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...
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.
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.
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: 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.
Excerpt: Rather than thrill or amaze you, Papo y Yo quietly canters into living rooms with the express intent to touch you, delivering a personal tale about a boy and his abusive father wrapped in the guise of an indie puzzle platformer.
Excerpt: Sony’s done pretty good with its PSN Play program thus far. While The Expendables 2 left a lot to be desired (we’d rather watch the movie again, honestly), Sound Shapes more than covered the slack with excellent gameplay and a soundtrack that we’re still humming in our heads.