Review: Yooka-Laylee (PlayStation 4)

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a brand-new platform adventure from some of the key creative talents behind ‘Donkey Kong Country’. As the colorful buddy duo you must tackle a series of stunning, 2.5D levels and explore a puzzling 3D Overworld rich with secrets and surprises!


  • Big bright colorful graphics.
  • 5.73gb download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Opening and ongoing tutorial.
  • 2.5D platformer gameplay.
  • 3D hub World to explore.
  • Quills- currency and found in the game.
  • Coins-T.W.I.T branded and found hidden in levels.
  • Humor throughout.
  • Pay walls-in game wall that you spend T.W.I.T coins on to open up more of the hub world.
  • Tonics-Find/buy tonics and these affect gameplay like multipliers/difficulty etc.
  • Pagie-beat his challenge and expand the map.
  • Flowers in the hub-water/fire/freeze variants and you interact with them to have bomb versions of the plant.
  • Take two hits-first hits you lose Laylee and second hit is lethal. You can get Laylee back by catching him or ringing a bell.
  • Constant restart points.
  • Solid platform action.
  • Levels are multi-layered with multiple routes and areas.
  • End of level breakdown.
  • Boss encounters.
  • Different game genres mixed into the levels to add more variety.
  • Has a Donkey Kong feel to it all.
  • Fun to play.
  • Can replay levels.
  • Full of character.


  • Difficulty spikes.
  • Slow starter.
  • Few hit detection issues.
  • Some levels can feel long and boring.
  • Little desire to replay the game once finished.

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10


Yooka-Laylee is on their second adventure. For all the let downs and issues with the first game, it did evoke feelings of games of yester year. This game continues that trend and has strong Donkey Kong slash Banjo Kazooie vibes. Going back to a more 2D approach the game is so much fun to play. Feeling like a Saturday morning cartoon platformer full of charm and joy. This is a game that feels modern but has a retro atmosphere. It’s definitely a better game than the last one but I didn’t hate the last one, it was passable. Yooka-Laylee is well worth your time.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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