It’s difficult to discuss Papo & Yo without talking about the game’s creator, Vander Caballero. He grew up with an alcoholic father who was abusive to Caballero and his siblings. His only escape was playing with toys and games to take his focus off of the painful reality that he had to endure. This is what Papo & Yo is about at its core.
A young boy, scared to death of his father, living in a dream world trying to find some way to cure him. This is alluded to in the opening scene of the game in which a statement from Caballero is displayed on the screen: “To my mother, brothers, and sisters with whom I survived the monster in my father.”
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