Updated: Apr 12
A review from James Fox, aged 12
In Night of Frights! from Funko Games, for 2-4 players aged 8 and up, you play as one of the pizzeria animatronics from the Five Nights at Freddy's video game. The game takes up to 20 minutes to play and is about collecting sets of items to make yourself scarier and then trying to capture the security guard to win.
On their turn, after adding two more items to the board, the animatronics use four actions to Move, Pick Up all items in a space, play an Action card, or try to Capture the Guard. The board is small, which increases interaction, and some cards allow you to jump to specific rooms, like next to the Guard's Room. To improve your scariness on the Scare Tracker, you can, for example, hand in two Milkshakes in Room 10, which also turns your marker over from its 'X'-side to the scary side.
You must be scary to try to Capture the Guard. When you do this, you draw an Event card, which mostly speeds the game up, but everyone loses if there are none left. Then you take out tokens from the bag equal to your position on the scare tracker. If you draw the Guard token, you win. Otherwise all the Miss tokens go back in and you draw up to three Action cards and turn your scare marker back to X.
I felt the game doesn't really connect with the larger Fazbear Frights lore, even though each animatronic has special powers; for example, Freddy has 4 Action cards. The security camera can be moved to annoy other players. It is a cardboard token, but the animatronics are nice painted figures. The box is a pizza box and the rest of the components are OK apart from the paper bag which can trap a token in it.
Night of Frights! will be good for family and kids, but I don't think very experienced gamers will like it. I enjoyed collecting the tokens but it was annoying that another player could just be very lucky and draw the Guard token on their first try, making it a very short game. I'd rate Five Nights at Freddy's: Night of Frights! as better than the recent Five Nights at Freddys: Survive 'Til 6AM (Funko) but not as good as Horrified (Ravensburger).
Thanks for reading.
(Review by James Fox)