Thomas Roach gets hands on with Yooka-Laylee at EGX 2016…
Given the hype around Yooka-Laylee’s Kickstarter it has been great to see those who backed it get excited about this project. It is also credit to the developers who have been able to produce the game and create something I imagine is going to be very special for its backers.
I’ll start on a positive. The game is visually stunning to say the least. The level that I explored was colourful and varied with different environments. The other characters in the game are also well designed. However the characters lacked substance. All dialogue was told in subtitles along with just gibberish babble that got annoying very quickly.
The gameplay was only okay – nothing special. It was fun at times though this is just a standard platforming game. The world was cool to explore and as I said it was pretty but I don’t know how long I would be willing to dedicate to this game. I wasn’t bored during the short amount of time I played the game as it was a new experience, but I also don’t feel desperate to try the game again. As of the demo it was revealed that in each level you will need to find the 200 quills which are scattered all over the map in order to progress. This is pretty much standard to most platformers.
As I am aware these classic 3D platformers lack story or character so I didn’t expect to be blown away with any grand narrative, though the game seems very very basic storywise. From my experience of the game it felt like it was trying to capture the minds of the 90s children who loved these sorts of games, but now I feel gamers expect more than just collecting quills and jumping from platform to platform. There may secretly be a story to the game but I imagine it will be basic at best.
Overall Yooka–Laylee provided me with a decent gameplay experience but fails to deliver anything that special in my eyes. I’m sure those who backed the Kickstarter campaign will be satisfied with their product when the game is released. As the game has had so much hype it is easy to forget that this is an indie game and probably wont take the world by storm.
Yooka-Laylee has an initial release date of March 2017 and will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Wii U.