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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair (2019) is a side-on running and jumping game starring the characters from the 3D platform game Yooka-Laylee. You control Yooka, a male chameleon, and Laylee, a female bat and take on a level filled with collectables, power-ups and multiple hazards.

You collect feathers to unlock new levels, but in a novel twist, can take on the end-level boss as soon as you like. Waiting until completing more levels gives you more health and a better chance of surviving the big bad. Along with health, you can also collect tonics to gain new abilities.

If you beat a level you can take on its alternative state, which changes it with water, and electricity or flips them upside down. The clever design of each level to offer this multi-layered challenge and the combination of action, timing and skill needed to progress makes this a really good game to play in the family.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair 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 Collecting, Fighting and Puzzle elements. This is a single-player game. This is another game that will take much longer if you try and collect everything.


Play Time: This game will take between 15 hours and 22 hours to complete.


This game is good if you want to:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3 for depictions of very mild violence in a child-like setting. This game contains depictions of very mild violence in a child-like setting. Bright lights and magical effects appear upon impact of attacks. The player can defeat enemies by jumping on their heads, rolling into them or throwing projectiles such as fruit at them. When the enemies are defeated they jump up into the air before quickly vanishing.

Skill Level

11+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up.


Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair usually costs £24.99. 

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair

Steam StoreSALE PC £24.99 £2.49 until 27/06/2024
Steam Store PC £24.99
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There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
You can purchase alternative visual effects that change how the game looks in substantial and novel ways. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 08/10/2019

Price: 90% off

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Platform (Collecting, Fighting and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 23 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon

Developer: Playtonic Games (@PlaytonicGames)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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