Friday Night Funkin’ by ninjamuffin99 is a music-themed indie game with a straightforward but demanding task. You play by matching various rhythms with your arrow keys to impress your crush, and more importantly, her dad. It’s simple yet addictive, especially as the songs get more challenging.
Get the girl
Friday Night Funkin’ places you in the Boyfriend’s shoes, one of the two main characters for the plot. It’s your goal to kiss the Girlfriend, but unfortunately, her dad is around. He’ll accept your relationship with his daughter as long as you prove yourself by beating him with your sense of rhythm.
As you go on through levels in story mode and songs get ever more intricate, you’ll encounter other musicians looking to compete against you. Still, the first chapter sets the tone quite well for the entire narrative so you get a feel for it early on in the game.
The gameplay mechanics are easy to grasp, requiring only your arrow or WSAD keys. As the developer disclaims himself, the controls are the same as in Dance Dance Revolution, having you match each beat of the song by pressing different buttons per the on-screen instructions.
You’ll also see the meter slider to the left if you’re doing good and winning the match-off, and moving to the right when you get off-beat. Slide too far right, and you’re dead. You’ll have to restart the level and try again.
Original retro design
The cartoonish retro art style brings back the nostalgia of simple ’90s games. It feels even more endearing when you learn that other indie artists, such as PhantomArcade, collaborated on making it happen.
Everything on the screen is vivid and straightforward without being too much in-your-face, boosting the visual appeal. The sound design, which is vital to the gameplay, is smooth and immersive.
Overall, although it’s not that complex and in-depth, Friday Night Funkin’ is a fun, nostalgic game. It gets challenging, too, taking advantage of simple mechanics to take you on a swift ride.
Should you download it?
Yes. If you’re the type of person who enjoyed the Guitar Hero franchise, this game will bring back memories, at least for a few hours of engaging gameplay.