Friday Night Funkin’, or FNF for short, is an open source rhythm game based on donations. The game was previously available exclusively on New Grounds, an open donationware platform where you could play a variety of featured games and films.


Friday Night Funkin’ (FNF) was released for the PC in November 2020. It can be downloaded or played directly in a browser tab. FNF is a single-player rhythm game, which means that a significant portion of the game involves hand-eye coordination and, of course, music. FNF’s interface generates sounds using the arrow keys on your keyboard: you must hit the correct arrow at the correct time to increase your score. If you miss an arrow, you lose your rhythm and your score decreases. And what if you miss too many notes by the level’s conclusion? The game is over.

You play Friday Night Funkin as a 19-year-old rap battler named “Boyfriend.” Weeks are the levels, and each week consists of three rap battles for the song “Boyfriend.” Boyfriend competes against “Girlfriend’s” father in the first week, who sits in the background atop a stereo during the battle. The second week features “Skid” and “Pump,” two children dressed as a skeleton and a pumpkin, respectively. Week three introduces you to Pico, a redhead who challenges you to a subway rap battle. You battle Girlfriend’s mother in week four, and both of Girlfriend’s parents in week five. Additionally, week five features one of my favourite tracks from the soundtrack, “Cocoa.”

Players are not required to participate in the entirety of Friday Night Funkin if they so desire. The game can be played at your leisure, regardless of whether you want to engage in the story or simply play exhibition style.

These are divided into story mode and free play mode, where the basic style remains the same but the free play mode does away with the need for a sequence and allows players to choose their own songs.

Concerning the question of whether the game is child-friendly, the answer can be gleaned by viewing it through the eyes of a child. When children play FNF, they do so for the catchy tunes, and their sole focus while playing is on hitting the correct arrows on the board and completing as many challenges as possible. If any “adult” material exists, it will almost certainly pass them by.