Five Nights at Freddy’s is the initial installment of the series that was created by Scott Cawthon. This is a horror adventure video game firstly published on Desura in August 2014. The game was introduced on Steam later too and it quickly captured the hearts of so many players for its addictive gameplay, true horrors, and wonderful features. Five Nights at Freddy’s (often abbreviated to FNaF or FNaF 1) was created with the engine called Clickteam Fusion 2.5. The game is now playable on several platforms, including Windows PC, Android, and iOS mobile devices.
The development of Five Nights at Freddy’s series
There is no denying that FNaF series is such a successful series of Scott Cawthon. The game won’t stop at the first chapter, it still continues releasing further installments with different storylines as well as more horror challenges to conquer, such as Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 released on November 11, 2014 via Steam, Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 introduced on Steam on March 2, 2015, Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 released on July 23, 2015 with a Halloween update introduced on October 30, 2015. Moving on, the series got longer when the fifth installment of the series came out with the title Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister location on October 7, 2016, together with a free update consisting of the Custom Night released on December 1, 2016.
Scott Cawthon continued treating his fans with a new “horror party” when he released the sixth installment of the series on December 4, 2017, with the title Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria Simulator and it’s a free-to-play game on Steam. An unrelated spin-off of the series, called Ultimate Custom Night, was also launched on Steam for free on June 27, 2018, giving the players further challenges to experience.
Besides all the games in the core series mentioned above, Scott Cawthon also introduced another spin-off RPG game called FNaF World on January 21, 201,6 on Steam prior to being taken down because of the negative receiving, and after that, he launched it once again on Game Jolt on February 8, 2016. FNaF World will give all players brand new feelings towards the cast of the animatronics. It doesn’t connect to the main series at all, however, it’s still considered as a small section of the franchise.
The live-action version of FNaF is in production and development at Blumhouse Pictures. Scott Cawthon hinted to his fans about the film adaptation through a post on his Twitter. He said that Blumhouse Productions will be associated with the production of the film, and until now, there has been no release date confirmed yet.
Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Silver Eyes is a horror novel written by Scott Cawthon and it was also published on Amazon on December 17, 2015. The plot of the novel is canon, according to what Scott confirmed, however, it’s set in a completely alternate universe, which is not the same as the series itself. The novel was translated into several languages, like Portuguese and Spanish, and they were also released. A 3-book series for the young adults was also written with the assistance of the Scholastic. The first one is the Silver Eyes, the second one is The Twisted Ones (published on June 27, 2017) and the third one is The Fourth Closet (published on June 26, 2018).
The Freddy Files is the initial guidebook for the series published on August 29, 2017. In this book, you can totally learn all the information, proof and details about all in-game elements, such as animatronic characters, locations, gameplay mechanics and so forth. You can see an animatronic Scrap Baby coming from Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria Simulator on the last page too. In addition, some common fan-theorizes are also added to the book.
Five Nights at Freddy’s: Survival Logbook is a nice logbook for the series. It was also already released on December 26, 2017.
In May 2016, Scott Cawthon announced that the original titles would be remade on consoles one day in the future. But, the consoles were cancelled on September 4, 2017, because he worried about the deal.
Five Nights at Freddy’s: Fright Dome is the first horror attraction located in Las Vegas. It was opened on September 30, 2016, for the Halloween season, and it operated during the entire month of October. According to Scott, this horror attraction wouldn’t be available in 2017 because of the management alterations.
Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Ride is a dark ride introduced by Sally Corporation based off of the main game series in November 23, 2016. However, there is no release date confirmed yet.
Back in 2015, some official merchandises of FNaF series were sold in some stores for both online and reality. You can go to the stores to purchase t-shorts, figures, plush toys, posters, etc. If you want to shop online, you can go to some stores like Toywiz, Sanshee, Amazon, etc. But if you want to buy them in reality, just visit several ships like Wal-Mart, Target and more.
The summary of FNaF 1
Five Nights at Freddy’s game is set in a fictional entertaining restaurant named Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. This is the place for joys, fun, and awesome performances delivered by the animatronic robots in the daytime, but when the night comes, this place is immersed in darkness, horrors and mysteries. You come here not for enjoying foods and other activities, but for working as a night watchman observing the entire restaurant from midnight to 6 AM for five nights.
