2D platformers typically have a level-based design that have you moving between each stage, with varying methods of saving in the game. This goes not only for the saving of the whole game, but also saving in the form of checkpoints within the individual levels as well. Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair has both methods of saving in the game and this guide will explain how this works.
Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair features an auto-save system for the game as a whole, where it saves what you do as you play along. You don’t have to worry about finding a save station or anything between levels, as it will automatically keep up with your progress after each stage or task is done in the overworld.
Within the levels is handled a bit differently though, as there are multiple checkpoints to be found through these fairly long stages. These are found in the form of little red robots that hover over the green and shine a green beam downward towards the ground.
To unlock the checkpoint, simply run through the green beam and it will like record a copy of your body running through. Now if you die during the rest of the stage, you will return to the last checkpoint that you went through. This will even bring you back with Laylee if you lost her as well, which is always helpful.