Percentile Rank

Yooka Laylee is ranked in the 52nd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 170 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

72

Top Critic Average

56%

Critics Recommend

Based on 170 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Games Xtreme
Recommended
Recommended
May 23, 2017

The Level design of the actual worlds is great with both the large levels and the interesting ability to morph the levels. Each world is inhabited by an eclectic cast of humorous supporting character and gives the worlds a distinctive feel with a fantastic soundtrack that is just the icing on the cake of nostalgia.

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Birth. Movies. Death.
Unscored
Unscored
Apr 20, 2017

Likely to appeal to the game’s twin demographics of children and, er, inner children.

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GameXplain
Liked
GameXplain

Top Critic

Liked
Apr 4, 2017
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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Apr 4, 2017

I'm far less sure of how someone without that attachment to the originals will perceive the mix of flaws and strengths. For me the chance to revisit one of my first game infatuations did reduce the annoyances, or at least they became part and parcel of going back – you take the irritants with the joys because without it it wouldn't be the same.

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Eurogamer
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
Apr 4, 2017

Playtonic's tribute to Banjo is a gentle, irreverent platformer let down by spotty handling and a slight shortage of genius.

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ACG
Wait for Sale
ACG

Top Critic

Wait for Sale
Apr 4, 2017
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Ars Technica
Unscored
Unscored
Apr 4, 2017

Yooka-Laylee stays true to its '90s platformer roots, even to its detriment. But there are just enough modern touches and excellent platforming to make it more than just another nostalgia play.

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Kotaku
Unscored
Unscored
Apr 4, 2017

The parts are significantly greater than the whole. There's fun to be had but it doesn't come easily. And if I never have to collect another shiny again, it'll be far too soon.

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GameOctane
B+
B+
Apr 11, 2017

Overall, Yooka Laylee sets out what it originally promised - it gave us a fun and entertaining ode to 3D platformers of old. The controls needs some polish. And the camera and lack of voice acting is annoying. I still recommend Yooka Laylee, especially if you are looking for a 3D platformer with many areas to explore and challenges to conquer.

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The A.V. Club
Unscored
Unscored
Apr 12, 2017

Be careful what you wish for, lest it become Yooka-Laylee

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VGChartz
Unscored
Unscored
Apr 13, 2017

Yooka-Laylee doesn’t bring much new to the table and the nostalgia factor will only keep you engaged for so long.

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Player2.net.au
Unscored
Unscored
Apr 5, 2017

If you are jonesing for an authentic N64 experience then this will certainly fit the bill but if you are after a quality 3D platform game you would be much better served picking up Ratchet and Clank or waiting for Mario Odessy. Sadly Yooka Laylee is too stuck in the past to take the genre into the future.

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Wade D McGinnis
Wait for Sale
Wait for Sale
Apr 24, 2017
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Scored Reviews

Leadergamer
10 / 10
10 / 10
Apr 21, 2017

If you think that, It's not a Banjo-Kazooie game, it's a 10-star game when we consider it as a separate game. Get it and definitely try it.

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TheXboxHub
Apr 3, 2017

Yooka-Laylee has done what everyone, developers and players, had hoped it to do and brought the 3D platformer kicking and screaming into gaming mainstream again, spearheading the revival.

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MonsterVine
5 / 5
5 / 5
Apr 4, 2017

Yooka-Laylee is simply a great quality platformer with few technical issues, a distinct presentation and a wacky world to run around in.

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PushStartPlay
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Apr 3, 2017

Yooka-Laylee is the best 3D platformer since the N64.

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PowerUp!
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Apr 3, 2017

I love Yooka-Laylee, unashamedly. I’ve only finished it recently, but already I want to start again and do it all over

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GameCynic
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2017

Yooka-Laylee mixes classic 3D platform exploration with eccentric, self referential humor and fluid movement to create a fantastic title that charms and engrosses a huge audience, casual or hardcore, young or old. Definitely worth looking into.

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ThisGenGaming
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2017

I'm struggling to find many faults with Yooka-Laylee. Okay, it's held back by some minor technical issues but other than those minor issues, this game was an absolute blast to play. If you're looking for a chilled out, over-the-top, and at time hilarious video game that is also fun to play then Yooka-Laylee deserves your attention. This gets an absolute recommendation from me, and a must buy at launch.

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Gamerheadquarters
9.3 / 10.0
9.3 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2017

Yooka-Laylee is simply amazing, it's a blast to play and one of the best 3D platformers ever.

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Marooners' Rock
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2017

Yooka-Laylee takes what was great about the look of the 90s platformers and gives a modern day polish.

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Pure Playstation
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 3, 2017

Yooka-Laylee is just what the industry needed: a firm, colourul, kick up the bum. There's lots to do, even more to see, and even more to collect. An expandable game that really does justice to the genre it's trying to revive. It's been a long time that a game has kept my attention with pure gameplay alone. It's a timeless classic that'll join the ranks of Spyro, Crash and Banjo, and deservedly so. Gimme more. Please.

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Corecade
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2017

If you’ve been hankering for a platforming collectathon like I have, you’re more than likely going to have a good time with Yooka-Laylee. This is the game I’ve been waiting for since I beat Banjo-Tooie all those years ago. Playtonic Games has done a fantastic job capturing what made their work at Rare so great, while also building upon that formula.

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The Escapist
Apr 4, 2017

This time around, Kickstarter actually did come to the rescue, delivering a game that is very much worthy of being called the spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie. Yooka-Laylee is a game for fans who miss the N64 days of running around a huge, open map, collecting a bunch of stuff and having a bit of a laugh. It's cute, it's funny, and a few minor technical issues aside, it's exactly what it promised to deliver.

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Cubed3
9 / 10
9 / 10
Apr 4, 2017

A stiff challenge, no handholding, and large, open levels is somewhat daunting at first, but spectacular level and character design, sarcastic, fourth wall-breaking humour, and oodles of collectables will quickly grip and immerse you in Yooka and Laylee's quirky world. This is a 3D platforming fan's dream title.

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GameSkinny
Apr 4, 2017

Yooka-Laylee breathes new life into the collectathon platformer genre, but those who weren't into it in its heyday may see less mileage here.

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Fenix Bazaar
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 3, 2017

Yooka-Laylee is a fantastic game that delivers on its aspirations as Banjo-Kazooie's spiritual successor.

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CGMagazine
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2017

Yooka-Laylee is both a joyful ode to Rare’s heyday and a polished platformer that stands head and shoulders above what few contemporaries exist in the genre.

