On this wistful episode of the Popzara Podcast our own Cory Galliher goes co-op with The Daily Mirror’s games writer Ryan Brown to tackle Playtonic Games’ retro platformer Yooka-Laylee, a crowd-funded darling that aims to pull at the heartstrings of gamers longing for the glory days of 64-bit platforming bliss. However, as Brown points out in his review, perhaps “some strings are best left to the past.”
Nostalgia is the name of the game – literally – as Cory and Ryan explore a game that wants to bring back your childhood one collectable at a time. But can the bat and chameleon duo live up to the might of the Nintendo64 classics it desperately wants to emulate, specifically those of the Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong 64 variety? It helps when the nostalgia peddlers are (mostly) responsible for the source material.
Even if you don’t know your Mum-mums from your Rextro Sixtyfourus, put down the ukulele and listen now to see if Yooka-Laylee is a solid trip down memory lane…or just another dead end on the road to misplaced sentimentality.