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Yooka-Laylee: The Impossible Lair - Nintendo Switch
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- In this new platforming adventure hybrid, Yooka and Laylee must combine their abilities to take on a series of challenging and vibrant 2.5D levels
- Explore and solve puzzles in a beautiful 3D over world
- It's on them to rescue Queen Phoebe's Royal Battalion Guard from each level, as they size up Capital B's most dastardly challenge yet - the Impossible Lair.
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Yooka-Laylee: The Impossible Lair - Nintendo Switch
Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a brand-new 2.5D platformer from some of the key creative talent behind ‘Donkey Kong Country’. With their arch-nemesis Capital B up to no good, the buddy duo needs to spring into action once again to save the day. To thwart his evil plan of using a 'Hivemind' device to enslave an entire kingdom of bees, our heroes need to take the fight to Capital B’s 'Impossible' Lair. Things look tough, but with the help of Queen Phoebee and her Royal Beetallion, Yooka and Laylee might just have a chance!
2.5D Platforming! Each level offers beautiful, rich visuals with detail and depth. Yooka, Laylee and a whole host of colourful characters (good and bad) are realised in stunning 2.5D
3D Overworld! The overworld isn’t just a hub to hop from level to level, it provides a whole separate gaming experience! Explore and unlock more 2D levels by completing objectives and puzzles, rescue the Royal Beetallion bees and find collectibles.
Alternate Level States! Think you’ve got a level figured out? Try it in its alternate state! Flip switches in the overworld to create new landscapes. Hook up electricity, submerge them in water, freeze or literally flip them upside down for radically altered challenges!
Tonics are back! Mix up your gameplay with the return of ‘Tonics’! There are more than 60 game-modifying Tonics in Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair including infinite rolling, harder enemies and super speed. They can also unlock new environmental and visual effects!
Bee-at the Impossible Lair! Players are free to tackle Capital B’s Impossible Lair at any time; however, they may find it too much of a challenge without the help of the Royal Beetallion. Free them by completing levels and they will add to your defences when taking on Capital B’s dastardly traps!
In this new platforming adventure hybrid, Yooka and Laylee must combine their abilities to take on a series of challenging and vibrant 2.5D levels and explore and solve puzzles in a beautiful 3D over world. It's on them to rescue Queen Phoebe's Royal Battalion Guard from each level, as they size up Capital B's most dastardly challenge yet - the Impossible Lair.
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So in this sequel, the devs decided to pull a few pages from the Shovel Knight handbook and pull from a variety of influences to make a game that tickles the nostalgia bone AND feels fresh and good to play.
At its core, The Impossible Lair is a 2-D platformer in the style of Donkey Kong Country, with tight controls, similar mechanics and the same great organic level design found in recent entries like DKC: Tropical Freeze. But it’s not just a straight DKC clone, there are twists to the formula that borrow from things like Yoshi’s Island and Rayman Legends, which help give the game more of its own identity and feel.
Also helping with this is the overworld. Instead of just being a path of levels, the game’s levels are all points on a top down overworld where you solve some light Zelda style puzzles to open up the levels and trigger environmental changes to each level. So 20 levels become 40 after solving various puzzles. The overworld also has hidden goodies and other secrets to find. The other Zelda influence comes in the form of the titular Impossible Lair itself. Just like Hyrule Castle is available from the beginning of Breath of the Wild, the last level of the game, the super challenging Impossible Lair is available from the start. Any time you wanna try to beat the game, it’s there but it takes considerable skill to beat it at all, much less early in the game.
All of this adds up to something much more interesting than the first Yooka game. It’s not just a copy of the past but a mix of positive influences that it weaves into a cohesive and satisfying whole. The graphics look great, the levels are bursting with personality, the controls are tight, and the music is gorgeous. It’s a great game for $30, and an easy recommendation for anyone who likes platformers.
Graphics: It has the beauty of a modern platformer, with the look and feel that brings you memories of the original Donkey Kong Country.
Music/Sound: The music again bring back memories of the old super nintendo Donkey Kong Country Games and how that music should have evolved over the years.
Gameplay: The gameplay has good flow to it and is extremely enjoyable, again feeling like old school dk action. The difficulty level of the game can run from easy to very difficult. The impossible lair is extremely difficult, so don’t expect to beat it in your first outing. The game provides the unique mechanic of being able to challenge the impossible lair at any point in the game and as many times as you like. You get more lives and the lair essentially becomes less impossible with the more bees that you collect by beating other levels and exploring the world. Expect to have to explore most of the world and collect the majority of the bees, before beating the game is possible.
Overall: If you’re looking for that old nostalgic feel of a classic Donkey Kong Country game, in a modern platformer, this is the perfect game for you. Just don’t anticipate beating the impossible lair until you’ve collected the majority of the bees and thoroughly explored the game.
There are also some Zelda-esque elements in the overworld parts of the game.
The first Yooka-Laylee was mediocre (in my opinion) but this is a fantastic follow-up.
2D platforming at its finest.
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After thirty some attempts, I've given up. I can't recommend this game to anyone but the most hardcore of 2D platform players because the reality is, they will never finish the game without an enormous time investment being required for the final level. I don't know what they were thinking with this level; it meshes so poorly with the rest of the game. I should add that, while 2.5D (and 2D platformers) are not my strong suite, I am not unfamiliar with them by any means, and I am a pretty hardcore gamer: I found it too difficult. The final level, even with all 48 bees, is so beyond most players they will never finish it without sinking more time into the final level than they did the rest of the game. It isn't fun, it's tedious.
Si bien su apariencia es infantil, algunos niños podrían llegar a frustrarse con la elevada dificultad de algunos niveles.
La dificultad es considerablemente alta, eso es bueno si te gustan juegos como Crash Bandicoot pues completar todo el juego será un gran desafío.
60 fps gameplay handheld / Docked.
seems to have a lot of replayablility.
have not find any cons yet.
must have for your collection if you like sidescrolling games. ;)