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Poppy Playtime
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Poppy Playtime

Poppy Playtime review

Every VHS tape discloses the hidden lore of the facility and the Poppy Playtime is a first-person horror-puzzle adventure game developed by MOB Games Studio. It's a pretty small group of developers who are directed by Isaac Christopherson. It consists of a number of chapters around the aban...

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Lasting Appeal
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Poppy Playtime

Every VHS tape discloses the hidden lore of the facility and the Poppy Playtime is a first-person horror-puzzle adventure game developed by MOB Games Studio. It's a pretty small group of developers who are directed by Isaac Christopherson. It consists of a number of chapters around the abandoned Playtime Co. factory, specializing in producing “the nation’s favorite toys.” As an ex-employee at the toy factory, you solve the mystery behind the disappearances of employees. You make your way further into the mysterious factory with your Grabpack while you sneak around the dangerous toys ahead.

Poppy Playtime keeps you in a state of mystery throughout the game.​​ No explanation right at that time and if there are, they are usually in VHS tapes. Within the VHS tapes, you collect the story throughout the game. I advise you to try checking out the game yourself, as the tapes are spoiler-heavy.

Gameplay

Grab pack - your toy is in danger of hiding away from toys. The Grabpack is like to have sticky hands and acts as an electrical conductor to power through the puzzles ahead. Grab pack has the ability to grab little items and get to places that are far to reach. It is an unusual feature and provides a new technique for players to interact with the game, other than simply walking through the facility. When you return power to the facility, you discover the second hand needed to progress through the rest of the game.

Graphics & Audio

Visual effects are realistic and grungy, which fits the idea that the facility is stranded. The area never looks bright and remains in low lighting. Long corridors and small areas like vents add to the feeling of being trapped. Although the factory is grubby, it still attempts to bring joy into the place.

While exploring the facility, you can notice posters plastered around the game featuring Huggy Wuggy and other viewless mascots to promote the facility and stimulate kids. Almost all of the art is also trailed around the walls and has a simplified cute art style. One more fascinating thing is that the colors utilize the three primary colors.

Mascot horror dominates the video game industry, but this game is obviously high level with its unique use of the trend. The game properly uses its strong points to its advantage to bring fear into players. In place of using jumpscares to create fear, it builds tension to spook the player. It makes an illusion of being safe when in reality, the danger is still lurking within. 

As a beginning chapter, it is relatively short, only ranging from 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on the player. Although the time frame is short, it packs an impressive punch into what's to come in future chapters. Poppy Playtime could easily be one of the best indie games released this year from its production quality and effective use of scares. 

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