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Yooka-Laylee Review

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Posted: 18 months ago, last updated 3 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Yooka-Laylee is a running, jumping, collecting and exploration game where you play a pair of animal friends: a chameleon called Yooka and a bat called Laylee. They act as one, each contributing different abilities, on a quest to retrieve a magical book from an evil corporation.

It's from some of the people who made the classic Banjo-Kazooie games, where you find and collect items in a large open world. These are similar to the more recent Lego games but with less hand-holding and larger environments.

In this game, you are collecting quills and book pages to progress. This starts quite easily but you soon encounter challenges, puzzles, races and interactions to unlock areas and gain more pages and abilities.

The novelty is the complexity and beautifully hand-crafted nature of the worlds you explore. While dramatic classical music plays, you must explore every inch to find all the hidden items. As you progress, you can trigger changes in the world that then enable you to access hard to reach areas. You have to pay attention to the detail of the worlds, and are actually quizzed about this at certain points in the game.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 11/04/2017

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @PlaytonicGames


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Duration: This game will take between 16 hours and 19 hours to complete. It can be completed in as little as 16 hours, but to see everything will take towards 40 hours. If players aren't familiar with classic exploration platform games like this the controls and puzzles can be a little frustrating at first and take time to acclimatise to.
Players: This is a single player game. The game features a local cooperative multiplayer mode for two players, but the second player just helps with collecting items. There is also a 2–4 player competitive local multiplayer mode, with eight different minigames.


Yooka-Laylee usually costs £34.99 to £39.99.


Yooka-Laylee: Buddy Duo Bundle

XBox Store Xbox One £39.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £39.99
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

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Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for non-realistic violence in a child-friendly setting or context. Features non-realistic violence in a child-friendly setting or context. Fantasy characters attack the players. When defeated they generally fall back and disappear in a puff of smoke. The game’s setting is child-friendly, but features some bosses that can be disturbing to young children. The dialogue features some very subtle and obscure innuendo jokes.

Skill Rating

This game is enjoyed by 10-14 year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Yooka-Laylee Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@PlaytonicGames) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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