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Papa & Yo is a metaphorical adventure where you play a brave young boy called Quico, whose best friend is a monster with razor-sharp teeth. Play involves traversing the city environments, solving puzzles and then dealing with the monster when he gets out of hand. It stands out for how this simple story shares the challenges of living with an unstable parent.

Quico isn't afraid of the monster, although he is addicted to poisonous frogs that make him violent and unpredictable. Your task is to build your friendship with the monster and save him from his addiction. You do this by solving puzzles together and exploring the surreal world.

Play is like other platform games, only here you need to learn to use the monster's emotions, both good and bad, to your advantage. Sometimes this opens a new path, other times it reveals which blocks need to be pushed.

The result is a game in the form of a classic fairy tale. Of course, the monster isn't just in the imagination of the boy, but in his life in the form of his alcoholic father. Through a unique mix of gameplay and interactive narrative, you explore the complex relationships between Quico, Monster, Lula and Alejandra. It's a story inspired by Creative Director Vander Caballero’s tumultuous childhood.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Papo & Yo 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated today.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Narrative game with Platform, Puzzle and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 4 hours and 4 and a half hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for violence.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for violence.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. There is timed jumps and exploration skill required to play. But also, a degree of maturity and comprehension is required to follow the metaphorical story about a harsh side of family life.


Papo & Yo usually costs £10.99.

Papo & Yo

Steam Store PC £10.99
Steam Store Mac £10.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 14/08/2012

Out Now: Mac, PC and PS3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Narrative (Platform, Puzzle and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Developer: Meta 4 Interact (@Meta4Interact)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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