One can’t really talk about horror games these days without being reminded of Five Nights at Freddy’s. Love it or hate it, it can’t be denied that this series has spawned an immense popularity, with an increasingly confusing lore, lots and lots of merchandise, and let’s not forget…fan games! While the Five Nights at insert name here fan games are certainly not official, some of them are of such quality that I feel they deserve to be discussed. Without further ado, the Duck’s top five FNAF fan games!
5: Those Nights at Rachel’s
A more traditional FNAF experience, Those Nights at Rachel’s doesn’t seem to get talked about quite as much as the other games on this list. This game is kind of similar to FNAF 1 or 2, except you could move about your office in a style similar to FNAF 4. Characters include Rachel the rabbit, Doug the dog, Pete the pig, Ray the raccoon, and Bane the bull. The creepiest part was this back room with curtains that would slowly open, and you would have to close them from time to time in order to keep an animatronic similar to FNAF’s Puppet (known as The Thing) from escaping.
4: Five Nights at the Chum Bucket
A good deal of the FNAF fan games involve characters from other franchises, so it would only be fair if we included the best of those here on this list. Five Nights at the Chum Bucket, as you have surely already guessed, involves some decidedly creepy Spongebob animatronics, including a Squidward that can climb through the vents. This one is pretty spooky and atmospheric and worth checking out.
3: Five Nights at Candy’s 1 and 2
No list of FNAF fan games would be complete without the Five Nights at Candy’s series (there are three games in total, but I never really watched #3 that much), the first of which is probably the most like a traditional FNAF game. In a similar fashion to Rachel’s, one thing I like about this series is that it features its own original characters instead of merely taking characters from existing franchises, including the titular Candy the cat and his twin Cindy. There was also a pretty interesting story, too, though I never really watched much of the game past the second, so I’m not quite sure where it went from there. I know it had something to do with a rather creepy rat animatronic, though….
While the first FNAC game feels very similar to the first Five Nights at Freddy’s, one of my favorite features used to differentiate this game from its inspiration was the character Blank, who can break through the window of your office! Now that’s scary!
FNAC 2 was also quite good and took place inside an abandoned factory, though I must admit that I can’t really remember much else about it….
2: The Joy of Creation: Reborn and Story Mode
The Joy of Creation: Reborn is a pretty interesting one because, unlike a lot of FNAF games (fan made or otherwise), you actually get to roam around freely. Each stage has you avoiding one animatronic rather than several, but that doesn’t make it any less frightening. Seeing the animatronics actually move around, and hearing their heavy footfalls, is quite a terrifying experience indeed (and I merely watch other people play the game on YouTube!). My favorite part is the attic, where you must avoid Foxy, who can be temporarily stopped by shining your flashlight in his eyes.
The Joy of Creation: Story Mode was another interesting entry into the series, though I admit that the details of it currently elude me, as I haven’t watched it in a while. Either way, it can’t be denied that this series of fan games is very well-made, scary, and worth checking out if you enjoy FNAF fan games. (Honestly, they’re so well-made, I thought they were official at first.)
1: One Night at Flumpty’s 1 and 2
By far, my personal favorite FNAF fan games are One Night at Flumpty’s 1 and 2. Don’t be deceived by this game’s “cute” cartoon style and one night, as this single night gets increasingly difficult the longer you survive, and the simply drawn characters are far more deadly than they initially appear.
Characters include Flumpty himself, Birthday Boy Blam, Grunkfuss the clown, and a beaver known simply as…the Beaver. The games are unique in that they’re a mixture of silly and creepy. For example, the clown slowly crawls through a hole that mysteriously appears in the wall of your office, while the beaver reads a newspaper on the toilet before eventually charging at you in a style similar to Foxy (replaced by a bathroom-dwelling owl in the second game who can come through one of two vents).
The second game adds more gameplay mechanics, including a light that you must turn off so that the characters don’t see you when they peek into your office. Watching the characters peek in and stare in your direction, only to get bored and walk away, is both amusing and a bit unsettling. If you’re a fan of FNAF fan games, I’d definitely recommend checking out this truly unique pair of games!
Of course, there are plenty of FNAF fan games out there, so this is by no means a comprehensive list. So why not add to the discussion, dear readers. What are your favorite FNAF fan games? Feel free to let us know in the comments below!