Despite a mostly lukewarm reception upon its release in 2016, Playtonic games has been faithfully supporting their debut title, Yooka-Laylee, for the past three years. This dedicated support has mostly taken the form of ports to additional platforms, bug fixes, quality-of-life updates, and such. All of these are very important, and they definitely show that a lot of love and care was put into the game. Even so, some additions are more exciting and dramatic than others, and the team’s latest addition to their platformer “Rare-vival” is pretty darn cool.
(Video from YouTube channel: Playtonic Games)
Originally promised as a stretch-goal back when the game was still getting started on Kickstarter, the 64-Bit tonic was originally pitched as a way for fans to take a walk down memory lane with Playtonic’s new platforming duo. It wasn’t available at launch, unfortunately and has been missing in action long enough for one to wonder if Playtonic had wound up scrapping the idea entirely.
That obviously is not the case, considering that we now have a trailer and the aforementioned tonic available for use right now in Yooka-Laylee. It must have taken quite a bit of work to get this thing functioning correctly, because the 64-bit tonic does exactly what one would hope it would do: make everything appear as though its running on a Nintendo 64 hooked up to a 90’s-era CRT TV. In other words, it makes an already pretty game look absolutely awesome! Low-poly models, simple textures, static water, and so on; it’s all here and ready for eager players to immersive themselves in its 64-bit glory. It’s a free update, so check it out if you’ve already got the game.
Did you buy Yooka-Laylee when it originally came out? Thinking about looking into it again now that Playtonic has refined the experience and added things like this?
Image originally sourced from the Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter page