Yooka-Laylee is an all-new 3D platformer from the creative talent behind the Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong Country games. Our new heroes, Yooka (the green bloke with no pants) and Laylee (the wisecracking lady-bat with the big nose) were conceptualised from the ground up for stellarYooka-Laylee is an all-new 3D platformer from the creative talent behind the Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong Country games. Our new heroes, Yooka (the green bloke with no pants) and Laylee (the wisecracking lady-bat with the big nose) were conceptualised from the ground up for stellar platforming gameplay, created by the same character artist behind the rebooted Donkey Kong family and legendary N64 heroes Banjo and Kazooie. Using an arsenal of special moves like Yookas tongue grapple and Laylees tactical sonar blast, players will explore and expand gorgeous 3D worlds drawn up by esteemed environment artist Steven Hurst (Banjo-Kazooie series, Viva Pinata) and through skill discover the plethora of delicious collectibles hidden within.
* Heroes Built for Fun: Our new buddy-duo were dreamed up specifically for entertaining platforming gameplay and exceptional colour coordination. We think we've captured the spirit of our past heroes while introducing our most inventive moves yet.
* An Arsenal of Abilities: Sonar blasting, tongue whipping, sky soaring a move roster built for platforming fun and unlocked with added freedom. Additionally, there may or may not be a move involving a giant fart bubble.
* A Dream Soundtrack: David Wise (Donkey Kong Country) and Grant Kirkhope (Banjo-Kazooie) combine in what's sure to be a melodic masterpiece! Seriously, clean out your ears - they're in for a treat.
* Collect-em-up 2.0: A roster of shiny collectibles with gameplay progression at their core (as well as other, more valuable materials). Every collectible type in our new game will expand gameplay in a meaningful way. Yes, we employ the man responsible for DK64's myriad of trinkets, but we've had a stern word. Our main collectible, Pagies, are used to unlock and expand new worlds in Yooka-Laylee.
* Expandable Worlds: Experience more of the playgrounds you love by spending collectibles to expand your favourites into bigger, more challenging worlds.
* A Cast to Last: A huge cast of memorable characters to meet (or beat) brought to life by the art and audio teams behind Banjo-Kazooie and destined to endure in future games as part of Playtonic Universe. Expect all manner of grunts, squeaks and squawks.
* Introducing Play Tonics: Discover these unique gameplay modifiers and use them to customise gameplay to suit your style. Will you run faster, hit harder or fly further? Also, are they named after our studio or vice versa? We'll never know.
* Arcade machines: Each world hides at least one secret arcade game encasing old-school gaming goodness. Complete its retro-tastic challenge to claim your Pagie!… Expand
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Yooka-Laylee - Release Date Trailer
Apr 4, 2017This time around, Kickstarter actually did come to the rescue, delivering a game that is very much worthy of being called the spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie. Yooka-Laylee is a game for fans who miss the N64 days of running around a huge, open map, collecting a bunch of stuff and having a bit of a laugh. It's cute, it's funny, and a few minor technical issues aside, it's exactly what it promised to deliver.
Apr 7, 2017Yooka-Laylee is a great experience, and well worth playing if you are a long-time fan of the work that Rare did. This is a game for veterans and newcomers alike though, and there is plenty here to hook a new player or new generation. A lot of the mechanics are a throwback to how things were before, and I don’t necessarily mind that. Some people however may find it slow and tedious at times. All in all I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Yooka-Laylee and would recommend you give it a try if you are even the least bit curious about it.
Apr 4, 2017Though camera problems and outdated level design are present at times, the moments of exhilaration, discovery, and satisfaction far outweigh those pitfalls. It feels like ages since I've played something like Yooka-Laylee. This is a game that was built for those who look back with fondness on the classics that spawned it, and in that regard, it delivers completely.
Apr 6, 2017When it comes down to it, Yooka-Laylee just feels good to play. It’s great to control, it’s fun to explore, and it scratched the collectible itch in me in a way that few games have managed to properly accomplish nowadays. If you’re a fan of wide open 3D platformers, or are wanting to take a nostalgia laden trip through one, Yooka-Laylee is certainly the game for you.
Apr 4, 2017Sure it looks visually nicer, and the ability to play it with a dual analogue controller fixes some of the control issues Banjo had on N64, but that’s far from enough to redeem this game...I don’t know what else to say. Yooka Laylee, you’re just a poor facsimile of something I used to love. You really didn’t impress me.
Apr 18, 2017Get this: Yooka-Laylee has lower scores on Metacritic than Banjo: Nuts & Bolts, including the user score. But if you loved the oldGet this: Yooka-Laylee has lower scores on Metacritic than Banjo: Nuts & Bolts, including the user score. But if you loved the old Banjo-Kazooie games on N64, and were disappointed by the vehicle mechanics of N&B, then you WILL love Yooka-Laylee, I 100% guarantee it.… Expand
Apr 11, 2017After firing up and playing for 3 hours straight now I have to say, this is absolutely exactly what I expected from a banjo-kazooie successor.After firing up and playing for 3 hours straight now I have to say, this is absolutely exactly what I expected from a banjo-kazooie successor. I don't understand how any of the critics or BK enthusiasts can sit back and say this game isn't exactly what you would expect the next iteration after Banjo-Tooie. It plays and feels exactly like Banjo-Tooie and that's a good thing.
