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Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair celebrates its first bee-day with a sale and comic strip

That's impossible!

Believe it or not, it's already been a year since Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair hit the Switch. To celebrate the occasion, Playtonic is offering a special sale and a comic strip! Read up on both below.

Team17 and Playtonic Games are celebrating a year of Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair, which released on 8th October last year for PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch™, and Xbox One. Aside from a well-deserved birthday cake for Yooka and Laylee, Playtonic has created a special comic strip to commemorate the occasion, featuring an original story in the universe of the colourful duo.

Throughout this week Playtonic has been sharing pages of a brand new comic strip via their social media channels, telling the story of a mysterious fire in the forest that disturbs Yooka and Laylee’s gaming time. Veteran games artist Kev Bayliss, who worked on both Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair and the original Yooka-Laylee, has produced the comic strip, which reintroduces Trowzer the Snake, Rodney the Blamphibian, and other characters from the series. Playtonic is also sharing highlights from the speedrunning community playing through the 2D platformer as well, which has been a hit with speedrunners since it launched 12 months ago.

To top it all off, Yooka and Laylee can also be seen in some special artwork celebrating the birthday of the game with their very own cake, and players who have yet to experience the adventure can purchase the game on Nintendo Switch at a 60% discount until 11th October.

GDC Summer Dev Speedrun: Yooka Laylee And The Impossible Lair With Chris Sutherland

Playtonic watches as a speedrunner destroys their game

Join us for a speedrunning livestream where game developers and speedrunners who know their game engage in a spirited exercise. Watch dev Chris Sutherland commentate while runner Davesterio runs through Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair. See how runners find the tricks that developers use to make the game functional in order to beat the game at top speeds!

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair currently 33% off in NA/EU

Impossible to pass up

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is one of the best platformers on Switch, and is totally worth the $30 price tag. If you didn't want to bite at that price, perhaps now is the time for you to dive in. In both Europe and North America, the game is 33% off, making it just a hair over $20. No word on how long this deal lasts, so don't wait too long!

IGN Video - Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair Devs React to 16 Minute Speedrun

Join Playtonic Games as they watch and react to TheShadedMaster's incredible 16 minute playthrough of their latest game.

The impossible becomes possible in today's brand-new, free Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair content update

Inconceivable!

Team17 and Playtonic Games have today launched a brand new, free content update to the critically acclaimed Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair!

The new update features:

The Impossible Lair

No 'Bee Shield', no checkpoints. The “Golden Try” tonic can now be earned through this version of the Lair, without the need to restart the save.

The Not So Impossible Lair

Each section of the Lair now ends with a checkpoint. Checkpoints save your best “bee shield” score. You can select which checkpoint you start from, and your highest bee shield score will always be saved. E.g., you previously cleared a section with 10 bees remaining. You select the checkpoint and clear it with 12 bees remaining. Your bee progress stays saved, so you have more bees for later sections.

8-bit soundtrack

Players can now choose to hear the 2D level music in 8-bit chiptune, thanks to the work of Tatertottunes. This option can be found in the menu.

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair getting difficulty tweaks, 8-bit soundtrack, special discount, and more

New fun to look forward to!

Playtonic has been working on some special updates for Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair, and they're coming to the game on April 14th, 2020. Check out full details on what's being added below.

YOOKA-LAYLEE AND THE IMPOSSIBLE LAIR

We’re making some changes to the Impossible Lair! You know, the Lair itself. We wanted to offer players more options for taking on the Impossible Lair while still maintaining a sense of challenge and achievement.

IMPOSSIBLE LAIR “STATE CHANGE”

Flip the switch and choose how you tackle the Impossible Lair!

Not So Impossible Lair

Each section now ends with a Checkpoint (Checkmates, technically). Checkpoints save your best “Bee Shield score”, meaning you can choose which sections to start from, practice and improve on! Using these checkpoints is entirely optional.

Impossible Lair

No Bee Shield, no Checkpoints! The “Golden Try” Tonic can now be earned this way – no new save file required.

8-BIT SOUNDTRACK

The brilliant Tater-Tot Tunes has composed an entire 8-Bit Soundtrack covering every 2D level in the game. To access it, simply find it in the pause menu once the update is live. If Chiptune is your thing, you’re in for a real treat!

