Quico’s best friend, Monster, is a huge beast with razor-sharp teeth, but that doesn’t scare Quico away from playing with him. That said, Monster does have a very dangerous problem: an addiction to poisonous frogs.
Release Date: Apr 18, 2013

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"What begins as a puzzle platformer, and very much has its up and downs, becomes a series of brilliantly, beautifully, devastatingly evocative moments."
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Reviews

“… one of the best games to come out this year.”
Kotaku

“One of the top ten games of 2012”
4.5/5 -TIME Magazine

“Papo & Yo, a lyrical tale of a boy and a monster, has set a new and altogether different standard in gaming for representing the world as it is.”
New York Times

About This Game

Quico’s best friend, Monster, is a huge beast with razor-sharp teeth, but that doesn’t scare Quico away from playing with him. That said, Monster does have a very dangerous problem: an addiction to poisonous frogs. The minute he sees one hop by, he’ll scarf it down and fly into a violent, frog-induced rage where no one, including Quico, is safe. And yet, Quico loves his Monster and wants to save him. As Quico, players will build their friendship with Monster by solving puzzles together and adventuring through a magical, surrealist world. Players will need to learn to use Monster’s emotions, both good and bad, to their advantage if they want to complete their search for a cure and save their pal.

Key Features

  • Real Relationships – Through a unique mix of gameplay and interactive narrative, players explore the complex relationships between Quico, Monster, Lula and Alejandra
  • A Magical World – a beautiful South American favela based in fantastical realism which highlights actual pieces by celebrity graffiti artists
  • A Captivating Original Soundtrack – a soulful sound design created entirely from scratch by Venezuelan-born composer Brian D’Oliveira and La Hacienda Creative
  • Environment-based Puzzle – explore and interact with a world full of whimsical surprises to progress in your journey
  • A Personal Story – inspired by Creative Director Vander Caballero’s tumultuous childhood

System Requirements

    Minimum:

    • OS:Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7
    • Processor:2.2 GHz dual core or better
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVIDIA GeForce 6800GT, ATI Radeon X1800 or better
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:4 GB HD space
    • Sound:Windows compatible sound card
    • Additional:Game supports Multi-Monitor

    Recommended:

    • OS:Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7
    • Processor:2.8 GHz quad core or better
    • Memory:3 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460, ATI Radeon HD 5870 or better
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:4 GB HD space
    • Sound:Windows compatible sound card
    • Additional:Game supports Multi-Monitor
Helpful customer reviews
53 of 55 people (96%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
I don't think a game has ever made me cry so much. Coming from a family with substance abuse, this game hit down to the core. It isn't a difficult game, but it has a beautiful and powerful story to tell.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
36.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
First of all, I have to mention that this is quite a powerful game and can have quite an impact on people if they have ever suffered with or been aroud substance misuse although it isn't primarily focused on this. The gameplay is incredible. There is lots to explore and lots of creative elements involved such as making things in order to help you through your journey. Without giving too much away, you feel very much like you are the character playing and you quite often feel what he is feeling. This did make me cry, I will be honest but I personally, love games that has such a powerful impact on me. It makes me want to play it again and again and I have already completed the game twice and itching to go back. It's easy to forget yourself and get totally immersed. If you like adventure and a taste for real life elements, give this game a try. It was suggested to me by a friend and I can't thank him enough for putting me in touch with this game. I highly recommend it and I'm very thankful to the developers for going to so much trouble and effort to make it an amazing experience for me.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
Papo & Yo is a fairly short indie puzzle/platformer game that doubles as an elephantine metaphor for the game's creative director's troubled relationship with his father. The puzzles are fairly simple, but the way you interact with the world is interesting and the visuals are fantastic. Think of it as Portal, but with child abuse and alcoholism instead of cake and fat jokes. If nothing else, it is an interesting experience that doesn't overstay its welcome.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
Played through Papa & Yo today.Not a bad game. I remember the press on this being highly favorable. The gameplay wasnt really very challenging, but it was engaging enough to convey the story, which was obvious very quickly, so no worries about spoilers really...you (but really the guy who wrote the story) had an abusive alcoholic dad, and the torment of that upbringing haunted him throughout his life until he was finally able to let go of the fear and torment and move on with his life....that is pretty much the story in a nutshell. It is put forward in a very sensitive manner, and serves to explain the writers feelings without necessarily forcing them on you the gamer. So, I can see why people liked the game based on that. I think the gameplay was probably a 6 out of 10, but the story was more like a 7 out of 10, and the presentation was a 9 out of 10.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Papo & Yo is a 3D puzzle platformer adventure, in which you are a boy running after a girl, avoiding a monster while using it to solve puzzles, and playing with your robot toy. You use platforming to reach various stuff in the environment to change the the world around you to progress. Well, on one plane. On another plane, and this is made clear right before the game proper starts, this is a game about overcoming a drunk abusive father. Papo & Yo's story isn't the best, but it has a reasonably well put together theme and a very strong subject matter. There were a few story elements that felt somewhat jarring, taking you out of the immersion. For example, the tone of the girl changes dramatically and unexpectedly at times.

