Yooka-Laylee press coverage eruption!

After a seven-day nap, we’ve finally recouped enough energy to share the sordid details of Playtonic’s E3 adventures, where we privately showed off Yooka-Laylee for the first time and, by our estimation, consumed about 15 burgers in a half-week.

Steve Mayles: Good at characters, rubbish at photos.
Steve Mayles: Good at characters, rubbish at photos.

A troop of online media outlets kindly came to visit our meeting room at the Los Angeles-based show, and we rewarded each with a short and sharp demo of Yooka-Laylee – the first time we’ve done so since our crowdfunding campaign a year ago.

The hands-off demo focused on the new stuff we’re aiming to inject into the platform genre; expandable worlds, tonics, freeform move unlocking and our revamped collectibles system. Thankfully they seemed to like it, as we picked up a whole bunch of Best of Show nominations, notably from IGN, MTV, US Gamer and more. We’re very appreciative of the support, so thanks!

We also premiered to fans a glimpse of the Toybox, a custom-built Kickstarter backer experience winging its way to your PCs sometime next month. Oh, and there’s a trove of glimmering new screenshots over on the Yooka-Laylee game page, so have a look.

You can see a summary of our English online coverage, along with a selection of mischievous Grant Kirkhope-related video interviews, via the links below. Thanks for your support and look out for more content over the coming weeks and months!

  • Gamespot: “Yooka-Laylee is an auditory delight with a sumptuous, carnivalesque world to escape in.”
  • Eurogamer“Yooka-Laylee looks fantastic”
  • US Gamer:  “Yooka-Laylee is easy to fall in love with”
  • Forbes: “It’s an impressive experience both in design and really tactile moreish game-play”
  • Metro“Yooka-Laylee is Kickstarter done right”
  • IGN: “9 little things to know about Yooka-Laylee”
  • IGN: “Brings back Banjo-Kazooie nostalgia with a twist”
  • Digital Spy“It seems like Yooka-Laylee… [is] shaping up to be the 3D platformer everyone hoped it would be”
  • Sixth Axis“Playtonic are creating something that’s both an homage and a step toward the future.”
  • Xbox Achievements“It can’t come soon enough”
  • Gamer Rant: Yooka-Laylee looks to be the experience that every Kickstarter backer was dreaming of”
  • PlayStation Universe: “It’s easy to see how the unassuming pair can triumphantly spur on a reawakening of ‘collectathons’ for years to come.”
  • IDigital Times: “Clean, Bright, Modern Take On Classic 3D Platformers”
  • Hardcore Gamer: Yooka-Laylee is a breath of fresh air in a what is now a long lost genre.”
  • Games Radar: “That’s a lot of people to please, but this clever expansion mechanic could make a world’s load of difference.”
  • Gaming Trend: “The platforming revival you’ve been waiting for”
  • Tech Raptor: Yooka-Laylee hits pretty much all the checkmarks one would expect”
  • Shack News: “It’s alive and fun, filled to the brim with activities and never shying away from brilliant colors”
  • Wow247: “Exciting, colourful and full of energy”