Review

The player plays as a former employee who is revisiting an abandoned toy factory previously owned by the game's in-universe company Playtime Co. 10 years after the staff have seemingly vanished without a trace.

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Poppy Playtime

  • Samanta Blumberg
  • Jan 07, 2022
In the game, players navigate through a first-person perspective and must solve puzzles, some requiring a gadget named the GrabPack, in order to progress further. Players can also find various VHS tapes lying around the factory, which give a more in-depth explanation of the story.

Gameplay

In Poppy Playtime, the player must solve puzzles in order to progress through levels. The puzzles require items such as the GrabPack, a backpack with two extendable arms used to pull objects from a distance, conduct electricity, and access certain doors. The player can also find VHS tapes throughout the game, which tell the story of Playtime Co.

Graphics

The graphics in Poppy Playtime are minimalistic and are mainly comprised of an abandoned factory with graffitied walls, rusty machinery, and steel grates.

Replayability

Poppy Playtime has a total of 10 levels, with each level consisting of 2-4 puzzles.

Conclusion

Overall, Poppy Playtime is a survival horror, logical puzzle game developed and published by indie developer MOB Games. The game is set in the abandoned Playtime Co. toy factory, where the protagonist, a former employee of the company, returns after receiving a letter from the staff who were thought to have left 10 years ago.

Pros:
  • The puzzles in Poppy Playtime are logical and require the player to use their intelligence to solve them instead of relying on the game's mechanics
  • The VHS tapes found throughout the game tell the story of Playtime Co. and allow for more in-depth exploration of the game's universe
  • The game is scary and can make the player feel genuinely uncomfortable at times
  • The game's pacing is done well with breaks in between puzzles
  • The game does not require any artificial intelligence to progress
  • The game is short and can be completed in less than 2 hours
  • The game has no microtransactions
Cons:
  • The game does not have a save feature
  • The game is not available on consoles
  • The game is partially linear, with some puzzles being completed in a set order
  • The puzzles are not difficult to solve
  • The game is short and can be completed in less than 2 hours
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