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Areajugones
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 14, 2017

Although it does not bring anything new compared with previous versions, Yooka-Laylee is perfect for Nintendo Switch and its type of gameplay will make you stay playing this fun game for lots of hours.

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Sirus Gaming
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 12, 2017

Even if Yooka-Laylee is inspired from Banjo-Kazooie, since ex-Rare developers joined up with Team17, for players who didn’t get to play the aforementioned game will definitely enjoy this Banjo-successor. The worlds you get to explore, the characters you meet, and how visually spectacular the game is, Yooka-Laylee is a platformer that you don’t want to miss.

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Readers Gambit
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 3, 2017

I can’t speak for how Yooka-Laylee compares to what veteran fans would expect, but as some who loved his fair share of older generation of platformers, Yooka-Laylee is the game the genre needs.

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Hey Poor Player
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Apr 4, 2017

No, it may not do anything particularly new or innovative, but it doesn’t really need to – it’s still one of the most solid, charming, and just plain fun platformers in years. It has its flaws, yes, like any other game, but those flaws are offset by a brilliantly-designed open world and the ridiculous amount of content on offer. It’s a welcome reminder of a bygone era that feels familiar even as it offers vast improvements on its storied predecessors.

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Areajugones
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2017

Yooka-Laylee is the triumphant return of the true platform games. Playtonic has managed to mix everything good of this genre and turn it into something fresh and wonderful.

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Cubed3
9 / 10
9 / 10
Apr 4, 2017

Reflection upon Yooka-Laylee raises a genuine smile in a way that few video games ever do these days. Undoubtedly, this will sound like the stereotypical ramblings of a Banjo-Kazooie fan drunk on nostalgia; it's true that when Rare slipped into obscurity, setting to work on other types of projects, they left a massive void for this brand of quirky, humorous, collection-heavy platforming adventure. Playtonic has recognised and rectified this, reminding the gaming world that this sub-genre has fallen out of favour for far too long. While it leans on a unique contextual crux, considering the team's history and the Kickstarter origins of the project, the end result is something truly delightful in its own right. A brilliant successor that perfectly channels the creative energies of the N64 platforming era.

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Stevivor
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2017

Playtonic's special brand of humour is weaved throughout, seemingly innocent but with a sly wink towards those old enough to appreciate subtleties.

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Rectify Gaming
8.9 / 10.0
8.9 / 10.0
Apr 5, 2017

Playtonic Games hasn't only given us a great game to play, they have started a new franchise I hope to explore for years to come.

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Hobby Consolas
87 / 100
87 / 100
Dec 14, 2017

A true classic platform game. It plays and feels like some Rare masterpieces such as Banjo Kazooie or Conker BFD. It seems that Nintendo Switch was designed for games like Yooka-Laylee.

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Hobby Consolas
87 / 100
87 / 100
Apr 4, 2017

Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer like those we had in the past and a great successor for Banjo-Kazooie. The gameplay is almost the same, just putting a chameleon and a bat in the place of the bear and the bird. The true Rare is now called Playtonic Games.

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Gert Lush Gaming
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Apr 3, 2017

Bringing back the 90s in a fresh modern twist yet maintaining its nostalgic roots.

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VideoTime
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 6, 2017

Yooka-Laylee comes as nostalgia covered with an outstanding design. It's colorful and flawless design execution conveys us that the good old-school will never die, but rise again stronger. Leaving aside its "little black stains in the white shirt", the experience is so entertaining that we can surely invest the necessary inner peace needed to conquer and master its camera system. This is a platform games that hit us right in the feels: in the best years of our younger gaming days. Yooka-Laylee draw many smiles filled with joy on our faces, it made us remember times that today return in with all the excellence and passion they deserve.

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The Games Machine
8.5 / 10.0
The Games Machine
Danilo Dellafrana

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2017

Yooka-Laylee is a heartfelt tribute to the best of Rare on Nintendo 64. It's a challenging game, with a steep difficulty level (like old times!), always fun to play. If you're a fan of old-school platforming, you won't be disappointed.

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Gaming on PC
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 11, 2017

Yooka-Laylee is an excellent 3D platformer, featuring open levels that reward skill and exploration, tight gameplay mechanics and a killer soundtrack. A few technical issues prevent it from reaching the heights achieved by classics such as Banjo-Kazooie, but gamers looking for a collect-a-thon in 2017 should definitely consider picking up Playtonic Games’ debut title.

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Wccftech
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2017

It might not be as good as your vague memories of the hallowed games of Rare, but Yooka-Laylee has a little bit of that old lovable magic in it. It may be made for children, but there is a little something that can make the old and miserable smile again. That alone is worth it.

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Gaming Tree House
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2017

Yooka-Laylee is a spiritual successor that lives up to the hype!

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GameSpace
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Dec 14, 2017

While it doesn't quite stand as tall as the Mario Odyssey masterpiece, Yooka-Laylee is a game every Switch owner should consider. Fantastic fun for all ages, and tons of content to boot. [William Murphy separately reviewed the Switch (8.5) and PC (8) versions. Their scores have been averaged.]

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COGconnected
83 / 100
83 / 100
Apr 4, 2017

Yooka-Laylee’s camera wants to constantly reset itself behind the characters when moving and this drove me nuts early on

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Reloading BR
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2017

For more better than worse, Yooka-Laylee is practically a new game in the Banjo-Kazooie series. The camera is a problem that seems to come directly from its ancestors and its combat can become tedious, but these factors end up being secondary to puzzles, characters, dialogues, exploration and the platforming gameplay. In these points, the game manages to keep alive the spirit of the adventures of the old Rare but also adapts to introduce the "collecathon" style for a new generation. It lacks a touch of more modern design in some moments, but I had a lot of fun in the 26 hours it took me to finish (and I still have some collectibles and secrets to find) and I feel that in the end, the negative and positive points of Yooka-Laylee represent exactly the game Playtonic promised with its Kickstarter.

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Video Chums
8.1 / 10.0
8.1 / 10.0
Apr 5, 2017

Minor annoyances aside, Yooka-Laylee is a solid 3D buddy platformer that's full of variety, humour, and a fantastic cast of characters all wrapped in a laidback adventure.

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Short Pause Gaming
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Apr 4, 2017

Yooka-Laylee is a great first effort from Playtonic Games. The characters and environments are quirky and unique, the collectibles all have a purpose, and the unlockable abilities are fun to use. Despite a few performance issues and some baffling ease-of-use omissions, I enjoyed my time with this game. It takes over 30 hours to complete the game with 100% of the collectibles, which is plenty of content to keep you busy, especially considering the $40 price tag.