The worlds are a little more expansive like Tooie but all the original stuff you loved is there. Everything down to the dialogue feels similar, if the game weren't a different IP completely it would be Banjo-Threey. I haven't had any camera issues myself, I mean will you have to fight it in a spot or two? Maybe, but I don't think I've played a 3d platforming game where I didn't have to fight the camera once or twice, overall it's a nonissue completely. I can't even believe I'm actually playing a platformer right now and devoting time to it, but that's how nostalgic this feels, and I like it.… Expand
Apr 11, 2017This genre of gaming is what I grew up playing as a kid and what made me love video games. The camera is some what of a problem but I got usedThis genre of gaming is what I grew up playing as a kid and what made me love video games. The camera is some what of a problem but I got used to it fast and it never prevented me from enjoying this game. I firmly believe Playtonic came through with all the promises they made with their kickstarter and if anyone says the game play is "outdated" then they truly where never fans of the Banjo series.… Expand
Apr 12, 2017I'm usually one that hates character on character interaction in games, but I can definitely sit through them in Yooka-Laylee. I enjoy so muchI'm usually one that hates character on character interaction in games, but I can definitely sit through them in Yooka-Laylee. I enjoy so much of the exploration in this game, and a lot of the trial and error. Yeah you don't have your hand held on where to go, but that's the fun! The music is great, I love the art, and the dialogue can be very cheesy, but still funny.
The camera hasn't give me as much problems as others it seems, or maybe I'm just not too bothered by that. Either way, I've been paying attention to detail for this game and I love how it allows me to explore a bunch of random areas. It really forces you to think. "Can I get to that spot? Let me try. OH! I can! Awesome!"
Like I said, a lot of trial and error going on, and without a guide it really gives your brain a little workout.… Expand
Apr 17, 2017Yooka Laylee is exactly what I expected it to be. I didn't expect the game to give me the same magical feeling of awe I got as a child playingYooka Laylee is exactly what I expected it to be. I didn't expect the game to give me the same magical feeling of awe I got as a child playing BK. Nor did I expect it to scare the living sh1t out of me like BK did. I anticipated a spiritual successor to the BK and BT games that would effectively play off my nostalgia and Yooka Laylee has done that in spades. The music, the graphics, the characters, the worlds and the puzzles are all very much, to my mind, similar to what I played with in BK & BT. And it feels really good to, in effective, relive those old memories.
Could the game have raised the bar and been so much more? Perhaps with the right time and money it could have. I sincerely don't think it's really better than BK and BT as far as content goes, but it is definitely an improvement over the graphics, controls and camera. (Though the camera can still be rather derpy at times, I don't find it nearly as bad as it was in the originals). Honestly, it feels like a modernized emulation of the originals and I'm okay with that. I enjoy it for what it is. I certainly would've preferred more maps and I feel that the maps that are there could've been more interesting.
Now, that being said, I don't find it to be super exciting. There's some challenging mini games throughout. Some I've found frustrating, others enjoyable. Which is the same experience I had in the originals. But overall, I just find it relaxing. There's a simple satisfaction to learning new moves, collecting various items and completing puzzles. I can't say that the puzzles are super hard. Some certainly make me think, but I haven't found myself getting crazy stuck on anything so far. And I'm glad. Because I do not miss the days of being an 8 year old kid, burning my tiny insufficient brain to a crisp trying to figure out simple puzzles that to me seemed like trying to figure out rocket science.
For me it's an awesome, satisfying game that's delivered on my expectations. But if you're looking for something innovative or particularly ground breaking in comparison to BK or BT I doubt you'll be very impressed with Yooka Laylee.… Expand
Apr 27, 2017One of the only two games (the other one being Tales of Symphonia) that I have played where the further I got the more I wished for it to end.One of the only two games (the other one being Tales of Symphonia) that I have played where the further I got the more I wished for it to end. I spent about 36 hours in this game and I did not even 100 % completed it. At first, I was looking forward to playing this game every day. Later on, I was playing just to get to the end finally. The longer I played, the more annoyed I got.
- bad controls and camera
- fun gameplay - at first but then it gets tedious
- nice characters
- frustrating elements (mostly minigames which are boring and overly hard but required to 100 %)
- 5 worlds + hub (expandable) - pretty large - easy to get lost - each world may take even 8 hours to finish - it's simply too long - should've made more varied levels
- if you take your time, the game is actually very long
- not optimized for PC (K/M) - Xbox buttons instead and the B doesn't even exist!!! - cannot even rebind!! - this means that if you are in a conversation with a Yes/No choice you have to reset and go back to HUB because you get lost in the never-ending loop of "Yes choice"
- if not for the minigames and gigantic worlds, it would've been a 9
- no shadow when jumping most of the time! - leads to many unnecessary deaths
- out of the 5 worlds I only enjoyed 2 (3rd+4th)… Expand
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