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Yooka-Laylee

Yooka-Laylee review

A blast from the past

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5 months ago

Yooka-Laylee And The Impossible Lair making the retro platformer more retro

After looking back to ye oldene dayes with N64-style collect-o-jumper Yooka-Laylee, developers Playtonic Games are now leaping back another generation with its follow-up. Today they announced Yooka-Laylee And The Impossible Lair, a side-scrolling platformer linked by a top-down overworld with mild puzzling. After more years and maybe they'll go through Super Mario, then back through Donkey Kong, Pong, and oscilloscope games, ending with unidentifiable games…

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2 years ago

Blocktober: a beautiful insight into how game worlds are built

Interested in how the games sausage gets made? Yes? Then you need to be following Blocktober. No? Then you need to be following Blocktober. It's a hashtag - no, come back - on Twitter this month, at which level designers on games big, small and yowza, really big are showing off what their creations looked like before artists and graphics programmers went and covered up…

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Yooka-Laylee update targets camera and cut scenes

It looks like Rare-esque 3D platformer Yooka-Laylee [official site] has had one of those quality-of-life patches that might be of interest if you've been holding off the game thanks to reports of batty camera angles and tedious cut scene repetition. The update caught my attention when it was flagged up alongside a price cut over on GOG which is now over*. The update was actually…

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3 years ago

Quite a Rare treat: Yooka-Laylee released

Rarelike 3D platformer Yooka-Laylee [official site] is now out, recreating that old N64 style of adventuring - both the good and the bad. It's bright and cheery and DID YOU KNOW that the game's title, formed by combining the names of its chameleon and bat protagonists, sounds like "ukulele"? I only spotted that last week. Attentive. Anyway! The Yooka-Laylee team at Playtonic Games included a…

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Yooka-Laylee pre-launch patch should help with camera issues

One of the criticisms I had of Yooka-Laylee [official site] - the crowdfunded 3D platforming sequel-to-the-N64-Banjo-Kazooie-games-in-all-but-name-and-animal-duo - was that the camera was a persistent problem. It wasn't a constantly bad experience, more that it was a low level irritant which kept rearing its head throughout. It looks like the team are endeavouring to improve the situation with a day-one patch for PC which aims to…

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Yooka-Laylee shows Rextro Arcade multiplayer options

Yooka-Laylee [official site] - the Rare-esque 3D platformer with the chamaeleon and bat odd couple pairing - will be getting a bunch of multiplayer minigames alongside its single player story mode. If you're at all familiar with the games upon which Yooka-Laylee is based this won't actually be a surprise. In fact, it would have been more of a surprise if there were no minigames,…

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Banjo-Kazooie ’em up Yooka-Laylee jumps out April 11th

Yooka-Laylee [official site], the crowdfunded Banjo-Kazooie-y 3D platformer, now has a release date. Come April 11th, 2017, we'll get to do all those late-nineties jumping things with two new cute animal friends. Our Pip played a few minutes earlier this year and reported back, "the impression I currently have is that rather than this being a new game it's very much like finding an alternate…

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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.

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Retroh No! Yooka-Laylee Delayed Into 2017

Yooka-Laylee [official site] raised over £2 million on Kickstarter in 2015 for the dream of a new '90s-style 3D platformer made by a team including folks who worked on Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong Country. Playtonic Games hoped at the time that they'd release the game in October 2016, but the makers today announced it'll be a little late. A new trailer reveals the game's due…

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Yooka-Laylee Backer Prototype Out July, New Screens

It was around this time last year that a group of ex-Rare fellows asked the world for £175,000 in crowdfunding cash to create nostalgia-driven Yooka-Laylee [official site] - a "spiritual successor" to the classic N64 3D platform 'em up Banjo-Kazooie. Evidently some folk thought this was reasonable, for its Kickstarter campaign concluded with over two million smackeroos. Fast forward 12 months and, if you chipped…

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5 years ago

Rare Platformer Nostalg-o-Kickstarter: Yooka-Laylee

You may have thought we'd run out of nostalgia to mine for Kickstarter but good gravy no! A group of folks formerly of Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong Country developers Rare, now at their own studio Playtonic Games, launched a crowdfunding campaign for a ye olde 3D N64-stylee platformer on Friday and have already blown past their goal. They were looking for £175,000 to make Yooka-Laylee…

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