First designed for Ludum Dare 47, Friday Night Funkin’ has grown beyond its humble origins. Though it did not win any particular categories in that game jam, the homage to Flash games has become a runaway hit thanks to a great soundtrack and challenging gameplay. For some, however, the base game is not enough. Thankfully, there is a handy solution to their problem: Friday Night Funkin’ is open source.
Because Friday Night Funkin’ is open source, hundreds of modders have thrown their hats into the ring with their own content. Players can download new UIs, new characters with new songs, and all sorts of other gameplay changes. TechRaptor has compiled some of the most popular ones to keep the Friday nights funky. Installing mods is easy, and is as simple as dragging and dropping into the correct folders. This list is not exhaustive, and checking out the featured mods on Gamebanana is your best bet for finding the funkiest mod for you.
VS Whitty Full Week
Providing an entire week of original songs, VS Whitty adds fan-lore to Friday Night Funkin'. This rockstar and his short fuse challenge the Boyfriend to a bombastic musical duel. Tracks include the oddly chill "Lo-Fight, Overhead," which builds to an intense crescendo, and "Ballistic," featuring shredding with a heavily distorted guitar. Other assets include a new background, replays, and a new input system. A full playthrough is available on Kade Dev’s YouTube channel, one of the team members. The VS Whitty Full Week mod can be downloaded from Gamebanana. Be aware that it does change the default binding on your keys by using Kade Dev’s engine.
Hatsune Miku Full Week
Developed by evdial and GenoX, this adds a separately coded week to Friday Night Funkin’ starring international music sensation Hatsune Miku. Living in the shadow of your older sister is tough, especially when she insists on meeting your Girlfriend at a packed concert! Now the Boyfriend must perform in front of thousands of people. Boasting four separate tracks with vocals from Hatsune Miku ("PoPiPo," "Aishite, Aishite, Aishite," "Suck It Up," and "The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku"), they all include new voice banks for the Boyfriend. Other new things include sprites for Hatsune Miku and a new background (a large concert). Watch a playthrough video on YouTube and download the mod from Gamebanana here.
Perhaps one of the largest, most extensive mods, the B-Sides mods remix all of the music in the game. Each track gets a new feel to it, adding new challenges to each of the six current Weeks. It gives the characters new spritework and palettes, as well. If you feel you’ve mastered the original songs but are looking for something a little bit different, you can get the B-Side Remixes on Gamebanana. One of the composers, Rozebud, has a demo of Weeks 5 and 6 on their YouTube channel. There are additional options to leave the sprites untouched, making B-Side Remixes compatible with other purely visual mods.
Friday Night Funkin’ Minus
This visual mod replaces the default sprites with characters resembling their HUD icons during duels. Perhaps the most striking are the Father and Mother, who have pretty extensive changes to their sprites. The Father, in particular, is much more dynamic in Friday Night Funkin’ Minus compared to his rather stiff animations from Week 1. Download the mod from Gamebanana here, and check out the mod preview on YouTube.
Of course, these are but samples of the massive number of mods available for the game. At time of writing, Friday Night Funkin’ has six different Weeks for players to conquer and jam out to (not to mention all the mods!). The game is currently free and available for download via itch.io.