Yooka-Laylee

Game review by
Marcia Morgan, Common Sense Media
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Retro-style 3D tale's charms overcome wonky camera issues.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Friendship, cooperation, compassion are main themes, as Yooka, Laylee work together to solve puzzles, help others.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Yooka and Laylee are friends who work together, give each other high-fives. Friendship, teamwork frequently shown as duo help others through odd combination of positive reinforcement, sarcasm. 

Ease of Play

Overwhelming amount of moves to remember, but game does a great job of explaining them all. Puzzles range from easy to frustrating, but part of joy of this game is its throwback to complicated classic games, figuring out things without a lot of direction. 

Violence

Players use moves like a bat's sonic radar to blast enemies. When Yooka, Laylee run out of health, fall off map's edge, they simply respawn. Defeated enemies disappear in puffs of smoke. Cute cartoon style downplays any violence. 

Sex
Language

Lots of subtle, not-so-subtle innuendo, including a character named Trowzer the Snake, which is a play on a euphemism for male genitalia.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer. It's full of quirky puns and subtle juvenile innuendo. Yooka and Laylee show a lot of teamwork, cooperation, and friendship throughout the game. Violence in the game is minimal, with no blood or gore, and thanks to the cartoon style of the game nothing seems violent or scary. Due to some camera issues, puzzles, and an overwhelming amount of moves to remember, the game is still easy to pick up and play but will require an extra level of patience and skill to keep users from getting frustrated. 

User Reviews

Uncle of a 17, 18+, 18+, 18+, 18+, 18+, and 18+ year old Written byTyrone L. May 7, 2018

Terrible Game

Give me back Jon-Tron
Kid, 12 years old May 19, 2018

Epic, fun, adventurous and friendly adventure!

'Tis a fantastic game. Yooka and Laylee have a wonderful set of moves that are fun to use even when you have no intention of actually completing anything.... Continue reading

What's it about?

YOOKA-LAYLEE, from some of the folks behind games like Banjo Kazooie and Donkey Kong Country, brings the same feel of those games with colorful worlds, fun puzzles, and mini arcade games. Players take on the role of two characters (Yooka the lizard and Laylee the bat) who use a wide variety of combo moves on their epic adventure to thwart the corporate creep Capital B, who's stolen magical books. His main target is the One Book, a book of great value with the power to rewrite the universe. Fortunately, the living pages (or "Pagie," as they're called in the game) of the One Book fled, sensing danger from Capital B, scattering across worlds filled with puzzles, enemies, and bosses to defeat, along with plenty of jokes about the '90s 64-bit gaming genre. It's up to the player to collect these pages, stop Capital B, and save the universe.

Is it any good?

This retro arcade-style adventure provides lots of nostalgic gaming thrills, with only some camera issues holding it back from being perfect. Yooka-Laylee immediately brings to mind those nostalgic days spending all weekend with friends and family, huddled over the Nintendo 64 with games just like this. What's nice is that there's plenty of puzzle challenges and an overwhelming number of collectibles (200 quills for each of the five worlds? Challenge accepted -- see you in a month!). The graphics are amazing, and even the music is catchy and reminiscent of '90s games.

One major complaint is that the controls and camera angles in the game take away from the fun at times, making seemingly simple challenges insanely frustrating. Fortunately, most of the puzzles are fun, and even the harder ones are enough fun that you won't mind spending 20 minutes trying to solve them. Thankfully, these days, a quick internet search can provide help from someone who's already figured out the puzzles if things feel too overwhelming. But there's a difference between figuring out solutions and being frustrated because you just can't get those camera angles right. Overall, while Yooka-Laylee can be breezed through in about 30 hours if you don't care about completing every single thing the game has to offer, old-school players who like to collect everything will find this a full and fun experience. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about compassion. Yooka and Laylee help others a lot in this game, so how can you show compassion in your own local community?

  • Talk about the importance of looking at situations from different angles. Can you think of a situation where a problem had more than one possible solution?

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