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Slant Magazine
Apr 4, 2017

The game isn’t interested in coasting on nostalgia, but in establishing brand-new memories for the next generation.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Apr 4, 2017

Yooka-Laylee is the perfect collectathon game for veterans of the N64 and a true spiritual successor to the spectacular Banjo-Kazooie. It is exactly what people were hoping it would be, but there are a few critical flaws that are impossible to ignore. It feels like a title taken from the N64 and polished up to this generation, but games have changed a great deal since that era. Arguably, had this incorporated some of those changes, it could have been even better, but instead it has embraced its concept and stayed true to its roots. Regardless, the low price point, inviting gameplay and pure fun of the game means this is one that everyone should try.

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GamingTrend
80 / 100
80 / 100
Apr 10, 2017

Yooka-Laylee is a fun platformer, despite some technical issues and outdated mechanics. If platforming wasn’t your thing in the ‘90s, there’s little here to change your mind now, but fans of the genre – and the Kickstarter backers that brought it back to life – can rest assured that they’re getting exactly what they wanted.

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NZGamer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2017

Colourful characters, and enough adult humour to keep you wondering how this is a G rated game.

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GameGrin
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2017

At its best, Yooka-Laylee reminds me why I fell in love with colourful platformers, it's a love letter to childhood nostalgia. At its worst, Yooka-Laylee reminds me why we moved away from platforming games: odd design choices and occasional bugs sour the experience.

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Arcade Sushi
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2017

For the most part the Yooka-Laylee has succeeded in meeting expectations, though a few specters from that bygone era decided to make the journey too.

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Game Revolution
Apr 4, 2017

By not holding up Banjo-Kazooie as the last bastion of platformers, Playtonic was able to turn Yooka-Laylee into an overall improvement on the formula it so closely mimics. We’re coming up on a relatively dry patch of 2017, and, if I’m counting on Yooka-Laylee to be my own personal flying lizard to carry me, I don’t think I could be in better hands.

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Worth Playing
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 12, 2017

Yooka-Laylee is classic 3D-era platformer. It brings an updated presentation to the genre, and it provides some solid and familiar platforming mechanics. The large levels provide a nice playground for those abilities, and while the combat isn't anything special, it's a lot of fun to complete the various tasks to collect pagies. If you can deal with the problematic camera, Yooka-Laylee is worth checking out.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 10, 2017

"Yooka-Laylee" accomplishes what it sets out to do. It reminds players what was so appealing about collectathons at the height of their popularity. Even if it overstay its welcome toward the end, it's mostly a joyful journey through a long forgotten genre.

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Game Rant
Apr 6, 2017

Yooka-Laylee wears its influences on its sleeve, but gamers with nostalgia for the Nintendo 64 era will find plenty to enjoy — even if others are left cold.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
Adam Riley

Top Critic

8 / 10
Dec 16, 2017

Absolutely sublime platform action from the team behind Banjo-Kazooie, et al. Yooka-Laylee is everything fans have been waiting for, transporting gamers back to the 3D adventure heyday of the Nintendo 64, but bringing a wealth of updates with it to help it feel not just familiar, but also equally fresh. Between Super Mario Odyssey and this, Nintendo Switch owners are certainly being given some amazing treats in the first 12 months of the system's lifespan!

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2017

Yooka-Laylee is a breath of fresh air. Playtonic Games knows platforming, and knows it well. The incredibly precise reactions needed by players, coupled with the lack of some of the genre’s more modern conveniences may turn some newer/younger gamers off. But for those looking for a deceptively deep collect-a-thon that has an entertaining story and wonderfully-crafted world, look no further. With an asking price of $39.99, this is an easy recommendation for platforming fans.

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Guardian
Apr 4, 2017

It may look like a game for children but this primary coloured, Kickstarter-funded platformer is catnip for 30-somethings who came of age with Banjo-Kazooie

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Saudi Gamer
4 / 5
4 / 5
Apr 4, 2017

An enjoyable and varied experience that brings back the feeling of 90's platformers even if admittedly it doesn't add much new. Some flaws here and there don't stop it from being a recommended purchase both for platformer veterans as well as newcomers.

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Windows Central
Apr 14, 2017

The platforming is fast and delightful, with plenty of abilities to use, items to find, and areas to explore. Charming characters, clever humor, and lots of bright colors all serve to enhance the gameplay as well.

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NEOsite
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2017

Yooka-Laylee is a real treat for fans of platformers – especially those who remember the 90s. The game has some flaws, but they all are bearable.

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Crash Landed
Apr 3, 2017

Originally billed to backers as a successor to the now classic Banjo-Kazooie series, Yooka-Laylee from developer Playtonic Games delivers on that promise in spades and more, becoming in essence Banjo-Kazooie 3 in all but name; with a grand collectathon adventure awaiting you, complete with quirky characters, a rousing score and a British charm that all now iconic Rare games exude. It’s a feat in itself that the developers have managed to craft a title the size of Yooka-Laylee with the small team at hand, but that limitation does rear its head with some wonky mechanics and puzzles that were best left on the cutting room floor. But the true success story of Yooka-Laylee, will be in managing to capture that once thought lost Rare essence, and the real question now is whether there is still a wider market out there today beyond those who grew up with the Nintendo 64 classics wishing to revisit nostalgia. One thing is for certain though, if you’re looking for a fun, colourful adventure to suck up 30 hours of your life then Yooka-Laylee is your man, or bat, or lizard - or, ah whatever.

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Destructoid
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2017

Banjo Threeie is probably never going to happen, but after playing Yooka-Laylee I'm fine with that for the first time in 17 years. Playtonic's first foray is rough around the edges, but the center is so full of heart that it'll melt away the more you play it. How much of that roughness you can put up with entirely depends on your history and mental fortitude for mascot platformers. For some of you that threshold is pretty low, but for me, it's as high as Laylee can fly.

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GearNuke
8 / 10
8 / 10
Apr 14, 2017

Yooka-Laylee is aimed at the revival of N64-era of Rare platformers and while it succeeds in delivering a similar experience, it also fails to improve on some of the archaic design of the past resulting in a game that is enjoyable but not without some frustrating design flaws. [Khurram Imtiaz separately reviewed the PS4 (8) and Switch (8) versions.]

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Game Informer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2017

Full of fun exploration, exciting encounters, and tons of collectibles, Yooka-Laylee is a modern take on a classic genre

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3DNews
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 8, 2017

Old fashioned but not outdated adventure with cute characters and lots of fun puzzles. Unfortunately, issues with the camera prevent it from being great.

