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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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“… 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 the 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
98 of 107 people (92%) found this review helpful
1,158 products in account
35 reviews
5.1 hrs on record
I love this game! Pure poetry in a childish dream! It's a metaphorical game about a child and his deep fears. The more you play the more you want to know the truth about his father. It's really interesting because there's a real drama behind this poetic and sweet appearances. Plus puzzles are amazing ^^ Very good game, both fascinating and relaxing!
9/10
Posted: December 28th, 2013
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29 of 33 people (88%) found this review helpful
2,000 products in account
88 reviews
9.9 hrs on record
This game really surprised me!

At first you'll think this is just a very linear story-driven platformer with some easy puzzles. It actually feels somewhat like a kid's platformer, but there's more to it.

After completing the game you'll learn that everything in the game is a metaphore for a very dark and mature subject.

That aside, the game have really unique and artistic level designs and a fitting soundtrack.

I have no problem recommending this game. However, the full price at 12,99€ do seem a bit high when the game can be completed in 3-4 hours.
Posted: December 21st, 2013
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29 of 33 people (88%) found this review helpful
208 products in account
3 reviews
4.5 hrs on record
Wow. I was not expecting this at all. Such an amazing game.
Everyone needs to give this a playthrough.
Thank you Minority for creating such an artistic and emotional experience.
I hope to see more from you and will definitely be recommending this for friends and family.
Posted: November 29th, 2013
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25 of 28 people (89%) found this review helpful
355 products in account
66 reviews
6.2 hrs on record
Gorgeous, brilliant, intelligent, beautiful, surreal, magical. A treat for the eyes, the heart and the mind. This indie game cleverly mixes metaphor with gameplay in an amazing, colorful presentation. The puzzles themselves are not too challenging, but still provide a comfortable feeling of accomplishment when you conquer them. The platforming could have used a tiny bit of tweaking though. But the game's real goal is to let you share the emotional journey of the silent protagonist. Unfortunately, as the entire game is a metaphor I don't want to explain it too much by giving away the meaning (sadly the trailers, while beautifully made, blatantly tell the hidden meaning so I recommend to interested parties that they do /not/ watch them). Still, it's hard not to emphasize with the pint-sized hero as he explore his magical world even knowing what is coming. Definitely one of the most interesting games I've played this year.
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
271 products in account
7 reviews
3.6 hrs on record
I am outraged that I have never seen this game before getting it in the Humble Bundle. The fact that Papo & Yo got almost no attention while Gone Home got game of the years, 10/10s, and several thousands articles written about it frustrates me to no end. Not only is Papo & Yo a good game, it does more for story telling and social commentary than any video game I can think of.

Here's the important part first. Purely as a game, it is a good game. The player is required to solve a series of platforming puzzles that gradually become more complex the further in they go. None of them were incredibly difficult. Most of the difficultly comes from figuring out how you're suppose to use a new mechanic or item and then adding it to larger problems. Using the classic system of introduce, teach, then impliment, it makes sure the player is never confused. I was only once stumped enough to restart the level, thinking I had broken the game. However, I had just not been looking hard enough at the answer staring me in the face. Other than solid platform puzzling there's nothing completely amazing. It does what it does well and is definitely worth the Humble Bundle price.


Now for extra bullox.
Papo & Yo is not 2deep4you. In fact, it states the symbolism of the monster in the first few seconds of starting the game, but everything about the game manages to be abstract enough to make the player think and form their own interpetations. It is rather light on story, focusing instead on the gameplay itself. What this game aces is the use of gameplay to tell the story. From the beginning, the player should know that the monster is an abusive parent, but nothing else is ever stated. The interaction between the boy and the monster in the form of puzzle solving mechanics reveals their relationship. There is no walking around reading notes. Very little of the story is spoon-fed. This combination of gameplay and story is what makes Papo & Yo so fantastic. It is telling a story about social issues by the means of a video game, not by a collection of text files.
And the best part is that this social commentary goes beyond first-world, white people problems. It covers problems of child abuse, alcoholism, and class issues, which I feel are much bigger problems in the world than sexuality. Quite honestly, I didn't understand the story at first because I have never been in any similar situations. Still, I was able to feel for the central characters far more than any other attempts at video game social commentary because I was involved with the basics of the relationship through gameplay.
If video games want to be taken seriously they never will , they need to bring to light world issues that don't involve the internet and Papo & Yo does that excellently.

I'm sure someone else could say this far more eloquently than I ever could. Papo & Yo is a good game and is a fantastic example of how to mix gameplay and a serious, non-action story into an enjoyable and emotional experience.
Posted: January 9th, 2014
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