Five Nights at Freddy’s (FNaF) is a point-and-click horror video game set in a Chuck E. Cheese-type restaurant. The player takes on the role of a new night security guard at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. Your mission is to keep a watchful eye on the pizza shop’s animatronic characters, who at night transform from lovable musicians into demented robot killers. Should they find you first, you’re a goner. Every move you make drains your energy reserves. If you try to run, the room goes black and you’re completely defenseless.
The game is currently available on:
- Microsoft Windows
- PlayStation 4
- PlayStation 5
- Xbox One
- Xbox Series X/S
- Nintendo Switch
Five Nights at Freddy’s Popularity, Explained
First launched in 2014, FNaF quickly became a hit and gained a cult following thanks to its super-scary atmosphere and ease of gameplay. The game has spawned multiple video game sequels and a series of novels — even a movie has been rumored to be in production. When fans aren’t playing the game or reading the novels, they take to Reddit, YouTube, or Discord to discuss gameplay, fan theories, and more. Hardcore fans love the world of Five Nights at Freddy’s so much they even write fan fiction about it on sites like Wattpad!
Is Five Nights at Freddy’s Really That Scary?
In a word: yes. The game builds incredible tension and relies on edge-of-your-seat jump scares to spook players. And while there’s no blood or gore, it features a slew of creepy animatronic characters whose appearances and demeanors are enough to make your skin crawl. The game is too intense for younger children, particularly given its sensations of being trapped and defenseless. If your child is easily spooked by lifelike dolls, they may want to steer clear of this title. Even teens should know what they’re getting into before playing Five Nights at Freddy’s.
Keeping Kids Safe on Five Nights at Freddy’s
Five Nights at Freddy’s is rated PG-13 for disturbing/violent content, some language, and horror. Though parents can block access to titles of a certain rating on their children’s devices, the game itself does not have any in-game parental controls or limiters. There is no chat functionality.