In this rhythm action game, you play “The Boyfriend” as he tries to woo “The Girlfriend” by matching symbols to the rhythm of music. Each level features a unique song and enemy to fight, with the primary aim being to beat The Girlfriend’s evil ex-rockstar dad.
What is Friday Night Funkin’?
If you’ve ever played cult rhythm game hits PaRappa the Rapper or Dance Dance Revolution (DDR), you’ll have an idea of the Friday Night Funkin’ concept. Over four in-game weeks and 11 songs, you have to match arrows on-screen to the music’s beat. Each correct match also bumps up your overall score.
Style and substance
Friday Night Funkin’ features unique art that mixes kawaii-style character designs (think Animal Crossing) with graffiti text and backgrounds. As the game is also open-source, it’s entirely possible to tweak the graphics yourself, or even add your own characters.
Secrets and songs
There are around 13 characters currently available, with some only accessible via the debug menu. Press’ 7’ and you’ll be able to load them, including ‘Lemon Demon’, a creepy lemon-headed monster. The Boyfriend is the 19-year-old main protagonist and always appears as the player-character by default.
The soundtrack is mostly upbeat electronic music, which is all unique to the game. It’s possible to change difficulty settings from the game’s main menu, which doesn’t affect the music but does slow down the arrows you have to match.
Friday Night Funkin’ was initially created for a game jam called Ludum Dare but proved popular enough to get spruced up into a more polished rhythm game. At the time of writing, the creators were keen to add more weeks/songs to the game, so it should see continued development for quite some time.
A fun rhythm action title
Friday Night Funkin’ only does one thing, but it does it very well. If you are a fan of rhythm or music-based games, there is no reason not to try it out, especially because it is free. What's more, it is continually being developed and updated so you can expect more and more content the longer you play it.