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  • Summary: Welcome to your new summer job at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, where kids and parents enter for entertainment and food as far as the eye can see. The main attraction is Freddy Fazbear, of course; and his couple offriends. They are animatronic robots, programmed to please the crowds. The robots'Welcome to your new summer job at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, where kids and parents enter for entertainment and food as far as the eye can see. The main attraction is Freddy Fazbear, of course; and his couple offriends. They are animatronic robots, programmed to please the crowds. The robots' behavior has become somewhat unpredictable at night however, and it was much cheaper to hire you as a security guard than to find a repairman. From your small office you must watch the security cameras carefully. You have a very limited amount of electricity that you're allowed to use per night (corporate budget cuts, you know). That means when you run out of power for the night- no more security doors and no more lights! If something isn't right- namely if Freddybear or his friends aren't in their proper places, you must find them on the monitors and protect yourself if needed. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Aug 27, 2014
    90
    Five Nights at Freddy's is horror done right. No slasher techniques, no gore necessary.
  2. Aug 29, 2014
    90
    Entertaining, engaging and enveloping; once Five Nights at Freddy’s clasps its paws around you, it will be hard to let go.
  3. Aug 25, 2014
    80
    A simple design that's devilishly clever at messing with you.
  4. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Oct 13, 2014
    80
    No nightmare can match the sheer terror of looking into the eyes of a plush monster that has come to tear you apart. A new kind of horror is in town. [Issue#245]
  5. Oct 4, 2014
    70
    Five Nights at Freddy's, even without both the third dimension and high production values in general, is really scary. It is a little horror game which will scare you with both its original idea and its implementation, proving there may be always a new approach in any genre.
  6. Sep 17, 2014
    63
    Nice concept but the sense of horror goes away really quickly. Action is presented in a repetitive way and the resource management doesn't work as well as it could have. Nonetheless the player will still have a few scares.
  7. Oct 21, 2014
    60
    Five Nights at Freddy’s presents an interesting concept to the player, and tries a different approach to the genre other than the usual asylum, graveyard and ghost town. Even the gameplay has something to say, but after the first minutes, once understood the mechanism, is hard to find a real interest in continuing playing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 148
  2. Negative: 42 out of 148
  1. Sep 20, 2014
    10
    Its a Awesome horror game for some after a while but it may get boring but i loved it my heart was pumping it was AWESOME one thing that wasIts a Awesome horror game for some after a while but it may get boring but i loved it my heart was pumping it was AWESOME one thing that was annoying you start to know when you get jump scared but i loved it i think anyone who likes horror or NIGHTMARE games then this is the game for you Expand
  2. Sep 27, 2014
    10
    It's been since the original Amnesia game came out I had a good scare, this changed because of this game. Finally a game that's easy toIt's been since the original Amnesia game came out I had a good scare, this changed because of this game. Finally a game that's easy to understand, has a funny story, some jokes around and tons of jumpscares. Expand
  3. Aug 14, 2014
    10
    I've play a ton of horror games and most of the time, they resort to cheap jump-scares and having a bad atmosphere. But when I saw this game,I've play a ton of horror games and most of the time, they resort to cheap jump-scares and having a bad atmosphere. But when I saw this game, I was stunned. Unlike most horror games, you are fixed in a tiny office, looking through cameras to see where the animatronic robots are. What's makes this even more creepy is that the story takes place in a kids pizza parlor where animatronic robots are based on character's from the pizza parlor. This game will scare you and leave you scared for the rest of the night. In short. BUY THIS GAME! Expand
  4. Sep 8, 2014
    7
    Great simplistic horror game. We have seen games like Amnesia scare people with it's constant creepy atmosphere, chase sequences, andGreat simplistic horror game. We have seen games like Amnesia scare people with it's constant creepy atmosphere, chase sequences, and horrifying visuals. This game however does its best to scare you in a very minimalistic fashion. barely any animations, movement, basic narrative t and simple mouse point-and-click control.

    For a normal novice horror player, this game will feature a very spooky atmosphere and quite a few legit scares. And some management puzzles as well! But I have to say this as a seasoned horror game veteran, this game is not as scary for me. The chilly ambient atmosphere that the game creates is quite good, but the horror itself relies way too heavily on jumpscares, and for me that is just annoying. The power management puzzle is pretty neat though, a nice new spin on the horror genre as surviving the nights is completely up to your use of energy. Also I'm not the one to ask questions about logic in video games, but electricity powered doors which close if you run out of electricity. Really? Couldn't come up with something that makes a bit more sense? Oh well, that's just nitpicking.

