Five Nights at Freddy's 3

Game review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
More of the same, but just as scary as its predecessors.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 65 reviews

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

Positive Messages

The game primarily means to scare players -- but teaches that being acutely aware of surroundings could help you avoid danger. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

There are no positive role models to be found in this game.

Ease of Play

A definite learning curve; takes a few playthroughs to get. Built-up suspense may make you panicky, error-prone -- but that's part of the charm. 



No real violence shown, but it's implied in audio tracks that bad things can happen. The game's jump scares will fill you with dread, tension. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Five Nights at Freddy's 3 is a downloadable survival horror game that follows the same path as its two predecessors. It uses tension and jump scares in place of blood and guts -- and that actually makes it scarier. The game quickly gives the player a sense of claustrophobia, and you're unable to run away from what's coming to get you. There are some new elements, but this is still very similar to the first two games. As a result, the game likely is much too intense for younger kids; and teens (and some adults) should know what they're getting into (assuming they don't already).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byjacob a September 20, 2015

Little Worse Than First Game...

Fnaf3 Does Have Blood, BUT, Not Like Resident Evil Blood Or Gmod Blood. Just A Tiny Bit. On Age Higher Than First And The Terrible Second Game, But, STILL A KID... Continue reading
Adult Written byOwegames April 25, 2015

May be scary.

Some disturbing photos like and
but nothing else really anyone 7 and up can handle it. Always, the first time you play... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byLilz the pawz April 29, 2015


FNAF3 i would say is probably the one that stands out in the trilogy with more things you need to do than the previous games and WAY more jumpscares than the ot... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bythe2hotrods July 6, 2015

I sort of agree with csm for once...

The only real enemy is an actual human corpse in a suit. He is like a zombie. You can rarely find a disturbing image of his bloodstained face. When loading the... Continue reading

What's it about?

In FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S 3, you're once again the hapless security guard being stalked by zombie-like animatronic bad guys. This time, though, it's not at a pizzeria; it's at a horror-house attraction based on the incidents of the previous two games. There's only one enemy to worry about this time, Springtrap, but he's wily. (Other characters also appear and offer quick scary bursts, but they're not fatal in the game's world.) Springtrap will crawl through air shafts and explore rooms trying to find you while you attempt to monitor his activities and movements to distract him from your control panel. As usual, though, the cameras (and ventilation this time) are fuzzy -- and will need to be rebooted from time to time, giving Springtrap time to hide or attack. 

Is it any good?

The rapid pace of the sequels compared to the original Five Nights at Freddy's might make you worry about the quality of this installment. You shouldn't. The jump scares are just as terrifying now as they were the first time you saw them. Plus, there are enough subtle changes here that the game still feels fresh. (That's helped immensely by the well-thought-out story that's told by the phone calls you listen to.) The scares from older characters get a bit tiresome, though, since they don't serve the same purpose as in past games. But the gut-wrenching feeling you get when you spot Springtrap staring at you or drawing close to your location is terrifyingly real. And even if you see your own demise coming, you'll still jump when it happens. That the game is still able to make you do that after three rapid-fire installments is a testament to its quality. 

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? 

  • Talk about when it's fun to be scared -- and when it's not.

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