Posté le : 23 mars
Papo & Yo
is a puzzle-solving game taking place in a surreal Brazilian shanty town. As Quico you must interact with Monster, a large horned creature, to progress. It is made clear from the dedication at the beginning of the game that Monster is an allegory for the creator's father, who was an abusive alcoholic. In the game, Monster is driven into a rage by certain objects in the environment and will violently fling Quico about. It becomes Quico's goal to remove this anger that flares up in Monster, with help from a mysterious girl and his robot companion Lula.
I found the environment to be a unique dream-like experience and I really enjoyed exploring it. The puzzles varied in quality and were fairly simple, but a few stumped me for a little bit. I did unfortunately need to restart from previous checkpoints twice due to glitches that made puzzles unsolvable. Fortunately this didn't set me back too much.
I liked Papo & Yo
and I felt it was just long enough to not wear out it's welcome. I found the conclusion to be quite powerful, although I wonder if it might have been more meaningful if the dedication was saved for the end.