Αναρτήθηκε: 2 Ιουλίου
A gorgeous and interesting 3D puzzle platformer with psychological story elements and a very well told story in general. Papo & Yo offers up a great looking, fun game with a depth of story substance which never once interrupts the great gameplay. The game treats the player as intelligent enough to draw their own conclusions and is never overt or crude in its approach. It's a hands off story which provokes thought in the best way, and it's wrapped up in a gorgeous world with great gameplay.
The best parts of Papo & Yo come from it's strong commitment to the story and gameplay. Everything is focused around that, and at times gameplay choices have been limited or altered to compliment the subject, and vice versa. There's one puzzle, for example, where your goal is to move the Monster to a new position while he's sleeping on a wooden centipede. After figuring out the mechanics of the puzzle and moving him into position, he catches a frog and your progress is reset. In any other game this would ♥♥♥♥ the player off, but here it's a subtle allegory of trying again, or taking an alternative approach after you fail. Even the music of each puzzle serves to compliment the spirit of the story.
Even if you remove the story though, Papo & Yo is still a very good 3D puzzle platformer and just playing through it without thinking about the content matter is a delight.
* The art style and set design is another compelling reason to play this title, the streets and buildings have a strong South African feel, and add to the fantasy
* Puzzle design occasionally feels off, but for the most part is unique and interesting and wonderfully different to the approach most other games would take
There are no real gameplay problems to speak of in Papo & Yo, and everything is done pretty well. However, there are some minor annoyances and technical problems that will jar the experience for some, but overall wont really take away from the experience.
* Movement and controls are a little less responsive than I'd like, and it's common to fall off a ledge or have to repeat a step several times to get something right
* For some, the story is too obvious and the flashbacks give too much away at the start of the game for the ending to have as strong an impact as it could have
* Due to the unique design and style of some puzzles, it's sometimes unclear what the game wants of the player next, despite the useful help system
Priced at £10.99/12.99€/$14.99 at the time of review, Papo & Yo doesn't feel overpriced, but is very short, with just 4-6 hours play time. It routinely goes on sale for -75% or less, and most people would probably benefit by waiting for a sale to get their moneys worth.
There's an achievement for playing through the game without using any of the hint boxes, and another for collecting all the hats in the game which only becomes available after completing the game once. These two achievements make playing through the game again some time in the future that much more compelling. https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=49&v=U9_0Q9CAU1w
* Looking for similar 3D Puzzle Platforming with story elements? You may also want to check out Contrast, The Portal Series, Tiny and Big: Grandpa's Leftovers and the second version of Q.U.B.E.
* Papo & Yo means Father & I