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.
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Very Positive (1,950 reviews) - 94% of the 1,950 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 18, 2013

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January 14

Papo & Yo - Mac and Linux ports now available!

Dear Steam Community,

Since we first ported Papo & Yo to Mac and Linux on Humble Bundle, fans on Steam have been waiting patiently for it as well.

We’d like to thank you for being such passionate fans of this game. You constantly inspire us with your stories and art about what it means to you, and we’re so happy to finally have it available for Mac and Linux on Steam!

We've been working hard on our next game, Time Machine VR, so we’re very sorry for how long it’s taken us to bring Papo to you on these other platforms. Major shout-outs go out to Paul Di Marco, our programmer extraordinaire who took this on and got it done for you. :)

So please, enjoy playing Papo & Yo on Mac and Linux, and be sure to contact us at support@weareminority.com if you have any issues.

Thank you! <3

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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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    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
    Minimum:
    • OS:Mac OSX 10.6 or better
    • Processor:2.2 GHz dual core or better
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVIDIA GeForce 6800GT, ATI Radeon X1800 or better
    • Hard Drive:4 GB HD space
    • Additional:OpenGL 2.1 Compliant GPU Required
    Recommended:
    • OS:Mac OSX 10.6 or better
    • Processor:2.8 GHz quad core or better
    • Memory:3 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460, ATI Radeon HD 5870 or better
    • Hard Drive:4 GB HD space
    • Additional:OpenGL 2.1 Compliant GPU Required
    Minimum:
    • OS:Any linux distribution since 2010
    • Processor:2.2 GHz dual core or better
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVIDIA GeForce 6800GT, ATI Radeon X1800 or better
    • Hard Drive:4 GB HD space
    • Additional:OpenGL 2.1 Compliant GPU Required
    Recommended:
    • OS:Any linux distribution since 2010
    • Processor:2.8 GHz quad core or better
    • Memory:3 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460, ATI Radeon HD 5870 or better
    • Hard Drive:4 GB HD space
    • Additional:OpenGL 2.1 Compliant GPU Required
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ThorsteinNN
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
I cannot change the graffic settings. Everytime I try my computer stops working, and it's not because of my computer.
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Budget_Security
( 8.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
A charming little indie game with nice presentation and art direction. The music is lovely and fits the scene perfectly. The graphics are technically average, but still look great. This game is fairly short, but about the right length for a game of this type.
Most of the gameplay is simple puzzle platforming, but the style and atmosphere stops it from getting boring. The puzzles are well designed but fairly casual, so don't expect a challenge. This game would be suitable for young children, although they may not understand the adult message (which is fine).

After enjoying “Brothers – A tale of two sons” (an amazing indie game), I searched for some more indie games that I hoped would be similar, and found this. While Papo & Yo is not quite as good as Brothers, it is still decent and I recommend it.
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jan_havel
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
I was very amazed by this game. It is very beatifull and it touched all my senses. I know I will not forget this game for a very long time. Really impressive.
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Mindplague
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
Really fun game. Tight controls and engaging storyline make this game a pleasure to play. Puzzles are not very difficult though. Still, great game.
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BIGFATChick
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 18
great 3d puzzle platformer and meaningful story.
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James
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 13
Extremely charming game 11/15
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A Friendly Sith Lord
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 3
well-made story, unique gameplay, beautiful game. 10/10
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lobo2190
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 1
This game is a poem... it is really gorgeous! you have to buy it now!
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Trublade
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 1
This game is an excellent imaginative puzzle game that any one can enjoy. The gameplay itself is thoughtfull the story is one of two lonely little kids running from their nightmares, if you want to see for yourself watch my old video of this console classic!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWHfzSerTo4
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¡njection
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 22
Thanks for supporting Linux!
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neonwhite900
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 19
Sad, haunting and also uplifting. Papo & Yo deals with a lot of serious themes, yet deals with them in such creative and imaginative ways. It's story is heavy with metaphors, yet maintains it's vision and morals admirably. And while it may lack innovative or polished design. It's the kind of game that grabs you while you play and sticks with you long after it's done. It's not a happy or even fun game by any stretch. But it's a powerful game that delivers worthwhile messages about addiction, life and learning to grow up.
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RipperG (灬^ ω ^灬)
( 7.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 9
so happy that the devs decided to port this game to pc and so happy that i could play it cause it narrate and discuss a serious problem that many people face in their lives , DRINKING problem.
-first of all this whole atmospheric third-person puzzle-platformer game is a like a metaphor. Every part of it. you play as a kid who is trying to escape reality cause his father drinks a lot and becomes abusive ( the plot twist in the end is really sad and made me cry :( )
-your playground is a colorful shanty town which you can change and alter part of it to solve easy to medium puzzles , nothing hard and your main objective is to escape from a monster and try to cure him.
-didn't face any problems or bugs, everything was smooth
-the music is very emotional and really good, voice acting is in a different language but still good, and the sound effect are perfect.
- easy achievements but sadly no cards to craft a badge
- takes 4 to 5 h to complete .
i highly recommend this gem to anyone who likes platform games and emotional/atmospheric games such as me ( i did crime in the end T^T )
- i was going to say that the price is a bit too much but after i finished the game i think its worth it .
9/10
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HABABAJABA
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 7
not enough turtle but still a very good game.
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TopKekCurt
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 6
Ran around as a small black child with a box on my head for several hours on end. ♥♥♥♥ got me so excited I spilt my curry all over my shiny fresh turban. 10/10.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Brother Alpha
( 13.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 5
An Indie puzzle platformer that has a plot that setting that helps set it apart from the competition. (The ending has an real emotional punch.) There are enough different mechanics that the game doesn't feel repetitive. It is a little short, but it is also relatively inexpensive.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
SharkWithALaserBeam
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 1
Short story jam packed with a massive amounts of information. The ending can be impactful depending on your background with dealing with that kind of stuff.
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Hazel Meade
( 35.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 1
A nice little 3D platformer with some cool mechanics. The story line is interesting and well thought out. A bit on the short side, perhaps.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Götterdämmerung
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: February 29
A fun and beautiful little puzzle platformer that has you romping though a fantastical South American cityscape.
As you progress, the colourful, surrealistic setting soon becomes juxtaposed against the darker reality of a poignant backstory with elements of addiction, abuse, and loss but also of teamwork and survival.

