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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: 29 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Oct 28, 2019
    100
    I know that the year isn’t done yet, and it might be a little early to start naming games the best of the year, but for me, I’m hooked beyond belief to Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair. I adore this game, and can’t shake the feeling that it was made for people just like me: those who grew up with platformers, and want to revisit that joyous nostalgia of running and jumping on perfect level designs. I love this game completely and cannot see anything topping it.
  2. Oct 16, 2019
    91
    I enjoyed my time with The Impossible Lair. Even with it’s minor issues, I still managed to keep having fun, and that’s really what it’s all about. Yooka-Laylee works much better as a 2D platformer and I hope Team 17 will continue to develop these characters in this style. This game is a great starting point for the new direction and I hope we see more sequels like this in the future.
  3. Oct 4, 2019
    90
    The fun thing is, you can try to take on the Impossible Lair as many times as you like and each time you die, the game leaves a little marker indicating how far you got. My skills were most definitely not up to the challenge of beating the Impossible Lair without the Beetallion, but I sure had fun trying. I genuinely had a blast with Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair and you will too if you have any love for the genre at all. The game was pure fun.
  4. 85
    A much more inventive and thoughtful affair than the duo's previous outing, Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is the closest you'll get to Donkey Kong Country on PS4 and you should embrace it with the accordant warmth.
  5. Oct 11, 2019
    80
    Yooka-Laylee finally succeeds in bringing the platformer to the next level. With an original structure, made of puzzle and reverse narration, this new episode brings a fresh OST and some great ideas, while being sometimes too difficult or unprecise. A really good game for nostalgics and newcommers.
  6. Oct 3, 2019
    80
    Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair will sometimes shamelessly steal from other iconic platformers, but it adds enough ideas of its own to get away with it. The sequel works better in terms of gameplay and level design than the three-dimensional original.
  7. Oct 6, 2019
    50
    These bugs and the small amount of content make Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair feel a bit rushed. The levels mostly all look the same, the alternate stages feel like padding, and the Impossible Lair gimmick is definitely going to be divisive for platforming fans. Its biggest issue, though, is that the platforming isn't nearly as precise as the games that inspired it. It has enough unique ideas that some platforming fans may still want to check it out after a price drop, but don't expect to be blown away.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 28
  2. Negative: 4 out of 28
  1. Oct 8, 2019
    10
    Ótimo jogo, sempre quis um jogo de plataforma assim pra nova geração. Agora e esperar o próximo.
  2. Jan 23, 2021
    10
    I was really surprised by how good this game is. If you like Donkey Kong, you'll love this game. For me personally Yooka-Laylee is evenI was really surprised by how good this game is. If you like Donkey Kong, you'll love this game. For me personally Yooka-Laylee is even better, since it has a funny and charming story, as well as a great overworld in the style of topdown zeldas, were you can solve a lot interesting puzzles. The tonics can be a nice change in the gameplay that can make the game harder or easyer, just as the player prefers and bring in a lot of Eastereggs to early days of gaming.
    Don't believe the bad reviews, there is no dlc, the framerate is smooth and i didn't experience any bugs.
    I can only recommend the game.
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  3. Oct 10, 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
  4. Oct 13, 2019
    9
    This game is a huge step up in every way from the first one, while i loved I thought the first one, it was a fun nostalgia trip it was justThis game is a huge step up in every way from the first one, while i loved I thought the first one, it was a fun nostalgia trip it was just decent overall. This game is super fun, and actually pretty tough, but its fair. The music is of course great coming from the masterminds grant kirphope and david wise. Every level is unique from each other, and theres even a cool overworld filled with mild puzzle solving and platforming. Im happy playtonic decided to keep the IP alive and deliver us this game. Instant classic Expand
  5. Nov 8, 2019
    9
    Yooka Laylee and The Impossible Lair has successfully captured the nostalgic feel of Rare games better than the first game. Being a sideYooka Laylee and The Impossible Lair has successfully captured the nostalgic feel of Rare games better than the first game. Being a side scroller this time around, the controls are simple and very responsive which makes going through a level inside the game feel like a breeze. But don't get the wrong idea! this game while simple, provides a fair ammount of challenge especially in the later stages. But its never to the point of frustration. The music sounds like something from your childhood eventhough its a current gen game. If you're into 2D platformer fhb theb this game will be a blast! Expand
  6. Mar 26, 2021
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The game is a nice little platformer, but the levels don´t feel so different from each other, and the difficulty is all over the place some levels are far to easy others which can be unlocked earlier are harder, I thought that was really annoying. There are also collectibles one of them are coins you need to unlock more of the map you can find those in the different levels, some of them are easy to find and some really hard, there are also tokens which can be found in the overworld you can make the game easier or harder with them. There is also one thing I definitely missing and that are bosses there only one boss and that is the final boss. Overall I would say it´s a game you should play if you are a fan of platformers, but don´t expect something new because most of the things in the game you will already have seen. Expand
  7. Mar 25, 2020
    0
    Mala cámara. Mal control, muy malo malísimo. Mala cámara por cierto. Imprecisiones en saltos y movimientos

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