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Five Nights at Freddy's (Series) Review

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Posted: 3 months ago, last updated 5 days ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and @gweronimo.

OverviewOverview

Five Nights at Freddy's (FNaF) is a series of puzzle horror games with jump scares rather than blood and gore. You play the night-guard at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza and have to survive the night while in your office, checking the cameras and closing the doors, or make repairs, all while being hunted by killer robot animatronics.

The games have a quirky sense of humour, which can help reduce the suspense. While the premise may sound goofy, beneath the surface is a mystery involving kidnappings, child-murders and revenge. As Nadia Oxford writes, it's "a twisted tale that not only involves murder and deceit, but also a broken family that tries to project itself as normal with depressingly limited success".

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.

DetailsGame Details

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 23/07/2014, updated in 2019

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibilty: 2 features

Developer: @SteelWoolStudio

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: It takes between 2 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round of this game. Unlike the older FNaF games, Help Wanted has mini-games where your reactions dictate how long the rounds take, with some lasting only a few minutes, while others may take much longer. In the original game, a night lasts almost 9 minutes, which was shortened to 4 and a half minutes. As the nights get harder, you will find yourself having to spend more and more attempts practicing, resulting in play sessions of over an hour.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Five Nights at Freddy's usually costs £6.29 to £28.99.
 

Five Nights At Freddy's 2

Xbox One £6.69
PS4 £6.49
Switch £6.29

Five Nights At Freddy's 3

Xbox One £6.69
PS4 £6.49
Switch £6.29

Five Nights At Freddy's 4

Xbox One £6.69
PS4 £6.49
Switch £6.29

Five Nights At Freddy's: Help Wanted

Xbox One £24.99
PS4 £24.99
Switch £26.99

Five Nights At Freddy's: Help Wanted: Bundle

PS4 £28.99

Five Nights At Freddy's: Original Series

Xbox One £26.24

Five Nights At Freddy's: Sister Location

Xbox One £6.69
PS4 £6.49
Switch £6.29

Five Nights at Freddy's

Xbox One £6.69
PS4 £6.49
Switch £6.29

Five Nights at Freddy's 1-4

 
This game is free to play. Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. Help Wanted has an £8.99/$9.99 halloween-themed content called "The Curse of Dreadbear", which adds new levels and mini-games to play through. No other games in the FNaF main series have in-game purchases.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

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.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Five Nights at Freddy's Accessibilty Review details 2 accessibility features:

Reading

Reading Level: Simple Minimal Reading
Voiced: All Dialogue is Voiced

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