Friday Night Funkin ‘is fondly reminiscent of flash games

While many may seem and seem downright primitive today, games and animation using Adobe Flash were great ways for hobbyist artists and game programmers to share their work. many of these games also carry a zeitgeist which is essentially “early-mid 2000s”. Thick black character outlines, super warped characters or animated stick figures, free blood and blood, and sharper than a stack of razors were the norm. It was free, it was fun, it was a little rude and it was glorious. Enter Friday night funkin.

With Flash shutting down at the end of last year, many believed these characteristics of the past would be gone forever. Despite efforts to preserve them, many Flash media items can become permanently lost. Newgrounds is no longer the Flash media giant it once was, with a small but dedicated user base. Many hopes for game development have shifted to sites like Github and itch.io, which offer easy access to thousands of game demos, prototypes, and even full releases.

“Left, Right, Left, Right … That’s how we do it!”

So where does Friday night funkin get into the mix? At first glance, it seems like a lovely Flash-based rhythm game that is very reminiscent of Dance Dance Revolution: Just press the arrow keys to the beat of the song. While it retains a Flash game charm and aesthetic, Friday night funkin uses a more advanced and modern framework. Designed and developed using flexible and versatile OpenFL and Haxe, Friday night funkin was a submission to Ludum Dare 47. The theme of this Ludum Dare was “Stuck in a Loop”. While Friday night funkin not having won any category, the team decided to continue developing the concept.

The story is quite simple: the boyfriend and his girlfriend are dating and the girlfriend’s father finds out. As an ex-rockstar, he challenges the boyfriend to a musical battle. The Father sings a little, then the Boyfriend repeats it. It’s the pattern for pretty much every song, although there are times when the player harmonizes with their opponent instead. Three songs make up Week 1, with the boyfriend coming out victorious over the father and gaining his approval.

The following two weeks are devoted to collaborations. Week 2 brings two new songs and a crossover with Sr. Pelo’s Skid and Pump Scary month series. Week 3 adds three more songs and features the Newgrounds mascot Pico (from Tom Fulp’s Pico’s school Flash games). So far, however, these only appear to be breaks from the “main” plot.

Friday night Funkin Mother, I would like to funk
Mother comes straight out of an 80s rock band with her intense vocals. His last song of week 4, Milf, is one of the most difficult songs Friday night funkin has to offer.

In week 4, Mother gets involved. With a wild mane of brown hair, a tight red dress and a dark coat, she appears to be cut from the same fabric as her husband. His tracks are high-energy, note-dense jams that get you excited. If the father wanted to kill the boyfriend, the mother seems to have fun testing him. Obviously satisfied at the end of the week, she gives in for the moment, but the conversation is not over.

When week 5 rolls around, mom and dad take a Santa Claus hostage from the mall and challenge the boyfriend together. Two Christmas-themed songs ensue before things start to take a turn for the worse. Lemon-headed monster initially hidden in code makes its first official appearance in Land of Winter Horror, deflecting the battle. After (maybe) murdering everyone in the mall, he challenges the boyfriend, intending to eat him and the girlfriend for Christmas dinner!

Part of the appeal of Friday night funkin seems to come from the way it perfectly captures that feel of a difficult Flash game. While most people can probably handle Week 1 with minimal fuss, later songs will require multiple restarts to reduce rhythm and muscle memory. Final song of week 4, Milf, is a chaotic frenzy as you try to follow Mother’s voice barrage. There are also a lot of little touches, like the way the girlfriend nods to the beat of the music, making her a kind of silent and vibrating metronome.

Friday night Funkin Dadbattle
Week 1 will lay the groundwork for the challenges ahead.

Friday night funkin is also easy to modify, thanks to the way the whole game is open source. Players have done everything from swapping palettes, HUDs, and sprites to adding their own songs. Several mods even add Hatsune Miku, as many songs have synth vocals. The popular Vocaloid even makes an appearance (along with many others) in the crowd in Week 5.

The last update, week 5, was released on January 21, with no signs of slowing down. If you feel like panicking on a Friday night, there’s worse than checking out Friday night funkin for you. Check back with us on TechRaptor for your latest indie rhythm game news and all other news. In the meantime, share your favorite song with us in the comments below or on our social media pages.

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