Scott Cawthon’s Five Nights at Freddy’s horror game franchise has taken off in a way that few could have predicted. Not only have the Five Nights at Freddy’s video games captured the attention of adult horror game fans, but they have also become immensely popular with kids. The franchise’s popularity with children has helped it expand with endless merch and a push into other media, including tabletop games.


One of the latest Five Nights at Freddy’s tabletop games is Five Nights at Freddy’s: Night of Frights from Funko Games. While the basic premise of Chuck E. Cheese-style animatronics coming to life and murdering people is certainly not kid-friendly, this board game sheds the franchise’s more disturbing elements. The recommended ages are eight and up, which makes it a solid pick for those looking to play a board game with their kids.

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In the original Five Nights at Freddy’s video game, players are put in the role of a security guard who is working the overnight shift at the Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza restaurant and winds up terrorized by living animatronics. The Five Nights at Freddy’s: Night of Frights board game flips the concept on its head, with players instead playing as the animatronics. There are four to choose from, each represented by their own figure: Bonnie, Chica, Foxy, and of course, franchise star Freddy Fazbear.

Players move the figures around a game board that is somewhat reminiscent of classic board game Clue. During their turn, players are able to use action tokens to move around the restaurant, collect items like cake, cookies, pizza, and pop, and then turn them in to raise their scare meter. The ultimate goal of the game is to capture the security guard, which is made easier the higher one’s scare meter is.

To capture the unlucky Five Nights at Freddy’s security guard, players have to move their chosen animatronic to one of the rooms adjacent to his surveillance room. They can then attempt to capture him, which is accomplished by pulling tokens out of a bag. Most of the tokens in the bag are “miss” tokens, but there is one guard token (sometimes two, depending on certain cards being drawn) that players have to pull to win the game. The higher a player is on the scare meter, the more tokens they get to pull out of the bag, so they have to weigh their options. They can try to risk capturing the guard when their scare meter is low on the off-chance that they get lucky and can end the game quickly, or they can spend time moving around the restaurant, collecting items, and getting their scare meter as high as possible to improve their odds.

It’s fairly straightforward gameplay that’s easy to learn and play, which is another reason why it will appeal to younger kids. The gameplay is as basic as it comes, but there are some things at play to shake up the proceedings, like cards that enact special rules and the abilities that each of the Five Nights at Freddy’s animatronics has to give them an advantage over the competition.

Players also need to keep the security camera’s location in mind as they make their way around the Freddy Fazbear Pizza restaurant. Rooms with security cameras prevent the player from collecting any items, but it is possible to move the security camera around. Moving cameras not only lets players loot a specific room, but it also keeps their opponents from getting items and slowing their scare meter progress.

Five Nights at Freddy’s: Night of Frights retails for $24.99, which is a reasonable price for what it comes with. The game itself is basic but fun, successfully translating the franchise to board game form. Diehard Five Nights at Freddy’s fans will likely get a kick out of the detailed figures as well as the packaging, with the game coming in a “pizza box.” Five Nights at Freddy’s: Night of Frights is an easy recommendation for franchise fans, especially if they have kids that like board games.

Game Rant was provided a copy of the Five Nights at Freddy’s: Night of Frights board game for this review.

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