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Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair soundtrack releasing on Bandcamp this week

A can't-miss soundtrack

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair has an amazing soundtrack created by even more amazing composers. If you've been dying to hear some of those tunes outside of the game, we've got good news. The entire Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair soundtrack will be available to stream for free on Bandcamp later this week!

How to find the super secret tonic in Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair

So sneaky!

There's a super secret Tonic hiding in Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair's overworld. Find how how to find the Gritty Comic tonic in this walkthrough guide!

Digital Foundry - Yooka-Laylee And The Impossible Lair video analysis, "spotless on Switch"

60FPS on Switch!

What happens when a talented developer targets Switch as lead platform? Yooka-Laylee 2 reveals a brilliant portable experience that scales beautifully all the way up to a dynamic 4K on Xbox One X. John has all the details on this superb homage to the classic Donkey Kong Country.

Playtonic makes a Super Mario Maker 2 level to promote Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair

To celebrate the release of Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair, Playtonic has released their own Super Mario Maker 2 level! We give it a shot and see what they've come up with!

Playtonic explains what lead them to utilizing the 'two levels in one' mechanic for Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair

Rooted in necessity

As we mentioned in our review, Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair utilizes a mechanic that will make over some levels with a new theme, basically giving you two levels in one. Wondering how that idea came about? Playtonic's Dan Murdoch explained in a Reddit AMA.

Ok, so the 'two levels in one' thing originally started as a way to make more levels quickly using less individual pieces of scenery. This wasn't just a budget thing, it's a RAM thing. We wanted a game that played at 60 on switch as well as having good loading times. It was an experiment to see if levels that shared scenery could be loaded quicker.

However, we realized that in order to make the second version of a level interesting and different, it needed so much changing to it that it would have been quicker and cheaper to just make a separate level.

BUT!!! by that time we found that the real gain from the 'two levels in one' was not making development easier (actually it made it harder); it was that it tied so well to the overworld.

Suddenly we had a game cycle where every 2D level had a Zelda style puzzle to solve on the overworld to reveal the second state. That was such a cool idea that it became one of our main features.

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair available on Switch today

The dynamic duo return!

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is available now on Nintendo Switch! It's time to head on a 2D adventure with the colourful buddy duo. They must run, jump and roll their way through a series of challenging 2D levels, face a puzzling Overworld and rally the Royal Beettalion!

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair - Japanese launch trailer

Yooka & Laylee are back in a brand-new platform hybrid adventure! They must run, jump and roll their way through a series of challenging 2D levels, face a puzzling Overworld and rally the Royal Bee-tallion to take down Capital B and his Impossible Lair!

Playtonic on why they think you should check out Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair

The pedigree of the dev team alone should suffice!

A new 2D platformer made by many of the minds that cooked up the Donkey Kong Country trilogy. That should be enough to sell a game in and of itself, right? Well just incase it's not, you can watch the video above to hear from the dev team at Playtonic on why they think Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is worth your hard-earned cash.

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair "Accolades" trailer

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair has garnered some high praise from critics the world over. Get a recap on some of the highest honors in the accolades trailer above.

GameSpot Video - 14 Minutes of Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair Gameplay

Yooka & Laylee are back in a brand-new platform hybrid adventure! They must run, jump and roll their way through a series of challenging 2D levels, face a puzzling Overworld and rally the Royal Bee-tallion to take down Capital B and his Impossible Lair!

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