Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair

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Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is ranked in the 86th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 78 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

82

Top Critic Average

86%

Critics Recommend

Based on 78 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Games Xtreme
Essential
Essential
Oct 21, 2019

This is a most exciting game indeed. Yooka-Laylee is a classic and is fun for all ages. In this adventure we have two ways of playing. Platformer mixed with Open World 3D. The first thing someone will notice is that we start off in a platformer style genre, but after completion you will get a whole lot more out of the game than just running back and forth while jumping and rolling around obstacles.

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GameOctane
B+
B+
Oct 9, 2019

Yooka Laylee and the Impossible Lair is one of those rare games where the development team makes a substantial change that completely works in its favor. The platforming levels are a blast to play, and each level is colorful and unique. The Lair itself is very challenging, which encourages you to play through all the levels and their variations. If you are a fan of 2.5D platformers, then you really need to add this to your collection.

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Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Oct 8, 2019

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

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GameXplain
Liked-a-lot
GameXplain

Top Critic

Liked-a-lot
Oct 3, 2019
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pressakey.com
Liked-a-lot
Liked-a-lot
Oct 10, 2019

Playtonic and Yooka-Laylee are successful in the second attempt and with one dimension less: The search for the Beettalions is a wonderful jump'n'run adventure that can keep up with Donkey Kong Country in its best moments and sets new standards in the genre with a great world map. What a positive surprise!

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Echo Boomer
Liked-a-lot
Liked-a-lot
Oct 25, 2019

From a mixed 3D platform to a superb 2D one. Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is delightful.

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Polygon
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 3, 2019

On the whole, Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a carefully designed platform game that rewards repeat play and trial-and-error.

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Scored Reviews

ZTGD
10 / 10.0
ZTGD

Top Critic

10 / 10.0
Oct 28, 2019

While I hope they give the 3D platformer another fair shake, I will be more than happy if Playtonic does more sidescrolling platformers in the future because The Impossible Lair is impossibly good.

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Impulsegamer
5 / 5.0
5 / 5.0
Oct 26, 2019

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair may have made it into one of the best games of 2019!

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Saving Content
Oct 3, 2019

Yooka-Laylee and The Impossible Lair is such a surprise hit. Featuring challenging platforming, the pacing of it keeps up. It’s allows players to consistently push against the challenge. The design of no traditional lives counter really keeps things flowing. Meanwhile the exploration aspect of the hub world offers a totally new experience all on its own, even if it’s not the focus, it’s an addition I ended up loving. While some spin off games from franchises come off feeling like an incompletely experience or lesser experience of the original, I find The Impossible Lair an excellent addition to the franchise. A platformer that clearly takes inspiration from one of the best side scrolling games ever, Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze, and molds it into its own. As a side scrolling fan, this is one I recommend folks not pass up. Charming, colorful, and runs extremely well on the Nintendo Switch, a perfect companion piece to the original game.

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Thumb Culture
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Nov 4, 2019

Wrapping up, Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a fantastic game and well-deserving of high praise. Between the goofy dialogue, lovely cartoony art style, and super-smooth gameplay. I’m ecstatic to be able to award them with the Thumb Culture Platinum Essential award. If you own a Nintendo Switch, you don’t want to miss out on this gem of a platformer. Available now on the Nintendo eShop for £24.99, Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is every bit worth your time and money.

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GameGrin
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Dec 19, 2019

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.

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CGMagazine
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2019

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is essentially a spiritual successor to Donkey Kong Country that ends with a difficult Super Mario Maker-like dungeon. It friggin' rocks.

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God is a Geek
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2019

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is one of the best 2D platformers available. If you're looking for something filled with refined gameplay and fun levels, this is it.

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COGconnected
91 / 100
91 / 100
Oct 12, 2019

With charm, wit, and brimming with positivity, Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a fantastic new direction for Playtonics dynamic duo.

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IGN Spain
9 / 10.0
IGN Spain

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Oct 13, 2019

Yooka-Laylee and The Impossible Lair manages to surpass its predecessor in almost every aspect. The change to the two dimensions has been great.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Oct 23, 2019

Even with plenty of superb 2D platformers releasing in recent years, Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair easily belongs alongside the best the generation has to offer thanks to excellent level design and platforming that is evocative of past classics from the genre.

