• Publisher: Nicalis
  • Release Date: Oct 30, 2018
  • Also On: PC
Save me Mr Tako: Tasukete Tako-San Image
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  • Summary: In a world where humans and octopi are at war, Mr Tako is a persistently helpful little octopus who rescues a woman from drowning one stormy night. A fairy sees this act of bravery and grants him the ability to survive on land, where he can turn enemies into platforms by spitting ink atIn a world where humans and octopi are at war, Mr Tako is a persistently helpful little octopus who rescues a woman from drowning one stormy night. A fairy sees this act of bravery and grants him the ability to survive on land, where he can turn enemies into platforms by spitting ink at them. As he travels across the surface world, Mr Tako defies his family and his people to try to resolve conflicts between humans and octopi. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Oct 31, 2018
    90
    It’s an amazing title that exceeds all expectations, and even during some of the more difficult sections is hard to put down for more than a few minutes. There isn’t a single recent title that comes to mind that truly captures what made retro titles great while also managing to be outstanding all by itself. Save Me Mr Tako! is a title that is for anyone who loves amazing platformers with a perfect balance of puzzles, combat, challenges and story.
  2. Oct 30, 2018
    80
    Save Me Mr. Tako is a lovingly crafted throwback to the days of the Game Boy. While we found some rough spots with the lack of side quest tracking and ropey collision detection, they weren't enough to take away from our overall enjoyment of the game. Tako is a lovable character in a quality platformer that would have been right at home on the system it pays homage to. If you love the Game Boy - flaws and all - then you'll absolutely adore this game.
  3. Nov 26, 2018
    80
    For anyone that owned a Game Boy back in the day, Christophe Galati’s Save Me Mr Tako will very likely tug at the old nostalgia stings with its visual sincerity towards the long-reigning handheld console. While the gameplay itself can come across as a little humdrum at times, there’s no denying that there’s still a fun puzzle-platformer to be found here with plenty to see and do. If you’re looking for a simulated trip down memory lane, then Save Me Mr Tako happens to be one of the better replications of a new Game Boy game released for a modern day console.
  4. Nov 11, 2018
    65
    Save me Mr Tako successfully apes a period of gaming history, but I just wish it had shed a few of the more tiresome tropes from that time. If you're part of the niche audience that this is catering to, you'll find a fun romp down what feels like memory lane. For everyone else, I'd proceed with caution.
  5. Nov 8, 2018
    60
    Save Me Mr. Tako! succeeds in its aim of recreating a Game Boy game. Unfortunately, that is all that it succeeds in. It is a competent game but relies too much on cheap deaths to pad out its mediocre gameplay.
  6. 60
    If you can look past Mr. Tako‘s frustrations, you’ll find a heartwarming story with various intricacies that call attention to the cruelty of the world. If you cannot, you will find that the game’s visuals, sound, and a tale of love and peace conquering hatred and war aren’t enough to save it from its myriad gameplay issues.
  7. 50
    As charming as it may appear, Save me Mr. Tako never convinced me it was being genuine. Barebones level design, poor writing, and frustrating design choices make this overly-sweet experience nauseating.

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Score distribution:
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  1. Nov 6, 2018
    10
    Tasukete Tako San is a wonderful nostalgia trip, it's a game worth to buy and try that will remind you the golden time of gameboy playingTasukete Tako San is a wonderful nostalgia trip, it's a game worth to buy and try that will remind you the golden time of gameboy playing hiden in your blanket fort with a hot chocolate mug.
    The gameplay is good, the idea to transform enemy into platform encourage exploration and secret discovering.
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  2. Nov 9, 2018
    9
    Have you ever played on a Game Boy (and presumably enjoyed it)? Or have you ever wondered what that was all about? This is a game that youHave you ever played on a Game Boy (and presumably enjoyed it)? Or have you ever wondered what that was all about? This is a game that you should absolutely check out.

    I've always loved the charm of the Kirby series, but I often find the platforming of those games unsatisfying and the story far too shallow. Save me Mr Tako captures the cuteness of Kirby while elevating the gameplay and crafting a story truly worthy of emotional investment. You can feel the sincerity shining through in the dialogue, the music, and every square of pixel art. This game is an excellent tribute to Game Boy classics of the past, but it is a beautiful gaming experience in its own right.

    Heads up, though -- Save me Mr Tako is a little tough at times, like many of the titles it is inspired by! You will probably find yourself playing a handful of the levels over ten times till you crack the code. Here are some tips that helped me get through when the going got tough:

    - Take your time. Rushing headlong through the level will never do you any favors.
    - Look down to scout out the level, and for goodness sake, look down before you leap!!
    - Sometimes no hat is better than the ones you have available.
    - On almost all levels, if you find yourself running out of lives/feathers and know you are going to have to make another run, you can exit the level from the pause screen. This restores you to the world map with all the lives you had before, saving you the trouble of stocking up on feathers again.
    - You can fast forward through cut scenes with the minus ( - ) button. If you aren't on the Switch, check the devs Twitter account (@ChrisDeneos) for instructions.

    Good luck with your Tako-san adventure!
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  3. Jan 22, 2019
    8
    Being a big fan of Game Boy games, such as Kirby's Dreamland and Kirby's Dreamland 2, and octopuses, I was super excited to play it. It'sBeing a big fan of Game Boy games, such as Kirby's Dreamland and Kirby's Dreamland 2, and octopuses, I was super excited to play it. It's super nostalgic and a real love letter to classic handheld games.

    Pros:
    - You can change the colour palette, border, and screen resolution. I personally prefer the pink/yellow/blue colour palette and the widescreen with the border.
    - Great music! It really sounds like a Game Boy game. The composer did a lovely job.
    - A lovely story. I was always surprised how the plot would evolve. And I loved the themes and messages.
    - Charming characters. I found myself getting attached to a lot of characters, which always makes me happy. I love Loulou, Azuria, Saki, Evan, and of course Tako, himself.
    - New but familiar gameplay. There aren't too many controls, so it's easy for anyone to pick up and play.

    Cons:
    - Enemies hitting you off-screen. It's not fun to die and not know what killed you.
    - Weird hitboxes for some obstacles and enemies. I found myself dying a lot by things that shouldn't have hit me.
    - Hats have little to know explanation. Most hats are self-explanatory, but some hats you don't know what they do until after dying a few times.
    - Some of the harder stages lack checkpoints.

    Despite those flaws, it's still a game worth playing. If you're interested in classic 2D platformers that can get pretty challenging, then this is a game for you.
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