Five Nights at Freddy's (Series) Review
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The games also have a quirky sense of humour, which can help reduce the suspense. While the premise may sound goofy, beneath the surface is an intriguing mystery involving kidnappings, murders and revenge. This narrative, combined with the unique point and click gameplay, has made the franchise the success it is, with many communities on the internet devoted to solving its intertwining and complex story that now also spans books and, soon, a film.
The original FNaF game launched back in 2014 and since there have been many more:
- Five Nights at Freddy's (August 2014) PC, Android, iOS, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
- Five Nights at Freddy's 2 (November 2014) PC, Android, iOS, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
- Five Nights at Freddy's 3 (March 2015) PC, Android, iOS, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
- Five Nights at Freddy's 4 (July 2015) PC, Android, iOS, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
- Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location (October 2016) PC, Android, iOS, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
- Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator (December 2017) PC, Android, iOS, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
- Ultimate Custom Night (June 2018) PC, Android, iOS, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
- Five Nights at Freddy's: Help Wanted (May 2019) PC, Android, iOS, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
- Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach (2021) PS4, PS5 and PC
There have also been several spin off games:
- FNaF World (January 2016) PC
- Five Nights at Freddy's AR: Special Delivery (November 2019) iOS, Android
- Freddy in Space 2 (December 2019) PC
In Five Nights at Freddy's Help Wanted, which is designed for VR but can be played without, you can play through all the best bits from the previous games, as well as some new mini-games, such as repairing vents and escaping from the pizzeria.
Players: This is a single player game.
Rated PEGI 12 for Horror. The game is designed to imbue feelings of constant threat and dread accompanied by frequent jump scares, this is all underpinned by a childish disembodied voice which provides audio input using phrases such as "let’s see how many pieces I can cut you into". Eerie sound effects and footsteps can be heard making their way towards the player. The animatronic creatures which stalk you have disturbing designs meant to intimidate. These are made more pronounced by the darkness and dim lighting and their sudden appearance when the creatures lunge at the player. The characters primarily move locations when they are not being looked at and can only be tracked using the CCTV cameras. However, if the player starts to hallucinate, they will begin to see the animatronics walking through the map towards the them. If the player fails to stop the oncoming animatronics, then they will be caught by one of them. In this situation a loud jump scare where the creatures lunge at the player is triggered. The screen then cuts to black and the player is returned to the main menu.
Rated ESRB TEEN for Fantasy Violence. This is a puzzle/horror game in which players assume the role of a repair person tasked with monitoring/repairing animatronic characters at a pizzeria. From a first-person perspective, players explore dark hallways, complete puzzles, and try to avoid menacing, malfunctioning animatronic figures. The game contains frequent screams/shrieks and jump scares, with characters' heads rushing up the camera to attack players. Some text/dialogue add to the dark tone and horror elements (e.g., "...Please try to move away from populated areas before bleeding out...”; "...If you die, they hide your body and never tell anyone"; "You will die."). A handful of mini-games depict small, pixelated pools of blood.
How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.
Simple Minimal Reading: Minimal reading is required.
All Dialogue is Voiced: All of the game dialogue and narrative can be voiced.
Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this. Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). PlayStation 5 has a range of system-wide accessibility settings. Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more about system accessibility settings.
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