Update (Thu 30th Jan, 2020): As promised, a free demo for Yooka-Laylee And The Impossible Lair is available to download on Switch as of today. If you haven't tried this one out yet, what are you waiting for?
Original Article (Mon 20th Jan, 2020 14:45 GMT): When we reviewed Yooka-Laylee And The Impossible Lair back in October 2019, we said it was "a fantastic sophomore effort that pays tribute to Rare's past and establishes Playtonic as one of the UK's most exciting studios." If that wasn't enough encouragement for you to buy it, then perhaps the ability to sample a portion of the game before you take the plunge will suffice?
That's precisely what Playtonic is doing at the end of this month. A free demo will hit the eShop on January 30th (a week after Steam). The demo will include "an assortment of vibrant and exciting 2D levels", a 'Pagie Challenge', a state change for one of the stages, some tonics to sample (one of which gives Yooka a massive head), and access to titular Impossible Lair itself (gasp!). Furthermore, your progress from the demo can be carried over to the full game.
But why now, and why not at the time of release, you may ask? Well, according to Playtonic's Twitter, demos aren't just something you pop out with minimal effort – they have to be certified just like a full release, and there simply wasn't the time or resource to produce a demo at launch. We'll let them off, because they're good people.
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