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 3, 2019

Donkey Kong Country fans rejoice: this is the spiritual successor you've been waiting for. The worst thing you could say about it is that the overworld exploration may prove to be too involved for those who are in it purely for the runny-jumpy stuff, but those who are happy to mix platforming with top-down adventuring and don't mind adapting to the constantly changing pace will find the best of both worlds here. Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a fantastic sophomore effort that pays tribute to Rare's past and establishes Playtonic as one of the UK's most exciting studios.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2019

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair marries a variety of platforming mechanics in a meaty campaign with tons of challenges ahead. It’s as polished as it is focused and as true to the genre as you can get. Now, sign me up for the next one.

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GameWatcher
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2019

Thanks to its tough-but-fair challenge, Playtonic has made a very rewarding game.

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The Digital Fix
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2019

I love Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair. It feels fresh while keeping some of the great traits of the first game. The changes may even change the minds of players which did not enjoy the game that preceded it. It controls very well, looks great, sounds great and is a lot of fun. Just give it a shot, I think you will like it.

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TrueGaming
9 / 10.0
TrueGaming

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2019

It is really rare to have a platforming game this well-designed outside of Nintendo's offerings, this game more than makes up for the first one's shortcomings.The Impossible Lair does inspire from the best, while also introducing unique ideas of its own to build something truly unique. this is one of the best platforming games for this console generation.

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Switch Atlantic
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 4, 2019

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is easily the best platformer I have ever played. With a character that feels great to move, level designs that look and play amazingly, an entire overworld that offers just as much fun as the main levels do and great characters and writing it’s impossible not to love this game. And of course the game’s claim to fame the Impossible Lair is refreshing and an actual challenge to complete unlike most other games these days which try to appeal to all audiences by making their games incredibly easy. Yooka-Laylee no longer represents the 3D collectathons of the late ’90s, but rather the unapologetic 2/2.5D Platformers akin to the Donkey Kong Country series while still being and feeling like its own series. Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair has paved the way for so much for Playtonic and I can’t wait to see what they put out next!

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FingerGuns
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 4, 2019

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is one of the biggest surprises of the year and an absolute must-play. Rare are back. Wait. Playtonic have arrived. There we are.

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Darkstation
Dec 4, 2019

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.

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Fintendo
Oct 23, 2019

"Learning new tricks from the old ape."

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Areajugones
9 / 10.0
Areajugones

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Oct 5, 2019

Playtonic Games has hit the key again, and we predict new Yooka-Laylee license projects, both in 2D and 3D. It is a new brand of the genre of the platforms that we love, with its own personality, and that in its passage to the two dimensions, has managed to get totally airy.

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Jack of All Controllers
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Oct 11, 2019

If I wasn’t a fan of Yooka-Laylee before, Playtonic has converted me. If they continue to deliver experiences like these, I’m all in for Yooka-Laylee. Playtonic has done a fantastic job here.

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IGN
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2019

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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PSX Brasil
87 / 100
87 / 100
Oct 7, 2019

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a great platform game that seeks to please Donkey Kong Country fans. It's a relatively long, challenging title with a lot of collectibles and some special stages. The overworld has some very interesting puzzles. However, the camera has some problems and the damage system is like the one in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and it isn't very good.

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Atomix
87 / 100
87 / 100
Oct 14, 2019

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is one the best surprises of this year. An epic tribute for DKC that everyone should play.

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Electric Bento
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Oct 13, 2019

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a brilliant direction for the young series, effortlessly mixing classic, 2-D platforming with an adventure style overworld without one negatively affecting the other.

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Hobby Consolas
86 / 100
86 / 100
Oct 2, 2019

After inheriting the Banjo-Kazooei's 3D enviromental platforming DNA, now Yooka y Laylee goes behind the 2D skin of Donkey and Diddy Kong. The chamaleonic Playtonic proves their mastery going back to its Rare legacy, offering a very sweet and enjoyable platform game that tastes like classic honey.

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Easy Allies
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 8, 2019
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Game Informer
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 16, 2019

The Impossible Lair may receive top billing, but the entire journey leading to that titular final challenge is rewarding

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Generación Xbox
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2019

A simple but effective aspect, a well-implemented gameplay and worked with enough depth to avoid falling into monotony and a story with good humorous moments are the perfect cocktail for a great platform title.