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TrueAchievements
Apr 5, 2017

Yooka-Laylee is bright, colourful and fun from the outset, a theme that carries through the whole of the game. It's a colourful romp through a unique world filled with pagies, cagies and weirdly wonderful characters. It feels like a love letter to a time of games gone by in the best way possible, and it's hard not to be drawn to the way the game looks. A few issues with the camera and some of the controls stop the game being perfect, but it isn't far off.

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DarkZero
8 / 10
8 / 10
Apr 4, 2017

I found it a ton of fun and terribly addicting to the point where I just consumed it in about 2 days and I hope many others enjoy it just as much because I believe the best outcome from its release is that Yooka-Laylee facilitates the second coming of the 'platformer'. Not only does it show off the familiar mechanics we love but it plays off of them in both the gameplay and story, making jokes about the established traits of old-school games by having Yooka's humoring of the NPCs and Laylee's dry sarcasm almost be the voices of the player as they comment on the fact that the Pagies could just slips out of their cages and so on.

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BaziCenter
8 / 10
8 / 10
Apr 13, 2017

A spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie, Yooka-Laylee is exactly what it is trying to be. It suffers from few flaws like poor camera and very unstable frame-rate, and it doesn't add anything new to the platformer genre. But a lot of gameplay mechanics, good graphic, amazing sound make it enjoyable.

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Nintendo Life
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 14, 2017

All told, Yooka-Laylee is a worthy modern tribute to the collectathons of yore, and it is highly recommended for Switch owners. This feels like a game that belongs in 1996, but with all the quality improvements of a game made in 2017, making for an excellent blend of new and old. Though it can be a little uneven at times, the game as a whole manages to succesfully achieve its goals.Do yourself a favour and give this one a go; it may not have been too well received to begin with, but Playtonic has polished it up quite nicely; it is a worthy addition to the Switch library.

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Honest Gaming Reviews
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 3, 2017

Yooka-Laylee is a very good game with lots of humour, a fairly standard kids rescue type story, but with the worlds and what can be done in each, there are hours of fun to be had and I would highly recommend giving this a go if your a fan of open world platformers.

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Saving Content
Apr 4, 2017

If Yooka-Laylee was made by any other developer who didn't previously work at Rare, this would be considered a blatant rip-off. But instead, Playtonic picks up where Rare couldn't. For whatever reason a new Banjo-Kazooie couldn't be made, and Yooka-Laylee takes its place. I'm looking forward to what's next, perhaps a new Nuts & Bolts-style game after this. Playtonic Games has captured a certain type of magic from 1998 and brought it to 2017 in spectacular form.

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Entertainment Buddha
80 / 100
80 / 100
Apr 4, 2017

Yooka-Laylee delivers on almost every front. I love the nostalgic feeling you get from playing this one. If Playtonic was able to up the frames on these graphics a little bit to save it from the Kickstarter game sickness, it would have been even better. Yooka-Laylee is a game that I will enjoy for myself and also one that I can show my kids when they grow up. I love this game and I think that you will too!

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PSX Brasil
80 / 100
80 / 100
Apr 12, 2017

Yooka-Laylee is heavily inspired on Banjo-Kazooie and will be enjoyed by the fans that are thirsty for a new plaform and adventure 3D game. There are issues, like some moves for the characters, the weak transformations and the uninspired hub world. But overall, the game delivers its promise.

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Gameplanet
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 24, 2017

Yooka-Laylee is an unabashedly old-school platformer with modern presentation. It is challenging and occasionally infuriating, but it's also extremely rewarding. Playtonic have proven that just because something is old, that doesn't mean it should die.

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Pause Resume
4 / 5
4 / 5
Apr 3, 2017

Yooka Laylee brings the classic 3D collectathon platformer into the modern age, although not without camera issues. Despite that, it takes what made past 3D platform games great and puts it on a larger scale with substance.

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PCWorld
Apr 4, 2017

Playtonic promised a spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie, and that's what Yooka-Laylee delivers, flaws and all. It's a loving throwback to a bygone era and style of gaming.

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Forbes
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2017

I imagine there will be people who won't find this kind of flavor appealing, who might consider the game to be dated and maybe even outright pandering, but I'm not one of them.

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Gadgets 360
8 / 10
8 / 10
Apr 4, 2017

Playtonic's adherence to the playbook of its past successes works well in Yooka-Laylee. Some minor quirks notwithstanding, it's proof that game design that's almost two decades old still works as well as some of the more avant garde, open-world fare that we've seen of late. If you're hankering for a slice of colourful, high-definition infused retro goodness, look no further.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Apr 4, 2017

Yooka-Laylee is basically the Banjo-Kazooie game players have been waiting well over a decade for. No matter your age, Yooka-Laylee has something for everyone, be it the colorful characters and worlds that youngsters are sure to love, or the crude humor sprinkled throughout to appeal to the older audiences.

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PS3Blog.net
80%
80%
Apr 26, 2017

Yooka-Laylee is a great platformer featuring a ton of collectibles and great worlds to explore – hence it being a collectathon. The worlds feature some great designs, and the different collectibles were fun to discover. I think that this game might have benefited from a slightly longer development cycle to address some of the camera issues I ran into, but as I said before, it's certainly not a deal-breaker. If you've been hankering for a new take on the great 3D platformers of ages past, then give Yooka-Layle a play today!

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GamingBolt
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2017

As a well-rounded platforming experience with smart writing, fun platforming, strong production values and evocation of the good ol’ days, Yooka-Laylee is worth your time.

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TeamNerd
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 3, 2017

Yooka-Laylee is a title we like; it reminds us of the unique and nostalgic memories of when, still children, we put our hands on titles like Spyro, Croc

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Attack of the Fanboy
Apr 4, 2017

Serving as an homage to the past, Yooka-Laylee is strongly inspired by elements of the team’s previous efforts, and despite some flaws, it is the game that fans have been waiting for all these years.

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IGN Spain
7.9 / 10.0
7.9 / 10.0
Dec 14, 2017

Yooka-Laylee is the perfect tribute to the 90's 3D platforming videogames, a very fun experience for the new players and an exciting return of the genre to its roots for the older users. Long, fun and very joking, its camera becomes a harder enemy than Capital B, the game's main villain. [Jose Rodríguez separately reviewed the PS4 (8.0) and Nintendo Switch (7.8) versions. Their scores have been averaged.]

