Five Nights at Freddy's (often abbreviated to FNaF ) is a media franchise based around an indie video game series created, designed, developed, and published by Scott Cawthon for Microsoft Windows , iOS, and Android.
The series is centered on the story of a fictional restaurant named Freddy Fazbear 's Pizza , a pastiche of restaurants like Chuck E. Cheese's and ShowBiz Pizza Place. The first three games involve the player working as a nighttime security guard, in which they must utilize several tools, most notably checking security cameras, to survive against animatroniccharacters, which become mobile and homicidal after-hours. The fourth game, which uses different gameplay mechanics from its predecessors, takes place in the house of a child who must defend against nightmarish versions of the animatronics by closing doors and fleeing on foot . The fifth game takes place in a maintenance facility owned by a sister company of Freddy Fazbear 's Pizza . The player character is a technician instead of a night guard, who must do different tasks each night as told by an AI voice heard in the game. In the sixth game, the player acts as the owner of a pizzeria which they must decorate with payable items, and must also work the night shift for their pizzeria, which plays similarly to previous games .
The series has gained widespread popularity since its release. Two novel adaptations, Five Nights at Freddy's : The Silver Eyes and Five Nights at Freddy's : The Twisted Ones, were released on December 17, 2015 and June 27, 2017 , respectively. A guidebook for the series , Five Nights at Freddy's : The Freddy Files, was released on August 29, 2017 , with an activity book titled Five Nights at Freddy’s: Survival Logbook being released on December 26, 2017 .