Polygon: "The battered heart Papo & Yo wears on its sleeve invites players to share a journey made more of pain than polygons. The questions it raises about agency and ability are as heavy as the burden it places on Quico's shoulders. Papo & Yo's narrative ultimately succeeds thanks in large part to the finale's pitch-perfect crescendo. But the voyage fails in its most fundamental aspect — gameplay — and it is impossible to divorce the metaphor from the medium used to deliver it. No matter how well the ending pays off, it's not worth the investment you have to make to get there."