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 (1,336 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.”

“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
Helpful customer reviews
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Nice, short and sweet. A 5 hrs game.
Posted: October 11
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 5
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
The story, the looks, the gameplay, everything about Papo & Yo is just amazing! I was constantly mesmerized by the beautiful scenes this game provided. An intelligent puzzle game that makes you want more. And the ending.... *sigh*... heartbreaking...
Posted: October 17
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
A boy and his monster,

+ 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

- Puzzles are too easy to be rewarding

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.
Posted: October 3
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
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!
Posted: October 17
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3 of 8 people (38%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Super short and boring, this is yet another indie game that tries to portrait main character's trauma as a weird, surrealistic world.
I can only guess that melow music, cute chalk drawings and serene amtosphere were supposed to be charming, but since game doesn't try explain itself until the very end, you're being left wondering what's this weird ♥♥♥♥ is supposed to mean.
And when it finally reveals itself, you'll only find dissapointement in abrupt and meaningless ending.

If you looking for a similar game that has been done well, try Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons instead.
Posted: September 24
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Another one of those games that goes on sale often and everyone on Reddit will tell you to go buy it for the compelling story. This feels like it was done on the unreal engine and it has some puzzles. The characters are uninteresting. I don't know how they made a monster uninteresting but they did it.

I recommend buying it in a bundle and sending the key to someone you dislike.
Posted: October 7
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
the platforming is mildly fun, but an otherwise underwhelming game.
Posted: September 29
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Basic platformer/puzzler very predictable and repetitive gameplay,
Posted: October 3
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5.2 hrs on record
Fun, emotive third-person platformer with a few mind-bending physics puzzles.
Posted: September 28
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5.7 hrs on record
This game really captures the magic and imagination of growing up, the puzzles aren't hard and feel more part of the exploration. The level design is AMAZING! The game feeling is AMAZING! The soundtrack is AMAZING! The game does have a deep undertone, and for me was very personal. All in all, a great symbolic, light puzzle platformer with a touching story. Clocks in at under 6 hours, perfect length for the experience. Totally worth getting the soundtrack version!
Posted: September 30
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8.0 hrs on record
I don't normally write reviews for games I play. Once I finished them, I just go onto the next, but this game is not like the rest. I finished this game a couple of days ago and it's still lingering in my head. The story is unlike anything else in the industry. Rarely do games have the brass to tackle social issues such as alcohol abuse. This one does it in spades and leaves you feeling empty and melacholy inside. It's such a simple story with minimal dialogue, yet one of those plots that is told more through actions than words. I can't get into the story too much without spoiling it, all I can say is that this is a beautiful little gem among a vast Steam roster that is easy to sweep under the rug, but no one should ever miss one. Coupled with an equally beautiful and mesmerising soundtrack to go along with the moving and emotionally driven plot, if there is any example proving games can be art, it's Papo & Yo.
Posted: September 30
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3.4 hrs on record
It's short, it's sweet, it's got nice music and a robot. It made me feel feelings.

Oh, and gamepad support is a mess.
Posted: September 28
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4.1 hrs on record
WOW.. beautiful.emotional.abstract.. Impressive game with easy but interesting puzzles, and touching storyline. Buy this NOW if you like ICO, Journey type of games...(Imma play Brothers next)
Posted: October 2
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3.9 hrs on record
One of the best art game out there, loving so much how the world is beautifully painted. The gameplay also solid and fun, while also make sure that the message is given through symbollisms. Finishing the game in one play (I'm just that kind of person who tend to speedplay), it inspires me and make me both shed tears and smiling. Wish I can make something as beautiful as this.
Posted: October 3
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4.4 hrs on record
Buy? Maybe.

Long story short, Papo & Yo is another one of those obtuse and vague story telling indie games that will appear pretentious and confusing to many gamers or groundbreaking and wonderful for others. While I largely enjoyed the games easy, but not handholding puzzles and "Mystical chalk" in a Central/South American favela art style, I ended up mostly confused and not very satisfied with the ending. The ending was abrupt, and like the entirty of the storystelling, all based on metaphors. Papo & Yo is a game built more for the types that enjoyed Dear Esther (ugh) and Thomas Was Alone (A pretty nice game actually) and a bit less for those that enjoyed Portal 2 or Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom - the puzzles are nice, but hardly brain-teasing or super innovative. I will say that seeing how the world forms and deforms through puzzles solving is really interesting and neat, but like any pretentious indie game, it is never explained how or why parts of buildings can suddenly sprout legs to walk or wings to fly, or why entire towns can be split and connected like a jigsaw puzzle: You're just supposed to "understand" some nebulous meaning and interpret what is going on, like guessing "This is the kid's imagination or how he understand the world works because he is just a kid" or something like that. While it is also clear that this is supposed to be a story about a child and an unclear relationship to his father manifested in a frog eating monster representing an alcohol abusing father, the exposition is all metaphorical and based on the developer's artistic vision, It's less understandable like a good Pixar short or the "Kiwi!" film where you understand the actions and emotions.

If you need further proof of what I'm talking about, see the discussion thread about "What does it all mean?!" between players and developers, where the dev doesn't answer the question and instead thanks the players for debating what is going on: http://steamcommunity.com/app/227080/discussions/0/828936718797549690/

Papo & Yo gets on my good side for being a short, easy to finish game with a good art style, world design and an overall solid game (fits my Ultra-wide monitor resolution and I had no glitches besides a few graphical glitches early in the game). It gets on my bad side for being another "Guess at what story I'm trying to tell you instead of me actually telling you" arty/farty indie game. The story may strike a cord with other gamers who have experiened child abuse from their parents. This is something playable for children as well, but I doubt they would understand all the real world paralells the game is trying to make, Papo & Yo is essentially an adults game.
Posted: September 30
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6.6 hrs on record
This game is fun and pretty, but also very personal and moving. I think it's what video games should sometimes be!
Posted: September 26
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3.1 hrs on record
Worth the hype, worth the four hours.
Posted: September 23
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6.1 hrs on record
This is one of the best games ever made and one of the most mature. It is just great. Even without the story it would be a good game for the way it plays with the environment but the story and the use to gameplay to evoke specific emotions that interplay with the storyline. The whole feel of the damn thing.... it is brilliant. It is a masterpeice that shows just what games are capable of as an artistic medium.
Posted: October 7
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2.9 hrs on record
If you liked Shadow of the Collossus for the giant building-like creatures or the general look of Brazil's favelas , you'll probably like some of the imagery in this. Ultimately though, the puzzles more or less were busy work, the monster lacked any sort of intimidation once he catches you once, the story was frustrating and the conclusion bludgeoned you with its meaning, leaving no ambiguity.

Still, it's not a long game, it's charming enough that it doesn't deserve to be completely panned and ignored. Pick it up for cheap if you can.
Posted: October 4
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