The symbolic platforming adventure game for the PlayStation 3 is nearing release and the game is garnering tons of critical praise for both its artistic aesthetic and compelling intrigue. Papo & Yo from Minority Software is set for release next week and the live-action launch trailer brings plenty of adventure and horror with it.

The game is probably best described as a South American take on Guillermo Del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth. The premise for Papo & Yo feels very similar to Del Toro's visionary masterpiece. Unlike Pan's Labyrinth, though, Papo & Yo has a much more colorful and vibrant feel to it, giving gamers an almost celebratory vibe to the atmosphere, as if to say it's as much about the danger as it is the adventure and the freedom of creativity. Those last two points are poignantly put on display thanks to a brief live-action short-film that sets up the narrative as well as showcasing some bits from the game. Check it out below.

The game seems to carry a little bit of Trine, Lost in Shadow, Limbo and Journey with it. Those are all excellent games, so having a little bit of elements from each of those could potentially make Papo & Yo a truly remarkable and standout game for this entire generation of gaming.

One other thing I've noticed is that Sony really seems to get behind a ton of original titles and genre-pushing games. I've been very, very impressed with everything from thatgamecompany and Journey really knocked it out of the box in terms of originality and simplicity. It's hard to tell right now if Papo & Yo will achieve that same kind of success, but pre-orders are available right now and you'll be able to pick the game up digitally for PS3 starting August 14th, next week for $14.99 (or $11.99 for PS Plus members).

You can learn more about this unique platformer by paying a visit to the Official Website.

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