Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair has a free demo on the way

By Heidi Nicholas,
Playtonic Games are releasing a free demo of Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair with no time limit and access to a selection of levels, along with the Impossible Lair itself.


As yet, there's no date for when it's coming to Xbox. The demo will be on Steam on 23rd January, and PS4 on the 30th, but there's a big TBA next to Xbox. The developers have assured fans that it is definitely on its way, however, saying in the comments that it'll definitely be coming to Xbox, they just "haven't nailed down a date". The demo will include access to a selection of levels, a Paige Challenge which will require you to do some terrain-transforming, and a State Change. State Changes are whole new levels in themselves, which can be unlocked by actions in the Overworld, and present visually changed levels and gameplay. There's also Tonics in the demo, and access to the titular Impossible Lair. Playtonic also assure players that any progress from the demo will carry over into the full game when purchased. There's also no time limit, meaning you can take as much time with the content included as you'd like. As Playtonic have said in the replies to their Tweet, the fact that the Impossible Lair is included in the demo does technically mean that you could in theory beat the game without buying it — but they don't seem too fussed, given that it would be next to impossible.

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a 2.5D platformer spin-off of Playtonic Games' 2017 Yooka-Laylee, and is by all accounts a huge improvement on its predecessor. It's currently got a rating of 4.45 out of 5 from community members on our site, which stands as proof of the popularity of this 2019 title. We'll keep an eye out for when Playtonic give a date for this demo's arrival on Xbox.
Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair
Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair

Yooka & Laylee are back in a brand-new platform hybrid adventure! They must run, jump and roll their way through a series of challenging 2D levels, face a puzzling Overworld and rally the Royal Beettalion to take down Capital B and his Impossible Lair!

Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've been a staff writer for TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies since 2019. I love open-worlders, RPGs, and fantasy games, am obsessed with tea, and forever loyal to The Witcher 3 and Red Dead 2.