Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair’s stage altering mechanics revealed


Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair, the anticipated 2-D platforming sequel to 2017’s Yooka-Laylee, is getting an exciting feature. Team17 released a gameplay trailer showing off a handful of stages being altered, changing how the duo tackles obstacles.

As seen in the video below, Yooka and Laylee will explore 2-D stages in order to rescue soldiers in Queen Phoebee’s Royal Beetalion. There will be 20 stages in all to conquer, but with a twist. By interacting with colorful friends and allies on the overworld map, the chameleon and bat can change the layout of the stage, revealing new paths, decreasing (or increasing) the difficulty, and possibly doubling the amount of content the title has to offer.

The trailer shows off four of these changes. Making the Great Rampo cry causes a storm to rain over Gasping Glade. Throwing an ice berry at Nimbo freezes over Buzzsaw Falls. Factory Fright can become flooded, turning a tricky platforming stage into a tricky water stage. An updraft allows you to gust through Urban Uprise without the assistance of lifts.


Changing the environment was a huge part of the original 3-D Yooka-Laylee game, so it’s great to see how they implemented this key mechanic in the 2-D sequel. It seems that the stages have different names, as well, each with its own set of collectibles. After all, would it really be a spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie without various trinkets to hoard?

Personally, I’m floored by what the team behind Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair has done with this one mechanic. Using the overworld map to alter the content of every stage in the game not only increases the amount of content in each level but makes the map itself a place that you can explore. Considering that the hub world was a bit barren in the original game, it seems like the developers are packing in the puzzles and obstacles to make every inch of this game as fun as possible.

Are you excited for this new Yooka-Laylee game? Ready to take on Capital B again? Let us know!

Dominick Ashtear