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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Yooka-Laylee (2017) is a running, jumping, collecting and exploration game where you play a pair of animal friends: a chameleon called Yooka and a bat called Laylee. They act as one, each contributing different abilities, on a quest to retrieve a magical book from an evil corporation.

It's from some of the people who made the classic Banjo-Kazooie games, where you find and collect items in a large open world. These are similar to the more recent Lego games but with less hand-holding and larger environments. In this game, you are collecting quills and book pages to progress. This starts quite easily but you soon encounter challenges, puzzles, races and interactions to unlock areas and gain more pages and abilities.

The novelty is the complexity and beautifully hand-crafted nature of the worlds you explore. While dramatic classical music plays, you must explore every inch to find all the hidden items. As you progress, you can trigger changes in the world that then enable you to access hard-to-reach areas. You have to pay attention to the detail of the world and are actually quizzed about this at certain points in the game.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Yooka-Laylee 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 4 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Platform game with Adventure and Puzzle elements. You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. The game features a local cooperative multiplayer mode for two players, but the second player just helps with collecting items and stops traps by controlling a swarm of bees. There is also a 2–4 player competitive local multiplayer mode, with eight different minigames.

 
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DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 16 hours and 19 hours to complete. It can be completed in as little as 16 hours, but to see everything will take towards 40 hours. If players aren't familiar with classic exploration platform games like this the controls and puzzles can be a little frustrating at first and take time to acclimatise to.

BenefitsBenefits

This game is good if you want to:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for non-realistic violence in a child-friendly setting or context. Features non-realistic violence in a child-friendly setting or context. Fantasy characters attack the players. When defeated they generally fall back and disappear in a puff of smoke. The game’s setting is child-friendly but features some bosses that can be disturbing to young children. The dialogue features some very subtle and obscure innuendo jokes.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated General (G) for Very Mild Violence, Crude Humour.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.

CostsCosts

Yooka-Laylee usually costs £15.99 to £39.99.
 

Yooka-Laylee

Steam Store PC £15.99
Steam Store Mac £15.99
XBox Store Xbox One -
Switch Store Switch -

Yooka-Laylee: Buddy Duo Bundle

PlayStation Store PS4 £39.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 11/04/2017

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1-4

Genres: Action, Platform (Adventure and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 11 features

Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Open World

Developer: Playtonic Games (@PlaytonicGames)


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