Yooka-Laylee backers can now playfully bound around in Playtonic's abstract Toybox mode | PCGamesN

Yooka-Laylee backers can now playfully bound around in Playtonic's abstract Toybox mode


Playtonic have released Yooka-Laylee's Toybox to qualifying backers. While not a slice of the actual game, Toybox lets players get a feel for the finished product as they bound around an abstract environment and get to grips with the bat and lizard duo's moveset.

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If you pledged $20 to the Kickstarter you should receive an email with a key the sandbox demo, hopefully keeping your tastebuds tingling for the full game, due for release early next year.

People who managed to pledge $35 or over will get access to Toybox+, which is the same thing but with an extra area and a bit of combat thrown in. The vanilla Toybox is all about the actual platforming stuff. 

"As promised in our campaign, the Toybox isn’t a traditional ‘demo’, but a self-contained, spoiler-free sandbox designed to give Yooka-Laylee backers a taste of the platforming to come in the final game," Playtonic explain.

"There are moves to try, custom-built props to play with, secrets to discover and yes, shiny collectibles to hunt out and we’ve even included a never-before-seen NPC to chatter with, but it’s only a small sample of the finished production - and visually it’s incomparable."

Of course, the finished game will feature lush, busy environments, whereas things are kept simple for this for cost and timing reasons. It still has a certain charm, though. See for yourself in the trailer below:

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1 Year ago

I poked this! I spotted it the moment it came out and it is absolutely joyful! I don't feel a video game hit me with elation like that quite often. It just felt so absolutely perfect in its control, it was smooth, precise, and damn near perfect. I'm already in love with it, and I don't even have the full game, yet. This was really just a showcase to show off how finely the characters move and how adorably animated they are. I seriously doubt that the game itself is going to be a precipitous drop from here.

I'm going to call Yooka-Laylee a winner. And I cannot wait for the finished game! This is my heartland. Silly creatures enacting hyper-chromatic vaudeville, with the bouncing and the spinning and the sliding and the flying! I'm happy.

Also, check out Wuppo, you lot. Watch the trailer, for it is precious.

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1 Year ago

I just completed the toybox+ for a second time and I stand by my feelings. This one's a winner. They've got the feel of old platformers down pat. Their status as Rare veterans definitely shows. Though I feel that these two are even more charismatic than the rest of the Rare stable combined. S'great.

Here's to hoping that Yooka-Laylee is but the first in a long and glorious line of games from Playtonic!