Yooka-laylee, this successful Kickstarter project ticked all the boxes. Partly because one, it was being made by ex-Rare team members, two it was a 3D platformer, which has been in rare supply for a few years now and three gamers wanted a nostalgia trip back to the late 90s when 3D platformers were all the rage.
It launched with much anticipation. I have thoroughly enjoyed playing the game even though there were a couple of issues such as the controls and camera. Playtonic Games have released a patch to help improve these problems among others.
Yooka-Laylee what’s it about
The storyline is a simple one our colourful lead characters have to find all of the Pagies that have been stolen by Capitol B and Dr Quack before they turn all of the world’s literature into profit.
Yooka and Laylee, the main characters of the game you take control of, are memorable and entertaining. As you play through you can purchase new moves from Trowzer. This you need to do to progress the game. They are fun characters to play with, but you can’t help but keep thinking in the back of your mind that you could be controlling Banjo and Kazooie.
They got da moves
Our characters have a variety of moves such as sonar blasting, sky soaring and eating different types of berries that you can temporarily use as projectiles.
The game is fun to play and charming. The more pagies you collect the more of the gaming world you unlock. The similarities between Yooka-laylee and Banjo-Kazooie are glaringly obvious, from the way the characters talk to the fact that you control two companions as one.
There’s enough variety in level design, with pure platforming, puzzles, hidden areas, unlockable items, lots of collectables and minigames to keep it fresh.
The game has so many references to things that it can sometimes feel like it’s a bit too much at times.
Throughout the levels you explore, you can find arcade machines that contain mini-games. These are known as Rextro’s Arcade. They are fun for a short while but mainly add for a quick distraction from the main game.
There are seven mini-games in total and include titles such as Blag the Flag, Gun-let Run and Kratos Karting amongst others. Check out the videos below.
Yooka-Laylee Review Conclusion
I feel that the game could have explored new ways to be a platformer. When I say that I think to how Mario tries to reinvent the way you play his games. There is nothing revolutionary about the game, but it is just what Playtonic games set out to do.
Overall, the game is a nostalgia trip down memory lane, which is fine, and what Playtonic games have achieved is great. Let’s hope a sequel is made that they try to advance the platforming genre in some way and not just make the same game with a different skin.
Overall the Yooka-Laylee is a lot of fun to play and you should give it a go. Yooka-Laylee is available on PS4, XBOX One, PC and Nintendo Switch.