TTgamers “Indie Title Watch” Five Nights at Freddy’s | WARNING: SCARIEST GAME IN YEARS
Five Nights at Freddy’s is a 2014 indie point-and-click survival horror video game developed by Scott Cawthon. The game centers on the fictional pizza restaurant Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, where the player must act as a night security guard, defending themselves from the malfunctioning animatronic animal characters by tracking their movement through the facility using security cameras.
Five Nights at Freddy’s was first released via Desura on August 8, 2014. On August 20, 2014, after it was approved by the service’s crowdsourcing platform Greenlight, Five Nights at Freddy’s was also released via Steam. A port for Android was released on August 27, 2014, via Google Play Store. On September 11, 2014, an iOS port was released.
The game was praised by critics for being a unique take on the survival horror genre, with a particular emphasis on its simplistic design, along with how its gameplay mechanics and aesthetics contributed to an overall feeling of fear and paranoia. Five Nights at Freddy’s was the top-selling game on Desura for the week ending August 18, 2014, and the game became the subject of a number of popular “Let’s Play” videos on YouTube—including one by Markiplier, who labeled it the “scariest game in years”.
The game’s sequel, Five Nights at Freddy’s 2, was released November 11, 2014.