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New Game Network
78 / 100
78 / 100
Apr 11, 2017

Yooka-Laylee is a fun throwback to a bygone era of gaming, with more than enough charm, variety, and engaging challenges to make up for its shortcomings.

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GamePro
76 / 100
76 / 100
Apr 4, 2017

Yooka-Laylee impressively transports the feeling of the Rare-Jump&Runs, but stumbles over its flawed controls and camera.

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AusGamers
7.6 / 10.0
7.6 / 10.0
Apr 10, 2017

At its core Yooka-Laylee features solid 3D platforming, all wrapped-up in a charming and funny package that oozes with the quality that drew a lot of players to Rare's output during the N64 era. And although this may sound like strange criticism, we would have preferred it if the game featured fewer ideas, smaller worlds, and a more focused design. Yooka-Laylee's better moments far outweigh its troublesome ones, and for the most part you'll feel like you're playing a Rare platformer from the year 1999. And when that's what Yooka-Laylee promised to be, you can't fault it for delivering on that promise. Warts and all.

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DualShockers
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2017

At the end of the day, Playtonic accomplished exactly what they set out to achieve with Yooka-Laylee and proved that 3D platformers can still be relevant in 2017. Yooka-Laylee is a fun, familiar, and nostalgic trip to a genre from the past that still holds up incredibly well in the present. It certainly proves that there is a place in the current landscape for games of this genre. If you miss the mascot platformer of yesteryear, then Yooka-Laylee will almost certainly give you your fill and make you feel warm inside.

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GameCrate
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2017

If you grew up playing 3D platformer collect-a-thon games like Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie, Donkey Kong 64, Jak & Daxter, Spyro, and others, then there is a good chance that you'll find a lot to love in Yooka-Laylee. It's a faithful recreation of the formula that made games of the late 90s and early 2000s both so special and so frustrating.

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VGN
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Apr 20, 2017

Yooka–Laylee is an unexpected gift from Playtonic Games that proves once again how the 3D platform genre can still entertain after almost 20 years. Despite being very funny and inspired, the game has several flaws, with the camera and the control mechanics being the biggest ones. Even if the gameplay is far from the perfection, if you loved old 3D platforms such as Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine, you will definitely enjoy the new Yooka-Laylee from Playtonic, but if you're new to this genre you might experience a difficult-to-manage gameplay that is not good as most of the modern platforms available today.

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Spaziogames
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Apr 8, 2017

Yooka-Laylee is a love letter to 3D platformer of twenty years ago. It is everything a fan of the best RARE works can expect, the real Banjoo-Kazooie spiritual successor. Despite some camera issues and the not so smooth controls, it deserves your attention.

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VGProfessional
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Apr 20, 2017

Despite the defects and bitter aftertaste, Playtonic's Yooka-Laylee fulfills in part its main promise: one of bringing back the nostalgic N64 platformer games.. This highly respected tribute to the productions of the Rare era should undoubtedly be a great pick its fans, with the same gameplay mechanics, colors, worlds, and themes, but in the end lack the soul and flair that made that old generation what it is.

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Checkpoint
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Apr 12, 2017

Yooka-Laylee brings back the best memories of good old 3D platformers from the Nintendo 64 era, but along with it, comes some of the bad choices made at the time.

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Atomix
75 / 100
75 / 100
Apr 4, 2017

Yooka-Laylee is a good classic 3D platformer better on its first hours and levels when you are discovering the wide range of activities and challenges that you have in this retro colectathon. The rest of the time you can suffer with some weak design decisions to prolongue the time you need to complete the game.

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Geeks Under Grace
7.3 / 10.0
7.3 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2017

Yoooka-Laylee does little to revise the tried-and-true formula of the collect-a-thon, but instead, manages to revive the charm of the anthromorphic furry (or here, reptilian) of yesteryear in a game that should remind the industry that there is indeed demand for some old-fashioned and wholesome slapstick circumscribed by all-too familiar mechanics of running and (double)jumping.

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FNintendo
7 / 10
7 / 10
Feb 26, 2018

Yooka-Laylee is a tribute to 3D platforming games, especially to those that involve collecting a lot of things. It succeeds at that job, as it will certainly invade some players with overwhelming feelings of nostalgia. It doesn't quite do the job of creating a platformer that would be up to the highest standards of today, as it's demonstrated by some frustrating sections, camera issues and a combat system that is far from being exciting but overall, Yooka-Laylee is a pleasure to explore and it's full of delightful details.

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The Outerhaven Productions
Apr 20, 2017

With bright colorful palette, cartoony soundtrack, and goofy cast of characters, Yooka-Laylee is sure to be a hit with younger players, as well as an older crowd eager to relive gaming's past glories in 3D platforming and adventuring in an open world format. It's a visually beautiful game with a brilliant soundtrack, bringing together Rare's technical and creative talents to the table for Playtonic Games' debut. It was a fully des vu experience, reliving waves of warm nostalgia as it was happening in front of me.

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The Game Fanatics
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 24, 2017

For better and for worse Yooka-Laylee accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do. A throwback to a time when 3D platformers reigned supreme, but it holds on to nostalgia too closely, never quite coming into its own. The lack of new gameplay ideas, a camera that gets in the way far too often, and too much of a focus on old gameplay tropes keeps Yooka-Laylee from being great.

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Gamer Escape
7 / 10
7 / 10
May 14, 2017

Overall, Yooka-Laylee is a game with a ton of retro-inspired heart, but a definite lack of polish may disappoint fans who expected the quality of their previous Banjo-Kazooie titles.

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

7 / 10
Apr 4, 2017

It perfectly fulfils its brief of being a new Banjo-Kazooie game in all but name, but Yooka-Laylee’s reliance on nostalgia may struggle to find new fans.

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IGN
7 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2017

Yooka-Laylee contains all the pieces needed for a fun, enjoyable throwback to the 3D collectathons of the 64-bit era. The characters are charming and funny, your set of abilities is vast and entertaining, and four out of five of the worlds are fun playgrounds to explore. While it lacks the heart and polish of some of its incredible predecessors, it’s a good reminder that this genre, once thought to be dead, still has some life left in it.

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TechRaptor
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
May 15, 2017

Yooka-Laylee is a fun game, but its controls, plot and somewhat plentiful bugs hamper the experience. 3D platformer veterans will find something to like here, but others might be turned off.

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TheSixthAxis
7 / 10
7 / 10
Apr 4, 2017

Of all the potential hurdles to snag on in creating a 3D platformers in the style of the late nineties classics, Playtonic deftly avoids the most egregious ones by far. At its very core, Yooka-Laylee succeeds in reviving a format long forgotten and does so with such vigor and passion. However, players shouldn’t expect it to reinvent the genre.