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GamePro
85 / 100
85 / 100
Oct 11, 2019

Excellent 2D-Jump & Run, that dares little new, but combines its individual elements into a very coherent whole.

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Stevivor
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2019

This time around, Playtonic has swapped out the retro 3D stylings of the original for something that plays more like a Donkey Kong Country sequel, offering a variety of levels where skill and strategy are necessary to succeed.

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Video Chums
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2019

As a huge fan of the original game, I'm amazed by how much more fun Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is.

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PlayStation Universe
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2019

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.

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Gamerheadquarters
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Oct 14, 2019

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a great 2D platformer that provides some neat ways to mix-up the experience, and it felt like such a breath of fresh air in a crowded genre.

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Everyeye.it
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Oct 4, 2019

Two years after the birth of Yooka and Laylee, Playtonic returns to work on the exploits of the funny animal duo making Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair , a platform title "à la Rare" that , compared to its predecessor, it leaves the cards unexpectedly positive.

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PlayStation Galaxy
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Oct 9, 2019

I highly recommend this title for everyone regardless of age and skill level. It is well worth the initial asking price. Sure, the visuals appeal to a younger demographic. But at its core lies some of the tightest platforming that hasn’t been seen since the days of a few console generations ago. That is something the young of heart will really appreciate.

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NoesPaisparaFrikis
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Oct 27, 2019

Yooka-Laylee and The Impossible Lair is fun, beautiful and challenging and although sometimes it reminds a lot of other titles, perhaps too much, it includes enough homegrown additions for the game to gain its own accord.

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IGN Italy
8.1 / 10.0
8.1 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2019

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossibile Lair is a competent platform game, full of ideas and funny characters.

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Sick Critic
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 5, 2019

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair provides plenty of fun for fans of the platform genre. The game may have some small drawbacks, but it shines in most of what it sets out to do. In a world of dozens of platformers, it manages to hold its own.

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 8, 2019

Dare I say it, the Switch version is the best way to play a game that is well worth your time - even in the currently crowded market.

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Wccftech
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 4, 2019

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.

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PC Invasion
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 4, 2019

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.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Oct 3, 2019

In many ways the first Yooka-Laylee felt like the developers were trying to make up for lost time and bring audiences the Banjo Three-ie everyone wanted. With this follow-up, you get a distinct sense that the game has been allowed to breathe and find its own identity, and it’s an overwhelmingly positive thing.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 8, 2019

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a great hommage to the Donkey Kong Country series, mixing its 2D mechanics with a 3D worl map to explore. The last level is alaways accessible to try out, but the collectibles you will find along your journey gives the game a tiny feels of an RPG. With so many secrets to fond accross both the levels and the environment, there are plenty interesting things to look out in PlayTonic's second game.

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FNintendo
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 19, 2019

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a marvelous piece of a platform game that may not reinvent the whole genre but which has enough of the right stuff to provide an experience that's enjoyable and delightful to play. Thanks to its gaming worlds, humorous dialogues and challenge level, Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair will fit well with both fans of platform games and those taking their first steps in the genre.

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Xbox Achievements
80%
80%
Oct 3, 2019

After the first Yooka-Laylee, you could be forgiven for not being desperate for more, but Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a more accomplished and markedly different game to its forebear. And it's all the better for it.

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Press Start
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 3, 2019

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair ironically does justice to the impossible task of living up to the name of great platforming games like Super Mario Bros, Donkey Kong Country, and Rayman Legends. It's a joy to play, feeling simultaneously modern and yet nostalgic. The odd omission of boss battles and some issues with variety aside, Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a game any self-respecting platformer fan should play.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Oct 5, 2019

Delightful a package this ends up being — with a surprising glee to be had when it comes to fiddling about with the many game-altering tonics on show — it's by no means an argument for Playtonic to ditch altogether the idea of revisiting traditional 3D for a hypothetical "Twooka-Laylee" follow-up.

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AusGamers
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 7, 2019

By incorporating some of the classic 2D design of previous generations this once N64 throwback has matured and grown into its own slice of platforming gold.

