Yooka-Laylee Takes Tonics in Preparation for Launch
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Yooka-Laylee Takes Tonics in Preparation for Launch

Yooka-Laylee Takes Tonics in Preparation for Launch

“What a Tonic” the press release reads for Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair. “Hmm,” I think, “I quite like that band…” Alas, this is not the interactive version of If You Could Only See that I was hoping for, but a 2.5D platformer involving a dinosaur gecko thing – and it looks pretty cool!

I haven’t played the original game, but from what I know it was a pretty decent 3D platformer with lots to collect. The shift to 2.5D almost seems like a 0.5 step backwards. However, with the likes of Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze proving the tenacity of old-style platforming, there’s definitely space for something that bathes the genre in a modern console light.

Yooka-Laylee Takes Tonics in Preparation for Launch

So, the news we are spraying out at you today (do dinosaur gecko things spray? I feel like they would lose their tail if threatened, not spray, but my fingers just wanted to write the word and now it’s there, so . . .) er, is that you can collect Tonics in the game, more than 60 of them in fact! And who doesn’t like collecting things? Woolies and Coles certainly know this.

What kind of tonics? Well, I’m glad you ask – stuff like becoming an infinite-rolling-dinosaur-gecko-spray-monster (no, just the infinite roll bit), harder enemies (oh God, the Dark Souls comparisons will start already) and super speed.

Yooka-Laylee Takes Tonics in Preparation for Launch

Now, I know you’re already champing at the bit to roll with super speed through a Dark Souls Yooka-Laylee world – but wait there’s more! If you dig into the dusty, dead animal skin pouch you call a wallet or purse and come out with a few dollars to plonk down at your local games dungeon and say, “Preorder me that Yokka-Laylee game please, my good person!” then you’ll be rewarded with four exclusive tonics that have the following properties:

  • Large Head tonic: 20 million points for guessing what this does.
  • Glow Worm tonic: Okay, these titles really leave nothing to explain. . .
  • D.I.S.C.O. tonic: This either plays Macho Man at the press of a button or brings down a disco ball causing all the funny creatures to DANCE!
  • Yooka 64: Polygon those graphics up, baby!

Yooka-Laylee Takes Tonics in Preparation for Launch

Oh yeah, the tonics are also combinable, which could be interesting.

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair comes out October 8 and will be available on PS4, Xbox One and Switch.