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SomHráč.sk
70%
70%
Apr 4, 2017

Yooka-Laylee is an old school platform game. It looks good, it's fun to play, but the developers didn't come with any new ideas. Although the mix works, it's not the year 1998 anymore when Banjo-Kazooie was released and players who weren't there back then probably won't be convinced.

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IGN Italy
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2017

Yooka-Layle offers an interesting take on the classic 3D platfom formula. It's a pity that it controls and behave not as expected from some experienced developers as the Playtonic guys are.

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The Digital Fix
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2017

Yooka Laylee is a great example of what can be achieved with the 3D platform. It is let down only by its lack of motivating narrative progression, and a tendency to get a little monotonous.

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ZTGD
7 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2017

Yooka-Laylee is exactly what Playtonic promised, and also exactly what I expected. While some of the levels are not great, the overall package takes me back to a different time where the genre thrived. For better or worse this game recaptures what made those games special, and frankly if it starred a certain bear and bird combo, it could have easily been a sequel to a game from that era.

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DigitalCentralMedia
70%
70%
Apr 4, 2017

Overall Yooka – Laylee is a good game and can be very fun. But with more polishing, this game could have been something special.

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SelectButton
7 / 10
7 / 10
Apr 11, 2017

Yooka-Laylee is exactly the type of game that Playtonic Games set out to create when they initially launched the Kickstarter for the game. It is in every sense of the word a spiritual; successor to the Banjo-Kazooie franchise. It's a true return to the collect-a-thon games that were great back on the Nintendo 64, but many of the game's core mechanics feel archaic on today's platforms.

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GameSpew
70%
70%
Dec 19, 2017

To me, it speaks volumes that despite pretty much completing Yooka-Laylee on Xbox One, I've felt compelled to play the game on Switch whenever I've had a spare moment. [Richard Seagrave separately reviewed the XB1 (60%) and Switch (80%) versions. Their scores have been averaged.]

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Nindie Spotlight
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 16, 2017

With Yooka-Laylee I think there are two distinct audiences that need to be spoken to for the summary. For major fans of the classic Rare look and feel there are a lot of joyful notes that Yooka-Laylee hits and as long as you don’t set your expectations too high you should enjoy it. For people who are less familiar or enamored with classic collect-a-thons it’s a bit harder to recommend, especially now that the long shadow of Mario Odyssey is hard to ignore. Even if it may not be everything I was hoping for Yooka-Laylee is an earnest title that shows a lot of love and reverence for the classic Rare titles that have obviously inspired it, I just wish it had done more to additionally forge out its own path.

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Hu3br
Apr 5, 2017

Yooka-Laylee is a solid 90s platformer filled with nostalgia. Sadly, nostalgia alone can't disguise its issues nor the issues from games which inspired it.

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Gameblog
7 / 10
7 / 10
Apr 6, 2017

Yooka-Laylee is a good Banjo-Kazooie-like, packed with a colorfull world, good gameplay and a lot of humor. It doesn't reach the level of its model, but is for sure a nice modern alternative.

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Paste Magazine
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 26, 2017

It doesn't revitalize or even attempt to change the formula. Despite that Yooka-Laylee is colorful and musical and comforting. Yooka-Laylee may not represent a revival for the collect-a-thon genre, but it is an acceptable sequel, successor, parody and homage to a game now regarded as classic.

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Everyeye.it
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2017

Yooka-Laylee is fun, but it is rarely brilliant; it's pleasant, but not always memorable; and never reach or surpass the glorious masterpieces othat inspired the team.

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Expansive
7 / 10
7 / 10
Apr 3, 2017

Yooka Laylee is a treasure despite some faults

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M3
7 / 10
M3

Top Critic

7 / 10
Apr 4, 2017

With colorful graphics, playful game design and charmig characters, Yooka-Leylee is a throwback to the platform genre of the 90's. It's not perfect, but if you're a fan of Banjo-Kazooie, Super Mario 64 and Donkey Kong 64 you'll probably have a lots of fun with this.

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Switch Player
Dec 15, 2017

The extra time taken to bring Yooka Laylee to the Nintendo Switch has been worth it. The game runs extremely well on the Switch and feels well polished. A few design issues, however, means that this spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie is good but not quite great!

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Gaming Nexus
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 26, 2017

Yooka-Laylee is gorgeous. It is a delight to behold. But its design and mechanics don't always match up to its ambitions.

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Wccftech
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 15, 2017

Yooka-Laylee is a fun throwback to a simpler time, but in the process some things got lost in translation. Whether it's rose-tinted specs or just modern game design sensibilities, something doesn't feel right with Yooka-Laylee, even if it runs great on Switch. I guess it just can't compare to the likes of Super Mario Odyssey.

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EGM
7 / 10.0
Ray Carsillo

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Apr 11, 2017

Some long-forgotten issues from way back in the day crop up again in this throwback action-plaformer, but even if you aren't playing it through the nostaliga of someone who grew up with Banjo-Kazooie or other adventures like it, you'll still find a solid game to play in Yooka-Laylee.

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Hardcore Gamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Apr 4, 2017

Technical issues aside, there’s little to argue against Yooka-Laylee doing a fine job identifying just what makes 3D platformers such a joy to invest in aesthetically.

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PC Gamer
68 / 100
68 / 100
Apr 4, 2017

A decent revival of the N64-era 3D platformer, but with all the flaws that carries, as well as some new ones of its own.

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Worth Playing
6.7 / 10.0
6.7 / 10.0
Jan 4, 2018

Playing through Yooka-Laylee is fun. It has plenty of rough patches, but it's a fun journey if you ignore its shortcomings. It may be tough, it's not a pure joy ride, and it isn't the best collect-a-thon, but there are plenty of charming characters and incredibly goofy dialogue. Genre fans who loved Banjo will find things to like in Yooka-Laylee. Here's hoping that Playtonic revisits the world it has created in Yooka-Laylee and develops it further in a sequel that has some fresh new ideas and a more polished approach.

