Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator is a must-play game for Five Nights At Freddy's Fans
I don’t know if Five Nights at Freddy's developer Scott Cawthon is a genius or a madman. Probably both.
In case you haven’t heard, Scott just released his latest game entitled Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria Simulator. It’s advertised as a simple, fun, Atari style game that allows you to run your own branch of Freddy’ Fazbear’s Pizza. There were no advertisements, no trailers, not even much notice before the game was released. It just showed up one day and you can download it, for free, right now.
Things aren't always what they seem...
Of course, we know that this isn’t really what the game is. Scott loves to bury nuggets of deep lore in his demakes, but you don’t even have to go that deep to get to the lore in this one. Yes, the game starts as an Atari style game that has you designing pizzas and throwing them to hungry customers, but before long the game glitches out and you find yourself sitting at a table in front of a broken down Circus Baby.
Surprise! It turns out this is Five Nights at Freddy’s Six… sort of. It’s, actually even weirder than that.
This is one section of FFPS’s core gameplay. You will find yourself sitting across the table from several animatronics doing a weird kind of psychiatric evaluation. You’ll play a series of audio cues on a tape recorder and mark down whether or not the animatronic responds on a piece of paper. As the cues grow in pitch and intensity the animatronics start to become violent, and you need to taze them to keep them calm. They only have the smallest of tells which show their agitation. Misread a tell and you’ll get jump-scared the next time you look away.
Why are you doing this? For hot money of course! Successfully evaluating an animatronic allows you to “salvage” it, getting you money for its parts. Where do you spend that money?
On attractions in your pizzeria! Yes, Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria Simulator is a Pizzeria Simulator that hides a horror game that hides yet another pizzeria simulator! Here you will spend your hard earned money on attractions, pizzeria’s safety management, entertainment, and liability. Not to mention playing mini-games to increase your Faz-rating and earn more cash. These mini-games are all simple little distractions, but fool around in them enough and you’ll find yet more nuggets of FNAF deep lore.
But Wait…There’s More
And what does this Pizzeria Simulator hide? Yet another horror game! This one is more familiar. It has you sitting in a chair in a tiny office with two vents stationed to your left and right. Your goal is to complete a number of tasks on your computer in order to finish the night and go home. However, these tasks cause noise which draws killer animatronics toward you. You can shut down the computer in the hopes the animatronics wander away in silence, shine lights down the vents to scare them away, or use an audio lure to lure them away. You also have to manage your temperature by using the ventilation system, but this too makes noise. This juggling act of completing tasks, making noise, and keeping yourself cool is at the core of FFPS’s gameplay.
But what’s genius is that you can avoid this part completely. You see, nothing is forcing you to run a Pizzeria with killer animatronics. You can just toss every animatronic you find out on the street and be completely safe. Unfortunately, that means you won’t get any bits of that sweet, sweet FNAF lore, and we know that’s what you are here for.
The only path to the lore is through money. You need money to purchase attractions with hidden lore based mini-games inside them. You need money to purchase upgrades so that your computer tasks go quicker. You need to attempt to salvage each animatronic you come by in order to get the true ending, and that too earns you money. It’s money all the way down.
Unfortunately, you never have enough money. If you do nothing but run a safe Pizzeria you will earn cash very slowly. The financial pressure this puts on you causes you to cut corners wherever you can. You will buy discount animatronics that maaaay have killer tendencies. You’ll purchase attractions that might also be horrible death traps. If you ever found yourself asking “How on Earth could a pizzeria owner be so negligent to fill his business with killer animatronics?” Well now you know! This game really manages to put you in the shoes of someone who will sacrifice child safety for profit, and it’s hilarious in a really dark way!
Also if your pizzeria is dangerous enough, you get to play yet another part of the game which involves managing and avoiding lawsuits.
All of this eventually comes together in a brilliant little feedback loop. Salvaging animatronics and buying discount attractions is a great way to earn money, but it increases the difficulty of the horror portions of the game. Keeping your profits low makes the horror portions easy, but cuts off lore. So you have to make bad decisions to get the FNAF experience. You have to choose to be reckless and irresponsible, filling your pizzeria with death traps and questionable add campaigns. It means that all of your suffering, all of the horror, is no one’s fault but your own. Now that’s how you make a horror game. Scott Cawthon really has thought of everything.
Which makes it so weird that this is a free game releasing to absolutely no hype or buildup whatsoever. If you are a fan of FNAF, this game is an absolute must play, and not just because it’s gameplay is genuinely fun. It’s a must play because it gives the fans a definitive closing chapter on the FNAF saga. All the loose ends are tied up. All the plots resolved. The end of Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria Simulator is the end to FNAF as we know it.
Until Scott randomly releases yet another FNAF game for free without any notice.
In short, download and play Freddy Fazbears Pizzeria Simulator. It’s two pizzeria simulators, two horror games, a lawsuit simulator, several mini-games, and a whole bunch of deep lore all rolled into one. At the low price of completely free, it’s literally the best value in gaming right now.