PC download charts: 'Five Nights at Freddy's' tears up Desura

"Five Nights at Freddy's" creator Scott Cawthon has five games, a movie, and a five-book story collection in various states of development

Scary bear game "Five Nights at Freddy's" becomes an instant success on Desura (and YouTube) come Monday, August 18 in advance of its inevitable Steam launch.

Players subject themselves to a terrifying week of night work as security at fast food joint Freddy's, where sinister packs of robotic animals reveal their true and horrific agenda at night.

Horror titles have always made for good material on YouTube, where audiences can together watch their favorite host creep (and scream) through the latest digital fear factory.

Accordingly, a clutch of popular Let's Play videos for "Five Nights" appeared on YouTube over the last week, and deep-voiced channel host Markiplier led the charge with part one of his playthrough ("Warning: Scariest Game In Years," youtu.be/iOztnsBPrAA).

"Five Nights at Freddy's has not only hit the top 5 on Steam Greenlight, it climbed all the way up to number 4," said developer Scott Cawthon (scottgames.com), whose previous release was the considered point & click adventure "The Desolate Hope," and before that an interactive version of John Bunyan's spiritual classic "The Pilgrim's Progress."

The dreadfest is available for $5 from Desura for those who want to play now rather than wait for the Steam release; a free demo can be found at indiedb.com/games/five-nights-at-freddys while Steam Greenlight voting is taking place at steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=270684111.

New entries across other charts include action role-playing game "Risen 3" on Steam, where team shooter "Counter-Strike: Global Offensive" reclaims top, and modern classic "Sacred 2: Gold" on GOG, after the solid action role-playing game's sequel released recently to a muted reception.

Steam* (steampowered.com)
1. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (+1)
2. DayZ (-1)
3. Payday 2 (re-entry)
4. Divinity: Original Sin (-1)
5. Risen 3 - Titan Lords (new)
*Steam chart based on revenue rather than units.

GameStop US (gamestop.com)
1. The Sims 3 Starter Pack (+4)
2. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (r)
3. Command & Conquer The Ultimate Edition (r)
4. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (r)
5. Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare (-1)

GamersGate US (gamersgate.com)
1. Euro Truck Simulator 2: Going East! (r)
2. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Grand Master Collection (r)
3. Euro Truck Simulator 2 Gold (r)
4. Euro Truck Simulator 2 (r)
5. Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team (r)

GOG (gog.com)
1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Preorder (+1)
2. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (r)
3. Divinity: Original Sin (-2)
4. Sacred 2: Gold (new)
5. The Witcher: Enhanced Edition (r)

Desura's Most Popular (desura.com)
1. Five Nights at Freddy's (new)
2. Dominions 4: Thrones of Ascension (=)
3. MTBFreeride - free (=)
4. Divine Souls: RPG & MOBA - free (new)
5. ERIE - free (+1)

Itch.io (itch.io)
1. Forsaken Isle (Early Access (+1)
2. SanctuaryRPG (r)
3. Eden River HD: A Virtual Reality Relaxation Experience - Early Access (-2)
4. Words for Evil (+3)
5. Roguelight (new)