Watch out for feels.
I mean, my cold black heart felt nothing but you might.
Okay, I might have had a 'minor' case of the feels... Don't judge me!

The puzzles are not difficult and it is more of a casual playing game.
About 6 hours to 100% the 10 achievements.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
impiaaa
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 28
Y'know, I'm really surprised I haven't heard about this one more. I started playing it after finding it in my library, and found myself coming back to it until the end. It's a fun 3D puzzle platformer, with a thoughtful story, a unique aesthetic, matching soundtrack, stunning environments, and gorgeous artwork. Go try it out! Minor complaints would include the lack of facial animation during in-game cutscenes, and the fairly ambiguous ending.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
A charming little indie game with nice presentation and art direction. The music is lovely and fits the scene perfectly. The graphics are technically average, but still look great. This game is fairly short, but about the right length for a game of this type.
Most of the gameplay is simple puzzle platforming, but the style and atmosphere stops it from getting boring. The puzzles are well designed but fairly casual, so don't expect a challenge. This game would be suitable for young children, although they may not understand the adult message (which is fine).

After enjoying “Brothers – A tale of two sons” (an amazing indie game), I searched for some more indie games that I hoped would be similar, and found this. While Papo & Yo is not quite as good as Brothers, it is still decent and I recommend it.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
A tiny piece of art, with meaningful story seen in a delicate and poetic way.. a must buy even at full price!
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
so happy that the devs decided to port this game to pc and so happy that i could play it cause it narrate and discuss a serious problem that many people face in their lives , DRINKING problem.
-first of all this whole atmospheric third-person puzzle-platformer game is a like a metaphor. Every part of it. you play as a kid who is trying to escape reality cause his father drinks a lot and becomes abusive ( the plot twist in the end is really sad and made me cry :( )
-your playground is a colorful shanty town which you can change and alter part of it to solve easy to medium puzzles , nothing hard and your main objective is to escape from a monster and try to cure him.
-didn't face any problems or bugs, everything was smooth
-the music is very emotional and really good, voice acting is in a different language but still good, and the sound effect are perfect.
- easy achievements but sadly no cards to craft a badge
- takes 4 to 5 h to complete .
i highly recommend this gem to anyone who likes platform games and emotional/atmospheric games such as me ( i did crime in the end T^T )
- i was going to say that the price is a bit too much but after i finished the game i think its worth it .
9/10
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
I want to see more games like this. In fact, playing this game makes me want to make a game like this. I can tell you exactly what the message of this game was (I won't, for those who haven't yet played it). I can tell you how the characters struggled, how the story affects us in real life, and the core lesson we learn from this game that allows us to better ourselves outside of it.

I believe games like this will define the way people will view this medium in the future. Just as there are books and movies that really have no real value other than being a fun ride, most games today are played simply because they are enjoyable. But when something like this comes around the corner and gives you a story that challenges your opinions and so clearly mirrors the pain we see in our lives, I have to take notice. This is a small story that mirrors the Big Story, and it's asking us to listen and learn.

So go ahead. Play it with an open mind, and reflect on what you find. This game has a lot to say.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
This is a real gem! An Outstandingly artistic third person adventure with a lot of puzzle and platformer elements.

You are changing the world around you as you play and stack, bend and MONSTER your way through the game.

Its crazy what I was able to do in this game and I am sure it will keep me amazed!

Completion edit:
Everytime I played a level I was simply overwhelmed by the creativity and prettiness I was thrown into.

The story is subtile but its emotionally catching and definitely will give you a hard time at the end.


10/10 !
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 29
A fun and beautiful little puzzle platformer that has you romping though a fantastical South American cityscape.
As you progress, the colourful, surrealistic setting soon becomes juxtaposed against the darker reality of a poignant backstory with elements of addiction, abuse, and loss but also of teamwork and survival.

