Five Nights at Freddy’s – Indie Horror Game ReviewAugust 20, 2014
Five Nights at Freddy’s is an indie horror game created by Scott Cawthon and released on Steam on August 18, 2014 for the Windows gaming platform. Even though this title is the creator’s first game in the point-and-click horror genre, it is one of the scariest indie horror games in recent years, even giving games like Amnesia a run for its money. The game premise is simple, you are a security guard of a Chucky Cheese like pizza parlor named Fazbear’s Pizza. You watch the parlor from 12AM to 6AM, making sure the pizza parlor’s animatronics don’t find you, and brutally murder you.
You might think, “Oh, that’s easy, I’ll just hide in an area where they can’t reach me, and stay there each night.” That’s a good idea, but you can’t move; you stay in one spot all night, watching the multiple cameras for the free roaming animatronic robots. You need the check the cameras often, because the animatronic characters move from room-to-room quickly, especially the animatronic “Foxy” who will sprint very quickly to your room, and scare the living crap out of you. You can block the animatronics from entering your room and killing you when they appear at the entrance, by closing the doors. However, closing the doors uses up power quickly, and once your power goes out, there is nothing preventing the animatronics from entering the room, and killing you.
In the beginning of each night, you get a phone call from the previous security guard, who shares information about the animatronics, and each night, his phone calls get worse and worse until the last two nights, where the phone calls are almost impossible to understand. After you finish the five nights, you unlock a six night, which is very hard to beat. If you do somehow manage to finish the sixth night, you get a seventh night. The seventh night allows you to edit the difficulty of the animatronics, with special endings if you have the numbers in a certain order.
The game manages to seem not scary, but when you sit down to play it, it gives you surprisingly good scares, and an amazing atmosphere. The game is worth the $4.99 it costs. If you’re a fan of horror games, this is a must have.
– Lucas Marques, Staff Writer, Phoenix Genesis
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