Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair | Oct 16, 2019 | 14:07hrs | rating: 4/5
I didn’t play this Banjo-Kazooie imitation duo’s first game (though I’m sure I’d like it), but this 2D platformer is right up my alley.
GAMEPLAY: It’s like a less weighty Tropical Freeze, and I actually prefer it over Retro Studios’ DK games. It might feel a tiny bit wonky at times, but it’s mostly a joy to play. The mix of platforming levels and overworld puzzles makes for great variation.
AUDIOVISUALLY: The music is very cozy and atmospheric, and the visuals are nice enough. I got immersed in a way I haven’t in a long time!
STORY/PRESENTATION: I really like the idea of a difficult final level that you can access at any time, and make it easier by finishing more and more of the rest of the game. Many characters are charming and funny, but the actual story is maybe too basic, and the ending is too abrupt.
I haven’t played anything “Rare” in ages (they were my favorite developer back in the N64 days), so it might be nostalgia talking, but this was a special experience to me. I loved it despite a few flaws.