FNAF: Security Breach – Glitchy but worth the jump scares.


Scott Cawthon

Cassidy Schmidt, Staff Reporter

The Five Nights at Freddy’s series has its fans raving about the newest game edition, Security Breach, and its vast new game style. While gameplay feels incomplete and is glitchy at times, this new addition to the series is unique compared to past games.

Security Breach is the tenth game in Scott Cawthon’s immensely popular video game series and was released on Dec. 16, 2021. 

Early buzz focused on the entirely new gameplay mechanics to the FNaF series as a whole, allowing the player to freely roam around a massive map while completing various goals. Previous games confined the player to only a few rooms with limited visual perspective of each area, limiting strategies to maneuver through the game.

Playing as a young boy called Gregory, the player’s goal is to escape from Freddy Fazbear’s Mega Pizzaplex when trapped overnight, with the help of the iconic character, Freddy, who, this time around, is friendly towards the player.

The player’s only goal is to escape the Pizzaplex, as nighttime protocols lets the animatronic mascots roam the Pizzaplex freely to prevent intruders. Adding to FNaF’s horror element, there are a variety of jumpscares featuring the characters that trigger if the player is caught.

The Pizzaplex, an 80s styled mall-like setting, introduces an enormous area to explore, such as a playground inside a daycare, a bowling alley and a sewage system.

This is the first FNaF game featuring an open-world-like map, so navigating the massive area can prove tedious and troublesome. The modern atmosphere is also a lot less scary opposed to previous FNaF games, featuring worn offices, dark halls, flickering lights and a consistently eerie ambience. 

Security Breach features familiar characters such as Freddy the bear and Chica the chicken animatronics, as well as introducing new characters, including Monty the alligator and Roxy the wolf animatronics as well as a (human) security guard who takes her job very seriously, and a certain antagonist who follows one of the series’ most infamous villains appear throughout the game.

Each character’s design features a theme referred to as “glamrock”, which mimics 70s and 80s styles, with bright colors and funky accessories. 

Unlike previous FNaF games, the characters all have very notable personalities, expressed through their unique behaviors throughout the game, as well as their newly added spoken voice lines that reveal information about not only themselves, but the game’s storyline.This also allows experiences with each individual character to feel more personal, and makes the setting more realistic, as opposed to characters normally existing only to catch the player off guard and scare them.

Given that Security Breach has the largest amount of code compared to every other FNaF game and introduces a take on first person perspective in 3D, the game still contains a lot of bugs that cause easily triggered and unintentional glitching. However, this hasn’t stopped many fans from loving the game.

The game contains 3D graphics throughout the open-world-like setting; however it also contains 2D styles, such as comic strips, shown under certain circumstances to indicate a change in mood.

While FNaF: Security Breach has a massive amount of room for improvement, the attempt at a new gameplay style is still very intriguing, and the characters, voice lines, lore and other new features such as save points and minigames, more than make up for it.