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  • Summary: Yooka & Laylee are back in a brand-new platform hybrid adventure. They must run, jump and roll their way through a series of challenging 2D levels, face a puzzling Overworld and rally the Royal Bee-tallion to take down Capital B and his Impossible Lair.
    * The overworld isn't just a hub to
    Yooka & Laylee are back in a brand-new platform hybrid adventure. They must run, jump and roll their way through a series of challenging 2D levels, face a puzzling Overworld and rally the Royal Bee-tallion to take down Capital B and his Impossible Lair.
    * The overworld isn't just a hub to hop from level to level, it provides a whole separate gaming experience. Explore and unlock more 2D levels by completing objectives and puzzles, rescue Royal Bees and find collectibles.
    * Alternate Level States. Think you've got a level figured out? Try it in its alternate state! Flip switches in the overworld to create new landscapes.
    * Bee-at the Impossible Lair. Players are free to tackle Capital B's Impossible Lair at any time; however, they may find it too much of a challenge without the help of the Royal Bee Guards.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Dec 30, 2019
    100
    Playtonic has absolutely smashed it with Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair. It builds on the team’s experience with platformers and manages to improve on its predecessor in every way. One of the best platformers I’ve played in years.
  2. Oct 3, 2019
    90
    Thanks to its tough-but-fair challenge, Playtonic has made a very rewarding game. There are moments where I had the realization I was having full-on fun, smiling all the way, and that never happens. Its writing might be obnoxious at times and the overworld can be superfluous, but its foundation is so well constructed that it doesn’t distract from the game proper. It might take awhile for it to click. But when it does, you’re gonna have an enthralling time. Hell, I’m going to go play more of it now that I finished this review.
  3. CD-Action
    Nov 25, 2019
    85
    Each level is a rainbow firework that captivates with detail, makes laugh with the character design, and amazes with its quality and design. [13/2019, p.66]
  4. Oct 3, 2019
    80
    Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a really strong platformer with good level design and excellent visuals. Certain aspects of the game don't mix well together, but it's a good time overall.
  5. Oct 4, 2019
    80
    Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a very good 2.5D platform featuring a familiar experience heavily inspired by the Donkey Kong Country series and some interesting mechanics for the overworld map which deepen and expand the experience. While the game is not innovative in any way, it's an extremely enjoyable experience that no fan of platform games should pass on.
  6. Oct 3, 2019
    80
    Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is the better Yooka-Laylee game. The developer’s decision to create a 2D- instead of 3D-game was the right one. The overworld is the secret star of the game with loads of riddles and secrets and overall the new Yooka-Laylee is very challenging. The role models are obvious: Super Mario and Donkey Kong. If you are into 2D jump and runs, you will have a lot of fun with Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair.
  7. Oct 4, 2019
    60
    Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is one of those games that’s uniquely difficult to score. Is it bad? No. But did I enjoy it? Not really, and I don’t feel any draw to return.The Impossible Lair isn’t actually impossible, but it’s impossible for me, at this stage in my life. It could take a hundred more tries. It could take one. It doesn’t matter, because I’m just not feeling any draw to complete it. Maybe it’s just not my style of game. I definitely have more nostalgia for Banjo-Kazooie than I do Donkey Kong Country, and nostalgia’s seemingly what drives this series. Perhaps they’ll doYooka-Laylee-cross-GoldenEye next. Or Yooka-Laylee-cross-Myst. Then I’ll be right back on-board. But not this time.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 4 out of 12
  1. Oct 14, 2019
    10
    DON'T believe the negative reviews (which are all posted by 1 guy with multiple accounts), 'cause it runs like a charm (60fps) and the onlyDON'T believe the negative reviews (which are all posted by 1 guy with multiple accounts), 'cause it runs like a charm (60fps) and the only DLC is a tonic pack, which costs just $/€4,- (and is 100% optional)! Expand
  2. Oct 14, 2019
    9
    A fantastic platformer game with the best interactive overworld map I've seen in the genre since Donkey Kong Country 3.

