Tricks, Treats, and Feats: Yooka-Laylee’s Crystal Skulls

When we used to go trick-or-treating as kids, there was always a surprising element to what kind of candy each house would offer.  Whether good or bad, the surprise was always there, and in a way, sometimes video games offer us a similar experience in the form of secret items we had no idea to even look for until we found the first one.  Hey, not all treats have to necessarily be edible.

My tale took place a couple months ago, when I was revisiting Yooka-Laylee with the hopes of collecting many of the Pagies and Quills I had previously missed.  Due to either glitches, the difficulty level, or simply being unable to locate the items I sought, there was a decent number of items I found myself unable to obtain.  Nevertheless, as I perused an online guide for assistance, I came upon something rather strange.  Apparently there was another category of collectibles I had yet to find…five crystal skulls.

No, I’m not talking about the Indiana Jones movie….  I’m talking about a super secret group of items I’m sure most people have never even heard about.  And if you have, I’d be willing to bet the discovery of that very first skull must have been rather surprising indeed.  In case you’re not familiar with them, there is a hidden skull in each of the game’s five worlds, and seeing as my interest in Yooka-Laylee had been severely waning at this point, it was all the more exciting to have one more goal to work towards before my time with the game reached its inevitable conclusion.  And let me tell you, some of these skulls are really hard to find, even with help.  As fun as these ultra-hidden items were to hunt down, they don’t seem to serve any purpose aside from earning you a couple trophies, but boy, were they mysterious.

Despite the apparent uselessness of these items, there is something decidedly creepy about a bunch of unexplained skulls, especially those whose existence is such a safely-guarded secret.  I mean, if I didn’t just happen to stumble upon them online, I could have easily never found them, since there is no in-game indication whatsoever that these skulls even exist.  Now, why exactly are there hidden skulls in Yooka-Laylee?  I have no idea.  Perhaps they will be explained in some future sequel.  (Tooka-Laylee?  Yooka-Tooie?  Tooka-Tootoo?)  Or perhaps they will remain a bizarre and well-hidden mystery…forever.  And now I’d like to ask, what are some of the strangest, unexplained secrets you’ve found in your games?  Don’t forget to let me know in the comments!

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