Five Nights at Freddy’s was once just a small, simple indie horror game that eventually exploded to be one of the most popular games of its time. But that leaves the question, why did it become such a well known and loved game?
One reason this game became so popular is because of the lore and the mystery. This game, to this day, still has many questions waiting to be answered. There are so many mysteries and theories that have been made about the game trying to put all of the pieces together to complete the story. These mysteries is what keeps the players and fans interested and wanting more, therefore keeping the popularity and hype at a high. For example, in the latest FNAF game Sister Location, the very last cutscene from the Custom Night is Springtrap speaking about finding his father. This leaves more questions that need to be answered perhaps in a future game or even the new novel, The Twisted Ones, coming out this summer.
Another reason this game has boosted in popularity is because of the fresh approach it has brought for horror. The concept of sitting in one room and waiting for the monster to come to you is a fresh take on what horror has usually been in the past. This style of horror game has changed the horror gaming scene, as so many games in similar format have been created, from fan games of FNAF to new games entirely following this format. An example of a game with that similar format has been Five Nights at Candy’s. However, as the FNAF games have progressed, there has been more movement allowed in the games. An example would be FNAF 4 and Sister Location, where movement and even different rooms have been accessible to the player.
The final reason I will list here of why FNAF has become so popular is because of the animatronics in the game. These characters are cartoonish, so cartoonish that they come across as creepy. These characters are distinct and easily recognizable, each animatronic having a distinct look and function in the game. Merchandise featuring these characters has been created, such as plushies of the main characters. Freddy, Bonnie, Chica, and Foxy have become the icons and most recognizable characters from the game. However, there have been many more characters created in these games and even the same characters in different variations. For example, there is a Freddy Fazbear, Toy Freddy, Withered Freddy, Phantom Freddy, Nightmare Freddy, and Funtime Freddy. It’s the same character idea, just in a different time period and style.
At the end of the day, FNAF has left a huge mark on the gaming industry and will remain one of the most popular games of its time. From the lore to the style to the characters, there is something about FNAF that is new, fresh, and charming. FNAF will always have a huge impact on the gaming industry.