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Papo & Yo

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Papo & Yo is a unique puzzle-platforming game with a very personal story. In the game, the player character is the young boy Quico. His best friend is a huge and dangerous monster which has a terrible addiction to poisonous frogs. Frogs, that turn the monster violent and angry, whenever it consumes one. Joining Quico on his journey are Lula, his trusty doll, and the mysterious girl Alejandra.

The game is set in a very surreal world modelled after the suburbs of an ordinary South American city. The city morphs and shifts, sometimes on the player's command, to create or solve puzzles and make new areas accessible. The player character is unarmed and all interaction is done by manipulating the environment through levers, simple (but surreal) contraptions or by guiding the monster with fruits.

The game is an allegory for the teenage years of its creator and what he had to endure under his alcoholic father. Many of the themes in the game are standing for real life struggles and occasionally the veil shifts and the game uses accurate graphics to depict what had happened instead of the surreal visuals it usually uses.


Papo & Yo Windows Lula gives you new powers
Papo & Yo Windows Lula. Sidekick, hero, friend.
Papo & Yo Windows The game becomes more and more surreal as the story progresses
Papo & Yo Windows Sometimes it is better to only change the environment a bit. Secrets are to be discovered.

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The Press Says

PlayStation Lifestyle PlayStation 3 Aug 14, 2012 8.5 out of 10 85
Gaming Nexus PlayStation 3 Sep 14, 2012 8.5 out of 10 85
ZTGameDomain PlayStation 3 Aug 22, 2012 8.5 out of 10 85
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) PlayStation 3 Aug 14, 2012 8.5 out of 10 85
Destructoid PlayStation 3 Aug 24, 2012 8.5 out of 10 85
Cheat Code Central PlayStation 3 Aug 16, 2012 4.2 out of 5 84
GameZebo Windows Apr 18, 2013 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Riot Pixels Windows Jul 04, 2013 35 out of 100 35


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