It's not often that you see a game wear its heart on its sleeve. For some game developers that move is just a little too close for comfort, but you can't deny the powerful message it can potentially convey. Minority Media doesn't seem too concerned about that, projecting an otherwise sensitive topic into their first video game, Papo & Yo.
As mentioned during my launch announcement of the game, Papo & Yo is puzzle-platforming adventure about a young boy named Quico whose troubled childhood leads him to an imaginative new world -- a manifestation of his real life. Here he interacts with several characters, including his best friend, Monster, who has a deadly addiction to frogs. One taste and Monster goes into a fiery rage, causing havoc to everything around him, including Quico. It's up to him to help Monster with his addiction and improve their dysfunctional relationship.
Having lived with an abusive, alcoholic father myself, I can't sympathize more. Helping my father fight his addiction was something me and my family fought long and hard for but, at the end of the day, it was up to my father to make the change, not us. Just like Quico, I escaped into my own world and found comfort in my imagination, but I strived to help him through it all, despite the powerless anger and sadness.
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