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Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location is a survival horror game and the fifth installment in the Five Nights at Freddy's series created by Scott Cawthon. The game was released on October 7, 2016. The release date for the Android and iOS was revealed by Scott Cawthon in a Steam discussion to be after the release of the Custom Night update, which was December 1, 2016.
Sister Location distances itself from several key gameplay and storytelling mechanics used in previous games, instead featuring walking access to any area in the game, each with its own differing objective the player must carry out. Throughout the game, the player interacts with a new cast of animatronic characters, central to which is a seemingly benevolent animatronic named Circus Baby.
The bulk of the gameplay in Sister Location does away with the survival aspect of previous games. Instead of remaining in one place and preventing the animatronic antagonists from attacking, the player must move from room to room in order to fulfill a series of objectives that change during each of the five nights. For example, Night 2 requires the player to sneak across a dark auditorium and reset a group of circuit breakers, while for Night 4, the player is placed inside a costume suit and must keep its spring locks wound up while shaking off the small robots that climb onto it.
As in Five Nights at Freddy's 2, when a game ends, the player may be given the chance to play an 8-bit minigame, in which Circus Baby has to deliver cupcakes to children. After doing so, the player must pick up an ice cream cone, return to the beginning of the course, and give it to a little girl. Completing this task grants access to a secret level during Night 5, a near-recreation of the gameplay in the original Five Nights at Freddy's. Here, the player remains in a security office and must prevent the animatronic Ennard from entering it by watching surveillance cameras and closing electric doors, all of which consume a limited power supply.
Clearing all five nights unlocks a gallery of extra features: pictures of the game's animatronics, their making-of, a map of the facility, and automatic access to Circus Baby's cupcake minigame. As of the December 1, 2016 update, clearing all nights also unlocks the non-canon Custom Night mode, a modified version of the Night 5 secret level. The player can choose from several modes and difficulty settings, facing new animatronics, and must conserve both power and oxygen supplies in order to survive. Completing these modes allows the player to view a series of 8-bit cutscenes that have been declared as part of the series canon.
An achievement system exists in the form of four stars, obtained by unlocking both of the game's endings, completing the Circus Baby minigame, and completing the hardest Custom Night mode.