The main focus of this restaurant is Freddy Fazbear, together with his friends, such as Chica, Bonnie and Foxy. They are all animatronic robots serving and please the crowds in the daytime. However, their actions are kind of unpredictable at night. They start roaming through the building in order to enter your working place. With a full camera system in your hands, you have to track their movements carefully and make sure they are unable to enter your office. The amount of electricity is so limited, you must use it wisely throughout the night. If the power is run out, the security doors and lights will stop working, which can put you in danger easily. The wrong things can happen easily, especially when the animatronics aren’t in their right places, you need to search for them on the monitors as well as keep yourself alive at all costs.
The gameplay of FNaF 1
You sit in an office with some security cameras around and many monitors to check. These cameras will show all corners throughout the restaurant, which is easy for you to watch over the animatronic robots. You can totally view the camera feeds, light hallways as well as shut the emergency doors on two sides, however, you don’t have much power to do those things as it’s very limited for each night, which is why you must utilize your given power smartly.
With the security cameras, you can totally view the entire building while sitting in your office. If you see one animatronic get close to your office, you must quickly close the doors to fend him/her off! Failing to do this will result in getting jumpscared by them, and that means your game will be over. There are five scary nights that you will experience. If you want to reach the next night, you must stay alive from 12 AM to 6 AM. (It takes 8 minutes and 37 seconds in real time, while 4 minutes 30 seconds on the mobile version).
Besides four animatronic robots mentioned above, there is an extra character named Golden Freddy! He only turns up when you go through a hallucination.
Here are the in-game sounds you can listen to:
This is the music playing on the main menu screen:
This is the static happening for a short time when the main menu screen is initially opened:
With a unique gameplay and horror experiences in Five Nights at Freddy’s game, it was well-received by lots of players on the Internet, making the game much more positive to play. Indie Game Magazine expressed a strong admiration for FNaF game because of its uncomplicated take on the horror genre, messaging that the gameplay mechanics, together with the artistic direction, promoted to a feeling of brutal tension, which is only aggravated by how the players probably have the same feeling as the identical restaurants, like Chuck E. Cheese’s.
“Fantastic example of how cleverness in design and subtlety can be used to make an experience terrifying.” is what Five Nights at Freddy’s was depicted. But, the game also received a criticism since it took too long to load when it was launched.
FNAF game received a score of 80/100 by Omri Petitte from PC Gamer.
The general atmosphere of the game was complimented for focusing on the fright and the tension of an incoming danger instead of the arrival of the danger itself that was often carried out in other horror-themed games. But, no matter how unique the gameplay is, it’s still somewhat criticized because of getting repetitive even though the players already master it.
FNaF also received a score of 4.5/5 from Ryan Bates of Game Revolution. He also made a comparison between FNaF and a game called Night Trap in 1992. The complimented that the game did succeed in intensifying the frights of the game, together with the “nervous impulses” of its tedious gameplay would get to “almost OCD-type levels, adding to the tense environment.”. “Horror done right” was all that he felt for the game, but it was kind of short.
The in-game animatronic robots were compared to Weeping Angels by Jeffrey Metuleft from Eurogamer. The Weeping Angels are known as the predatory and hostile creatures coming from the universe of Doctor Who, because of their capability to make some moves when nobody watches over them.
In addition, 4 out of 5 stars was given to FNaF game by Softpedia! Cosmin Anton also reviewed the game saying that it “drifts away from the classic first-person horror survival titles,” however, the “inability to move combined with the limited power available will make you feel quite helpless in front of those relentless robots that just want to share a bit of their ‘love’ with you.”.
Five Nights at Freddy’s was already released for the mobile platform, namely for Android and iOS devices. The mobile version is still similar to the PC version in terms of gameplay and other features, but there are still several small alterations here. The most noteworthy change could be the behavior of the animatronics so it can fit the shorter time frame to finish a night.
An update, version 1.13 was published on August 19th addressing some small bugs and adding several small things to the game.
If you’re playing the custom night, when you input the levels of A.I to 1-9-8-7, the death scene of Golden Freddy will pop up immediately, causing the game to be crashed. Scott Cawthon was the one adding this to the game. He wanted to stop the rumors about putting 1/9/8/7 into the A.I settings for an alternate ending.