It's puzzles are on the easy side, all difficulty in this game comes from either finding the things you are to interact with or with your 3D platforming skills, sometimes together with a timed element in the puzzle. Some times, it's hard to judge the distance to items and when using the robot overshoot. The platforming control does feel well implemented and I did not encounter any situations where I had managed to block progress by going somewhere I was not supposed to and with no recovery options.

Graphically, it's a nice looking game with a very consistent style to it. Textures and effects aren't the very best, but on the other hand, that's not really to be expected from a game like this. It does some world building through the environment, but over all, it is a very linear world that does not present mane chances for exploration outside of your immediate puzzle surroundings.

Game world isn't the largest, and the game doesn't take more than maybe 4-6 hours to complete if played with no prior knowledge, but for what it provides for the price, it is a solid and well designed game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Wow, is all I can say, this game has sooo much sentimentality attached to it before you even meet it, it's like that friend that you just want to help, the secret garden or the hidden path that you only imagined as a child. I found myself in my gameplay just wanting to play more and yet I had to stop for each recording.....

Get this game guys, you will not regret it and I do hope the Devs expand on this must tell story!

My gameplay here: http://youtu.be/zrv8GmWZYSg
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
If you want to experience the thrill of Brazilian favelas in the timespan between the 2014 world cup and the 2016 summer olympics, Papo and Yo is your game.
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10 of 17 people (59%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Very strong story, just check it out!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
Papo & Yo at heart is a puzzle game with platform elements. The gameplay is based on testing things to see what they do and then figuring it all out.

The story is very rich and unique, as it unfolds you can see that it is surreal and metaphoric.

The pacing of the game is very good and the conclusion pieces the story together very well.

This is one of those games where the first playthough will be most of the enjoyment and you should consider avoiding looking up any spoilers. Unlockables aren't available till the second playthrough in any case.

Overall if you like puzzles with a bit of platform style jumping thrown in and you like surreal metaphoric stories this is a good buy.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
I was expecting this to be a small indie title that was rough around the edges, which is why it was such a surprise. This has the production values of a AAA title - whatever any of that means, but it would never be released and marketed as such. You'll see amazing, world-bending things, things that haven't really got an equivalent in other games.

But you'll also get the point, which is why this could never really be an AAA blockbuster. It's beautifully sad, and definitely not for everyone. Mindful of triggers due to the subject matter, but without spoiling anything, I'll just say that the ending is as redemptive as you want it to be.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
The gaming industry is at its best when a developer manages to turn a personal story into an enjoyable game.

Papo&Yo is a wonderful experience: the gameplay is fun and gimmicky, turning the landscape and urban architecture into puzzles, thanks to all sorts of imaginary devices, the kind a child (or a talented graffiti artist :) ) might draw on walls. Many times I just surprised and delighted by what my next click did, never bored and always looking forward to the next area to solve.

The game looks and sounds just right enough to draw you into the world and the story it wants to tell. Just stand still in the sun, look around at the colorful houses of the South American slums and listen to the silence. And the crickets :) Just beautiful.

