The creative talent behind Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong Country have revealed an all-new platforming adventure for consoles and PC that is said to be the spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie. Yooka-Laylee.
This is exciting news for anyone who has played either Nintendo 64 classic. I know I’m excited.
Also I’m loving the name, Yooka-Laylee, and how it sounds an awful lot like ukulele. The spell checker on here is actually saying Yooka-Laylee is a spelling error and is offering ukulele as the correction. Even the spell checker knows. Hopefully there are some ukulele based puns or a ukulele based quest.
The game was revealed on Kickstarter by Playtonic Games (a company created by a group of ex-Rare developers) where they easily met their initial target of £175,000 in a matter of hours on the crowdfunding site. So popular and successful have they been that they managed to cross the £1.5 million mark with 35 days left to go.
There are a variety of packages available depending on how much you donate, from steam keys and t-shirts at the bottom end to actually getting to voice a character in the game (after a voice acting lesson) at the upper end. If only I had £3000 laying around, I could launch a career as a voice actor. Maybe. In my dreams.
So who are Yooka and Laylee? Yooka is a green lizard and Laylee is a purple bat who hangs around on Yooka’s back. It’s all sounding awfully similar to a certain bear and bird duo…
The two animals were picked because of the natural traits and skills that each animal possess’, which the developers felt would allow for an arsenal of abilities, abilities such as sonar blasting, tongue whipping, and sky soaring. It’s easy to see how a lizard and a bat would lend themselves to such abilities.
Also on their Kickstarter page they have said there may or may not be a move involving a giant fart bubble. Please oh please let there be a move involving a giant fart bubble. My imagination is already running wild with thoughts and ideas of how such a move can be used.
The game is going to take place in more than five unique lands, so six? One of the world’s looks to be a colourful jungle world, which you can see in the announcement video (link at the bottom of the page).
And what’s a platform adventure game without collectibles? Well don’t worry because Yooke-Laylee have it covered with “Pagies”, a golden coin with a blue play sign on them (at least that’s what they look like to me). These “Pagies” are used to unlock and expand new worlds, although it is said that the main story can be completed without spending “Pagies” to expand the worlds.
The music is also reminiscent of the old Banjo-Kazooie games which is a nice touch and gives it a certain sense of nostalgia. I still listen to some of the music from the game now on YouTube.
I am super excited for this game and look forward to see what other news and information is released between now and the games release.