Yooka-Laylee is a spiritual successor to old-school 3D platformers such as Banjo-Kazooie and Conker’s Bad Fur Day for the modern age.

Take one quick glance at Yooka-Laylee and it becomes painfully obvious that Playtonic was founded by former Rare employees. There’s no escaping the immense influence of classic Rare 3D platformers, most notably Banjo-Kazooie and Conker’s Bad Fur Day. Banjo-Kazooie in particular is a direct inspiration. Just like Rare’s platforming classic, Yooka-Laylee follows the escapades of two friends whose name is a musical pun.

Yooka, the green lizard, and Laylee, the purple bat, embark on an epic adventure to thwart corporate douchebag Capital B whose devious scheme is to absorb all the world’s books and convert them into pure profit. Obviously, we can’t have that, so we hope that this brand-new dynamic duo can rise up to the challenge and save the sacred knowledge and entertainment that is contained in our books.

Players will achieve this goal by using Yooka’s and Laylee’s arsenal of special moves as they tackle “a huge variety of puzzles and platforming challenges in their search for Pagies, the golden bounty”, which they can use to unlock and expand gorgeous new worlds. Each world is “jammed to the gills” with kooky characters, massive bosses, kart challenges, arcade games, quiz shows, multiplayer games, “and much more”.

Apart from the single-player, Yooka-Laylee can be played entirely in co-op mode. The second player takes control of a unique co-op character and assists Yooka and Laylee by stunning enemies and helping them tackle tricky challenges. You might also be interested to know that the “dream soundtrack” has been composed by David Wise (Donkey Kong Country) and Grant Kirkhope (Banjo-Kazooie). That should definitely increase the nostalgia factor.

Yooka-Laylee is out now on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Initial Steam user reviews are promising. The game currently enjoys a “very positive” rating (87%) based on 386 user reviews.

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