Five Nights at Freddy's 4 is a 2015 indie point-and-click survival horror video game developed and published by Scott Cawthon. It is the fourth installment of the Five Nights at Freddy's series as well as a prequel to the second game. The game is considered a departure from the previous games, which took place in a security office. Instead, the game takes place in a child's bedroom, placing an emphasis on timing and auditory warnings to complete nights.
Like previous games, the game takes place over five nights of increasing difficulty, with unlockable extra levels. The first four nights will put the player against four animatronics: Nightmare Freddy, Nightmare Bonnie, Nightmare Chica, and Nightmare Foxy. Nightmare Fredbear, who combines the scare tactics of the previous four, is the sole attacker on the fifth night. Completing all five nights will unlock a sixth night, where the four animatronics will haunt the player until Nightmare Fredbear takes over at 4 AM. Completing the sixth night unlocks the "Nightmare" night, where the animatronics are rather persistent and Nightmare Fredbear is replaced by the highly aggressive Nightmare, who has a unique game over screen compared to other animatronics. A secret code will unlock the eighth night based on the Custom Night modes from the first two games, which sets the AI of the animatronics to maximum difficulty. Other unlockables include galleries of the various animatronics and jumpscares, as well as behind-the-scenes looks at the 3D-modelling process for Fredbear and Foxy.
Unlike previous games, there are also no security cameras and instead of "Phone Guy", the player is given onscreen instructions. The player is equipped with a flashlight and can be used to ward away any animatronics seen down the hall; however, if the player hears either Nightmare Bonnie's or Nightmare Chica's breathing at the door or they see Nightmare Fredbear or Nightmare upon turning on the flashlight, they must immediately close the door. The player must also monitor the closet to avoid getting attacked by Nightmare Foxy, as well as shooing three miniature animatronics named "Freddles" off the bed before they, once all three are together, summon Nightmare Freddy to attack the player. If the player is not careful, the player will be jumpscared, leading to a game over.
After beating each night, the player may play a timed minigame titled "Fun with Plushtrap", where they must lure a plush edition of Springtrap on top of an "X" marked on the ground within a specific amount of time. If the player wins, the player will start the next night at 2:00 A.M. As in most of the previous entries of the series, the story of the game is revealed in interactive Atari-style minigame sections between nights.
Upon release, the game received polarizing reviews from critics; praise centered on its unsettling atmosphere, while others were divided over the game's new mechanics. A chronological prequel, Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location, was released in 2016.
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