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SwitchWatch
65%
65%
Dec 16, 2017

Yooka-Laylee is a game which brings us back to the 3D platformer retro roots and brings all of what made those games from the 90s great with it. In doing so though, it also brought with it most of the faults which should have been ironed out a long time ago. I have mentioned the camera a few times, but it really hampers what otherwise could have been a great experience and makes the challenge more frustrating than it otherwise should have been. I love a challenge, but I want it to be a fair one and not hampered by game design issues. If you are after a 3d platformer which harks back to the 90s and brings all of the good and bad points from that era, then this might be for you. Yooka-Laylee are certainly adorable characters, the writing is quite funny, the visuals are nice and the music is lovely. It's a shame the gameplay doesn't quite marry up due to persistent niggles.

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Gaming Gamma
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Apr 21, 2017

All in all, Yooka Laylee is neither as bad or good as most say. It’s a solid platformer that caters to the old school crowd while occasionally getting lost and muddled in the game mechanics of a time long gone. There is charm and wit in its writing, and frustration in its controls. For every positive, there is a negative. The takeaway is an extremely okay platforming experience with extreme amounts of nostalgia and decent potential for a future franchise.

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Nerd Much?
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2017

Despite its commendable protagonist and world design (mostly), the reliance on nostalgia hinders its ability to present fresh ideas, and when that issue is paired with the performance issues, you’re better off just dusting off an old N64 somewhere or waiting for it to be deeply discounted.

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Dragnix
65 / 100
65 / 100
Apr 28, 2017
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Life is Xbox
61 / 100
61 / 100
Apr 12, 2017

Fundamentally Yooka-Laylee is a good game, but it’s a shame that Playtonic failed to bring an undeniable great game. The potential was extremely high but they left me a little disappointed. Wonky controls, bad camera work, annoying voice dialogue and issues with performance make Yooka-Laylee nothing more than an average game. It could have been so much more …

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PlayStation Universe
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2017

Yooka-Laylee shows there’s room for nostalgia-flavored 3D platforming in today’s market by reminding us of the joys of well-built, colorful worlds, and daft, fun characters. Unfortunately, the good work put in by Playtonic to modernise the stagnant genre is hamstrung by glaring technical issues that dull the vibrancy, and cloud over your enjoyment.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Apr 4, 2017

It's crushing that Yooka-Laylee does not reach the heights of brilliance of the game it clearly draws its inspiration from. On its own, it is a decent game that is playable, but we were promised characters as delightful as in Banjo-Kazooie, and gameplay as slick and joyful to back those characters up.

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Pardis Game
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Apr 25, 2017

Yooka Laylee is a move in the somewhat dead genre of 3D platforming and its presence between platforming giants like Ratchet & Clank and Super Mario Odyssey feels a great gap. What doesn't make this game satisfying however are the controls and camera which stick to the game from the get go and don't let go. Despite this, Yooka Laylee is recommended to the younger demographic considering its price and amount of content; even if the whole game might get underwhelming

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Easy Allies
Apr 8, 2017
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Tiny Spaceship
Apr 27, 2017

Platforming ain’t dead. Yooka-Laylee however doesn’t really break any new ground. It does, however, apply a nice fresh coat of paint over the old mechanics of Banjo-Kazooie. The mini-games throughout provide some variety from the usual jumping around, but they rarely captured my interest for more than a minute or so. It is a great modern take on the platformer genre, but the bright colors and quirky music quickly dull after a couple hours when you find the game has little else to offer. Perhaps some will revel in the return of the collect-em-up, but the gameplay, however well-made and tight it is, seldom seems rewarding.

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We Got This Covered
Apr 4, 2017

At its best, Yooka-Laylee is a fun retread of '90s-era 3D platforming. Unfortunately, it fails to move the genre forward in any significant way, and even brings back several pains that should have stayed firmly planted in the past.

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pressakey.com
Apr 10, 2017

Yooka-Laylee verspricht in Welt 1 viel, verliert aber danach immer mehr an Leichtfüßigkeit und Charme und rappelt sich erst viel zu spät wieder auf, während die durchwachsene Steuerung und verkrampfte Kamera immer wieder für Frust sorgen. Trotz toller Ideen, viel Abwechslung und Charme: Das großartige Comeback ist leider ausgeblieben.

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Thumbsticks
Apr 9, 2017

From the promise of the Kickstarter and the people behind it, you might have expected Yooka-Laylee to be like a great band, getting back together for a new album after a long hiatus. What we've ended up with is something that feels like a cover version – of something a bit old-fashioned, not especially relevant today, and more than a little bit flawed – but if you loved Banjo-Kazooie, then you'll probably love the cover version just as much, and that's just fine.

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Post Arcade (National Post)
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Apr 10, 2017

The nostalgia is real in this Kickstarter success story from a group of ex-Rare staffers. But so is the clunky camera and repetitious backtracking

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Critical Hit
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2017

Yooka-Laylee is a nostalgic trip to the past that ignores all the innovations that came after it. There's an appeal to return to a bygone era of platforming, but it's quickly washed away with long stretches of tedious, boring gameplay, and a sense of wit that thinks it's far smarter than it really is.

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Gamers Heroes
6 / 10
Gamers Heroes
Captain Camper

Top Critic

6 / 10
Apr 11, 2017

If you’re expecting Yooka-Laylee to push the platforming genre into new and exciting directions, you’ll be left disappointed. While the game fails to make any big strides into new and unknown territories, it lives up to the overall quality, quirky nature, and well-designed platforming elements put in place by its predecessor nearly 20 years ago – and that’s no easy feat.

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Daily Dot
Apr 10, 2017

Overall, this is a game of inconsistent highs and lows. The simple joy of interacting with a colorful, childish world serves to remind us of a different time for video games. But when stuttering camera angles send you plummeting off a high platform, the lack of polish is painfully obvious. Further patches and updates might be able to salvage the solid foundation that Yooka-Laylee is built on, but in its current state, it does little more than present a charming love letter to its predecessors.

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GamesRadar+
Apr 4, 2017

Evoking the essence of late-'90s platforming without significantly modernising it, Yooka-Laylee is a game with noble aspirations, grounded by clumsily flawed execution.

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GameSpot
6 / 10
6 / 10
Apr 4, 2017

Yooka-Laylee delivers on nostalgia but is held back by outdated gameplay and underwhelming levels.

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Impulsegamer
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Apr 5, 2017

Though a beautiful callback to a nostalgic genre, Yooka-Laylee is lacking in some areas that were difficult to forgive.

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games(TM)
6 / 10
games(TM)
games™ Team

Top Critic

6 / 10
Jan 19, 2018

Competent and charming, if a little disappointing

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Nexus
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Apr 3, 2017

Overall, I feel as though Yooka-Laylee has teased me with the past. So many good individual aspects giving me a glimpse of what I loved of the genre. But there are so many other parts of it that detract from the experience and make me wonder if I put up with such things in the past, without noticing them.

