Growing up, I loved going to the restaurant Chuck E. Cheese. Besides the video games, one of my favorite things about that place was the animatronic show featuring Chuck E. Cheese and his friends who performed in a band and played music for you while you ate cheesy pizza. The grease in the pizza combined with the music created by these robots created a kind of bliss for children that can’t be explained unless experienced. But in the back of my mind, I was always a bit creeped out by these animatronic characters. They looked so life like yet moved like robots. And sang.
Fast forward twenty five years. I was checking out the top apps in the Apple app store and I stumbled upon a $2.99 game called Five Nights at Freddy’s. The game centers on the fictional pizza restaurant called Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. The player acts as a night security guard, defending themselves from the malfunctioning animatronic animal characters by tracking their movement through the facility using security cameras. Each of the four characters have distinct movement patterns; however, most of the characters’ movements take place off-screen. The camera feeds are dimly lit and distorted, one of the rooms only contains an audio feed, and the cameras do not cover certain areas of the building. Sound creepy yet?
Being a fan of video games, scary movies and childhood nostalgia, I must give this game a try. It is supposedly very scary to play but I don’t care because it looks awesome. I will post a review of the app later, after I download it tonight. Well, if I make it through the night.