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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Poppy Playtime (2021) is a horror puzzle adventure game where you are pursued by vengeful toys in an abandoned factory. Amidst the disturbing music and jump scares you hack electrical circuits and collect useful items. Along with the unusual horror setting, your two extendable arms create novel interactions and extend the horrific clown aesthetic. The level of horror and violence varies significantly for each of the separately downloadable chapters.

You used to work at the toy factory and return a decode later after the staff seemingly disappeared. Play involves exploring each area and using your extendable hands to find clues, make electrical connections and solve the mystery. As you do this though, you are hunted by Huggy Wuggy, Cat-Bee, Mommy Long Legs and Poppy Playtime toys.

There is controversy around the game similar to the Momo Challenge moral panic. Because of the popularity of the game TikTok and YouTube creators have made scary fan videos about the Huggy Wuggy with lyrics that include "hug until your last breath together" and "sink my teeth in and you're consumed". This was misconstrued as being an encouragement to harmful actions in the game and led to warnings from head teachers and Police. While the game content is edgy, it's rated suitable for 12-13 year olds and doesn't include any encouragements for self harm.

The game is released in chapters, each of which have different levels of violence and often vary in age rating:
  • Poppy Playtime Chapter 1 (2021)
  • Poppy Playtime Chapter 2 (2022)

It's a game about the thrill of dread. Drawing on games like Five Nights at Freddies and films like Child’s Play, it creates terrifying monsters from innocent playthings. Huggy Wuggy, for instance starts looking like a 10 foot tall cuddly toy but soon reveals its sharp teeth. The challenge is solving the obscure puzzles, often with the help of the wider player community.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Poppy Playtime 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 4 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure game with Puzzle, Stealth and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 1 hour and 2 hours to complete. Each chapter last an hour or two, depending on how determined you are to find everything.

BenefitsBenefits

This game is good if you want to:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Poppy Playtime Chapter 3 is rated PEGI 12 for Horror.

Poppy Playtime Chapter 2 is rated PEGI 16 for Strong Violence.

Poppy Playtime Chapter 1 is rated PEGI 12 because it features moderate horror and violence. This game features a sense of threat and dread throughout as the player’s character explores an abandoned factory. In one intense sequence, the player’s character is pursued by a monster, including through a series of dark air vents. In another sequence, a heavy box is dropped onto a fantasy character, causing it to fall from a height. Blood appears on some pipes that the character strikes as it falls.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB TEEN for Violence, Blood.
Rated 12+ on Apple App Store for Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes, Mild Realistic Violence, Intense Horror/Fear Themes, Cartoon or Fantasy Violence, Profanity or Crude Humor.

Chapter 1: There's no gore but there are some splatters of blood on factory walls. As highlighted by official ratings, the horror nature of the game makes it likely to upset younger players.

Chapter 2: There's a scene where a character is pulled into a meat grinder and then explodes with a splash of blood.

Parents should also note that copy-cat games are available on Roblox, such as Poppy Playtime Morphs. Because these are user generated experiences they fall outside any rating criteria.

CostsCosts

Poppy Playtime

Steam Store PC Free
PlayStation Store PS5 -
Switch Store Switch -
PlayStation Store PS4 -
This game is free to play, but there are other costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
 
You can purchase chapters for the game individually:
  • Chapter 1: A Tight Squeeze
  • Chapter 2: Fly in a Web
  • Chapter 3: Deep Sleep

You can also play a version of the game on Roblox. 
 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 12/10/2021, updated in 2022

Price: Free

Out Now: Android, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch and iOS

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure (Puzzle, Stealth and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: Mob Games Studios (@MobGamesStudios)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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