Papo & Yo PlayStation 3

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  • Summary: Papo & Yo will take players on an emotional journey that explores the relationship between a boy and his sometimes-scary best friend. As players progress, Monster will react differently to their actions based on his current desires. If Monster is in a good mood, he will play with QuicoPapo & Yo will take players on an emotional journey that explores the relationship between a boy and his sometimes-scary best friend. As players progress, Monster will react differently to their actions based on his current desires. If Monster is in a good mood, he will play with Quico and help with tasks; if Monster is hungry, he will seek out food; if that food happens to be a poisonous frog, he’ll transform into a terrifying killing machine bent on nothing but destruction. Players will need to learn to use Monster’s emotions, both good and bad, to their advantage if they want to complete their search for a cure and save their pal. Collapse

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 54
  2. Negative: 3 out of 54
  1. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    Aug 28, 2012
    90
    Despite its brief tenure(less than four hours)and light mechanics, it's one of the most powerful and impactful games we've every played. [Oct 2012, p.82]
  2. Aug 24, 2012
    85
    The actual gameplay feels quite disparate from the story and Quico's journey, unfortunately. The jumping, climbing and head-scratching never seem tied to the greater challenge of dealing with the addiction of a loved one. Though they are disconnected, the actual puzzles are still inventive and add to the experience, but the platforming elements can be weak.
  3. Aug 16, 2012
    84
    It's an experience that can penetrate even the thickest of skin, and it will make you feel something. What that is, I can't exactly say, but this is an emotional journey you won't soon forget. It's a short journey, but it's packed densely enough with cool stuff to see and do that I would enthusiastically encourage you to pay the fifteen-dollar asking price.
  4. PSM3 Magazine UK
    Sep 29, 2012
    76
    A deeply personal story created with love and imagination. [Nov 2012, p.105]
  5. Sep 17, 2012
    70
    Despite a few rough edges, this surreal platforming adventure is a heartfelt, emotional experience that's well worth your time.
  6. Aug 22, 2012
    70
    A few rough edges don't detract from an adventure that is as emotional as it is brain teasing, and is worth experiencing whether or not you can relate to the subject matter.
  7. Aug 14, 2012
    40
    The on-paper premise of a traumatic childhood brought to life as a playable short story is brilliant, but the wounded execution can't quite sell the emotional expression. Papo & Yo bookends a technically disastrous and wholly uninteresting adventure game with brief moments of emotional resonance.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Aug 15, 2012
    10
    Small snippet of my review forthcoming!! I give Papo & Yo a 10 because from the first few moments of the game and throughout I felt I wasn'tSmall snippet of my review forthcoming!! I give Papo & Yo a 10 because from the first few moments of the game and throughout I felt I wasn't just playing a game but experiencing a work of art. A lot of work, time, love and passion went into the game and it shows. I actually decided that Papo & Yo was a day one purchase for me when I read about the inspiration behind the games story. I too had to grow up dealing with an abusive alcoholic "Monster with a capital M for a reason" of my own. To say that I could relate would be an understatement. Having played the game now I'm glad I bought the game and I truly hope you will too. Papo & Yo is something you have to experience. You will not regret it, Minority Media has a hit on their hands and I for one am excited to see future games from them! Expand
  2. Aug 16, 2012
    10
    Excellent game about a child who retreats into his mind to save his sister from child abuse while trying to reconcile with his father. ThisExcellent game about a child who retreats into his mind to save his sister from child abuse while trying to reconcile with his father. This game does well to capture the psychological aspect of one person's personal struggle with domestic violence. Although the game needs a little polishing, the puzzles and mechanics are fantastic. The world is unique and interesting, the characters are memorable, and the story is poignant. Think of Journey meets Psychonauts with a darker feeling. The music, though having little to do with the gameplay, is some of the best I've heard in a game. If you are expecting guns and mindless violence, look elsewhere, but if you want to play a game that will make you feel something, this game is certainly worth a good play-through. Expand
  3. Aug 20, 2012
    10
    This game could present some bugs. This game could start slow.
    But this game perfectly manage to tell a deep story, with a perfect pace.
    This game could present some bugs. This game could start slow.
    But this game perfectly manage to tell a deep story, with a perfect pace.

    The game design around it could be described as "incredibly creative". It is true that game mechanics don't change that much, but every time the reaction to this mechanics is different.
    Sometimes pulling a switch will trigger a scenery change, sometimes it will make an house fly.
    The level design is just amazing.

    The art direction, as the music, is perfect. The graphics are great and the visual style is amazing. Also, the game contains some of the best acoustic musics of the year.

