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.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (1,437 reviews)
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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“… 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
75 of 77 people (97%) 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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23 of 24 people (96%) 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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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 20
Papo & Yo is a rare game that manages to perfectly represent what it is like to be a child and the effects of substance abuse by those closest to them. This surprised me, because it is hard to tell a story with such complex themes under the guise of a game with any degree of success. Yet Papo & Yo handles it beautifully, and crafts an emotionally rewarding experience that deserves to be played. It certainly has its problems, but it manages to entertain and engage the player from beginning to end.Throughout Papo & Yo you play as Quico, a young boy who explores a dream like interpretation of Brazilian styled favelas. Throughout the game you are accompanied by three characters. The first is Lula, a cute yellow robot who hangs on to Quico’s back throughout the game, and serves to help him navigate and solve the puzzles that he encounters throughout his journey. There is also a girl who uses chalk to bring buildings and other objects in the environment to life, and more often than not plays tricks rather than help. These two characters are the ones that actively communicate to you.And then there’s Monster, a giant pink beast who grunts and roars as he eats and sleeps. Despite his outward frightful appearance, he is actually quite peaceful more often than not.Papo & Yo handles the complexities of addiction and abuse extremely well, never going into lengthy explanations or long, dialogue encumbered scenes in order to convey its themes. Instead, the game mostly relies on the actions of the characters and the change in environments and scenery in order to communicate, which is a very welcome change.Throughout Quico’s journey, he will encounter puzzles of varying length and complexity that obstruct his path. What is most amazing about Papo & Yo’s puzzles is that they involve the environment in rather stunning and wonderful ways.Turning a switch can result in a building gaining legs and moving to another position, pulling a lever could turn a building sideways to unveil a hidden set of stairs, and lifting a box can create and move giant crates that could be used at your disposal. The mechanics and feel of Papo & Yo also deserve praise. The jumping and navigating of the world feels natural, and I always enjoyed how Quico interacts with his environment. The favelas are simply stunning to navigate and explore. The locations feel like they have been lived in, but also are off just enough that you can tell that it is in an imaginative world. The sounds that the environment makes as you solve puzzles and move about are a delight to listen to, and credit must be given to whoever designed the ambient sounds found within the game.Papo & Yo is a unique game. It handles its themes extremely well, and the world is simply amazing to behold. Though the game is not without its faults, chief among them a lack of difficulty and challenge, Papo & Yo should be played at least once. Trust me, the journey will be quite worth it.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
This game makes me feel so bad... in a good way.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Moje česká recenze: http://www.playhit.cz/2014/11/papo-yo-utek-do-fantazie/

This game left me with my mouth hanging open, only able to make noises similar to "wow". Everybody, who has been cursed with an unreliable parent, will understand this game perfectly and remember it forever. It's an escape to a puzzle fanthasy world, where this boy Quico finds an answer to his unfair trouble. This game will give you more than just a few hours of fun. This is the case, where a game crosses the line and becomes art. 9/10
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7 of 8 people (88%) 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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 30
A beautiful Platformer with such a matured theme very delicately handled, Kudos to the Developer! for an gaming art which portrays one of the spiteful facts of this miserable world.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Papo & Yo is one of those titles that proves videogames are an art form. With heavy handed themes and light puzzle solving mechanics, this game speaks volumes to the artistic expression the creator was trying to convey. You can't say too much about it without spoiling the narratives intent. Play it!

8/10 Lulas!
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5 of 6 people (83%) 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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
This past couple oyf years has seen the release of a bunch of games dealing with a lot of real life issues, like alcoholism, physical abuse, death of a loved one etc... This is one of those, is a not very difficult puzzle game, with some platforming, and in this regard if you find yourself stuck most probably is because you are overthinking it, is a nice looking game, not astonishing but it looks good, the soundtraack is pretty good in my opinion, is short as most of this games are but it´s worth its price. the game has certain issues with the camera in some parts , specially when the monster chases you and in that regard i wouldn´t have mind and FOV slider (the deffault is 90 wich is good enough but i like something like 105 usually)

the core of the history goes around and alcoholic and abusive father and how the protagonist deals with it, to be honest it lacks the punch of something like brothers but is a moving one nonetheless. Overall a good way to spend three to four hours, it has a checkpoint save system but it doesn´t take much time to get to the next one and you can play it in one sitting or chapter to chapter.

So if you are into this kind of experiences is a game you should check out
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10 of 17 people (59%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
I cried. 10/10
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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
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Pleasantly surprised. I love the way the kid's imagination is used to introduce game elements and portray a very sad story. Solid gameplay mechanics with enough variation throughout, and the music is very good as well. It's a looker too, I found the game is more beautiful than portrayed in the trailer.

If you like puzzle platformers and love a good story that is mostly told using mechanics, not words, then I can safely say you will enjoy this game.
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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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 23
A good platform game reminiscent of 3D classics from the genre (Rayman, the first Jak and Daxter, Banjo series, and the list would go on forever) with a surreal and imaginative twist.

One thing I noticed is that this game is very gameplay-heavy with a linear and puzzle-driven progression that leaves little space for exploration and indeed the story, which is most of the time assumed until the later sections of the game. I'm sure it will leave an impact in those who can share a similar story, without spoiling too much, and for the most part it's well executed and directed. A couple of scenes in particular can be breathtaking, leaving you to contemplate the artsy visuals in the midst of this surreal world.

The soundtrack is what I consider to be the highlight of this experience and it's exactly how I imagined this game to sound like, nothing more nothing less. It's simply brilliant and it does capture the world like only a few other games manage to accomplish through sound alone. It's comparable to titles such as Machinarium.

It does, however, come with a few drawbacks that may or may not ruin your experience. Some of the later puzzles can be a little frustrating to clear, not because their execution per se is particularly demanding, but the logic behind such puzzles require you to go through massive amounts of trial-and-error and solutions that up until that point become quite "exotic". The camera is sometimes a little annoying to manage, especially during timed puzzles where you're supposed to constantly monitor your character or else you'd fail and start over again.

Despite that, I think it's still an enjoyable experience and it's worth its relatively short length. If puzzle-platformers aren't your thing, then simply skip this game and enjoy something else.
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3 of 4 people (75%) 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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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Game CAN be art.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 21
This game doesn't have much replay value, unless you want to get 100% on the achievements.
I could predict what was going to happen, and who the characters would end up representing in Quico's life. If there was a plot twist, or the elements in the conclusion were more hidden and not as obvious I would have taken more gratitude to it. But for the repetitive and tedious puzzle sequences it dulled the gameplay because I already knew what would do what and how it would be done.
Don't get me wrong, the storyline IS there, but the fillers for what little storyline is present consists of moving gears and wishing your walkspeed was faster.
The visuals are great, as well as the decorations, I was constantly exploring the maps out of curiosity and hoping that I would run into an easteregg (I found one near the end of the game).
For full price, I do not recommend buying this game because it is quite short, and your money would be better invested in a game where you could spend many hours on. Plus, the storyline is present, but not very strong. If you are considering buying it during a sale (I got mine 75% off), then I say there is no harm if you have done your research and know this is a game you will enjoy for its price.
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9 of 16 people (56%) found this review helpful
5.0 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
This game is fun and pretty, but also very personal and moving. I think it's what video games should sometimes be!
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