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: 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. Simplistic puzzles and a slow start might turn you off at first, but great atmosphere and a very strong finish...
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.
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.
Excerpt: Game developer Vander Caballero did not have the happiest of childhoods. His new game, Papo & Yo , quite transparently analyzes the relationship its creator shared with his alcoholic, abusive father. A giant pink creature named Monster fills in for Caballero’s father. He loves coconuts and he loves frogs, the latter to the extent that he can’t resist them in spite of the fact that they turn him into an angry, violent beast.
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
21 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.