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‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’ review

The starting screen
The starting screen
Scott Cawthon

Five Nights at Freddy’s” is an indie horror game released on July 24, 2014 for $4.99 - though it’s 50% off as of August 13. Horror games can be a little tricky for developers to get just right. You want to scare your audience in unique ways without relying on jump scares to get the adrenaline pumping. But you also don’t want to create a game where the main character feels empowered and blows through the enemies at every turn thanks to weapons.

“Five Nights at Freddy’s” has solved the issue by creating a game that is truly unique and keeps you at the edge of your seat with worry. During the day family’s come to Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza for entertainment and food, but at night the animatronic robots that sing for the guests take on a more sinister behavior. They roam the halls freely and if they see you, they won’t realize you’re a person; instead they’ll think you’re a robot without his suit on, and try to forcibly stuff you into a Freddy Fazbear robot.

And when I say this keeps you at the edge of your seat, I mean you and the character. You are a brand new security guard at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza and you can‘t leave your chair. You have a handheld system for monitoring the security cameras. If the robots get too close to your office you have can close the security room doors. But remember, you have a limited amount of electricity to last the whole night.

Don’t waste the limited resources those pesky budget cuts have left you with and keep an eye on those animatronics.

The only way the eery atmosphere of this game could be more intense is if you used an Oculus Rift; the game is compatible with it. Due to the security guard being totally stationary in the security room other than being able to move his head back and forth, the Oculus Rift would likely intensified that feeling of foreboding each night as the game progressed.

If any of this sounds appealing to you, try out the free demo on Amazon.

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