It sure does deliver…yeah, giant malfunctioning murdering Animatronics robots to your house. This AR exhibition tries to finally use the Augmented Reality technology for what it was made for…horror. Yes, horror is what we’ve all been waiting for, and murdering toys are right out of our nightmares, from the ‘90s. The game naturally attempts to do something more than the series has done so far, so let’s take a closer look at our Five Nights at Freddy’s AR: Special Delivery.
Development and reception
FNAF franchise has been going on for a while now since 2014 to be exact, and the franchise includes animated movies, toys, songs, and video games. It is a horror story designed for kids but told with a peculiarly immersive method which kind of spawned a world on its own. The stories include time travel, detective stories, and in this case – survival. Several of the franchise’s installments were remastered along the way and brought to mobile, and now FNAF AR comes exclusively to frighten you in your home.
Five Nights at Freddy’s AR: Special Delivery is offered by Illumix Inc. while the original developer of the series is Scott Cawthon, who incepted the original idea as an indie point-and-click survival horror video game. The game’s initial success is what spawned the multi-media franchise which other games, animated movies, books, and more. Now, this AR project steps away from the point-and-click and brings the action and horror a bit closer to us.
The story began with the Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, a friendly place for parents and their kids, where they can enjoy their favorite food in a fun area. The main attractions of the place were Freddy and his two companions, who are all animatronic robots, built and programmed to entertain. However, something goes awry and the robots’ behavior becomes unpredictable and even hostile.
Now, all this was set in the past, while today, the robots have evolved and have developed their business into a mass phenomenon, where they deliver the robots meant to entertain us to our front door.
This is where the AR technology comes in, as the robots are delivered right to our house in the augmented reality. We need to use our mobile device, Smartphone or Tablet whichever you use, and defend against these murdering robots. However, this is just the tip of the bloody knife, as there are dark forces and shadows involved, all of which begin invading our home.
We are armed with a flashlight and a TASER, and looking through the lens of your mobile device, you need to track and locate the robots, disable them and banish the shadows. But, the robots have cloaking devices and other tricks up their sleeves and there is only so much power you can use for your light or TASER. The whole gameplay is based on the FPS horror experience, but there are also other things you can do, like reading the mail Fazbear is sending you, and even reprogramming the robots you manage to disable. You can scrap the robots for parts and CPU, and then deploy your own animatronic robots for self-defense.
Since the game uses the AR tech, the only models are the animatronic robots, which look like in the animated movies and other installments. So, quite real and scary! The horror aspect is also relying heavily on the malfunctioning equipment, so your vision constantly glitches, making matters worse as you are hunting robots who are invisible most of the time.
Five Nights at Freddy’s AR: Special Delivery is definitely worth a shot. The gameplay doesn’t offer too much diversity in terms of content, but it does prove to be a fun augmented reality experience, especially because it turns your house into a horror survival shelter. The amount of fun you can have depends largely on you and how much you are willing to give to this game, but at its best, it can entertain you and other members of the household pretty much.