Yooka-Laylee developed by Playtonic will release April 11th on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch. We at Creep-Score had the chance to review it and here’s what I thought about it.
Playtonic’s team contains members of Rare the developers behind the gems such as Donkey Kong Country and Banjo Kazooie. The team set out to make a modern day platformer that ended up becoming Yooka-Laylee. Yooka and Laylee must rescue Pagies from around the world to stop the evil duo Capital B and Dr Quack from absorbing the world’s literature to make a profit. The story, unfortunately, was overlooked mostly and failed to capture my attention whereas the visuals and gameplay elements provided a fun experience.
Yooka-Laylee is a collectathon styled game, so I collected feathers to purchase moves that aided progression in move sets which added new moves on top of the jumping, kicking and licking introduction moves. Collecting Pagies will extend the worlds you have unlocked with previous Pagies and add a lot more depth to it. The first world was impressive and a platforming masterpiece due to its small puzzles and navigating the environment. Yooka-Laylee offers a challenge, it rarely felt like it was holding my hand. Unfortunately, I really struggled to sit down and play for hours on end.
Yooka-Laylee isn’t a bad game but despite it being a collectathon game, it got awfully repetitive. I craved more mechanics and objectives to add variation. The game quality wise is fantastic, even in the review build I didn’t run into any issues whatsoever and it ran smoothly on my PC even with the graphic card trouble I’d been having. I honestly feel with more time I’d get a lot more into it and I feel for platformer fanatics this is an answer to those who miss games like Spyro the Dragon, Banjo Kazooie and much more.
Yooka-Laylee uses the unity engine and does a beautiful job of creating this living cartoon-like world. Gazing towards the skies, witnessing great big floating mountains was breathtaking. The detail and effort give you an incentive to explore everything and discover new areas and easter eggs. By exploring I had found a boss whose teeth I had to knockout to earn another Pagie. The sound is what really disappointed me. While the voice acting matches that of old video games, I found myself more frustrated with it than anything.
Yooka-Laylee is a brilliant platform game for platforming fans, it’s great to see the return of one. Platformers have been pretty absent in the gaming world in the late 2000’s. Unfortunately, in my experience, I just couldn’t get into it as much as I thought I would. It’s not a bad game the gameplay is quite fun in short bursts, the platforming is also unique. The story and sound, on the other hand, ruined it slightly. The team at Playtonic have done an impressive job of raising a dead genre from purgatory and I look forward to seeing what else they come up with. Platformer fans will love it, newcomers will either love it or hate it.