    On the technical side, the version 1.0 that I played is just a joke. No basic audio settings, can't change resolution, brightness, gamma. Nothing. It was just frustrating in that regard.

    In general, the game would be pretty scary for a casual horror novice, but for me personally it wasn't all that scary, and quite annoying at times.
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  5. Oct 29, 2016
    6
    I don't know whether to recommend or not recommend this game (well if I already posted this then I guess you already know, but at the time I'mI don't know whether to recommend or not recommend this game (well if I already posted this then I guess you already know, but at the time I'm making the review I haven't decided yet). The thing is that FNAF (Five Nights At Freddy's) is a game that exploded because of youtube, nothing more and nothing less. I have to confess that I WAS a FNAF fan because of the deep story, but when you put that aside and judge the game for what it is...then we have a problem.

    STORY: 2CRAZY2EXPLAIN...Ok no. FNAF's lore is way too convoluted to explain, but the basic jazz is that you're a security guard in a pizzeria that has killer robots...yeah, not the best place to be in. You have to survive 5...6...or 7 nights and at the end you'll get a paycheck...or a goodbye message that means you're fired...THANK GOD.

    PRESENTATION: Since this is an indie game we can't expect much from the graphics, but FNAF does a decent job in terms of looks. You're office is basically a stretched out 2D image that looks like a cylinder when viewed up close, this is not the best option when you want you're game to be frightening, however when you're playing you barely notice. The sounds are typical horror game cliches like footsteps, weird noises, ect, but we do get to hear the animatronics everyone in a while. The game does a perfect job with the atmosphere, I can say that much, however it doesn't do as good of a job when trying to maintain it, since all of the tension goes away when you find out that all the animatronics do is just scream at you and that's it, and that only happened to me once in my entire playthrough. You know you didn't do a good job in terms of horror when someone like me (who gets scared even by Minecraft) finds the game more repetitive than scary and speaking of...

    GAMEPLAY: In terms of how you play...it's very lackluster. You use the mouse for all of you're actions, to look at the cameras, to shut doors, to use the lights, etc, which is not necessarily a bad thing, I mean, plenty of horror games have even less control and they still manage to be good, but FNAF exploitable AI throws that possibility out the window. There are 4 animatronics to face (5 if you counts Golden Freddy, however that's completely random), Bonnie, Chica, Foxy and Freddy. All of them do specific...explodable things that make the game very easy when you know how to use them, you wanna know how? HERE'S MY GUIDE!

    Bonnie always shows up on the left, so all you have to do is turn the lights on and off and shut the door when he is there, do some flash, flash, flash until he is gone then return to the pattern.

    Chica is the same as Bonnie, but she goes to the right so you'll have to do the process with that in mind.

    Foxy will never leave his place if you look at him even for a split second, so all you have to do is maintain the camera on him and switch it on and off while you're also turning the lights on and off.

    Freddy is the most troublesome when he leaves the stage, since he can attack you at any time...but you can avoid this by simply checking on him just as you do with Foxy and he'll never leave his place.

    With this in mind, to beat the first 6 nights all you have to do is: Check the light in a pattern of Right, left, right, then check the camera and go to Foxy's, then go to Freddy's, the to Foxy's again, then pull off the camera, left right, left, camera, left right, left right, OU! There's an animatronic, shut the door, camera, left right, left right, is it still there? keep the door shut, camera, left, right, left, he's not there? open the door, left, right, left, camera. Rince and repeat and there you go you've beaten the game in only 1.1 hours like I did. The only night where this doesn't apply on is the 7th night, but I'm not gonna go over that because...holy cheese is that madness.

    Though keep in mind that everything you do in the game will drain power, so you have to do this pattern very very quickly. You have a total of 100% power and depending on what you do it will go down faster or slower. Just keep that power until 6am and booya! you win...that's it.

    Overall I honestly can't recommend this game. It is very easy when you know what to do and it's not very replayable. I got my copy with 50% off and honestly I believe you should too. It's not really worth it even at the price it currently is...however for Halloween this can be a fun distraction.