Everything feels organic, in its right place and I don't want to tell you anything more specific, for fear it will spoil your own experience. I'm just sorry I didn't pick this up sooner, it's been sitting in my Library for months.

Do yourself a favour and put a smile on your face with this gem.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
At first I thought this game was just kind of a cheery little silly platform puzzler where you bounce around with chalk markings and floating magic sugar cubes, but as it progressed the story became revealed... the game actually got legitimately unsettling, even frightening at points. The story is very carefully revealed and if you don't get spoiled through reading guides or wikis, you'll be stabbed in the stomach with feelings. These aren't 'girly visual novel' feelings, these are 'I have never cried at a movie and I'm not scared of horror games; there's just something in my eye, please hold me' feelings. For some people, the topic may actually hit very close to home.

On a gameplay note, the gameplay itself is actually fairly simple though it can be periodically frustrating if you don't know what to do. It's a short-ish game, taking about 4 and a half hours to complete if you get stuck only on a couple of puzzles. Definitely worth it, especially if you get it on sale. I've had the game for over a year and I don't regret purchasing it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
A boy and his monster,

PRO:
+ Handles difficult subject matter wonderfully
+ Filled with magical, empowering moments
+ Quico has no control over his chaotic home life, but his imagination lets him escape and feel empowered.
+ There's no penalty for getting caught, but you still understand and empathize with Quico's fear of Monster.
+ 10 Achievements
+ Steam Cloud

CONTRA:
- Puzzles are too easy to be rewarding

CONCLUSION:
You don't have to be a child to be enchanted by Papo & Yo. Even adults need to see the world through a child's eyes once in a while.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
One of the most involving and emotional games I've ever played.
One hell of a story, which, at first, is unexpected... Making it a great "twist".
The graphics are amazing. The story and, especially, the way it's told, are what made me like this game the most. It's one of a kind, truly.

Everything is gorgeous, everything is surreal, everything is an allegory.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
This indie game is amazing,not for gameplay,not for good graphics.STORY!.
At the end u will connected all parts and finally find out what in the game frog means,who is the monster and learn the story of the author's childhood, what he's been through.

10/10 !
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
Papo, this is the universe and you are but a manifestation of its subconscious desires to annihilate itself.

What's the hurry chum? Heat death will get us all in the end.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Expected Yo-Yo simulator. Got Favela simulator.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
This game is a very touching story. The game is expansive, beutiful, captivating and inviting. There were a few times where you can feel you are stuck, but it doesn't matter, you'll figure it out.
The soundtrack was done by Brian D'Oliveira, who is just a master at his trade. This soundtrack has real feeling in it, and adapts as you progress through the level, never did I feel as if the music was intrusive, or annoying, but a perfect compliment to the art and game style. Papo & Yo has been awarded with over 10 different awards, all well deserved. If you have an afternoon, and want a game that is different than the norm, but very worth its price tag. You have found it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
Sublime storytelling. The puzzles aren't so much in the game play, but in the fascinating story that unfolds. Really gorgeous game, and not overly long either- my fastest playthrough so far is about 1 hour. This is a game for when you feel like being childish, sneaky, happy, and curious. But there's an undercurrent that will catch you by surprise!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
Papo y Yo is a textbook example of "Games as Art". In terms of gameplay, you won't get much and it's incredibly short; I beat it in less than 3 hours. However, the concepts/ideas and visuals are nice and there was one or two surprises that I didn't see until right before they happen. The development team is fairly creative and they do succeed in capturing child-like wonder and exposition though atmosphere, though that's their only major successes. The "big reveal" is blatantly obvious halfway through the game and it should have balanced more on the characters/backstory than just the message. My biggest complaint is that there is no real payoff to all the buildup; it kinda just sits unresolved and quite frankly, is unsatisfying. While that may have been the intention, the rest of the game isn't satisfying enough to justify leaving it that way. Overall, the game is simply "pleasant". Don't go out of your way to get this game, but if it stumbles upon you for cheap, it's worth a single afternoon.
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