Yooka-Laylee Gets a New Action-Packed Trailer

Playtonic Games released a new trailer for their upcoming platformer Yooka-Laylee [official site] at this year’s Gamescom, granting us another look at the game’s quirky and colorful gameplay. The charming, cartoon-y platformer stars a chameleon named Yooka, and his bat friend Laylee. Judging by the trailer, they’ll be taking players on an epic journey of mischief and clever jumpy and swimmy action.

The trailer gives us a good preview of how the game plays. Yooka uses his sticky chameleon tongue to jump up onto platforms, and Laylee uses her webby bat wings to help Yooka spin through levels in a speedy tuck-roll. At one point the two somehow mush together to become a snowplow to bulldoze through giant snowballs, which is quite fun. The world is gorgeous, too, with dramatic glowing purple and pink sunsets, towering castles, verdant jungles, and icy wastes.

The creation of Donkey Kong Country and Banjo-Kazooie developers, Yooka-Laylee is a throwback to the beloved mascot platformers of yore (well, the ’90s). The game took to Kickstarter back in 2015 with a goal of £175,000. Fans itching for some Banjo-Kazooie inspired goodness ensured that Playtonic met that goal and then some, raising a total of £2,090,104.

Yooka-Laylee was recently delayed until early 2017. It’s due to launch on both Steam and GOG.


  1. GWOP says:

    Not much of a platforming fan, so I’ll wait for the vehicle-building sequel.

    • teedle says:

      Will it be an actually really fun spin-off that people hate on despite da spin-off title?

  2. Metalfish says:

    I that a snake wearing trousers?

    • Catterbatter says:

      Yes! He’s gone down one leg and up the other. He’s a trouser snake. Isn’t that remarkable? The mystery is, if a snake wears trousers, are they still called legs? Or should they be called snakes instead?

  3. PancakeWizard says:

    Fart bubble swimming. It really is Rare isn’t it? I’m loving the fact their Playtonic logo is exactly the same as well.

    • LTK says:

      Yooka must be farting an incredibly dense gas for the bubble to sink to the botton like that.

  4. Banks says:

    Looks fine, maybe not groundbreaking, but if they put one more year of work into it and make it challenging enough it could be something quite special.

    The PC market is starving for 3D exploration platformers.

    • gunny1993 says:

      Well it’s a game trying to relive the glory days of platforming adventure games, so being groundbreaking would proably be a very bad step.

  5. InternetBatman says:

    It’s beautiful!

  6. kraftcheese says:

    I’m glad I backed this baby!

  7. Kaiclubbe says:

    Typo in title. Should be Laylee, not Laylie

  8. Kollega says:

    Now we just need a comeback of the early-2000s platformers-with-guns, and everything will be right in the world. And actually, this may happen. Wasn’t there, recently, some sort of 3D platformer with a lynx and an owl as the main characters that looked basically like Ratchet & Clank?

    • unraveler says:

      Maybe someone will mod the game with guns?

    • Zach Fett says:

      Have you not played the newest Ratchet & Clank remake yet? It’s insanely good, and right up your alley if you just want a polished platformer with guns.

    • Urthman says:

      Remember when Old Man Murray made fun of American McGee’s Alice for having no other verbs besides shooting in comparison to Banjo Tooie which let you do all kinds of stuff and remembered to make jumping fun (and had a vastly more interesting world to explore)? Good times.