Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is out next month, with a Game Boy graphics mode

Yooka-Laylee’s 2.5D spin-off adventure, Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair, has just been handed a release date by Team17 and developer Playtonic Games. The sort-of-sequel to the 2017 platformer will arrive on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC on 8th October.


Announced at E3, the game trades in the original’s 3D visuals for an even more retro 2.5D style of collectathon platforming, Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair sees the dynamic duo on a fresh mission to stop Capital B’s dastardly plans and save Queen Phoebee’s Royal Beettalion Guard.

Though the bulk of the gameplay takes part in side-scrolling levels, these are connected up with a 3D overworld that’s viewed from the top down. This features its own puzzles, special challenges, colourful characters to chat to, and ways to reveal and trigger the newly announced level states. All 20 game levels can be transformed with this whether it’s hooking up the electricity, flooding a level with running water or flipping them upside down, effectively doubling the number of levels you can play.

You can also get some fresh new visual styles with the return of Tonics, with 60 to find and unlock in the game. These can affect gameplay to add infinite rolling, harder enemies and super speed, as well as unlocking new visual effects. From the trailer, we spotted a green Game Boy look, Chameleon Colours, a VHS scanline mode, sepia, and much, much more.

Additionally, Trowzer’s Top Tonic Pack is available as a pre-order bonus with a few extra effects.

  • Largee Head tonic: This tonic gives Laylee a comically oversized head
  • Glow Worm tonic: Yooka and Laylee glow like… well, glow worms
  • D.I.S.C.O. tonic: Turn every level into a platforming party of Playtonic proportions
  • Yooka 64: A blast from the past Tonic for fans of all things retro

The original Yooka-Laylee released back in 2017 as a throwback or homage to the old collectathon style platformers, such as Banjo-Kazzoie. It’s been refined since then, diminishing some of the snags that people found at launch, but what Jim said in our Yooka-Laylee review still holds: “At its very core, Yooka-Laylee succeeds in reviving a format long forgotten and does so with such vigor and passion. However, players shouldn’t expect it to reinvent the genre.”

Source: press release

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