Five Nights at Freddy's 4

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Jump-scare-packed finale hits home.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 27 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 90 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Underlying focus on bullying without any positive resolution.

Positive Role Models & Representations

No positive role models.

Ease of Play

Steep learning curve, especially with introduction of new game mechanics. Extra patience, attention needed from player.

Violence

Though no violence shown, player regularly stalked by mechanical creatures. Theme of bullying includes direct references to violence.

Sex
Consumerism

The fourth game in a popular franchise, which also has a feature film in development.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Five Nights at Freddy's 4 is a downloadable survival horror game. In a child's bedroom, the player must constantly watch for and hide from creatures stalking him from under the bed, in the closet, and outside in the hallway. The game is challenging and requires lots of patience, practice, and attention to be successful, which could frustrate some players. Similarly, the game's setting, story, and regular jump scares likely will be too intense for a younger audience. Players also may be interested in the other three titles in this series, and it may make them interested in the upcoming movie based on the franchise.

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User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byAnonymos June 29, 2019
Adult Written byJeff Tyrone November 12, 2015

Great for 7 yr olds!

Well, for one, this game is great! I think age 7+ is good, there is a little scariness in it but other than that it's great!!! The only thing about my viol... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written by_Havoq March 31, 2017

I don't even know why this is a thing on commonsensemedia

This game should be warned to smaller audiences about the jumpscares it can give, either ways good help on strategy and skill's and teaches not to bully co... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old March 13, 2017

What's it about?

FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S 4 is the final installment in the popular survival horror franchise. This time around, players aren't a guard checking security monitors for eerie activity. Instead, the new game takes place in a child's bedroom, where Freddy Fazbear and his crew are responsible for all the things that go bump in the night.  With only a flashlight to ward off the shadows, you'll have to make it through 'til the morning, avoiding the creatures in the halls, in the closet, and even under your bed.

Is it any good?

Freddy Fazbear's final outing taps into all your childhood fears, leading to an intensely terrifying and exciting, albeit occasionally flawed, experience. The Five Nights at Freddy's games have always focused on the fear of what's lurking in the shadows. This time, though, that fear is amplified through the experiences of a child. But it's not only for shock value, as a surprisingly deep and emotional story is attached, which ultimately leads to some surprise revelations for fans, as well as more than a few new questions.

With the new setting comes some new gameplay mechanics. Players still need to keep an eye out in all the nooks and crannies to keep their animatronic stalkers away. But without the benefit of security cameras, players now need to listen closely at their doors for the breathing of the creatures outside. This is a lot more difficult than it seems and requires a lot more patience than any of the previous games. As a result, even longtime FNAF fans likely will struggle to get through even the first couple of nights. That being said, Five Nights at Freddy's 4 handily lives up to the scares of the previous games in the series.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about bullying. What are the best ways to handle being bullied, and to whom can children reach out when they see bullying behavior?

  • Talk about the best ways to deal with being scared. What are some good ways to cope when something is too intense? 

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