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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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 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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CornBRED-X
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Papo y Yo was a game that came out a while ago that I only now got around to playing despite having it since it came out on Steam. I'd been intrigued by it from the time the creator started talking about it, and interviews I saw on Giantbomb years ago now. The themes of an abusive father and alcoholism are things I am all to familiar with and so I found it intriguing that the creator wanted it to be the cruxt of the game.

Unfortunately, as a game, there is really only one mechanic. It's a really cool mechanic, but there's only one. Terrain deformation. Basically you play Quico, a young boy, and you have to traverse this surrealist world to unfold a story. You move around buildings, change the terrain, create stepoping stones, all in the name of... fairly typical platforming. The game is very easy and never really gets difficult at all.

Since this is the only mechanic there isn't really a time you should get stuck and even if you do it won't be for very long. The puzzles are super simplistic.

Graphically the game is amazing. I have nothing, but praise for the visuals crafted for this adventure. The aspects of moving houses, terrain that bites down like teeth, or even just the backdrop of what appears to be Brazilian streets are all splendidly realized. Even the beautifully crafted murals which serve no purpose, but to make areas look cool. The one good thing I can say about this game is that it looks amazing.

But a video game is not bought just to look at it. We want to experience it, and in that Papo y Yo fails entirely to create a worthwhile experience. As said previously mechanically the game has little to offer, and while novel for an hour or so it quickly wears thin. On top of that the story is abominable. In parts it's incredibly hamfisted- catering mostly to visual metaphor (the game is never explicit and yet is always entirely implicit) it's never not obvious what the story is talking about, and that is fine. Yet the way it gets to what I would assume is it's moral is entirely questionable and not something I agree with at all. It's telling that you play a child as the platitude at the end is comepletely childish.

-Spoiler for the ending. Do not read further if you don't want to know.-

I understand being abused as a child, and having a father who is an alcoholic, but to imply that there is nothing you can do about it, and you should just let them go forever is something you believe when you are a child but is not actually true. That's called giving up, and where I come from you never give up on family.

There are many other aspects of the story I found completely nonsensical: such as monster as it is represented- a visual representation of his father- makes absolutely no sense. I am unsure if the creator understands how people work. There is always a reason people do bad things. They don't just do things. Anyway, I won't continue to go on and on about the creator of this game's world view. I wouldn't recommend believing it, though, as it's a good way to become everything you hate.

I like the visuals in this game. They are often gorgeous, surreal, and amazing to see. Everything else in this game is completely skippable- right down to the terrible moral espoused at the end here. I do not recommend this game at all. If you want to see the cool visuals you can most likely look up pictures of the game and get the same effect. There's nothing else to experience here.
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TobiKenobi73
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
About a boy with an abusive father which is depicted as a monster. A monster who sometimes is very angry but otherwise will help you. A dream like puzzle platformer with a beautiful soundtrack. This is a game who will leave you with a teary eye and a lot of emotions. Loved it!
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JimmyJazzzz
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Great puzzle platformer game! The mechanics are easy to master, at some point near the end it gets a bit repetitive, but then the final part is both astonishing and profound.
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a helpless tramp
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
Decent puzzler. Story a little on the scary/mind wobbly side. Liked it.
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BombTheDodongos
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
This game made me want to be a better Dad
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Nexal
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 14
Papo & Yo is a beautiful adventure about a boy and his monster... but you already did notice that, right?

I'd like to recap this game while trying not to spoil anything for you, since the story is one of the strong points here.

+ Beautiful environments, characters and art style in general.
+ Deep and emotional story.
+ Fun to play in general.
+ The soundtrack is well orchestrated and is placed perfectly when needed.

- The puzzles get a little bit tedious after a while.
- The controls aren't as responsive as they should in some cases (most notably in jumps or camera twists).
- It has almost no replay value, since its second run would be playing the exact same game but collecting some hidden plushies in some places.

As an overall review I'd say that it isn't a good game per se, the controls feel a little bit clunky and the puzzles could have been way better implemented. However, it is a really good story and the way it's told helps to compensate for its technical flaws.

Overall, I'd say that as a puzzle game this barely reaches a 5/10 but as an overall experience I believe it could easily reach a 8/10.
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Belemonguin
( 5.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 13
This game looks more like a festival animation - some serious stuff shown as a cute and colorfull cartoon. I like that the story takes place somewhere in a third-world country, how they make us play with the enviroment. The sound is amazing. As a puzzle game it is awesome.

As a story... well, the ending was bad. I do not only mean that I do not full agree with the autor's point of view, but the biggest thing reviealed in the end is shown as if we did not guess about it before. I mean it was boring to see it as the biggest secret in the game. Only dummies can't guess about it.

Still, I do recomend you to play it becuse it is an awesome puzzle game with wonderful amdience.
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Troublemaker
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 13
First couple of hours worth it if you buy it on sale. After that, game falls flat on its face failing to bring something new to the table and becomes repetitive and sometimes downright annoying.
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send feet pics ♥
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 13
this game is about a little indian femboi embracing his fursona.

9/10 this game is sick yo.
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Artyom Havok
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
oh man you feel this one...
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
Beautiful Dark Turth

Story 5/10
Gamplay 6/10
Replayable 6/10
Achievement 9/10

Papo & Yo is a beautiful charming game that holds a deep dark secret. Guiding you throughout a dream-scape, parkour-puzzle sort of world is a series of colourful and dynamic scenes and puzzles that change the world around you as it unravels its truth. A calm, soothing, often upbeat and cheerful soundtrack rassures you venture deeper into the world.
The story of the game is quite short and took you on a slow but increasinly intense journey which really didn't make much sense on the first playthrough, small cutscenes didn't give away much about the story in the gameplay, but then the pieces all rapidly come together to reveal the dark truth which created a much different perspective on the second playthrough.

