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Posts tagged “Playtonic Games”

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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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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Feature: A blast from the past

Yooka-Laylee review

Yooka-Laylee [official site], the crowdfunded colourful 3D platformer, is essentially a sequel to Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie just wearing different pyjamas. Where Nuts & Bolts took the franchise in a slightly different direction, Yooka-Laylee is an unapologetic return to the N64 formula of cheeky humour, bright playgrounds and collectibles coming out the wazoo. Playing it is like discovering there's an episode of a favourite TV show…

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Feature: Still can't get the camera right though

Yooka-Laylee is a more open take on the ’90s platformer

Yooka-Laylee [official site] is designed to feel like getting into a warm, foamy bath of nostalgia. The characters and world are new but the industry veterans behind this 3D open-world platformer know exactly which buttons to hit to ease you into comforting familiarity. Everything from the colours to the font transports you back to the 1990s. While playing I half-expected the Spice Girls to break…

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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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Feature: Bear and bird give way to chameleon and bat

Yooka-Laylee: Banjo-Kazooie Nostalgia Comes A-Calling

While at EGX I had a few minutes of hands-on time with Yooka-Laylee [official site], Playtonic's love letter to older 3D platformers like Banjo-Kazooie. It even shares team members with those older games. It was a strange experience, if I'm honest. Bright and daft and instantly evoking those hundreds of hours of play as a child in Rare's worlds. But at the same time I…

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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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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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