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Press Start
6 / 10
6 / 10
Apr 4, 2017

Nostalgia will hit hard within the first few hours, but once this fades, you'll realise that Yooka-Laylee is never able to live up to the brilliance that was Banjo-Kazooie. You'll get some enjoyment from the open-world platforming aspects of the game, but the unlikable characters, coupled with a clunky camera among  other redundant game mechanics will more than likely ruin the experience for you. I don't doubt that even the biggest of Banjo-Kazooie fans will be left wondering what could have been.

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Push Square
6 / 10
6 / 10
Apr 4, 2017

It's colourful, there are collectibles, and it's got a rotten camera: Yooka-Laylee is a 90s platformer to a tee. Unfortunately, rather than a rose-tinted look at the titles of yore, this game falls into all of the same pitfalls as its predecessors: it's rough around the edges, often annoying, and at times even a chore. And yet for all of its flaws it's still packing the most important ingredient of all: the compulsion to collect everything is strong here – and it'll remain even when you're grinding your teeth.

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USgamer
Apr 4, 2017

Yooka-Laylee is built out of the heart, soul, guts, and bones of Banjo-Kazooie. It's exactly what fans of Rare's classic 3D wanted. Unfortunately, technical issues stick to it like bat guano.

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SA Gamer
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Apr 3, 2017

For players who are after the Banjo Kazooie experience this is exactly what you’ll get and you’ll find much to love. It stays true to that formula and has the DNA etched over everything and anything in the game. However, if you’re accustomed to modern platformers, the likes of Jak & Daxter, Ratchet and Clank or just about any Super Mario title, then this might be embedded too far back in history for it to create a lasting impact in the modern world.

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NintendoWorldReport
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Dec 17, 2017

When Yooka-Laylee was originally announced as a Kickstarter project by former Rare developers, it gave fans of the 3D platformer hope that a nearly dead genre could return to its former glory. It's unfortunate, then, that Yooka-Laylee is no more than a mediocre attempt to capture nostalgia from the days of yore. In a year that has given us some truly innovative and special 3D platformers that pushed the genre to new heights, I can only really recommend pushing through Yooka-Laylee's pedestrian campaign to the most enthusiastic of old Rare's fans.

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Nintendo Insider
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jan 3, 2018

The 3D platforming genre is sadly dying out, but it’s one of the reasons why Yooka-Laylee was so highly anticipated in the first place. It, unfortunately, doesn’t hit all the right notes and I think that everybody that has followed this game from the very beginning, expected a little bit better. Maybe it is indeed us that have hyped this game up too much, but I also think that when you label your game as a spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie, you’re kind of adding that hype up yourself. It’s not a bad game by any means, however. By following the Banjo blueprint already set out, the fundamental gameplay elements on offer are superb and Yooka-Laylee is still fun, mostly. It’s a solid start for Playtonic, I just hope that with their next game, they let their talents run wild rather than sticking too close to the subject matter.

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Digital Chumps
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Apr 5, 2017

Bright colors, breezy enthusiasm, googly eyes and collectibles — Yooka-Laylee nails Banjo Kazooie's aesthetic and embraces every last trope from Rare's 3D platformers. It's also firmly disinterested in twenty years of forward progress, doubling as a paean to Banjo's banal challenges, mushy control, and distressing tedium. It's tough to feel bitter—Playtonic delivered what was promised—it's just awfully easy to feel chafed and bored, too.

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Polygon
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2017

A new coat of paint can't fix Yooka-Laylee's old design problems

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TrueGaming
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2017

Apparently, the game engine was a major source of many of the game's problems. It's hard not to feel the game was really rushed in development.

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Xbox Achievements
55%
55%
Apr 4, 2017

Yooka-Laylee is not a bad game, but by God does it have its problems. If you're hankering for a 3D platformer in the vain of Banjo-Kazooie, Spyro, Mario or Crash, I'd still say this is worth a bit of your time if you're willing to chew on the game in short sections. But if you want to marathon the game, or don't mind waiting until later in the year to have your genre itch scratched, you're probably better off passing on this.

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TrustedReviews
Feb 28, 2017

Yooka-Laylee is a nostalgic old-school adventure, but it’s too retro for its own good. Frustrating game mechanics, annoying boss fights and the complete lack of guidance become infuriating as the game progresses.

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God is a Geek
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2017

Yooka-Laylee could have been the start of a new generation of 3D platformers, but its design leaves it firmly stuck in the past.

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Digital Trends
Apr 4, 2017

'Yooka-Laylee' recaptures the feeling of the beloved 'Banjo-Kazooie', but fails to add anything substantially new or interesting.

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IBTimes UK
Apr 4, 2017

It's difficult to recommend Yooka-Layee to adults let alone the children this game is aimed at. The unbalanced challenge it presents and the lack of in-game direction is sure to infuriate. You could argue kids of this generation could play the game alongside a YouTube video for help, but why should any game need to be played alongside a video guide? The first three-hours of Yooka-Layee are delightful, but after that the experience quickly sours. Playtonic's ode to platformers past should have been something special, but instead it's a reminder why video games have evolved, and why quality over quantity should be the first decree in every developer's rulebook.

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Daily Mirror
Apr 10, 2017

The harsh reality is that I wanted to love it just as much as anyone else. The team is clearly talented and Yooka-Laylee is a work of passion, but it's simply not enough. Yooka-Laylee is simply a chore to play and it relies too heavily on past glories and self-referential humour.

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VideoGamer
4 / 10
4 / 10
Apr 4, 2017

Yooka-Laylee would fit right into the late 90s with its vague puzzles, wakka-wakka voices, and confusing levels. Time has moved on since the N64, and while there are a handful of bright spots, this sadly isn't the catalyst for a 3D platformer revival.

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The Jimquisition
2 / 10.0
2 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2017

Yooka-Laylee is a game out of time, clinging so desperately to past glories it doesn't seem to understand the Earth kept spinning after the N64 was discontinued. It's everything wrong about the formative years of 3D platforming and it somehow retained none of what made the genre's highlights endure. Yooka-Laylee is, in a word, rubbish.

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Words About Games
2 / 10
2 / 10
Apr 16, 2017

I really wanted to like Yooka-Laylee. I don’t. Instead of taking a beloved style of game and updating it for modern times (à la Doom last year), Playtonic essentially created a game that could have been from 1998 and released it in 2017. The result is a mess of poorly implemented game mechanics that the games industry fixed two decades ago.

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