Open the Toybox

Sound the horn! Rattle the hen cages! The much-anticipated, long-inaugurated Toybox will be parading its way towards Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter backers today!

Iconic.
Iconic.

From today, Thursday, July 28, backers who opted for tiers including the Toybox or Toybox+ will receive their codes via BackerKit, so please log in and make sure your e-mail address is current. Otherwise we’ll feed your key to the greedy peacock who roams our grounds.

As promised in our campaign, the Toybox isn’t a traditional ‘demo’, but a self-contained, spoiler-free sandbox designed to give Yooka-Laylee backers a taste of the platforming to come in the final game. There are moves to try, custom-built props to play with, secrets to discover and yes, shiny collectibles to hunt out and we’ve even included a never-before-seen NPC to chatter with, but it’s only a small sample of the finished production – and visually it’s incomparable.

Our intention with the Toybox is to offer our loyal backers the chance to be the first people outside Playtonic to try out Yooka-Laylee’s core mechanics, and we’ll also be gathering your feedback on stuff like controls, cameras and movement.

We know there are likely plenty of questions currently gestating in your collective craniums, so have a butcher’s at the bumper-sized FAQ we’ve supplied below. And enjoy!


TOYBOX: THE FAQ

 

What is the Toybox?

The Toybox is a self-contained, spoiler-free sandbox designed to give Yooka-Laylee backers a taste of the platforming mechanics set to appear in the final game. There are moves to try, custom-built props to play with, secrets to discover and yes, shiny collectibles to hunt out, but it’s only a small sample of the finished production – and visually incomparable.

 

Is the Toybox a demo?

The Toybox has been created from scratch for our backers and is not a traditional ‘demo’. In particular, the environments you see in the final version of Yooka-Laylee will be far more vast and detailed than the intentionally-simple playground you’ll be able to jump around in this week. There are also far more moves, animations and general polish included in the main game.

 

What platforms is the Toybox available for?

The Toybox is available for PC, Linux and Mac via Steam.

 

Which backer reward tiers are eligible for the Toybox?

All tiers £20 and above are eligible for a Toybox digital code. All tiers £35 and above are eligible to receive a second Toybox+ add-on code.

 

I backed an appropriate Kickstarter reward tier. How and when will I receive my code?

Digital codes will be distributed via BackerKit beginning Thursday, July 28. Please log in and ensure that your e-mail address is current before then. https://yooka-laylee.backerkit.com/

 

How do I redeem my Toybox code on Steam?

  1. Launch the Steam client software and log into your Steam account.
  2. Click the Games Menu.
  3. Choose Activate a Product on Steam…
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the process.

 

What are the minimum required system specs?

PC

OS: Windows 7 (64bit)

Processor: Intel Core2Duo E7300 @ 2.4 GHz

Memory: 4GB

Graphics: NVidia GeForce GTS 450 / AMD Radeon HD 6850

Direct X: 10.0

Storage: 1GB available space

Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card

Additional Notes: Please be aware that the game does not support integrated video cards such as Intel. We recommend playing this game with a Xbox 360 controller.

 

MAC

OS: 10.9.5

Processor: Intel i5 @ 2.7GHz

Memory: 8GB

Graphics: GeForce 640M / ATI Radeon HD5750

Storage: 1GB available space

Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card

Additional Notes: Please be aware that the game does not support integrated video cards such as Intel. We recommend playing this game with a PS4 controller.

 

LINUX

OS: Ubuntu 14.04 or later or SteamOS

Processor: Intel i5-2500k @ 3.3GHz

Memory: 4GB

Graphics: NVidia GeForce GTS 450 / AMD Radeon HD 6850

Storage: 1GB available space

Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card

Additional Notes: Please be aware that the game does not support integrated video cards such as Intel. Users with AMD graphics cards will need to run the application on the ‘good’ quality setting or below. We recommend playing this game with a Xbox One controller.

 

What if I didn’t back the Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter? Can I buy the Toybox?

We currently have no plans to make the Toybox available to non-backers.

 

What is the Toybox Plus?

The Toybox Plus is an enhanced version of the Toybox which includes combat gameplay and a new area to explore. The Toybox Plus will be supplied as a second add-on code.

 

Can I stream or capture video of the Toybox?

Yes, go nuts. Bonus points if you do it in your pants.

 

What input methods do you recommend?

Keyboard and mouse are supported, but we recommend the following input controls per platform:

Windows: Xbox 360 and Xbox One controllers

OSX: PlayStation 4 controller

Linux: Xbox One controller

Any other controller that doesn’t work with the default mapping will need a custom mapping in Unity’s input dialog, which appears when launching the game.

 

Who can I contact for support issues?

Please email help@team17support.com