Five Nights at Freddy's (often abbreviated to FNAF) is a 2014 point-and-click survival horror game developed and published by Scott Cawthon. It is set in a pizza restaurant called Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, where the player must act as a night security guard by defending themselves from the malfunctioning, homicidal and haunted animatronic characters (namely Freddy Fazbear, Bonnie, Chica, Foxy, and Golden Freddy) by tracking their movement through the facility using security cameras.
Players must survive their shift that lasts from midnight to 6:00 a.m. without being jumpscared by the five animatronic animal mascots that inhabit the restaurant. The player sits alone in an office and is given access to a network of security cameras to track the animatronics' movement of the animatronics. The cameras do not cover certain areas of the building, most notably the two hallways directly to the left and right of the player. The player can close doors for self-defense and briefly turn on the lights in the hallways to check for animatronics, but use of these actions consume the player's limited electrical power; if all the power is exhausted, the cameras become inoperable, the doors open and the lights go out. If the player is caught by any of the animatronics, they must restart from the beginning of the night.
The game has five levels comprising five "nights" in the game, each increasing in difficulty. Completion of the main game awards the player a star in the main menu and unlocks an even more difficult 6th night, and completion of this level awards another star and opens up a "Custom Night" during which the player can adjust the AI difficulty of each individual character (excluding Golden Freddy). Completion of the game's most difficult challenge in which all robots are set to the highest level of 20 (often referred to as 20/20/20/20 mode or 4/20 mode) awards the player a third star.
Five Nights at Freddy's received positive reviews from critics, who praised its originality and atmosphere, and quickly gained a cult following. It became the subject of numerous popular "Let's Play" YouTube videos. The game's success led to the launch of an expanded series, including five sequels, two spin-offs, and five books, with a film in production.
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