    One last thing: the ending. The game should be played just for it.
    Thanks Minority, for this little gem!
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  4. Aug 30, 2012
    9
    You probably already know what the game is about, namely a serious problem named alcoholism and domestic violence. (This is not a spoilerYou probably already know what the game is about, namely a serious problem named alcoholism and domestic violence. (This is not a spoiler because that's what you learn right at the beginning of the game.) Now add the fact it's not only theoretical, but based on the personal childhood experiences of the developer. Thus, the game is very touching and the issue is brought across very well, but let's get to the more basic stuff first. The game looks and sounds very good and on top of it, both music and design are both unique and creative as far as games are concerned. Gameplay is simplistic but there's still a lot of variety in the mechanics and how they are being used in each area. Overall, the game is very calm and relaxing with a dreamlike atmosphere. The thing that stands out is the monster, but when you play the game, it turns out it's not THAT important to the gameplay. You will need to get it through a lot of areas, but not always is it the key to solve the puzzles, the environment is usually being used much more often. Now the most important aspect storywise IS the monster and here is, I think, were the game struggles. You never get to build a relationship with it and it never feels like it cares for you much one way or the other. It's but a mere gameplay aspect, a pet or pawn you lead around the levels when it's in "nice mode". In "rage mode", it's not really dangerous or fear inducing, it's just annoying. Sometimes, you even MUST get it into "rage mode" in order to proceed. Overall, this felt counterproductive to what at least I thought should've been an important aspect of the game, namely giving you insight into how it is to both fear and love someone. But even the scenes when dream and reality collide and you get to directly see the real meaning behind the symbolic dreamworld fail to give you any feeling or emotion towards that person. In the end, it's "just another" sad boy's sad backstory - not that there's anything wrong with it and it's touching, sure, but it's a lot of wasted potential. That aside, the game is really good, even if you're not that much into emotional, artsy stuff. The only real downside I could think of would be that the game is much too easy. The puzzles are mostly obvious and can be solved by simply exploring the areas. I'm undecided between 8 and 9 out of 10, but I'll give it the 9 regardless. Just feels right for the experience I had with it. I see technical issues being mentioned a lot, but I cannot confirm that. Other than one trophy not unlocking when it should have but only on the second attempt, I had no problems with this. Expand
  5. Aug 15, 2012
    9
    I'm finding myself drawn more and more to the smaller PSN downloadables than the major market games lately. I enjoy both, but it seems likeI'm finding myself drawn more and more to the smaller PSN downloadables than the major market games lately. I enjoy both, but it seems like all the big games for nearly two years now have been sequels and lack an originality to them. They might have superior gameplay to the indie games, but they have a "been there done that," feel to them. Games like Braid, Limbo, Journey, etc. have a uniqueness I find so refreshing. Yes this game is rough around the edges, but the narrative, musical score, and imagery (especially in the game's finale) are extremely powerful. If you've played any of the aforementioned games and enjoyed them, I'm positive you'll like Papo & Yo. However, if you're more into a polished game with replay value and an emphasis on button mashing, this might not be for you. I highly recommend this game. Expand
  6. Aug 17, 2012
    8
    This game was great. A great story told perfectly through gaming. Fresh new mechanics, fantastic environment, music and sound, an all aroundThis game was great. A great story told perfectly through gaming. Fresh new mechanics, fantastic environment, music and sound, an all around good experience.
    I dont know what was up with that IGN review, but this clearly deserves much more than 4, and, yes maybe a little bit short, but that's it. I only experienced a bug once by falling through the world, and the chapters are really not that long, so restarting isn't a big deal.
    But you know, I also fell through the world in Assassin's Creed 2, and that game was made by a team of over 200 people, so cut the little guys some slack.

    If, you have a PS3, try out this game.
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  7. Aug 18, 2012
    5
    It is a great game. If you have some spare time and don't know what to do, then Papo & Yo will perfectly fill the gap between afternoon andIt is a great game. If you have some spare time and don't know what to do, then Papo & Yo will perfectly fill the gap between afternoon and evening. Some fresh mechanics will bring a smile to your face, unique narrative provides nostalgia and your childhood memories with childish fantasy comes back immediately. From time to time, outstanding acoustic music is so perfect, that you just sit and listen to it very, very loud. It really is a great peace of work... but definitely it is not a good puzzle game. It's more like a mixture of platform and simple logic games. Unfortunately, you don't even have to think. Everything is clear just after you enter the new level. That's why I rated Papo & Yo 5. It has very good narrative, music and story, but, in terms of a GAME itself, it really lacks very, very much. Expand

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