Five Nights at Freddy's is an indie point-and-click survival horror video game developed by Scott Cawthon. The game centers around the titular pizza restaurant Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, where the player must act as a night watch, defending themselves from possessed, animatronic animal characters by tracking their movement through the facility using security cameras.
Five Nights at Freddy's was first released via Desura on August 8, 2014. On August 20, 2014, after it was approved by the service's crowdsourcing platform Greenlight, Five Nights at Freddy's was also released via Steam. A port for Android was released on August 27, 2014 via Google Play Store.
The game was praised by critics for being a unique take on the survival horror genre, with a particular emphasis on its simplistic design, along with how its gameplay mechanics and aesthetics contributed to an overall feeling of fear and paranoia. Five Nights at Freddy's' was the most sold game on Desura for the week of August 18, 2014, boosted by a number of popular "Let's Play" videos on YouTube—including most prominently, Markiplier, who labelled it the "scariest game in years".