and awesome!"

    The game is the most terrifying thing in the world and the most fun thing in the world! I'm 9 and now I draw them. Goo... More.

    reviewed on December 1, 2015

  • FizzyFire

    by FizzyFire

    "Best game I played in a long time."

    This was the best scary game I have played in a long time! It's scary, and has a backstory. I will never forget this gam... More.

    reviewed on November 5, 2015

  • "SADOW FREDDY"

    Golden Freddy Muppre Toy Bonne Chica Toy Foxy Margeg Fred Dead Satptarp . More.

    reviewed on August 2, 2015

  • skittenamberskitty

    by skittenamberskitty

    "Ten out of ten"

    I won the first night, encountered Golden Freddy, and then died because Chica glitched through the door. 10/10. More.

    reviewed on July 25, 2015

  • kenziebooth

    by kenziebooth

    "I loved,loved loved it."

    i love it all three of these games are scary as hell and funny as hell i recommend if definitely i especially luv bonni... More.

    reviewed on June 11, 2015

  • vytuksinai

    by vytuksinai

    "good"

    its not eaven scary because to me they are funny and pretty why all need to be afraid of of little animatronics its only... More.

    reviewed on June 4, 2015