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'Yooka-Laylee' Playtonic Games

Yooka-Laylee

As more and more Nineties developers take their chances on Kickstarter, expect to see a fair few 3D platformers that riff on everything from Mario 64 to – in this case – the Nintendo 64 hit, Banjo-Kazooie. Yooka-Laylee from UK studio Playtonic Games raised $2.5 million on the crowdfunding platform thanks to a team pedigree that includes Banjo, Donkey Kong Country and Viva Piñata and if you know those games, you know what to expect – brightly colored characters (Yooka the chameleon and Laylee the purple bat) making their way around vast obstacle-course levels on their way to collecting the magical whatevers they need to progress. In this case pages from a magical book. But the what and the why are not nearly as important as the trademark pun-tastic humor that has survived intact from the team’s Rare days and the tight game mechanics that should make exploring the brightly-colored Pixar-like world an exercise in imagination, not frustration. April’s release is for PS4, Xbox One and PC, but Playtonic has announced it’s working on a Switch version for later this year.

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