The original Yooka-Laylee game was a super fun love letter to Banjo-Kazooie made by the people who actually made the original ones. Now A lot of people have said it wasn’t the best game out there but the world and characters were a lot of fun and silly. So, what Play Tonics Game’s did was they took those characters and made a whole new platforming game that kept not only the same feel but works so much better.
Yooka-Laylee and the impossible lair has been such a fun platform game that very quietly came out this week with little to no marketing for it. To be honest with you I just happen to see it on the coming soon page of the Xbox Market place a few months ago and I was genuinely curious to see what they were doing new with these characters. First off, the game is now mostly 2D side scroller in the actual levels of the game.
In the hub world of the game however, it’s a 2.5D environment that you can explore at your own pace solving puzzles to open up new areas and changing the levels themselves. On that note, each level has two-zone basically one that you get off the bat and others you have to make appear yourself by for instant pouring water on the book that acts as the gate into the level.
When you would put water on a level that was as first just a normal jungle level is now full of water that makes you go to whole new sections of the same level and going to whole new places as well. It is so much fun to see levels change and becoming something new in fact they generally become harder on the second run. Think Celeste B- Sides on that game’s levels but not as hard.
Now the biggest question is how is the platforming itself I can honestly it is so much fun and so very smooth. Yooka- Laylee works so much better as a 2D platformer over a Collectathon like Banjo-Kazooie. There are some points in the game where I was going so fast picking of momentum and going faster and faster that it felt like I was playing Sonic the Hedgehog.
The game to me seems to take a lot of the best Classic platformer styles and put them altogether to somehow make it work so well. The game may look cute and kind but there are some levels I couldn’t believe I got stuck on. There are some times that I found levels to be super hard not impossible just a nice steady rise in difficulty. Each level adds new mechanics that build on previous levels giving the game a great progression.
The objective is to gather all 48 of the Queen bees beetalin yes there’s a lot of bee puns in order to run the impossible lair. Now you can run Capital B, the main villain, impossible lair at any point but the more bees you have the more hits you can take. So, it is so important to gather these otherwise it’ll be impossible to beat the lair. Believe me, I have tried.
All and all this new game from Play Tonic Games is such a solid platforming game that brings a ton of classic feelings from the great Platform games of old. It feels like a love letter to them and has such a great incline in difficulty. I highly recommend giving it a go if you’re a fan of platformers. Yooka-Laylee and the impossible Lair is on sale for now for $29.99.
Currently playing: Yooka-Layee and the impossible Lair