Watch out for feels.
I mean, my cold black heart felt nothing but you might.
Okay, I might have had a 'minor' case of the feels... Don't judge me!

The puzzles are not difficult and it is more of a casual playing game.
About 6 hours to 100% the 10 achievements.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 19
Sad, haunting and also uplifting. Papo & Yo deals with a lot of serious themes, yet deals with them in such creative and imaginative ways. It's story is heavy with metaphors, yet maintains it's vision and morals admirably. And while it may lack innovative or polished design. It's the kind of game that grabs you while you play and sticks with you long after it's done. It's not a happy or even fun game by any stretch. But it's a powerful game that delivers worthwhile messages about addiction, life and learning to grow up.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
well-made story, unique gameplay, beautiful game. 10/10
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
It's pretty good. Apparently your daddy used to hit you with a belt but honestly no one cares m8
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
My Playthrough
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The Review
Papo & Yo which means father and I, is a very fascinating game. The game is about a boy named quico who escapes into his mind in order to deal with the trauma caused by his father. It's very rare that I play a game this creative and cryptic. While on the surface this looks like a simple platformer but in reality it is a more complex puzzle platformer. If you like games with deep mysterious story and great puzzles then you will have fun with this game.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2015
Beautiful story in a really saddening way...
Breathtaking atmosphere and amazing soundtrack!
Deeply in love with this game ♥
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2015
took me over 2 hours but it was a well spend 2 hours. it reminded me of the mist games from its artistic hubs. the simplistic but creative puzzles makes it an interesting experience to play. pretty much no huge dialog to explain the story. the soundtrack is pretty relaxing and cheerful as well.

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2015
Papo & Yo is a great puzzle-platformer. It's far from perfect - imprecise controls and some bugs regarding animations and clipping hamper the experience a little but not to a severe degree. This is a beautiful story, tackling subject matter that is important but very rarely dealt with, especially in video games. The art is colourful and unique. The soundtrack is good. The puzzles are maybe a bit easy but I think the difficulty in playing this comes from the topics at hand rather than progressing through the levels. You're meant to feel good about completing stuff because the story itself is quite dark. Overall, I think Papo & Yo is a great game that does a lot of things right as a puzzle-platformer, and that's impressive because it tells a unique, emotive and personal story while doing so.

8/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2015
A simple adventure, with heart...


Papo & Yo is a 3d platforming puzzle game developed by minority media. Set in a fictional south american town, you play as a boy named Quico who is on a journey to help someone close to him...


The Good
+ Vibrant graphics
+ Great Audio = Great at setting a south-american feeling
+ Deep story = Although not apparent from the start, the story is deep and the ending will fill you with emotions.
+ Unique setting
+ Collectable hats

The Bad
- Repetition
- Short = I managed to compete the game within 3.5 hours

Final Thoughts
If your looking for a good story with a bit of puzzle solving involved, Papo & Yo is the your kind of game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2015
One more game to demonstrate that telling stories without hurting interactivity (generally done using lenghty cinematics) is entirely possible, if not much more powerful.
Here the non-litteral story is distilled progressively through various clues: short dreams allusion, characters relationship and interactions and a few metaphors. It just works.

As for the actual gameplay, this is a kind of ICO-like gameplay, using different mechamisms (with the usual switches, levers and the like...)
The nicest thing about almost all puzzles is the ability to manipulate the scenery, which is almost a living thing.

This game is short (3~4 hours, more if you want to collect stuff), which is not a problem afaic, because why should story-focused games *need* 40 hours to tell a simple story ? Ihmo this game is no shorter nor longer that it should be, but, most importantly, the story ends in a logical but not quite expected way you will not easily forget.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
A wonderfully crafted exploration and puzzle game. Obvious heartfelt design, filled with beauty. Highly recommended
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
One of the most memorable games I've played recently, the story is one that touches you and makes you think of.
Level design is also great with original puzzles and art, so is the music, I would highly recommend it to people who like these types of games.
Rating: ★★★★★
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2015
child-like at first, very sorrow at last. Impressed a lot!
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2015
Daaaaaaaaamn this ♥♥♥♥ was deep. I loved the sudden twist in the monster's character. You trust him and feel comfortable around him but it all goes away when his inner demon releases. Great music, scenery, and easy puzzles.

and ♥♥♥♥ those ♥♥♥♥ing frogs
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17 of 31 people (55%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
I really wanted to be able to recommend this game, even if only as an experience. It ticks all the boxes I look for in an interesting game - It’s developed in a country not known for their dev studios, it discusses a very real and very important question and it’s technically well executed.

But I can’t recommend it as it makes the cardinal error for an interactive experience - it’s plain boring. The theme of parental abuse is overstated and the metaphors crude, but all that could be forgiven if it was only fun to play. As it stands it’s a run-of-the-mill 3d puzzle platformer with unimaginative puzzles with no story telling.

Should be played by hardcore explorers of the modern gaming medium due to the reasons in the first paragraph or if you need to write about it. Otherwise stay away.
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