Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair will offer lightened difficulty

Playtonic Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair was one of our favorite games from 2019. The 2-D platformer felt very much like a Donkey Kong Country game in all the best ways. But as it turns out, Playtonic isn’t quite finished with the game. The team is releasing a hefty update for the fans on April 14.

Impossible Lair stage updates

The eponymous Impossible Lair isn’t exactly impossible, but it is tough as nails. It’s a long, grueling level that requires mastery of all your platforming skills, sans upgrade tonics. It’s punctuated with boss battles at the end of each ever-increasingly difficult section, and it’s proven enough to make even the most hardened of gamers rip their hair out in chunks.

The upcoming Not So Impossible Lair mode makes this part of the game less frustrating, though no less difficult. With this mode on, you’ll now find a checkpoint at the end of each segment, recording your best bee score (how many hits you have left). You can restart from those points to help learn later segments while not having to struggle through earlier ones. This might prove helpful for people like me who loved the game but didn’t finish it due to intense frustration.

Impossible Lair

On the other end of the spectrum, you have the purest form of the Impossible Lair. No bee shield at all, no checkpoints, no tonics — just platforming Hell. Clearing the level this way will allow you to earn the elusive Golden Try tonic, which was formerly only obtainable by clearing the whole stage when you enter it at the beginning of a new game. How thoughtful of them.

8-Bit Soundtrack

Playtonic is also adding an 8-bit option for the music. Tater-Tot Tunes remixed the soundtrack for every stage in Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair, using NES-style beeps and boops to recreate the jaunty tracks. The Materia Collective will also release the new pieces on Spotify and Apple Music on the same day as the update. For a taste of what’s to come, check out some of the tracks here.

Odds and ends

Wrapping things up, Playtonic also announced an amazing sale. If you own the original Yooka-Laylee on the Nintendo Switch, then you can get Impossible Lair for half off. So if you have the original and for some reason don’t have the incredible sequel, then get on it! Also, for owners of the game on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the 64-bit tonic that gives our heroes a Nintendo 64-like makeover is coming to a game near you.

All this free DLC is a great way to add a little life to Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair and should bring some players back to play and finish the game. While it seems a bit strange that they went for an 8-bit soundtrack over a 16-bit one to channel some SNES feels, the quality is certainly there. It’ll certainly be cool to hear it in the game.

I know I’ll be taking on Capital B again, if not replaying the whole thing, once this hits on April 14. Will you be downloading these updates? Are you looking forward to chiptune soundtrack and a slightly less impossible Impossible Lair? Let us know!


Dominick Ashtear