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Yooka-Laylee (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Nintendo Switch)

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Title Screen


Developer: Playtonic Games
Publisher: Team17
Platforms: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4
Released internationally: April 11, 2017

GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
SoundIcon.png This game has unused sounds.

ProtoIcon.png This game has a prototype article

Yooka-Laylee is a collectathon platformer in the style of Banjo-Kazooie (as exemplified by the pretty much everything), created by a bunch of ex-Rare staff (which explains the previous), in which the titular lizard and bat embark on a quest to retrieve the omnipotent One Book Laylee's drink coaster.

While the game itself contains nods to some of the staff's past work, its promotion included Laylee grumbling that an area not seen in the reveal trailer will probably end up having "car sections" and an introduction to the titular duo (and a couple of allies) in the style of "this familiar rap".


Read about prototype versions of this game that have been released or dumped.
Prototype Info

Unused Graphics


An image named "GamerPic_temp", featuring an Xbox Live avatar of a vampire cowboy.


A leftover cross button from the PlayStation 4 version.

Early Final
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An early talking head sprite for Dr. Quack. This was also a leftover in the Toybox demo. A variation of it is used on the Capital Cashino match game.

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Five color grid textures. These were used in the Toybox demo to texture the terrain.

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Two borders used to display the safe area in 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios respectively. The resolution for each border is 1280×960 and 1920×1080.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Hidden Model Details

To do:
Model render.

While the helicopter form has an opaque window, hidden behind the window is a cockpit seat and a control panel. The developers intended to place passengers and to have the window transparent, but they did not have time to implement these.

(Source: Shesez)

Texture Oddities


One of the two book covers seen while Yooka and Laylee are lounging around on beach towels. This cover is curiously dated August 28, 2014; Playtonic was incorporated on August 12, 2014.


The texture for Pagies features a nicely-written Lorem Ipsum. The Toybox version of this texture is more crisp than the final version.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Save File Remnants

Looking through the game's uncompressed save data in the PC release reveals some interesting info:

  • There are 30 available slots for Pagies in each world, but only 25 slots are used. This December 2016 article covering an earlier build of the game indicates that there were originally 30 Pagies to collect in the first world.
  • Quills are referred to as "quillies".
  • There is data associated with a world known as "Test".
  • There are two unused Quackfire Quizzes labeled 04 and 05, respectively. These are automatically counted as completed when completing the third and final Quiz, so it's unknown where the last two would have been used.

Unused Sounds

To do:
Confirm the voice was completely removed.
Pre-Patch Post-Patch

A minor character was originally voiced by YouTuber JonTron (Jon Jafari). Playtonic decided to remove his voice from the game for reasons better described elsewhere, using a mandatory launch-day patch.

Since it was removed so close to release, the PS4 and Xbox One disc versions should in theory still contain the voice clips.