If you succeed in the conquering the Custom Night with the levels of the A.I set to 20/20/20/20, you will get the third and final star on the title screen.
An update, version 1.132 was a small update to the Steam version. In this update, the phone number on the Help Wanted added was altered from 1-888-FAZ FAZBEAR to 1-555-FAZ-FAZBEAR.
In this Halloween update, a jack o’lantern was added to the desk, with the decorative lights added to the office when the computer date of the player is set to 10/31.
Five Nights at Freddy’s was presented to the Steam Greenlight on June 13
A trailer of the game was uploaded to YouTube on June 14.
The game also had a demo, and it was introduced on the indie games website IndieDB by user animdude on July 24.
The full FNaF game was officially released on the gaming website Desura on August 8.
Five Nights at Freddy’s received an acceptance on Steam Greenlight on August 18, after that, it was officially introduced to Steam Platform for Windows PC.
Moving on, the version for Android was also released by Scott. On August 25, players could get access to an Android version on the Android Google Play Store.
Similar to Android, an iOS port was also launched on September 11 on the iPhone too.
For the Windows Phone version, it was officially published on December 2 with the second game.
FNaF was published on the Clickteam Clickstore on an uncertain date by Scott Cawthon.
Five Nights at Freddy’s brought tree FEAR awards to itself on January 16, 2015. And these awards were selected by the users.
Warner Bros. bought the rights to change the game into a feature file on April 2015.
Five Nights at Freddy’s Franchise Pack (1-4) was included on November 2015. The players can download it here [https://store.steampowered.com/bundle/1729/FNaF_Franchise_Bundle/] and it costs $24.99.
The Franchise Pack is also updated to contain Sister Location on October 25, 2016, which increased the price of the costs up to $29.55.
For the players who have already bought the pack before the update, they will totally get access to Sister Location for free.
Scott announced that the making of the movie was “back at square one” on February 6.
A picture of a chair, together with the name “Freddy” on it was posted by Scott on March 28. It also showed the picture of the logo of Bumhouse Production. It exposed that the production company will join the production of the movie too.
Five Nights at Freddy’s took the inspiration from Chipper & Sons Lumber Co. created by Scott Cawthon too. The game had received criticism and negative feedback due to its graphics that was like “animatronics” according to the players. Maybe Scott used that criticism to create Five Nights at Freddy’s.
When the initial gameplay video of FNaF game was released on the channel of Scott, the game apparently got more pixelated. The players could see a graphic of a man with the number 1 on the beginning screen. It indicates that at one point in the development, the player would have possessed restricted lives.
The game doesn’t take place in any specific year, but there are still some players assuming that it’s set in around 1993 since the paycheck at the end of the game suits the minimum wage of the time.
You can see the wrong spells “pizzeria” as “pizzeria” on the newspaper article in the first game.
Five Nights at Freddy’s follows the concept that is very much the same as a comedy film called Night at the Museum in 2006. But the file needed an object bringing things to life at night while the animatronics of FNaF are able to roam at night.
FNaF is also known as the first of two games in the series to possess a Display Resolution Support of 16:9, and the other game is Sister Location. The rest of the chapters only own 4:3. But, the mobile versions are 16:9. This could be a reason why the office in the second and third installations together with the Bedroom in the fourth chapter look more stretched in the mobile versions. But the resolution was altered to 16:9 in FNaF 2, FNaF 3 and FNaF 4 on June 15, 2017. Scott wanted these games to have the similar resolution to the first game and Sister Location.
There was one time Scott joking about a sequel, Freddy in Space was scheduled to be released on April 2016, and he said this in a Steam post. Click here to see the post. But he did release its teaser on his website, and then it was turned into a mini-game for FNaF World.
You can totally press both Control and P at the same time to pause the game. You apply this method to other games too.
FNaF and FNaF 2 have a cheat code that will automatically skip a night easily. To activate that code, you just hold key C, D and “+”. If you play the second chapter, you need to click the nose of Toy Freddy and hold on it before activating the code.
Only Five Nights at Freddy’s in the series had an official gameplay trailer.
You can catch sight of Freddy outside of the office but he’s never utilized in the Anniversary images of The Office. This is possible to happen when the power runs out.
Scott Cawthon has officially declared the Fright Dome which is the first place.