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  • Summary: The intrepid Captain Toad sets off on his own adventure for the very first time through a wide variety of tricky, enemy-infested, maze-like stages to find hidden gems and nab elusive gold stars.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 66
  2. Negative: 0 out of 66
  1. Aug 10, 2018
    91
    Overall, Treasure Tracker is a real gem of a game. It’s also beautiful; I was stunned by it on Wii U, but the visuals have only gotten better on Switch. It’s bright, cheery, and wildly creative from an aesthetic standpoint. Each stage is like a diorama, making the game feel like the player is interacting with toys, rather than lines of code. The soundtrack isn’t especially varied, likely because most stages don’t require a lot of time to beat, but I’d have appreciated a few more tracks to spice things up.
  2. Jul 11, 2018
    90
    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is an absolute joy to behold, from its cute visual styling and delicious soundtrack and audio utterances from the main characters, to the expertly crafted self-contained stages, jam-packed with smart puzzles to solve and a plethora of goodies to uncover. This was one of those Wii U gems that thoroughly deserved another shot at the limelight, and with its excellent new additions now, it is indeed time to shine bright.
  3. 85
    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker highlights one of the best secondary characters in the Super Mario universe, and gives him a stellar adventure. Fans of the Wii U version should pick it up for the portable experience and extra levels while those who didn’t play the game in 2014 will find a lot to love. It’s another fantastic addition to the continually growing Switch library, and I can’t wait to see what Nintendo does with Captain Toad in the future.
  4. 80
    Another great Wii U game that is made better by the Nintendo Switch's portability. It's a fun experience that doesn't overstay its welcome, but definitely does feel repetitive in certain areas.
  5. Jul 19, 2018
    80
    Everything about Captain Toad is overwhelmingly charming.
  6. Jul 12, 2018
    80
    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker remains an excellent game that feels perfectly at home on the Switch. The short-burst gameplay of the diorama-puzzle levels suits the portable nature of the system to a tee. It still looks, sounds and plays as well as it did on the Wii-U, so if it didn’t hold your attention then, the lackluster additional features aren’t likely to change your feelings now. If you’re a Switch owner looking for a joyous, simple, unique puzzle game, then Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is worth some permanent space on your memory card.
  7. Jul 11, 2018
    60
    There is a charmingly competent puzzler here, yet it’s hard to recommend without an abundance of caveats. If you’ve yet to play the Captain Toad and solving cute and charming puzzles, it could be worth a shot if it drops in price, even though the asking price is lower than most to begin with. If possible, and if you own a Wii U, you would be better off dusting that system down and playing it on there.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 46
  2. Negative: 4 out of 46
  1. Jul 14, 2018
    10
    Cute little game, perfectly made for handheld. Controls are good, no slowdowns. Technically solid. Imho it has much charm and very highCute little game, perfectly made for handheld. Controls are good, no slowdowns. Technically solid. Imho it has much charm and very high quality. What i dont get is why people think this would be different game, just because its on Switch now...and downrate it on that. So i ask: did you cry when an old movie was redone/changed just for a new medium? I guess not...
    Since im playing 1p and on handheld, this is my rating for excatly that.
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  2. Jun 13, 2019
    9
    Presentation. 9/10
    Graphics TV. 9.6/10
    Graphics Handheld. 9/10
    Music. 8.5/10
    Controls. 9.8/10
    Fun-factor. 8.6/10
    Score. 8.7/10
  3. Jul 15, 2018
    9
    This game is unique and fun at the same time. The puzzles are challenging and engaging. Though I hope there are more Super Mario OdysseyThis game is unique and fun at the same time. The puzzles are challenging and engaging. Though I hope there are more Super Mario Odyssey levels. You never seen a game like this before, and Nintendo did a phenomenal job on this game. Expand
  4. Sep 9, 2018
    8
    What is the genre and subgenre of the game?

    Captain Toad is a straight up Puzzle game and its one of the best Puzzle games that I have ever
    What is the genre and subgenre of the game?

    Captain Toad is a straight up Puzzle game and its one of the best Puzzle games that I have ever played.

    What did I think of the story?

    The story is very basic and its a classic Nintendo story. Toad and Toadette are hanging out and all of a sudden the main villain Wingo appears and takes Toadette. Toad has to make his way through the levels to find Toadette. That's Act 1, Act 2 is Toadette makes here way through levels and then Act 3 is them coming together.

    Favorite Character?

    The characters are Toad and Toadette. They're exactly the same except for a palate swap making Toadette a female that has more pink.

    How are the Puzzles?

    This is the bulk of the game, each level is a small series of short puzzles. Each level has 3 diamonds that you want to collect and you want to make it the star which is the end of the level. You need to collect the diamonds because that's how you unlock new areas in the world but you also need to collect the star at the end of every level because that's how you move onto the next level.

    What is the gameplay like and how does it feel?

    I kind of went over the gameplay before. Start a level, figure out how to collect all 3 diamonds, then figure out how to get to the star so that you have completed the level. Rinse and repeat for maybe 10 hours and then you've beaten the game. It's a very simple concept and it's a fun game to make your way through slowly. Personally me, it took a couple weeks to beat the game but that was because I would sit down and go through a few levels so I sat down and played maybe a half hour every night for a couple weeks.

    What is my favorite moment or sequence from the game?

    I really like the way the game set up the first boss battle. Where you're just traversing up through the level and then you accidentally defeat the boss. Its a perfect way for Toad to defeat an enemy. Unfortunately, they rehash this boss battle 3 or 4 times. After the first time, the idea loses its charm.

    Was it fun?

    Yes, its a very simple concept but very rewarding and enjoyable. It's not too difficult but there are times where you will have to stop and just think about your next few steps.

    How is the sound design and music?

    As with any Nintendo game, the music design is on point.

    How are the missions/levels designed?

    Every level is on its own separate cube where you just move around. Which keep in mind Toad has very limited mobility. He can walk, slowly run, climb ladders but can not jump. So if you need to get to a higher elevation, your options are to walk onto an elevator or climb a ladder. Now keep in mind, every level has secrets hidden on all sides and all over the place. So you're constantly rotating the camera around looking for areas for Toad to explore.

    Recap: The Good

    Great Puzzles

    Recap: The Bad

    Rehashed Boss Battles

    Recap: The Okay

    The Story
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  5. May 12, 2020
    8
    This is a fun bright game. The puzzles are easy and the game runs smoothly. I tried the demo first but was quickly engaged enough to purchase.
  6. Aug 30, 2019
    8
    Relaxing. Feel good game, about 10 hours of game though that is enough for me
  7. Aug 6, 2019
    0
    So boring and Full of Bucks bäh löl. Goffhdjo tauchst djfvckkhgf hhh udwef

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