Once again, we’ve teamed up with Materia Collective! This time they’re bringing the 8-Bit version of the Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair soundtrack, “Retro Remix”, to a music streaming service/store near you! Pre-Save the album on Spotify or Apple Music and have it ready to go for the 14th!

You can expect this update to hit your platform of choice on Tuesday the 14th of April.

OWNERS DISCOUNT

From the 9th-19th April, if you own Yooka-Laylee on Switch, you can purchase Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair for a whopping 50% off. Wahey!

We’re looking into ways we can accommodate Yooka-Laylee owners who play on other platforms with similar deals. Keep those googly eyes peeled.

You can learn more about Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair on this dedicated webpage. Have a look at the reviews as well, they’re ace.

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!

Fangamer selling a Yooka-Laylee "Lizard & Bat Pals" pin

Pin one down

Yooka is the green one; Laylee is the wisecracking bat with the big nose. In this case they've both been combined into one, official Yooka-Laylee hard enamel pin designed by Versiris, who also designed our Yooka-Laylee plush set. It measures about 1.5 inches wide.

Grab your pin here for $12

Yooka-Laylee Soundtracks Now Available on All Storefronts

A RARE occurence

Materia Collective is pleased to present the lovable Yooka-Laylee and Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair soundtracks on all stores and streaming platforms for the first time. The first Yooka-Laylee soundtrack was released in 2017 but had recently become unavailable whereas 2019's Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair soundtrack was only available on Bandcamp. Music label Materia Collective has come to the rescue to bring the original soundtrack back to fans and ensure wider distribution of Impossible Lair. Enjoy both soundtracks with music composed by Grant Kirkhope, Davis Wise, Steve Burke, Matt Griffin, and Dan Murdoch on all storefronts starting today:

Yooka-Laylee (Original Game Soundtrack) on All Storefronts
Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair (Original Game Soundtrack)

Yooka-Laylee is an open-world platformer from key creative talent behind the Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong Country games. Players can explore huge, beautiful worlds, meet (and beat) an unforgettable cast of characters and hoard a vault-load of shiny collectibles as buddy-duo Yooka (the green one) and Laylee (the wisecracking bat with a big nose) embark on an epic adventure to thwart corporate creep Capital B and his devious scheme to absorb all the world's books... and convert them to pure profit!

The Cat Mario Show - Ep. 159 (Pokemon Mystery Dungeon, Luigi's Mansion 3, Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair)

Ep. 159 of the Cat Mario Show is now available. This episode features Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX, Luigi's Mansion 3, Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair

'Bee' adventurous in the new Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair demo, out now

Give it a shot today!

Team17 and independent studio, Playtonic Games, are calling on players to test their 2D platforming skills with the release of the new demo for the critically-acclaimed Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair. The free demo, available on Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation Store, Microsoft Store, and Steam, gives a taster of tonics, trials, and tantalising obstacles to traverse, including a chance to complete the lair itself, the first five levels of the game, and a Pageie Challenge, as Yooka and Laylee once again face off against antagonist Capital B!

The demo has no time limit, meaning there’s no pesky interruption to the fun. Should players then decide to purchase the full game and continue their adventure, the save from the demo will carry over, meaning no progress is lost.

Set after the climactic battle of the original 2017 3D platformer, Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair, this brand new adventure sees the colourful chameleon and bat duo attempt to free Queen Phoebee’s kingdom by releasing her captured Beettalion across the colourful gameworld. Throughout the game, players can attempt to tackle Capital B’s latest and greatest threat yet – the eponymous Impossible Lair itself!

About Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair

Set across 40 exciting levels within an expansive and interactive 3D Overworld
Uncover new secrets and puzzles that dynamically transform the environment into brand-new experiences
Silky-smooth 60fps across all platforms
Tonics return, with game-modifying potions that give players the ability to customise their adventure with character skins, graphical filter effects, and difficulty modifiers!
Take on the challenge of the Impossible Lair at any point during the adventure now available digitally on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch™, and PC as part of the Overcooked! 2 season pass or separately for £4.79/€4.99/$5.99

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is available digitally on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch™ and PC for £24.99 / $29.99 / €29.99. Physical editions are available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch™ at selected retailers globally.

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