You gain attachment to the main character who I believe is Yo, as you explore the urban maze through a childs eyes, and how the smallest things look different to a childlike imagination.
The puzzles are not to difficult and the controls are easy to pick up.

Recommend if you like puzzles, mystery, intrigueing storyline and beautiful imagery.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
oh man you feel this one...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
Papo & Yo is a beautiful adventure about a boy and his monster... but you already did notice that, right?

I'd like to recap this game while trying not to spoil anything for you, since the story is one of the strong points here.

+ Beautiful environments, characters and art style in general.
+ Deep and emotional story.
+ Fun to play in general.
+ The soundtrack is well orchestrated and is placed perfectly when needed.

- The puzzles get a little bit tedious after a while.
- The controls aren't as responsive as they should in some cases (most notably in jumps or camera twists).
- It has almost no replay value, since its second run would be playing the exact same game but collecting some hidden plushies in some places.

As an overall review I'd say that it isn't a good game per se, the controls feel a little bit clunky and the puzzles could have been way better implemented. However, it is a really good story and the way it's told helps to compensate for its technical flaws.

Overall, I'd say that as a puzzle game this barely reaches a 5/10 but as an overall experience I believe it could easily reach a 8/10.
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121 of 135 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2013
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
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98 of 104 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 13, 2014
I don't think a game has ever made me cry so much. Coming from a family with substance abuse, this game hit down to the core. It isn't a difficult game, but it has a beautiful and powerful story to tell.
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81 of 85 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2015
AT A GLANCE
(Full review follows below)

  • Game Name: Papo & Yo
  • Original Release: 2013
  • Genre Tags: Adventure; Puzzle-Platformer; Atmospheric; Short
  • My Overall Grade: A
  • Estimated Playtime (Campaign): 4-7 hours
  • Multiplayer Aspect: None
  • Recommended To: Established fans of the genre; Those intrigued by the genre; Game atmosphere connoisseurs; Casual gamers

REVIEW
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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70 of 71 people (99%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 9, 2014
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.
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55 of 62 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
58.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
Papo & Yo is a rare game that manages to perfectly represent what it is like to be a child and the effects of substance abuse by those closest to them. This surprised me, because it is hard to tell a story with such complex themes under the guise of a game with any degree of success. Yet Papo & Yo handles it beautifully, and crafts an emotionally rewarding experience that deserves to be played. It certainly has its problems, but it manages to entertain and engage the player from beginning to end.Throughout Papo & Yo you play as Quico, a young boy who explores a dream like interpretation of Brazilian styled favelas. Throughout the game you are accompanied by three characters. The first is Lula, a cute yellow robot who hangs on to Quico’s back throughout the game, and serves to help him navigate and solve the puzzles that he encounters throughout his journey. There is also a girl who uses chalk to bring buildings and other objects in the environment to life, and more often than not plays tricks rather than help. These two characters are the ones that actively communicate to you.And then there’s Monster, a giant pink beast who grunts and roars as he eats and sleeps. Despite his outward frightful appearance, he is actually quite peaceful more often than not.Papo & Yo handles the complexities of addiction and abuse extremely well, never going into lengthy explanations or long, dialogue encumbered scenes in order to convey its themes. Instead, the game mostly relies on the actions of the characters and the change in environments and scenery in order to communicate, which is a very welcome change.Throughout Quico’s journey, he will encounter puzzles of varying length and complexity that obstruct his path. What is most amazing about Papo & Yo’s puzzles is that they involve the environment in rather stunning and wonderful ways.Turning a switch can result in a building gaining legs and moving to another position, pulling a lever could turn a building sideways to unveil a hidden set of stairs, and lifting a box can create and move giant crates that could be used at your disposal. The mechanics and feel of Papo & Yo also deserve praise. The jumping and navigating of the world feels natural, and I always enjoyed how Quico interacts with his environment. The favelas are simply stunning to navigate and explore. The locations feel like they have been lived in, but also are off just enough that you can tell that it is in an imaginative world. The sounds that the environment makes as you solve puzzles and move about are a delight to listen to, and credit must be given to whoever designed the ambient sounds found within the game.Papo & Yo is a unique game. It handles its themes extremely well, and the world is simply amazing to behold. Though the game is not without its faults, chief among them a lack of difficulty and challenge, Papo & Yo should be played at least once. Trust me, the journey will be quite worth it.
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42 of 44 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
36.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 9, 2014
First of all, I have to mention that this is quite a powerful game and can have quite an impact on people if they have ever suffered with or been aroud substance misuse although it isn't primarily focused on this. The gameplay is incredible. There is lots to explore and lots of creative elements involved such as making things in order to help you through your journey. Without giving too much away, you feel very much like you are the character playing and you quite often feel what he is feeling. This did make me cry, I will be honest but I personally, love games that has such a powerful impact on me. It makes me want to play it again and again and I have already completed the game twice and itching to go back. It's easy to forget yourself and get totally immersed. If you like adventure and a taste for real life elements, give this game a try. It was suggested to me by a friend and I can't thank him enough for putting me in touch with this game. I highly recommend it and I'm very thankful to the developers for going to so much trouble and effort to make it an amazing experience for me.
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41 of 45 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2013
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.
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