A terrifying mascot-horror game
Developed by Mob Entertainment, Poppy Playtime is a free-to-play game that thrusts players into the unknown horrors that await in the now-abandoned Playtime Co., a toy factory. With survival as the ultimate goal, the player explores the once-prominent toy factory while taking advantage of the GrabPack’s ability to pick up objects and conduct electricity, to name a few actions.
Like Five Nights at Freddy’s (FNAF), Poppy Playtime immerses players with its spine-tingling atmosphere, triggering their fear of the unknown. In this game, you will meet the titular pig-tailed doll Poppy, the antagonist Huggy Wuggy, and many more.
Explore the mysterious Playtime Co.
Poppy Playtime takes place in Playtime Co., the manufacturer behind Huggy Wuggy, Poppy, and many other toys. It is said that the toy factory closed down due to the mysterious disappearance of its employees. However — a decade after the incident — the protagonist ventures into the ominous, labyrinthine Playtime Co. and uncovers many of its secrets and mysteries, all while trying their best to stay alive.
Equipped with a GrabPack, this innovative gadget features two extendable arms with hands that allow the player to unlock GrabPack-only doors, reach faraway objects, and restore power in the factory. With these features, the GrabPack proves to be an invaluable asset in exploration and puzzle-solving. Later on, the protagonist will encounter the game’s main antagonist, Huggy Wuggy — a toy with blue fur and razor-sharp teeth.
With Huggy Wuggy deadset on chasing and killing the player, they must grab a wooden box and break the catwalk, obstructing the vengeful blue-furred toy and causing it to fall to its doom. Although this game only takes around an hour to complete, it manages to deliver the scares in a short amount of time without relying on cheap jumpscares. Unfortunately, this short playtime also affects its overall replay value.
Experience the horror once again in these DLCs
With the release of Poppy Playtime’s second and third chapters — both of which are premium DLCs — the game delves deeper into the lore, throwing players into the horrors that lie within the DLCs. Released in 2022, Poppy Playtime - Chapter 2, or Chapter 2: "Fly in a Web," is set in the Game Station, an area within Playtime Co. that was once populated with children.
This premium content is a step up from the base game, as you can now equip the green hand and grapple using the GrabPack. Instead of Huggy Wuggy, you will face the green-eyed and pink-haired antagonist Mommy Long Legs. The second chapter is also longer than the original, so expect to finish this in around two hours.
Poppy Playtime - Chapter 3, on the other hand, is a continuation of the second DLC, with the protagonist now exploring an orphanage called Playcare, which is also located in Playtime Co. Launched in 2024 and known as Chapter 3: “Deep Sleep,” this new installment is not only harder, but scarier due to the varied, well-executed jumpscares and chase scenes. The GrabPack has been improved, as well. This time, though, you will come face-to-face with a new antagonist named CatNap, a huge purple cat with a creepy, abyss-like smile. The new character Ollie also makes her debut in this chapter.
A horror game worth checking out
With perfectly executed jumpscares, atmospheric locations, and intriguing lore to top it all off, Poppy Playtime is a game worth sinking your teeth into. While the base game is short and lacks replay value, the two DLCs further lengthen the mascot-horror title — implementing not only a couple of new upgrades to the GrabPack, but also expanding the lore and amping up the scares.