Papo & Yo

"Papo & Yo is the story of a young boy, Quico, and his best friend, Monster. Monster is a huge beast with razor-sharp teeth, but that doesn’t scare Quico away from playing with him. That said, Monster does have a very dangerous problem: an addiction to poisonous frogs. The minute he sees one hop by, he’ll scarf it down and fly into a violent, frog-induced rage where no one, including Quico, is safe. And yet, Quico loves his Monster and wants to save him."
- Official Site

"It’s all very lofty, but for a game like Papo & Yo to achieve this sense of depression, claustrophobia and being burdened is exceptionally brilliant. It’s expressive, and the interactivity and puzzle-solving elements of the title all work towards giving the core message an even bigger impact.

Once Papo & Yo is over, players feel connected to the main character in such a way that the game’s story leaves a massive impression. In just over two hours, I felt weighed down with emotion, and that’s something only a rare handful of games have ever given me."
- Joey Davidson, for Techno Buffalo