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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: 20 out of 29
  2. Negative: 4 out of 29
  1. Oct 8, 2019
    10
    Ótimo jogo, sempre quis um jogo de plataforma assim pra nova geração. Agora e esperar o próximo.
  2. Dec 9, 2021
    10
    Bought this game on a whim one day, did not expect to play one of the best 2D platformers since Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze. EveryBought this game on a whim one day, did not expect to play one of the best 2D platformers since Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze. Every level is a joy to play through with amazing design, plus the 2 side of every stage gimmick is pulled off really well, with almost all of them feeling completely different. Needless to say, go buy this game, it's good lol. Expand
  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 20, 2019
    9
    Such a fun platforming game! Really enjoyed the new mechanics, changing level mechanics, and music. Recommend as one of the best platformSuch a fun platforming game! Really enjoyed the new mechanics, changing level mechanics, and music. Recommend as one of the best platform games this year. Expand
  5. Feb 9, 2021
    9
    Diferentemente de seu antecessor, de 2017, que traz uma jogabilidade baseada nos clássicos da geração 32/64-bits (especialmente,Diferentemente de seu antecessor, de 2017, que traz uma jogabilidade baseada nos clássicos da geração 32/64-bits (especialmente, Banjo-Kazooie), Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair é um platformer 2D com tudo que um bom game desse gênero merece: cenários variados, saídas secretas, gameplay agradável, mapa de seleção de fases interativo, colecionáveis diversos na medida certa...

    Mesmo produzido por ex-funcionários da Rare e inspirado em Donkey Kong Country (com David Wise na trilha sonora, inclusive), o game possui diversas ideias e mecânicas originais, como a utilização dos tônicos, que são itens modificadores encontrados pelo vasto mapa de seleção, com potencial para alterar bastante a experiência de jogo. Há tônicos que apenas alteram a paleta de cores e a resolução, e outros que enfraquecem ou fortalecem inimigos, e até mesmo que adicionam novos movimentos aos personagens. A combinação desses diversos tônicos (62 ao todo), permite um bom fator replay para o game.

    Aparentemente, Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair passou bem despercebido, até mesmo por retrogamers e entusiastas do gênero. Não se vê muitos reviews, gameplays e comentários em geral sobre o jogo apesar de, a meu ver, se indispensável para qualquer fã dos plataformers 2D clássicos dos 16-bits.
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  6. May 10, 2022
    7
    A decent mix of donkey kong country and top down zelda mixed together. I'm more of a fan of 3d games rather than 2d games though, so I didn'tA decent mix of donkey kong country and top down zelda mixed together. I'm more of a fan of 3d games rather than 2d games though, so I didn't enjoy the 2d levels as much. The gameplay and puzzles are still relatively simple like the previous Yooka Laylee. 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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