Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair

Playtonic Games, Team17

Strong Man
OpenCritic Rating
82
Top Critic Average
84%
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Based on 82 critic reviews
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Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair

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Based on 82 critic reviews
Strong Man

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82

Top Critic Average

84%

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Based on 82 critic reviews
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Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair Reviews Summary

Summary: Following a middling debut, Yooka and Laylee are back and at their best in The Impossible Lair. Though the game struggles to balance difficulty well, it's still usually worth the trouble thanks to a great sense of the genre from the former Rare devs who once monkied around with a similar series.

Clever Levels

The studio's roots in making similar games come through.

Better Than the Original

This 2.5D take on the heroes is preferred over its 3D predecessor.

Difficulty Imbalances

The peaks and valleys of The Impossible Lair can leave one feeling queasy.

General Information

Available on:PCOct 8, 2019
Nintendo SwitchOct 8, 2019
Xbox OneOct 8, 2019
PlayStation 4Oct 8, 2019

Developers: Playtonic Games, Team17

Genres: Adventure, Platformer

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! - Each level offers beautiful, rich visuals with detail and depth. Yooka, Laylee and a whole host of colourful characters (good and bad) are realised in stunning 2.5D - 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.

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair Critic Reviews

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Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair brings the dynamic duo down to a 2.5D perspective to deliver one of the best platformers we've seen in years.

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Playtonic tightens up its nostalgic take on platforming and turns its eyes to the future.

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8 / 10
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A polished, challenging and colourful 2D platform game that recalls the best of Donkey Kong Country on the SNES, even if it doesn't really move beyond it.

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