Forums - Gaming Discussion - Yooka Laylee and the Impossible Lair is freaking amazing

With so many games releasing in the last 3 months of last year, I never got around to playing this one when it came out, but I am now, and holy guacamole it's superb.

From its razor-sharp controls and physics, to the level design, to the music, to that cheeky 90s Rareware charm, it's just an effervescent joy to play.

It pretty much feels like "what if 90s Rare had made Tropical Freeze".

Excluding ports from prior years like Hellblade and Witcher 3, this is easily my GOTY for 2019.

I really hope a lot of folks didn't skip this one on account of the first Yooka Laylee being uneven, as this one is on a whole 'nother level in terms of polish and quality.

Anyone else play this one?

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Damn!! I think I just found a good platformer to sink my teeth into. I was debating on whether or not I should get this game. But hearing you say this plays like a rare’s game from the 90’s has convinced me.

It took me quite some time to get used to the controls because I was unable to pick up any rhythm. I guess I tried too much to play it like Donkey Kong Country, but Yooka-Laylee doesn't quite work like one. The impossible lair also rubs me the wrong way, because it's too long.

But the main portion of the game is indeed good once you get used to it.

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This is a game I've wanting to try for some time. After reading your post, I think I'm convinced.

I love all the heart they poured into this game, and the new gimmicks they added to 2D platforming. ^^

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Nice. I got this from the epic games store for free this last holiday. I will check it out. I'm assuming you don't really need to play the first one?

Xeon said:
I'm assuming you don't really need to play the first one?

Nah, it's self-contained, so if you haven't played the first one it won't really matter.

In my list of soon games to get ! Probably after my playthrough of BOTW. Got some sweet time until March comes in

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This and Bloodstained were the highlights of last year for me. It almost made my top 20 games of all time when I did my top 50 at the end of last year. It took me a little while to stop trying to play it like it's predecessor (no reliance on Laylee for jump correction hovering). But once I accepted the new controls, I had a blast. The level switching is a great idea and I really enjoy the overworld exploration.

Landale_Star said:
 I really enjoy the overworld exploration.

Same, I was really impressed how fun they managed to make the overworld, so that just progressing to the next level or set of levels was enjoyable in itself, in a more laid back way than the more intense sidescrolling levels. It was nice to unwind between them.