One of the outstanding aspects of Minority's PlayStation Network debut, Papo & Yo, is the ease with which it tells such a compelling narrative with little in the way of actual conversation; indeed, what speech there is comes from an invented language the developers call “Latin gibberish.” It is at once both a tale of a child suffering through the torments of an abusive father, and an exploration of that child's innocence. Using much the same template as Guillmero Del Toro' s Pan's Labyrinth, Papo & Yo has you enter a world of imagination fueled by the desire to escape a miserable reality.

The concept for this game is drawn from creative director Vander Caballero's personal experience, and some might level an accusation of heavy-handedness – the need for the game to speak for itself, rather than be (in part) semi-autobiographical – yet in doing so, the thirteen core developers at Minority have a crafted a title with a concept rarely touched upon in gaming.

Papo & Yo is emotive in a way few games are (or try to be), and even if you cannot relate directly to the game's allegory, you will nonetheless feel for those affected by the conclusion. This theme of evoking a response – while never dwelling on darker moments – is wonderfully accompanied by La Hacienda Creative's soundtrack for the game, which perfectly captures the mood of your journey through a South American-esque favela.

Not too long into the game, you meet the Monster, a manifestation of an abusive father. Lured along by coconuts and enraged when eating frogs, the Monster is a complicated creature. At times docile, even sleeping, and at others, intent on chasing