Five Nights at Freddy’s 4

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Five Nights at Freddy’s 4, the survival creepy game, is the fourth sequel in the Five Nights at Freddy’s Series. It was created by Scott Cawthon released unexpectedly on Steam on July 23, 2015. Then, it was launched for Android on July 25, for iOS on August 3, 2015.

Gameplay

This Five Nights at Freddy’s game is not set in the security office of a family pizzeria anymore. But the story takes place in a child’s bedroom. As soon as you enter the game, you will not hear any voice of a man on the phone. But you can see the tutorial at the top left corner showing you how to escape the animatronics’ attack. You will not become a security guard. And now, you are a kid who is equipped with a flashlight. This is similar to the FNAF 2. This tool is very useful to defend and make the animatronics wandering at the hall disappear. In case you hear the breath of them near the door, or see the Nightmare Fredbear or Nightmare when switching on the flashlight, you must close the door. And this door will not stay this state forever. Aside from that, you need to pay attention to the closet. Remember to slam it to avoid Nightmare Foxy! Not only that, you should keep an eye on three miniature versions of Nightmare Freddy on the bed. They can assemble and assault you. Besides, your game will end when you are jumpscared. For this situation, you’d better be careful of the shining light towards the hallways, or don’t leave the door, closet, bed too long. Each completed night will give you the timed mini-game “Fun with Plushtrap”. In which, you have the mission get the small stuffed toy, the version of SpringTrap, the main character of FNAF 3. Try to win to unlock the next night at 2 AM! Note that this mini-game will be harder. Especially, you can’t use the time bonus in the unlockable modes. If you fail, the bonus is not valid to play the same level.

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At this time, the FNAF 4 contains five nights with unlockable extra levels. In first four nights, you will play against four animatronics, Nightmare Freddy, Nightmare Bonnie, Nightmare Chica, and Nightmare Foxy. Also, the Nightmare Fredbear is the robot which includes the scare tactics of the previous four. It takes over the fifth night alone. After you end the final main night, you are able to unlock the Night 6. It looks like the epilogue haunting you until the Nightmare. So, you will step into the Nightmare when you complete the Night 6. In the Nightmare, animatronics becomes very persistent and the Nightmare Fredbear is highly aggressive.

In FNAF 4, a secret cheat code will uncover an eighth night based on the Custom Night modes from the first two games. It makes the challenge extremely difficult to overcome. There are various unlockables such as galleries of the various animatronics and jumpscares. The behind-the-scenes allow you to take a look at the 3D-modelling process for Fredbear and Foxy.

The story of the FNAF 4 is explored in interactive retro minigames between nights. Each of them has the limited time corresponding to five nights, starting with 5 days up to 0 days until the party.

Plot

Play the Five Nights at Freddy’s game as a kid who is locked in your bedroom with stuffed toys. They look like the plush versions of animatronics that you have ever seen in the scary family pizzeria. They are controlled or guided by a plushie Fredbear-the original Freddy Fazbear.

You have five nights to remove your panic. In each night, you have to encounter many nightmares. In which, you are attacked by the dreadful robots. If you can win the first night, Fredbear will tell you that “He” is hiding in your house before you are jumped by somebody wearing the Foxy mask.

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After the Night 2, you are abandoned at the pizza shop. A voice warns that “He” is coming. He needs to be brave. But you are sensitive and feel threatened with the animatronics and costumed mascots. An Easter egg will show the Purple Man placing someone in the Spring Bonnie suit.

After the third night, the mini games will inform that other children tease the boy and call him a coward and crybaby. They also reveal the rumor of the animatronics will appear and murder people. Next, the boy sees his toy and friends avoid interaction with other people in favor of them.

When you pass the fourth night in this FNAF Games, you understand that he was once trapped in the building’s parts and services room as a prank.

If you end the fifth night, you will see this character is crying at his birthday party celebrated at the pizzeria. “He” is the boy’s brother. The bullies are wearing masks of the animatronics are also present there. They try to terrorize the boy. Then, they grab him and push him close to the Fredbear’s mouth for a kiss. But they don’t imagine that this mouth closes suddenly. And the head of the boy is crushed while the bullies and his brother just stand and look without doing anything.

After the Night 6, a voice apologized him as Fredbear promises that he and others will always stay there to put him back together, they will be always his friends. One by one sentences disappears, the characters fade out. You can hear the faint sound of a heart monitor flatlining, ending this game.

If you are able to pass over the Nightmare mode, you can see a locked metal trunk. When you wiggles the padlocks, the game will state “Perhaps some things are best left forgotten, for now”. Cawthon wonders what the significance of the trunk is and whether it can be opened.

Development And Release

Cawthon posted images teasing another game in the series known as Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Final Chapter on his site. It’s hard to understand images teased at a release on Halloween.

A trailer released on July 13, 2015, hinted that the FNAF 4 game would take place in the main character’s house. The subtitle-The Final Chapter was dropped

On July 21, 2015, a demo was launched to the selected YouTubers. The full game was released on July 23, for Android devices on July 25, for iOS on August 3. Two updates were available on October 31, 2015.

There are a set of cheat options, challenge modes, and altered version of the “Fun with Plushtrap” minigames using a nightmare version of the character Balloon Boy in the first update.

The second is a “Halloween Edition” making cosmetic changes to Nightmare Bonnie and Nightmare Chica. It also introduces nightmare versions with Mangle (the former replacing Nightmare Foxy) and The Puppet (the latter replacing Nightmare). Nightmare Cupcake is also replaced with a jack-o-lantern.

Reception

The PC version of FNAF 4 received a score of 53.33% on GameRankings based on 3 reviews, a score of 51 out of 100 on Metacritic based on 6 reviews. The iOS version got a score of 70% based on 3 reviews.

Destructoid gave the game a score of 4 out of 10 while it had a score of 4 out of 5 stars from the Escapist who liked the reworked mechanics, darker and emotional storyline, scary jumpscares and sad ending. But they noted the bugs and glitches. Besides, Nadia Oxford of Gamezebo gave 4 out of 5 stars, praising the intense environment, creepy sounds, graphics, and jumpscares. She supposed that it was difficult to survive in certain situations when relying on audio cues, and the Android version had not the story-centric minigames.