Review of Papo & Yo [HalfBeard's HUD]

Art in games is a tricky thing, balancing fun with meaning is a very hard thing to do and actually creating something that both entertains and touches someone is a tall order. Papo & Yo, today’s PSN release is trying to do just that with a somewhat autobiographical telling of the Creative Director’s experiences growing up with an alcoholic father and his abuse. It’s obviously very heavy subject matter and press and public alike have been curious to see if it can be pulled off in a game. Well I’ve played through it and while the points it was trying make certainly got across I don’t know if I would call it good. For all its meaning there are some significant problems here and I’m sad to say Papo & Yo-both as a game and as art-ends up missing its mark...

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