Five Nights at Freddy’s is an independent, point-and-click (characters in the game are usually controlled through a point-and-click interface) video game designed by Scott Cawthon. The game comes under the genre of Survival horror. It is available for Microsoft Windows, Android and iOS platforms. It was first released on August 8, 2014, for Microsoft Windows, on August 27, 2014, for Android and on September 11, 2014, for iOS. It has been also released via Steam.
Five Nights at Freddy’s comes with a single-player mode, features a fictional pizza restaurant, “Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza”. The player needs to step into the shoes of a security guard and defend himself from the malfunctioned robotic animal characters by keeping an eye on their movement using the security cameras.
The player in the game needs to survive his/her shift that lasts from midnight to 6 in the morning. It covers an approximate of 8 minutes and 36 seconds of real time for web versions and 4 minutes and 30 seconds for tabs and mobile editions. The player has to survive the attacks of the animatronic animal characters that roam around, during the shift. The player sits in the office and is not allowed to move. The only resort is the network of security cameras to track the activities of the robots. Out of the five characters, four have different movement patterns. The fifth one, “Golden Freddy” appears sometimes when specific steps are taken. The movement of the characters usually takes place off-screen.
To make the game more challenging, the camera feeds are kept distorted and dimly lit while one of the rooms only has an audio feed. On the other hand, certain areas of the building are not covered by the cameras like the two hallways to the right and the left side of the player. Though the player is not allowed to leave the guardroom, he can defend himself by turning on the lights in the hallways for better vigilance and closing the adjacent doors. The player is allotted with a certain amount of electrical power which starts exhausting when he uses these defensive tools. Total loss of electrical power may cause a power off thereby making the cameras inoperable. In addition, the lights go out, the doors open making the player left with no defensive tool against the animatronic attacks. Once all these things happen, music will play and everything goes black. If the player cannot survive till 6 AM, the player is jumpscared (surprising the audience with a sudden change with loud scary sound) by Freddy and eventually loses the game.
The five nights comprises of five levels in the game with increasing difficulty. The player can unlock the 6th level by completing the five nights at Freddy’s. Completing the 6th night level unlocks a “Custom Night” level where the player can adjust the difficulty level of the characters.