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 intergalactic hero, no matter what their real life is like.
Excerpt: “To my mother, brother and sisters with whom I survived the monster of my father” Escapism is an essential part of the human experience, and nowhere is it more powerful than within the creatively lucid minds of children. Literature and Cinema often tell tales of imagined adventures: from Alice’s tumble down the rabbit hole, to Ofelia’s ethereal visits from the faun during the Spanish Civil War.
Excerpt: Papo & Yo is the debut release from Quebec-based Minority Media. Spearheaded by creative lead Vander Caballero, the studio is attempting to tell a very personal story, which revolves around Caballero’s own troubled youth. Originally released for the PS3 in August of last year, the puzzle-platformer has now made its way to Steam, and the port works swimmingly.
Excerpt: 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. For Quico, the young hero of Papo & Yo, his imagination serves both purposes.
Conclusion: "It’s a little like My Neighbor Totoro if it was set in a South American slum instead of bucolic Japan." "Your brain won’t be incredibly taxed by the puzzles...but the game moves at the right pace considering that the plot is what’s most important here.
Pros: Vibrant, crisp visuals, Imaginative puzzle designs, A welcome approach to a mature topic
Cons: Relatively brief, Simplistic puzzles, Little replayability
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. Minority Media has put together a solid action puzzle game with all kinds of fantasy elements.
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 and enriching experience at the same time.
Dramatic and affecting puzzler about alcoholism and abuse.
Common Sense Media
27 September 2012
Summary: Parents need to know that Papo & Yo is a puzzle and platformer game without much violence, but that it carries some mature themes that may trouble younger kids. It is an autobiographical game that serves as a metaphor for abuses suffered by its designer as a child at the hands of his alcoholic father.
Review: Papo & Yo successfully takes its sad tale about child abuse to PC
23 September 2012
Excerpt: Physical abuse is one of the worst things that a kid could ever possibly go through. When that physical abuse is at the hands of a loved one, the emotional and psychological effects can be drastic, taking an immense toll on the child. Papo & Yo attempts to tackle the subjects of child abuse and addiction through fantastical imagery and metaphor.
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. It's hard not to be slightly disappointed with the lack of polish though, technical bugs and problems appearing far too often.