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 (1,746 reviews) - 94% of the 1,746 user reviews for this game are positive.
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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“… one of the best games to come out this year.”

“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

    • 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
    • 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
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51 of 52 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
Papo & Yo is a highly atmospheric, third-person puzzle-platformer that will embark you on an imaginative and enthralling adventure. The game is quite short; but it boasts an undeniable charm that makes every hour played, however few, rather enjoyable.

The metaphorical narrative is mostly told through the emotion in the atmosphere and the styles of the puzzles, rather than lines and lines of dialogue. The enchanting soundtrack and imaginative environments serve to create a stimulating atmosphere that tells the story through its interpretation. This approach to storytelling in video games can be hit-or-miss, but I think Papo & Yo is a good example of how it can be quite effective.

The gameplay boils down to three-dimensional, environment-based puzzles that can be solved mostly through exploration and experimentation. Due to this style of gameplay, the game is quite linear. It will usher you from one location to the next, each with its own puzzle to solve. The puzzles are mostly challenging without becoming needlessly frustrating, although some of them can be a little tricky to figure out without any hints or direction.

As I alluded to, the game is fairly short— topping out at a handful of hours, depending on how quickly you can solve the puzzles. To add a little supplemental depth, there is also a decent set of collectibles to search for (i.e.: hats) that can add a little more to the game for players who choose to pursue that. That said, I personally felt the length of the game was perfect and that it helped create a short-and-sweet appeal to the game, instead of allowing it to grow stale.

I thoroughly enjoyed my playthrough of Papo & Yo. I definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys atmospheric games and/or puzzle-platformers in this style. Further, I feel this is a game that can also appeal to gamers who don’t normally play this type of genre, due to the fact that it is intriguing and short enough to give someone a taste of something different without overburdening them.

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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
I cried playing this

It was a truly immersive experience. The puzzles interacted with the environment beautifully, the protaganist is very easy to relate to, and the story telling was well done. This game can definitly change a person for the better.

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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
Where most platformers have a full host of enemies, Papo & Yo has just one, and it's kind of important. While this very satisfyingly ties the gameplay to the deeply personal narrative, it also puts a considerable amount of pressure on the game's obstacles to make up for a lack of variety. Fortunately, the game manages to surprise throughout in that department, with level design that is elegant in both function and form.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
Enjoyed it a lot more the second time I went through it, although it's a little hard when you can relate to the story.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
There is a really whimsical, melancholic narrative at the heart of Papo & Yo that shines through beautifully in parts, especially in the beginning and at the end of the game. However, the middle part feels bloated and goes on for too long at points. Would work better as a 1-2 hour experience rather than 3-4.
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