The gameplay of Papo & Yo won't grab you, but its imaginative portrayal of a young boy's struggles makes it a worthwhile and special experience.
18 April 2013
Summary: A child's imagination is a powerful thing. It can imbue the world with wonders, taking the mundane and making it magical. It can also help a child cope with real-world fears that are much too big and scary to confront otherwise.
Excerpt: A handful of times every year there are games released that broaden the gaming experience. We are always looking for these games at Family Friendly Gaming. Especially when they are games that families will enjoy. Papo & Yo is one of those games.
Excerpt: There's been a lot of talk about the video game industry growing up lately, but in reality few games have even attempted to tackle an issue of any real weight. Papo & Yo is one of the first to explore a specific issue and it not only handles it with an understated dignity, but makes for a delightful...
Conclusion: It's really difficult to focus on the lesser aspects of a game like Papo & Yo , one of the most inventive and interesting games in recent memory. The puzzles are consistently enjoyable, while the narrative undercutting this fantasy world is truly heartbreaking.
Excerpt: The concept for this game is drawn from creative director Vander Caballero's personal experience, and some might level an accusation of heavy-handedness – the need for the game to speak for itself, rather than be (in part) semi-autobiographical – yet in doing so, the thirteen core developers at...
Conclusion: Papo & Yo is a title of binary worth; not worth ignoring its issues, but still worth seeing through. While the trip it takes to reach the emotional highs of the story’s payoff is indefensibly turbulent, there’s no denying that they are indeed dizzying.
Excerpt: It’s difficult to discuss Papo & Yo without talking about the game’s creator, Vander Caballero. He grew up with an alcoholic father who was abusive to Caballero and his siblings. His only escape was playing with toys and games to take his focus off of the painful reality that he had to endure.
Summary: Imagination is a remarkable thing, especially when wielded by a child. It can make a house sprout wings, bring a toy to life, and turn mundane objects into mystical things. As children, our imagination is where we went to feel empowered; any child can develop magical powers or become an...