Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The 24 Games of Christmas! Day #11: Papo and Yo

It's that time again! Michael Buble's smooth voice serenades us over the radio with his brilliant rendition of "Let it Snow." Houses are covered with bright lights, tinsel, green and red colours. Children anxiously count down the days, hoping they were good enough for a visit by Santa.

It's a magical time, with one other little benefit - most of us also have breaks over Christmas. Breaks means time to play games!

It has been a great year for games, and no doubt there are some great ones that you've missed. And so we at Digitally Downloaded will count down to Christmas with one game recommendation for you each day.

Enjoy, and happy holidays!


Day #11 - Papo and Yo
Chris I

Holidays are a time of reflection, a time for family and a time when we make plans for the things we’d like to change as we embark upon a new year. In this sense, Papo and Yo is one of the most fitting titles to sit down and play over the coming weeks.

Here, we find a young boy named Quico, who has escaped into a fantasy land inside his own head – escaping the reality of the life he lives in. What is this life – you ask? It’s a depressing life filled with pain, because of an alcoholic father.

Papo and Yo takes us on a magical journey through a childlike fantasy land. One where buildings sprout chalklike legs and scurry about and our toy robot friend can help us fly for short distances. In short, it’s a pleasant place to be. But, there’s a monster lurking about and one who’s got a nasty addiction to poisonous frogs – is this an alter ego of your father? If you save the monster here – will it save your father?

The rest is for you to find out for yourself. Know that there’s a deep emotional narrative that flows within Papo and Yo – resulting in one of the most dramatic and emotional conclusions you’ll experience in videogame format. Papo and Yo leaves you in a state of reflection, not only about the game, but about your own life as well. Its narrative will stay with you long after the end credits roll (likely shared with tears of your own) and there’s truly no better season to share this experience than this one.
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