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GameSpew
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2019

I’ve had a lot of fun with Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair. It’s challenging, humorous, beautifully designed and offers a surprising amount of variety.

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NintendoWorldReport
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2019

Where this game shines is in the sum of its parts. The individual levels might not be outstanding, but combining those with alternate versions and a light and engrossing overworld make the whole package that is Playtonic's second game a thrilling one. They might not have regained the crown from Retro Studios in the realm of Donkey Kong Country-like games, but they certainly retained the googly eyes.

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Leadergamer
Oct 6, 2019

If you've always wanted a platform game on PC that was as good as Donkey Kong, here it is.

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Saudi Gamer
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 13, 2019

A polished 2D platformer rich in content and ideas, and show the developer capable of iterating on what they started earlier in their career.

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Nintendo Wire
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2019

Overall, Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair feels a little more put-together and modern than the original game, which is a great thing. Playtonic gave players exactly what they asked for with the original — a nostalgia-fueled 3D collectathon — and they really stretched their wings with The Impossible Lair and reminded us that they can play to their other strengths within the same franchise without losing any of its charm in the process.

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 9, 2019

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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VGChartz
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 7, 2019

Blessed with the charm, wit, and fun factor you’d expect from such a talented group of creators, this should be a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

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Luis Alamilla
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 7, 2019
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DualShockers
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2019

Side-scrolling sequel Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair has creative ideas, assuming you have the patience to wrangle with its difficulty.

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SECTOR.sk
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 17, 2019

Yooka and Layle return with a new 2.5D twist, but their new game lacks its own identity.

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Fanbyte
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2019

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair dials back expectations for the better in this more focused sequel.

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Spaziogames
7.5 / 10.0
Spaziogames

Top Critic

7.5 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2019

Despite a strong game structure change and the presence of 2.5D levels, Yooka-Layle and the impossibile Lair has nothing to envy to the previous chapter.

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The Games Machine
7.4 / 10.0
7.4 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2019

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a work of great courage and respect for the platform genre. It is not revolutionary but manages to be a simple, but refined pastime made with all the trappings of the genre.

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Destructoid
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2019

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair neatly captures the essence of Yooka-Laylee and reimagines it as a new type of game. It's a distillation and a simplification, but it's effective. Then, as its grand finale -- a necessary conclusion that looms over the whole game -- it turns uncharacteristically punitive. It's rewarding, that much is undeniable. But it also leaves you feeling like all those hours spent beekeeping never really prepared you for the final challenge. Those bees just afford more leeway over the course of a very long struggle. It's kind of a buzzkill.

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TheSixthAxis
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 8, 2019

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a game for those who adore the genre and want something bright, colourful and full of self-referential puns to end a long day at work. However, you have to be able to overlook some game design and quality-of-life flaws that can make the game frustratingly hard.

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Push Square
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 3, 2019

A clear improvement on the original, Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a pleasant surprise. It struggles to balance difficulty, but the end result is a robust and compelling platformer. It feels much more cohesive than its older brother and, free from the need to play to nostalgia, gives the characters and the world a better identity. It isn't perfect, but it's certainly a step in the right direction for Playtonic Games.

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AnaitGames
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 3, 2019

Definitely more measured than its predecessor, The Impossible Lair is a good classic platform game.

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GameSpot
6 / 10
6 / 10
Oct 6, 2019

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a pronounced effort to recapture the magic of platformers, but its basic platforming and sharp difficulty spikes hold it back.

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Game Revolution
Oct 3, 2019

After the huge whiff last time around, Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is undoubtedly an improvement — a small one, but an improvement nonetheless. But an improvement doesn’t guarantee greatness and this game makes that clear.

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Bazimag
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Oct 11, 2019

Abrupt difficulty spikes and the lack of any interesting gameplay elements turn Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair into a mediocre platformer that really doesn't have anything new to offer.

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PowerUp!
5.8 / 10.0
5.8 / 10.0
Oct 2, 2019

While Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a decent copy of a Donkey Kong Country it's not a patch on the real thing.

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Game Rant
Game Rant

Top Critic

Oct 6, 2019

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair has some unique and interesting ideas, but the platforming just doesn't click like it should.

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