Available on PC via Steam and Desura and on Android devices on the Google Play Store.
Indie games have really taken the spotlight in video games recently, there seems to be almost as much talk on these as there is talk on big games. But, one game in particular which is definitely getting a lot of attention is Five Nights At Freddy’s. The game is a point-and-click survival horror which involves a quick eye and a quick finger to survive. Released via Desura and Steam in August, the game puts you in the place of a Night Watch Man at the fictional Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza (similar to the US’s Chuck E. Cheese franchise) restaurant. The game focuses on the five nights in which you are in charge of security between the hours of 12am and 6am and all you have to survive the night is watch a few animatronic characters wander around the restaurant and you get paid at the end of the week. Sound ok? Well…
That’s where the easy part ends. You then need to avoid the characters from getting you by watching a security camera, locking your doors if they are by your office and listen out for any particular noises which may alert you to their approach. Well, you are probably thinking “I can just keep the camera on them so they don’t move or maybe keep the doors locked for the whole night”. Well, you are wrong! You are only given a certain amount of power which runs down throughout the night and will decrease quicker when being used for doors, lights and the camera. Since your character is stationed in his room and you see through a first-person perspective, you can only look side to side and in your camera so you don’t get to move around and must be alert for when any of the characters come for you. If you survive your first night, you will go straight into the next night and this will continue until you complete the game. You learn throughout that the animatronics think of you as a character outside its costume and will forcibly stuff you in one which will kill you at the same time and that people had previously died, including the former security guard who dies during your time playing the game.
This game is well worth the cost. You will jump rather high out of your seat if you are caught, the simple nature makes it terrifying and the cuts in camera and the light flickers are what help the characters move, similar to the weeping angels from Doctor Who. The characters are said to be possessed and the AI is indeed very smart. The nights seem to last around 8 minutes each, at times you may have to watch out for up to 4 characters that will try and come for you. Your base can be quite unnerving and make you feel paranoid as you eagerly await 6am and for the round to be over. Later you do get a few extra levels and can be either a delight to play or just a “s**t your pants” experience. It is a lot of fun, it’s simple and is probably one of the most original games of 2014. See what you think. Many have described this as the scariest game in years…
Final Rating: 9.5/10
Written by Jonjo Cosgrove
Watch Youtuber Markiplier as he plays through the game in this hillarious video!