    I'll give it a 6/10
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  6. Jun 15, 2015
    4
    [Please read the full review before immediately disliking this because you disagree with the rating, this is my opinion; you can have yours[Please read the full review before immediately disliking this because you disagree with the rating, this is my opinion; you can have yours while I can have mine]

    While the idea behind it is clever and well put-together, FNF fails to deliver in many fields. First of all, if you don't like jumpscares and want a lasting scare that messes with your head, look elsewhere. In fact, look on the other side of the world, as far away from FNF you can get, because jumpscares is what FNF is entirely based around. I realize there is a lot of love for this game and this will probably get disliked to hell, but this is my opinion of the game, and I've played through over 100 games, and I've tried hundreds more, and the horror genre is my all-time favorite for movies, games, books, anything. So take it from me when I say this is not a horror game you want to play if you enjoy the genre.

    You sit in a small room the entire game (not even a 3D one, it's just a panorama), and the only scare that are offered are inevitability and jumpscares. The main scare you'll experience is something popping up with a scary sound. If you think that's horror, then by all means go ahead and play FNF. If you think that's a bad way to get some cheap, short-lasting scares (like me), then stay away from FNF.

    The graphics are decent, but look very aged. Graphics aren't that much of a problem for me though so that's fine, the gameplay is what I have a problem with the most. It basically consists of you clicking buttons over and over again, spam clicking and then jumping out of your chair when a cheap jumpscare occurs. It's a clickfest, and you can't explore or do anything else. There is basically no animation as well, most things are just pictures copy and pasted into the game, there are like three occurrences where you actually experience animation, and it's poorly done.

    The difficulty is also unnecessarily hard, though very difficult games seem to captivate many people, so while they're not for me, I don't knock FNF for being difficult. The difficulty curve, however, is what I think could've been done much better. The first level is basically a piece of cake; an intro, and you'd think the second would be difficult but still playable. Well if you don't study patterns and practice the first level a good amount, you probably won't get past the second your first time around, or even your second or third. And once you do, the difficulty spikes so heavily after that that you probably won't get past the third before you get bored and throw the game back on the dusty shelf in the back of your closet.

    That's another problem, the game is difficult so a new player will have to restart a lot, but the game is just too dull and repetitive to play through again, even if you only have to repeat the last two levels. Maybe it's just me, but I'm baffled as to how this game was rated so high, especially by critics. Maybe because it thinks outside of the box, and I will definitely give it that; it's a good idea and it's very simple, and provides a lot of scares-albeit cheap ones. But aside from that it's very dull and the scares don't last, jumpscares just raise your heartbeat for a short time, and then you forget about it ten minutes later. Games that mess with your head and have you on edge for hours after it's done are what I look for, and if you consider yourself a fan of the horror genre as well, I would hope you also agree.

    All in all, Five Nights at Freddy's is a good idea, it's creepy, it has a constant inevitability and foreboding feel to it, it provides jumpscares, and that's about it. If you're looking for a low-budget flash game that makes you jump out of your chair but that's also very forgettable and dull, grab FNF. The price tag of $4.99 isn't too bad, though personally I would never buy it for that (I got it on sale just to try it because I was curious as to why everyone was talking about it). All of FNF's fans say it's an amazing game simply because they're favorite YouTube let's players played it. If you actually saw how much time these "fans" put into FNF, while many haven't even played it, most of them will have an hour or two, because it's just too dull to play more than that. I have multiple friends that worship this game simply because they saw someone make funny faces at it on YouTube, they say it's an amazing game yet I look on their Steam accounts and they've played less than an hour.

    Don't be fooled, this is a fad more than a game, and if you're looking for a quality horror experience do not waste money here. Get Amnesia, Penumbra, The Cat Lady, Outlast, Scratches, or even Anna, just to name a few better alternatives.
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  7. Apr 15, 2016
    0
    **** game!
    1.Community
    Most of them are children! When I go on YouTube and I enter in the search box and insert the word fnaf filters I see:
    **** game!
    1.Community
    Most of them are children! When I go on YouTube and I enter in the search box and insert the word fnaf filters I see: steal from normal fnaf arts community, fanfiction, to redraw
    2.Gameplay
    You guard who just stupidly sitting in one place, watching animatronics, and close the door! And it's all
    3.Graphics
    It has never been! It is simply render images! I will not be afraid of pictures
    4.Plot
    Would you say this is the story of the game Easter eggs? The guard worked for 5 nights and got the money this story? The man who killed the children and their souls go to costumes robots (Rave theory) is the story? Rave! It fafula
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    I'm still in shock as normal people to appreciate the game as well-researched game!
    0/10 Worst indie horror game ever
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