Five Nights at Freddy's

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Terrifying psychological thriller is too much for kids.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 124 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 295 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

A definite learning curve; takes a few play-throughs to get. The suspense that builds as you play may make you error-prone -- but that's part of the charm. 

Violence

No real violence shown, though some is implied in audio tracks and depictions of bad things that can happen. Still, you'll feel scared and have a sense of dread and tension. Much too intense for younger players. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know Five Nights at Freddy's is a horror game that uses tension and jump scares in place of blood and guts -- and, as a result, is a lot scarier than many other titles. The sense of being trapped and defenseless in a small office quickly becomes real -- and when the animatronic characters jump out at you, you'll jump (and maybe scream). This makes the game much too intense for younger kids -- and teens should know what they're getting into.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 6 and 11-year-old Written byDebbieR 1 July 13, 2015

Negative adrenaline

It doesn't have blood etc. But this game sucks your kids in psychologically and emotionally and scares the crap out of them. No, that's not funny, i... Continue reading
Adult Written byrhysweinfurter December 6, 2014

Talk About It

If you have mature 12/13 year old this game is fine. I would definitely start playing it together at first and both remember that this game is a work of fiction... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old November 28, 2016

Scared me :)

I really love this game and follow it a lot. Here is some advice. Play this game before any of the others because the jumpscares aren't as scary in the fir... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old February 4, 2015

Not as bad as people think!

Ok, I hear a lot of adults and critics say this game is beyond scary, but it's really not that bad. The game is about getting a new summer job at a pizza p... Continue reading

What's it about?

As the new night security guard at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, it's your job to keep an eye on the animatronics, which are prone to wandering at night. Should they find you, you're toast (though it's not malicious on their part -- they just don't understand you). You'll monitor their comings and goings through a series of cameras around the restaurant, and there's a set of emergency doors on both sides of the room. The difficulty comes from the limited amount of power you have. Every action you make drains power -- and you're never shown how much. Should you run, the room goes dark and you're totally defenseless.

Is it any good?

Happy animatronics. Rudimentary game controls. No blood or weapons.

Let's face it: On paper FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S shouldn't be this terrifying. But once you lose (and you will), you can rule out going to sleep for a little while, no matter how old you are. It masterfully uses atmosphere and tension to psych you out as you play. You'll feel vulnerable and helpless, and when the creepily smiling characters pop up and the music spikes, you'll jump out of your seat.

For adults or older teens looking for a game to challenge them and give them some legitimate chills, it's a terrific choice -- perhaps one of the best we've seen. But for younger players, it's the stuff of nightmares. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about wanting to do or play something that's too grown-up. Why should you wait until you're older? 

  • Families also can talk about when it's fun to be scared -- and when it's not.

App details

For kids who love spooky scares

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