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Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair Review

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Posted: 17 months ago, last updated 5 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a side-on running and jumping game starring the characters from the 3D platform game Yooka-Laylee. You control Yooka, a male chameleon, and Laylee, a female bat and take on a level filled with collectables, power-ups and multiple hazards.

You collect feathers to unlock new levels, but in a novel twist can take on the end level boss as soon as you like. Waiting until completing more levels gives you more health and a better chance of surviving the big bad. Along with health, you can also collect tonics to gain new abilities.

If you beat a level you can take on its alternative state, which changes them with water, electricity or flips them upside down. The clever design of each level to offer this multi-layered challenge and the combination of action, timing and skill needed to progress makes this a really good game to play in the family.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11-16 year-olds

Release Date: 08/10/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: @PlaytonicGames


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Duration: This game will take between 15 hours and 22 hours to complete.
Players: This is a single player game. This is another game that will take much longer if you try and collect everything.


Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair usually costs £24.99.

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. You can purchase alternative visual effects that change how the game looks in substantial and novel ways.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 3 for depictions of very mild violence in a child-like setting. This game contains depictions of very mild violence in a child-like setting. Bright lights and magical effects appear upon impact of attacks. The player can defeat enemies by jumping on their heads, rolling into them or throwing projectiles such as fruit at them. When the enemies are defeated they jump up into the air before quickly vanishing.
This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE.

Skill Rating: This game is enjoyed by 11-16 year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity.


If you repeatedly die on a level you are asked if you'd like to skip the section. Subtitles are generally good and clear although sometimes they are altered for emphasis, like making them smaller to indicate shyness, that makes them.harder to read.

There are items you can collect to make the game easier to play, but these have to be found as you play which does take some time. In particular there are items that give you more check-points and that can slow down gameplay.
Our Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair Accessibility Report details 23 accessibility features:

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