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: Very Positive (1,687 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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June 12

Regarding Papo & Yo for Mac and Linux

Dear Steam Community,

Since the release of Papo & Yo on Playstation 3, back in 2012, we've often found ourselves coming back to it to draw inspiration for other games like Spirits of Spring (released on iOS in 2014), and another one quietly waiting in our backlog, Cali (planned for VR devices).

Papo was our first game, the one whose creative process helped cement us as a team. And so it's been our pleasure to port it to PC, and subsequently, to Mac and Linux to take more gamers on a journey to Quico's colorful favela.

Since then, part of those communities have been able to enjoy our game by purchasing it on the Humble Store, but it hasn't yet come to Steam for Mac and PC. We're very sorry for that. Papo means a lot to us and it feels great to see how much it means to you.

Right now, we're hard at work on a new game called Time Machine VR, developed from the ground up for virtual reality devices. We like to sum it up as a time travel dinosaur safari. Yeah, it's a mouthful, we're still working on that description. You can find out more on Time Machine VR at: http://www.weareminority.com/time-machine/

In the midst of this new adventure, we haven't forgotten about the Mac and Linux community on Steam. Although we don't have a precise time line as to when we'll get down to it, rest assured that you WILL enjoy Papo for Mac and Linux on Steam.

Thank you for your dedication!

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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
32 of 34 people (94%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 12
Empathy seems to be in short supply lately.

Though it’s now easier than ever to interact with others, between the endless deluge of vitriolic comments, coordinated harassment, seemingly spontaneous violence and the general lack of decency so often show to other human beings, it feels as if we’ve only become more disconnected as our methods of communication advance.

Papo & Yo is the rare game that asks for us to find the ability for greater understanding. Its design is subtle and meaningful, created in an attempt to tell nuanced human story but without the intention of forcing its meaning upon you. It’s an exploration of our capacity to love someone trapped and tormented by their inner demons, and how sometimes the ability to help them is beyond our ability.

Much of Papo & Yo is surreal and impossible, with walking houses and magic chalk lines allowing its themes to come across less overtly. Playing as the young Brazillian, Quico, the world takes on a sort of childlike wonder, delightfully playful and unconcerned with any greater troubles that might exist within it. Running around picking up frogs and reading the crayon drawn insides of cardboard boxes, I was struck by how humbly the game presents itself. It doesn’t attempt more than it knows it’s capable of, but at the same time has something important to say and wants to make sure it says it right.

One of the ways developer Minority Media achieves this, is how it presents its other main character, Monster. It’s a giant horned creature, but what’s important about it is it’s never framed as the antagonist. When you first meet Monster he’s just a big sleepy companion, who runs around with its tongue hanging out as you lead it around with the help of a mellon. These early moments help to develop the bond between Quico and Monster, as they help each other through levels and Quico shows a very clear fondness for his hulking friend.

Monster’s love of poisonous frogs however, turns him into something to fear. As he ravishly gobbles them up, his actions become violent and his appearance demonic. What was once your friend becomes an unstable brute, and in this feeling of helpless terror Papo & Yo strives to give you a glimpse at the horror of being a child surrounded by abuse. I wanted to help Monster, but any attempt to do so only lead to him taking out his aggression on me. It made me feel small and powerless to do anything but flee, and distressed that there seemed no solution to Monster’s addiction.

Papo & Yo might not be the most polished game, and its puzzle design is rife with unnecessary backtracking and tedious solutions, but it’s overshadowed by what the game represents and is trying to convey to the player. With much of the narrative being autobiographical, it makes it all the more raw and haunting to watch Quico and Monster be torn apart from each other. It’s a complicated story told with uncomplicated methods, deriving empathy through gameplay more than dialogue. From the start of the game, Minority Media seem prepared to not overly simplify the story they want to tell or to take the reassuring route with a clean cut happy ending. I’m finding it hard to completely reconcile my feelings over how everything wrapped up, but if nothing else I feel I comprehend at least a little more what those going through the sort of experiences displayed here are feeling. And that’s something we could all stand to do more often.

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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
I'm struggling to find words that will encourage you to play this "game". It is a wonderful story-driven platform-esque adventure game.
There's that word again...game.

For most people, that would be the end of it. Beautiful music, fantastic atmosphere, interesting characters and intriguing puzzles. 10 out of 10.

For people like me, it's an 11.

For me, this became less a game, and more of a therapy session.

When you discover the nature of the story, there will be a divisive point. Luckily, you will enjoy the game either way. Some people will be emotionally struck. Thankfully, in a very healthy way, in my humble opinion.

Experiences like this transcend the medium. They elevate it, and should be understood for more than just entertainment value, but a conduit for healing, and understanding.

That is all I can say.

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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
Nice smothly game with nice puzzles and graphics :3
You can finish the whole story game twice in 10 hrs or less
it depinds on your gameplay.
10-10 from me , sorry i left it for a months ago and it deserves to play it again :)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
I really liked this game. The music and visuals were pretty good with a unique setting. The game is very story focused although the story is never told in direct terms. It becomes obvious as events in the game reveal it. I think for people who enjoy games with a story to them the presentation here is something to appreciate.

The story really resonated with me personally but I will refrain from saying why to avoid any spoilers. You may find that it does with you as well but even if not it is still just as worthy of your time.


As for the gameplay itself, it is simple puzzling and platforming and I do mean simple. Anyone good at those sorts of games may be critical of this one on that account but I hope not. The gameplay is just a vehicle to deliver the story really more than anything else. It's very casual but I liked that personally as someone who does not generally get into puzzlers or platformers much at all. If you shy away from those sorts of games don't let the mention of that here scare you off. It is so easy I can do it which means anybody can. Furthermore, there is a built in easily accessible hint system that will guide you along so you cannot fail if you find yourself puzzled about how to advance. Now, I did not need this of course but I just wanted to let you know it is there and makes what you need to do crystal clear.

I played the Mac version on OS X 10.10.2 with no problems at all. It ran just fine on my late-2013 27" iMac.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
Papo & Yo is a 3rd person 3D puzzle platformer game, it's short game (~3 hours) with an unfolding story of a boy's journey and his conflict with the "monster". Graphics and music are beautiful and overall the game has a lot of charm.
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