The return of the collectathon genre is here in “Yooka-Laylee.” The game was made by Playtonic Games, a group of former Rare employees. Rare was best known for games like “Perfect Dark,” “Diddy Kong Racing” and many other popular games for the Nintendo 64. “Yooka-Laylee” takes players back to the style of adventure games that have been long lost.
Decades ago, back when games were played on cartridges on the Nintendo 64, there was an entire genre called collectathons. They usually stared one or two cartoon characters who embarked on an adventure that involved collecting a large number of items scattered around a game world. “Banjo-Kazooie,” “Donkey Kong 64,” “Conker’s Bad Fur Day” and even “Super Mario 64” to an extent fell into this category.