    I love how the
    A fantastic platformer game with the best interactive overworld map I've seen in the genre since Donkey Kong Country 3.

    I love how the puzzles in the overworld allow you to create state changes to levels, altering them in very meaningful ways (e.g. throwing an ice bomb on a level to freeze all its water).

    The platforming itself is precise, with creative level design. The only downside to the levels is that it could stand to have more visual variety between worlds.

    Presentation is good. The game has great visuals and music. Some minor issues are an unskippable logo sequence at the start of the game, and the game displaying Xbox buttons when playing with a PS4 controller.

    Recommended for fans of the Donkey Kong Country series.
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  3. Nov 4, 2019
    9
    Wow! This game gets really close to be a real DKC (Snes style) successor. I definitely recommend this one! The exploration of the overworld isWow! This game gets really close to be a real DKC (Snes style) successor. I definitely recommend this one! The exploration of the overworld is awesome and it have some good levels too.

    I wish only to suggest a few things for the next one:

    1 - Make two playable characters like in real DKC (Diddy and Dixie) (For the next one I suggest some cliche like Laylee was kidnapped and Yooka and his cousin will search for her)

    2 - Implement an way to exit the level that you already have finished without losing the Trowzer coins

    3 - Design the level to have only one checkpoint (several checkpoints like Rayman origins style is getting boring)

    4 - Instead of 5 generic Trowzer coins in each level, put only two Trowzer coins per level with bonus level challenge to acquire each one (DKC style again)

    5 - Include some boss levels in the overworld (the player have to beat the boss to gain access to new area, no more paywalls)

    6 - Include a secret world where you have spend the Trowzer coins to play new levels (paywalls only in the secret world)

    7 - Put a single special coin in each level (like a DKC coin in DKC2 and DKC3). Make it an extra... maybe an 4th slot reward only.

    Follow those steps and your game will be the GOTY
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  4. Mar 29, 2020
    6
    After hearing all of the good things about Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair, I was thrilled! I couldn't find much negative feedback, andAfter hearing all of the good things about Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair, I was thrilled! I couldn't find much negative feedback, and after some time, I decided to try the game for myself. I have never been so polarized on a review - on one hand, the levels are very well crafted ad the tonics make for a very interesting mechanic, but on the other, the controls don't feel great and exploration seems to be a mixed bag. The game actively encourages exploration while it punishes it at the same time. Most of the secrets/puzzles to find secrets are really easy, and when I'm looking in obscurer areas for secrets, there aren't any. In addition to that, after just dying a few times on a level trying to get to what was seemingly a secret, the game told me it would skip a part of the level for me if I needed it. This is supposed to be a tough game, so after a few deaths, why would it offer to help me so soon? I want to give this game a 5 because I feel so strongly about liking it and disliking it, but the game is cute and innovative, so I'll give it the benefit of the doubt. Expand
  5. Oct 10, 2019
    5
    This is a good game! Really! But a generic one..... The music and the graphics are okay..... Nothing more to say.... A generic platformer gameThis is a good game! Really! But a generic one..... The music and the graphics are okay..... Nothing more to say.... A generic platformer game with some things good and some things bad. Expand
  6. Apr 18, 2020
    4
    This game has some good ideas. But compared to Mario or Donkey Kong (the games it is clearly inspired by) it just feels so slow. So many ofThis game has some good ideas. But compared to Mario or Donkey Kong (the games it is clearly inspired by) it just feels so slow. So many of the levels have you riding or waiting for slow moving platforms.

    Ans dont even get me started on the tedium that is the Impossible Lair. An overly long level that is just gotcha moments rather than relying or testing the skills you learned through the game.
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  7. Apr 14, 2020
    0
    I tried this game after all the good things that I heard about it. And I found that is unplayable with a keyboard. I can't understand how suchI tried this game after all the good things that I heard about it. And I found that is unplayable with a keyboard. I can't understand how such a basic feature like this could be absent in a PC game nowadays, No rebinding, missing key elements that couldn't be activated without a controller. Just awful Expand

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