Yooka-Laylee, the 3D platforming spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie, is finally here, and alongside the nostalgic 90s throwbacks of open world hopping and barmy anthropomorphised objects as characters comes a huge amount to do.
Here on this page, our main Yooka-Laylee guide and walkthrough, we'll be taking you through the general structure of the game - it's not exactly made clear at first - alongside some of our best general tips for solving Yooka-Laylee's various puzzles and problems. Plus, we'll also provide a contents for every part of our collectibles walkthroughs, from Pagies and Ghost Writers to Rextro's Arcade Machine's and the missing Mollycools.
Before we dive into our more general tips for making your life easier in Yooka-Laylee, here's a rundown of what we have to offer so far in terms of specific guides pages:
- Rampo boss fight - how to find and beat World 1 boss Rampo in Triblestack Tropics
- Brrreze Blok boss - Explore Icymetric Palace in Glitterglaze Glacier's Extended World and beat the World 2 boiler boss
- World 3 boss Trev the Tenteyecle strategy - Explore Moodymaze Marsh's Extended World and defeat the upset kraken
- Tribalstack Tropics Pagie locations - where to find Pagies in World 1
- Knights Hamalot locations - where to find Sir Scoffsalot's three pigs with the Corplet Town, Island with Hi-Score and Ramp Pro Tomb riddles
- Yooka-Laylee Snowman locations and where to find their hidden hats using the snow plough
More coming soon!
Other Yooka-Laylee guides and collectibles
All the following pages are compete until World 3:
Yooka-Laylee tips and tricks
For a game that, at times, is at great pains to explain the most basic of skills to you - instructions on how to jump, crouch, and all the usual basic inputs are detailed in length - there are some surprisingly oblique mechanics.
Everything from how the worlds are structured (there's no map) to what your actual purpose is within them is left pretty much entirely down to you, and at times the general gameply can feel a little like wandering around free of direction.
Part of that is, of course, down to the game's intended purpose of bringing back the 90s platforming genre - things were different back then, in the good ol' days - but some of it is just unclear.
There are also some general best practices and bits of advice we've picked up from our travels through the various worlds that don't fit directly into any of the specific guides above, so with that in mind, here are our best tips and tricks for Yooka-Laylee:
- Your main goal is to collect Pagies - funnily enough, it's never really made clear to you exactly what your objective is at any given time. When in doubt though, it's this: collect Pagies. You'll need them to unlock new worlds, or expand your the ones you've already unlocked with new areas full of other collectibles and bosses. Ultimately, everything you do should be a means for you to collect more Pagies!
- Hivory Towers is the Hub World - again, this is a pretty simple one but worth noting. Returning back to the hub world means returning to Hivory Towers, which weirdly enough also seems to be the lair of your main enemy. All of the new Great Tomes are unlocked here, as are expansions to your worlds, too.
- When stuck, think in terms of abilities - if there's a Pagie just out of reach, or a puzzle that just seems completely unsolvable, it's probably because you don't have the right abilities yet. One of the first things you want to do in a new world is find Trouzer and see what abilities he has for sale. Then, you'll know if that awkward Pagie can be reached with one of the current world's abilities, or if you'll need to come back for it later on with something else unlocked.
- Buy every ability - speaking of abilities, you'll want to buy every one you can. There are generally enough Quills in each world to buy all of the abilities there, at least in our experience so far, and you're going to need every ability at one point or another. Prioritise, of course, but aim to buy every one before you move on to the next world, or you'll only regret having to make the trek back to unlock it again down the line.
- Jank-jump your way up everything possible - Being an open-ish platformer, Yooka-Laylee lets you jump up pretty much anything. If you can find a way to just about cling onto a ledge and get another jump doing, it's probably worth a go. We found plenty of secrets this way, so try to reach every inch of the map by jumping your way up it.
- Explore, explore, explore - Again, speaking of which, the best philosophy to have here is one of exploration. There are all kinds of secrets and treats hidden away in Yooka-Laylee's many worlds, and most of them you'll never find without a proper sense of discovery. Try your best to find every nook and cranny possible; it'll be worth it!
- Make a note of what the world looks like before expanding - the 'expansion' mechanic is an interesting one, as it often causes some pretty significant changes in the world. Because there's no map however, all you have for documenting what's new and what isn't is your memory, so climb up to a high point early on in a new world and drink it all in, so you know exactly what new areas to explore once you expand it outwards.
- Quills don't always lead somewhere, but you should always collect them - Often, Quills will act as breadcrumb trails in Yooka-Laylee, but not always. That doesn't mean you shouldn't collect them though! Trouzer charges Quills for skills, after all, and you're likely to need all the abilities you can get as you progress, so grab every Quill in sight and spend them as soon as you can to make your life easier.
Finally, it's worth commenting on the collectibles in Yooka-Laylee. It's an oddly-structured game, with the core loop essentially revolving around collecting things so you can collect more things... so you can collect more things! Your best bet is to stick the advice we gave just above: exploring and collecting everything you can by any means necessary.
The more you do so, the better chance you'll have of progressing through quickly and easily to the end game. So keep an eye out, and be sure to check out our specific pages on Tribalstack Tropics Pagie locations, Ghost Writer locations, and guides to the likes of Mollycool locations and DN Ray collectibles pages, too!