Yooka-Laylee sees you taking control of the duo that is Yooka and Laylee, with Yooka being the green lizard character and Laylee being the Bat that sits on your head. The story goes that evil Capital B (who looks nothing like Gru from Despicable Me by the way) has stolen your 145-page book, and now it's your job to hunt down pages (or pagies as the game calls them) and progress through levels and defeat Mr B and get your book back. This is just a small piece of what the game wants you to do for enjoyment, with collecting things and exploring being the major factor when it comes to Yooka-Laylee.
While it has enough things in the world for you to play, Yooka-Laylee has a few things wrong with it that stop it from being a must-buy game. Numerous things over time began to suck the enjoyment out of the game the longer I played it for. Yooka-Laylee has the look of it being a child-friendly game that will offer many hours of adventuring. But once you get into it, it actually becomes very frustrating, even to me a 36-year-old man who has played the tougher old-school games while growing up. The part where enjoyment started to disappear was not having any real idea where/what I needed to do or go to next to progress with the story. Yes, you collect pagies to open new worlds or enhance ones you already have unlocked, but finding these worlds within the game hub is such a task that you slowly find yourself reaching out for a handy online guide just to work out where to find them. And that's not all, as the most annoying aspect of Yooka for me by a mile has been the sounds used for the voices, with low and high hums being the way characters speak to you while text appears on the bottom of the screen. It's fun and adorable for the first 15 minutes or so, but get two hours in and you dread even meeting a new character, with you hammering the A button on your pad to make it as painless as you can. There isn't even an option to mute them either, so you know every time you play the game that these annoying sounds are going to drive you slowly insane. Then there is the camera that can sometimes make you fall off things or time a jump wrong while it has a mind of its own. So yeah, just many areas where Yooka-Laylee needs a lot of work.
Overall: I expected more from Yooka-Laylee if I'm honest. While it isn't terrible by any means, it just isn't that great either. You will get that retro guy who adores every second on it, but many others will grow bored within the first hour or two of playing it.
There is a lot of replay value if you enjoy what it offers
Great character design with tongue-in-cheek humour
The sound effects for voiceovers will drive you insane
Once you've played one level it pretty much feels like you're repeating yourself