The smashing successful Kickstarter project known as Yooka-Laylee is the spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooie classics of the Nintendo 64 era. But what the development team over at Playtonic have made here also moves the 3D platformer adventure genre to new heights by taking advantage of modern programming, graphics, and other technology wizardry. Ending up with a competitive product that can meet today’s higher gaming standards. In their Gamescom trailer, Yooka-Laylee looks like it’s full steam ahead.
To summarize what you just saw? It was just Yooka and Laylee traveling around the in-game levels. Not a single voice-over, not a spoken word said. No text boxes show up at any part of the clips. From start to finish it’s pure and crystal clear gameplay doing the talking. By showing us.
Yooka and Laylee traverse across platforms, allowing us to see the details of the individual set-pieces that make up the game’s levels. Some areas are big wide open spaces, but other portions take the duo through tight passages and corridors. If walking ain’t your speed, Yooka rolls up into a ball and Laylee jumps on top to make a quicker means of travel. Their world is full of dangerous and whacky enemies though, so power-up transformations (like becoming a bulldozer) are definitely the edge you need to put a stop to them. You’ll need to swim, dash, and race to stop Capital B from destroying Yooka and Laylee’s home world.
Yooka-Laylee officially arrives in Q1 2017 for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U. Kickstarter backers got a Toybox demo to play around in back at the end of July. To see more of this spiffy game, travel to their website, Twitter, and Facebook pages.