First, you may be wondering why we are covering Five Nights at Freddy’s here on Retro Gaming Magazine. It is simple, Full Motion Video (FMV) games go way back in gaming, to the 80’s actually. Titles like Night Trap (reboot currently looking for funding on Kickstarter) and Sewer Shark were the norm back in the day. Then there were more advanced titles like Prize Fighter and Ground Zero Texas that pushed the genre forward but not enough to save it. Five Nights at Freddy’s is similar to another FMV game that retro gamers may be familiar with- Double Switch. Five Nights at Freddy’s does something that earlier FMV games couldn’t do, though many tried, and that is bring the fright.
First of all, the bad guys in Five Nights at Freddy’s are all animatronic puppets that shouldn’t be able to move and act on their own. Key word there is “shouldn’t”. As in most of these FMV games, it is cheaper to hire a security guard than it is to, you know, actually repair the problems. Five Nights at Freddy’s is no different. You are a hired security guard tasked with watching the security cameras to find out what is going on. Just like the “classics” you are conveniently far away from the action and tucked safely away in, this case, a safe room that can be locked up tight.
Check out the demo or watch the above video for an idea of what to expect out of Five Nights at Freddy’s. When you are properly back in control of your wits you can purchase Five Nights at Freddy’s on Steam and Desura.