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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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Captain Toad Busts Onto The Switch
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: 22 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  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. Jan 12, 2019
    10
    This game is really fun. It does not change that much from the Wii U game, but the extra content is amazing. The mechanics used in this gameThis game is really fun. It does not change that much from the Wii U game, but the extra content is amazing. The mechanics used in this game are great since you can't jump but their are other ways to get around. I definitely recommend buying this game. Expand
  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. Aug 8, 2018
    8
    Mario games have this way of legitimately making me smile. And by smile, I don’t mean a metaphorical smile, like his games simply make meMario games have this way of legitimately making me smile. And by smile, I don’t mean a metaphorical smile, like his games simply make me happy, I mean I actually find myself grinning like an idiot. Though I’m mainly referring to the main line Mario games like Odyssey and Galaxy, and most of the Paper Mario games. Their wholesomeness and charm never fail to make me feel like a child again.

    Captain Toad is the first sideline Mario game to produce that same, childlike happy feeling in me. It’s infinitely satisfying to guide the adorable little pairing of Toad and Toadette through a series of perils to get to each and every star, and that happy dance they make when you do always have me a warm little happy feeling.

    This game has great puzzle design, and I had tremendous fun discovering each and every new level, but I gave this an 8 because there isn't much replay value, the controls are awkward on the levels where you're running across platforms instead of solving puzzles, sometimes the camera feels awkward, and the narrative doesn't really give you anything. To extrapolate on that last point, I know Mario narratives are traditionally simple: Bowser kidnaps princess to marry her because Bowser wants to be king, or whatever reasons Nintendo happens to give him for that game, but at least there's usually just enough there to explain why you're running through the stages and collecting stuff, but Captain Toad doesn't even give you the bare minimum. There's a bird, the bird kidnaps Toadette and steals a star for reasons, and there are other stars, and you're collecting stars because you're a Treasure Tracker I guess judging by the title of the game, and you collect them arbitrarily on your way to save Toadette from the bird (spoiler?: and this reapeats itself in the second episode, where the bird kidnaps Toad, and you play as Toadette traveling to save Toad, and then there's a third episode where you alternate between Toad and Toadette trying to find each other after getting separated again). I mean, in previous games you're usually collecting stars to power something that will get you somewhere or allow you to go somewhere, and it's never the important part of the game, but it does at least motivate the action of the game and give you a reason to be exploring the brilliantly designed levels. This time around, you're just doing it for the sake of doing it. And that's not bad at all. I still had tremendous fun with this game. But I still do wish there was just a little more there.

    Anyways, I loved Treasure Tracker, it's adorable, infinitely charming, and smartly designed.
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  5. Jul 15, 2018
    8
    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a really charming, cute, and unique game. Seeing every new level is a delight. The only problem is theCaptain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a really charming, cute, and unique game. Seeing every new level is a delight. The only problem is the game gets super repetitive fast. Best played in small doses. Expand
  6. Oct 5, 2018
    8
    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is very fun and very unique. Before I get to the gameplay, the graphics and sounds are very good. The gameplayCaptain Toad: Treasure Tracker is very fun and very unique. Before I get to the gameplay, the graphics and sounds are very good. The gameplay is unique and fun. You are on a small area of land and have to figure out the puzzles. I think it’s a little easy when it starts, but gets more challenging as you get further in the game. The game is worth the price, especially since even if you complete a level it gives you a task to do to finish your book. This game is very! Expand
  7. Sep 2, 2018
    1
    It was an OKAY game until the last level, where you had to collect 5000 coins. Nintendo, ARE YOU **** KIDDING ME?! ARE YOU SERIOUS ABOUT THAT?It was an OKAY game until the last level, where you had to collect 5000 coins. Nintendo, ARE YOU **** KIDDING ME?! ARE YOU SERIOUS ABOUT THAT? Really, this can't be true. That game is a waste of time, don't buy it, it isn't worth the price.
    Even as a free to play game it wouldn't deserve a higher score than 5/10.
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