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Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair

Developer: Playtonic Games

Publisher: Team17

  • Price: $2.99 $29.99 (90% Off!)
  • Release Date: Oct 8, 2019
  • Number of Players: 1
  • On Sale Through: Jun 12, 2024 [$2.99]
  • Lowest Historic Price: $2.99
  • ESRB Rating: E [Everyone]
  • Retro games or those that attempt to recapture a certain vintage feel can be a tricky business and there‚Äôs no doubt that in such an oversaturated market with abundant choices hitting just the right notes must be tough. The original Yooka-Laylee absolutely nailed the presentation and even many gameplay mechanics of the Banjo-Kazooie series but perhaps was a bit too dated and sometimes empty or sterile to excite in this modern era. With Impossible Lair the target seems to have been instead set on the classic side-scrolling platforming of the likes of Donkey Kong Country and this time it all just feels like it comes together to make an experience dense with smartly hidden secrets and a wide variety of classic platforming challenges that just feel right. While perhaps the endgame may not rub everyone the right way as a whole Impossible Lair put a smile on my face, both making me nostalgic for the games that served as an inspiration and impressing me with a great deal of care in making the experience distinctive in its own right.

    Justin Nation, Score:
    Nindie Choice! [8.5]

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