A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Although the players are motivated to uncover a mystery, the main point of the story is simply to survive. Players do test various puzzle and problem solving skills as they progress through the abandoned factory.
Positive Role Models
Players are on their own when it comes to exploring the factory and evading the dangerous threats hidden within. Seemingly innocent mascots and toys are actually deadly maniacal predators looking to kill and even eat the player.
Outside of the player, which the first person perspective keeps from showing any particular race, gender, etc., the other main characters are animatronic animal-like creatures.
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Ease of Play
The basic mechanics are simple enough to pick up and play, but it’s the puzzle nature of the adventure that makes things difficult. Oftentimes, the solution to certain puzzles are very obscure and easily missed.
Violence & Scariness
While there’s no graphic violence or gore, there’s also no shortage of blood splatter, often eerily close to the remains of various toys. There are also frightening scenes when the player is getting chased down and potentially killed by Huggy Wuggy.
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Products & Purchases
The game's relatively short and ends on a cliffhanger, which is representative of its episodic nature. This is just the first chapter, with other chapters needing to be purchased separately later down the road.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Poppy Playtime is a downloadable episodic horror adventure game available for Windows based PCs. Players explore a seemingly abandoned toy factory, solving puzzles along the way, as they uncover the fate of the factory’s staff and also attempt to survive the experience. The controls are easy to pick up and play, though not always the most precise. While there’s no graphic violence or gore, there are splatters of blood throughout the factory. Also, the horror nature of the game will likely be too scary for younger audiences. Finally, parents should be aware that this is the first chapter of an episodic experience, meaning that it’s only part of the story and the rest must be purchased piecemeal over time.
Is It Any Good?
As cute and as cuddly as kids’ toys and cartoon mascots can be in the light of day, they can equally turn into the stuff of nightmares in the dead of night. Poppy Playtime is the latest horror game to take advantage if this dread from movies like Child’s Play to games like Five Nights at Freddy’s, because there’s just something terrifying about the idea of something so innocent becoming so evil. It takes the silliness of youth and corrupts it into a sinister setting. Sure, you might be surrounded by bright colors and happy smiles, but those blood stained walls and the flickering shadows keep the tension high from the opening moments to the final cliffhanger.
Poppy Playtime relies heavily on atmosphere to keep players’ interests. The mechanics are simple enough, with players using the GrabPack’s two extendable hands to pick up and pull objects, to act as an electrical conduit between circuits, and in other creative ways. Where the game stumbles is in the progression. Solving the various puzzles isn’t necessarily difficult, but the clues to the solutions are often really obscure or even nonexistent. It can be frustrating to be stuck in one particular area simply because you had no idea the answer was staring you in the face the whole time. Another very minor gripe to be had is the episodic nature of the game. This first chapter doesn’t take very long to complete and ends on a cliffhanger, leaving players with a slightly diluted sense of fulfillment.
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