Five Nights at Freddy’s is the first installment in the series of point and click survival horror games. It was designed and created by Scott Cawthon and it was released on July 24, 2014. Five Nights at Freddy’s is a single-player experience and the main goal for the player is to survive the five nights in a restaurant full of deadly animatronics, who want the player dead.
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Five Nights at Freddy’s – the Story
The player plays as a night guard who is employed in the revolutionary pizzeria for children – Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. During the pizzeria a dream place for the kids, full of tasty food and cool animated interactive toys – animatronics who look like cute plush toys.
But this idyllic picture is only an illusion. In the night everything changes and everyone who stays in the pizzeria after dark is in a grave danger. The animatronics are not switched off and they can freely roam the whole place. The problem is that any living creature they encounter they treat as an endoskeleton which needs to be promptly put inside an empty animatronic shell. This, in the case of humans, results in a major mutilation or death.
During the first night, we receive a phone call where the dark story of the pizzeria (and the animatronics) is revealed to us. We also learn about the game’s control system. Our hero is in an office and the only allowed movement is looking to the sides. At our disposal, there are also the screens which show the picture from the security cameras that are installed in each room of the pizzeria.
Five Nights at Freddy’s – the Game Mechanics
The only weapon we have to combat the animatronics is… to close a door. But this defense is not so simple as it sounds. Each closing of a door, each turning the light on, and each usage of the control monitor consumes precious energy which is in low supply and runs out quickly. If we use it up carelessly we become totally defenseless. This means that if we run out of the energy our fate is sealed and in a few seconds almost for sure we will be declared dead.
Thanks to the map and the camera we can watch the movement of the animatronics. Thus we can determine whether they are close to our office. Then we need to close the door to avoid the danger.
The band of the animatronics contains the following four characters:
- Freddy Fazbear, the animatronic bear after whom the owner named the pizzeria
- Chica the Chicken, the chicken animatronic wearing a bib with the unnerving words Let’s eat written in big yellow letters with a bloody border around them
- Bonnie the Bunny, an animatronic rabbit
- Foxy the Fox, the animatronic fox who lives in the room called Pirate Cover
Five Nights at Freddy’s can evoke the feelings of claustrophobia and helplessness and can be a truly terrifying horror experience. Can you survive the five nights in Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza?