Remakes of platformers like Wonderboy: The Dragon’s Trap or Skylar & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island aren’t the only revivals of the 90ies genre, as Playtonic Games and Team17 Digital Limited‘s Yooka-Laylee is another return to colorful form.
If you’re wondering where all the long-forgotten platformer mascots come from (or where they stayed hidden), then it’s most probably the same reason why point-and-click adventure games and computer RPGs have resurfaced: Kickstarter and customers who seem to be tired of all the FPS and cinematic storytelling experiences. While I’ve always been a PC gamer and only dipped into the console gaming pool once in a while back in the days, I still love the old-school hardcore platforming in colorful worlds with illustrious characters that aren’t necessarily about a jumpy plumber or a racing hedgehog, and Yooka-Laylee seems to hit the right spot when it comes to character and level design.
The story about a corporate boss Capital B who wants to absorb the world’s books and convert them into profit is just as crazy as the main characters, Yooka (a green lizard creature) and Laylee (a wisecracking bat with a big nose), while there are also other NPCs who fit that description of “eccentric” very well. As is the case with these games, collecting stuff to unlock other stuff is the name of the game, in this case Pagies locked in cages (obviously parts of books waiting to be freed). Going from one level to the next, defeating enemies, escaping dangers isn’t very original, either, but the game doesn’t try to be, anyway. So if you want to play a throwback to the good old (difficult) platformer days of yore with some wonderful-looking levels and a fun soundtrack and experience over-the-top silly humor, then this is the one you’ve been waiting for.
The game was already released in April on PC and console, with a Nintendo Switch version coming this year as well. There’s also a deluxe edition which includes the soundtrack and an artbook.
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the Xbox store
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