Hey 90s kids, do you want to experience some good ol nostalgia? Look no farther than this game: Yooka-Laylee! The soundtrack is crafted by two industry veterans who worked on your favourite games when you grew up like Donkey Kong Country (who didn’t love that game as a kid in the 90s?) plus it uses the great formula created by Banjo-Kazooie with two characters that work in tandem to traverse the game world and provides laughs for all, while following a story and earning collectables.



The concept of this game is that you’re on a “quest” of sorts to restore a book with golden pages that was stolen from you in the beginning of the game by the bad guy: Capital B who wants to corner the market on book sales & obtain a rare, one-of-a-kind book! Take control of Yooka the Chameleon & Laylee the Bat in order to get back your book and stop the bad guy from completing his evil plan.


Work your way through 5 worlds plus a starting area (it’s super small) & a hub world to jump, smack, explore & collect all the sweet collectables in the game while hearing the amazing soundtrack (yeah, I’m mentioning it a lot) and exploring all that the game has to offer. It’s an open-world platformer that has only one limitation: progression, meaning you gotta collect the collectables to progress otherwise….HAVE FUN. This open-world system provides an amazing experience that will give you hours of playtime.


Yooka-Laylee is based off platformers of the 90s, primarily Banjo-Kazooie which it’s called the spiritual successor to. That being said, this is a very fun game to play for gamers of all ages without anything too bad for anyone. It’s visually stunning for a platformer, got tons of collectables for the gamers who have to do everything in a game and a great soundtrack that makes the entire game evoke nostalgia for older gamers who play it.

Final Thoughts:

Essentially, if you loved the Banjo-Kazooie games or any of the platformers from the Nintendo 64 era then this is the game for you to play. It’s called the spiritual successor to the Banjo-Kazooie series and it lives up that classification. It also helps that most of the team for Yooka-Laylee worked on them too. The soundtrack invokes just as much nostalgia as the gameplay and world does, it’s like being on one big ol’ nostalgia ride to the late 90s/early 2000s and it’s enjoyable to the right gamer.


Rating: 8.5/10


Written by: Tsumewulf

Gamertag: Tsumewulf



+Grants nostalgia feelings for the Nintendo 64

+Family Friendly

+Fun platformer



-Too hyped in time before release


Ethics Statement:

The reviewer spent approximately 5 hours finding various collectables, defeating enemies, exploring three of the seven areas within the game. Earning 7 of the 35 fun but sometimes tedious achievements.


A code was provided by the publisher for the purpose of this review.


You can purchase Yooka Laylee on the Xbox Store here.


Release Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Price: $39.99

Download size: 5.27 GB


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