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Rambles of Charl #5: My Dad and I (Papo & Yo)

I watched this playthrough of a game called Papo & Yo and the ending left me sobbing my heart out because of the story, and even though I’ve never really gone through what the protagonist of the game did, I could still relate in some way.

Papo-YoThe game centers around a boy named Quico who uses his imagination and favorite action figure to escape the reality of the abusive relationship he has with his father. His father is portrayed as a big, pink ogre with horns and throughout the game, you’re trying to find a cure for your father’s addiction while escaping his wrath, induced by his alcoholism (represented as frogs in the game. When he gets his hands on one, his body is consumed in flames and he chases you around, if he catches you, he rips you apart and throws you aside).

Survival in the game is based on Quico’s ability to take advantage of his father’s emotions; knowing when to give him alcohol (and not get caught in his father’s rage) then giving him fruit to cure him. The game shows their relationship, Quico’s loyalty to his dad and wish to save his father from his alcoholism. But as you go further in the game, there really is no way to save the father and it ends with Quico having to let his dad go and live without him.

The ending made me cry because I was fully immersed in the game, and at the end I imagined myself having to make that choice if it ever came down to having to let my father go. I honestly don’t think I could ever do it. Maybe if it was my mother, I could be able to come to a quicker decision.

I have a really deep relationship with my father; things that I should be more comfortable to talk about with my mother, I’m more comfortable telling him and losing him…the very thought of it…I really don’t think I could bear it. When I was younger, our relationship was a bit rough but because of the deep love I had (and still do) for him, it was easy for me to forgive him when he would do things to hurt me. And I guess that’s what has contributed to us remaining this close as I grow older, and he isn’t like that anymore.

The game was really touching and the ending song just wrecked me.

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2 comments on “Rambles of Charl #5: My Dad and I (Papo & Yo)

  1. Sindar
    December 18, 2013

    That music is beautiful *.* The game sounds kinda cruel though, not the sort of thing you want to play to relax. Reminded me of a small movie made by Makoto Shinkai – Someone’s Gaze (Dareka no Manazashi is the original name), a 6 minutes long piece about father-daughter relations in a (more or less) broken family.

    • charlmeister
      December 18, 2013

      Isn’t it? It’s been awhile since I’ve heard anything like its kind. No, it does have a lot of beautiful imagery, that and the music are about the only things to relax you during the gameplay, it’s very sad.

      I should take a look at that, I really love the works that are family themed; always helps me to further appreciate what I have with mine.

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